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The above question wan posed by an irate woman called "Nell." Now
that's an odd insult that she used: a sun-baked ham? Well, in an old
film, particularly a Three Stooges short that is 68 years old, you're
going to get a lot of strange name-calling. I suppose in real life, the
boys would be called a lot worse.....a lot worse.
Daisy, Tessie, Flossie and Nell (the old coot who has no patience with the bumbling boys) actually hire the Stooges to take them West so they can perform their singing and dancing act. Of course, five months into the trip they've only made it about 100 miles to Kansas and Nell has lost her patience. Can't blame the poor woman.
The bulk of the story contains classic Three Stooges gags, some of which are good no matter how many times, or in how many films, you see them: like the grizzly bear wandering into the shed and Curly, at first, thinking it's a warm blanket.
Then, PC-aside, we get the normal adventures with Indians which are usually pretty funny. The highlight, however, of this "western adventure," is the ice-fishing scene..Without giving too much away, suffice to say all three Stooges wind up taking humorous plunges into the icy waters. You can't help but laugh out loud at some of them.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
"Rockin' Thru the Rockies" may not rank among the best of the Three
Stooges shorts, but it is still fairly wild and funny. In this film,
the Stooges are hired as guides for a small theatre troupe known as
Nell's Belles, who travel all across North America to open a show in
San Francisco. Problem is, Nell (Kathryn Sheldon) realizes something
that we Stooge fans have known all along: If you want a particular job
done professionally, don't hire the Stooges!
Highlights from this short include the following. The ice-fishing scene is quite a barrel of laughs, especially when Curly's and Moe's fish lines accidentally hook together. Curly accidentally discharges a rifle in the air and down drops a few ducks from the sky, but the gunshot frightens the troupe's horses so much that they break from their harnesses and run away; while the Stooges and the girls watch the horses flee, all Curly can say is, "Look at the ducks!" In probably the funniest moment in the whole short, Moe and Larry noisily toss Curly out of their bed and make him sleep on the floor by himself when he begins to bark like a dog in his sleep; Curly later causes a huge pile of snow to drop down from the sagging canvas roof on top of Larry and Moe.
Directed by Jules White, "Rockin' Thru the Rockies" is a good Three Stooges short with a few oddities. For one thing, the ending is quite strange as a sudden gust of wind rushes in to blow the troupe's carriage (now rigged with a sail) all the way to San Francisco, presumably (!). For another, the Native Americans (particularly the chief portrayed by paleface Dick Curtis) are probably the worst manifestations of Native American stereotypes in Hollywood, even though their dialogue together about "making whoopee" with the girls gets a laugh.
How I remember my earliest memory of this from Christmastime of 1972.
also how hysterically I was Laughing @ hearing Curly say "Gimme the Ax,
the ax,the ax,right in the neck,the neck,the neck."Then seeing it again
for the first time in years some time in 1986.This time that I'd first
seen it it was also after school & when it was too snowy out to go to
my C.C.D.Class.Curly's Skunkskin cap is another interesting &
hysterical aspect to give good color to this picture. I was laughing
other than this too when Curly had even said to Larry "This Fish looks
like Moe." and then Curly said "It is Moe."You've just got to see the
rest of it to understand & enjoy it for yourself also including when
they're told by the Indians that they had until sundown to leave.They
used the cabin for their scenery for "Uncle Tom's Cabin."The film
concludes when they use a part of the stage's scenery for a sail at the
end when the girls are being chased by the Indians & have to hop onto
the stage coach with the wind blowing the stagecoach away.
Coitainly, Stephen "Steve" G. Baer a.k.a."Ste" of Framingham,Ma.USA.
In this sort the boys are heading west but they run into indians that tell them to leave or they will die, but before they can go they have to get there wagon fixed. This had some funny moments in it like Curly's snap slap thing and when they go fishing and Larry tries to save Moe who fell in, I won't say anything else just see for yourself.
The Three Stooges has always been some of the many actors that I have
loved. I love just about every one of the shorts that they have made. I
love all six of the Stooges (Curly, Shemp, Moe, Larry, Joe, and Curly
Joe)! All of the shorts are hilarious and also star many other great
actors and actresses which a lot of them was in many of the shorts! In
My opinion The Three Stooges is some of the greatest actors ever and is
the all time funniest comedy team!
This is funny Three Stooges short with Curly. Dick Curtis and Bert Young have to interesting role here and the two actors play them well. The same goes for Dorothy Comingore, Dorothy Appleby, Lorna Gray, and Kathryn Sheldon! The fishing scenes and the bed scenes with The Stooges are hilarious! Recommended!
This is a mostly routine Three Stooges comedy, but it has some funny moments. This time, the boys are acting as guides for a group of women who are traveling west as part of a stage show, trying to protect the women from Indians, in their usual efficient manner. The funniest part might be the scene of the three of them trying to ice fish. Most of the other gags are pretty familiar, but are worth a few laughs.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
*Spoiler/plot- Rockin' thru the Rockies, 1940. The Stooges are hired as
travel guides for a all girl acting group and mayhem follows them along
the Western trail out to San Francisco.
*Special Stars- The Three Stooges: Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Curly Howard. Linda Winters, Dorothy Appleby, Lorna Gray.
*Theme- The wild West was all about this.
*Trivia/location/goofs- B & W, Columbia Pictures, film short, pre WW2.
*Emotion- A rather slow film with the low-key unexciting acting of the female supporting cast, but somewhat saved by the rest of the film's comedy male characters scenes and The Stooges energy. It's not the best from The Stooges.
Rockin' Thru the Rockies (1940)
*** (out of 4)
Moe, Larry and Curly are taking four showgirls from Kansas to San Francisco but they get held up in the Rockies where they soon come under attack from Indians. The Indians warn them to get out by the next night or else but the Stooges lose their horses and have to come up with a different route of escape. The Western setting is one that the Stooges used quite often and once again it's perfectly used in this very funny entry that manages to have all the classic violence that you'll love as well as several great routines. One of the highlights of the film has the boys going ice fishing and of course they keep falling into the water and even manage to catch a "fish that looks like Moe." The stuff dealing with the Indians isn't the funniest written parts but there are a few good moments where there's a redskin joke and the end chase is funny even if it doesn't pay off too well. As you'd expect, the violence level here is pretty high as all three men are getting slap and punched but Moe gets to take a few violent cracks over the head with an axe and the abuse he takes during the fishing sequence is priceless. Another great sequence has the boys sleeping together during a frigid night and the aftermath in the morning is hysterical to say the least. Fans of the Stooges will enjoy this short and those unfamiliar with the group will also find themselves laughing.
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