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Phony Express (1943)

Set in the old west, the stooges are three tramps wanted for vagrancy. After ruining a medicine peddlers show, they arrive in Peaceful Gulch where a picture has been printed declaring them ... See full summary »

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Set in the old west, the stooges are three tramps wanted for vagrancy. After ruining a medicine peddlers show, they arrive in Peaceful Gulch where a picture has been printed declaring them to be three famous lawmen coming to clean up the town. Assigned to guard the bank, the boys have the local gang scared at first, but when the gang learns who the stooges really are, they rob the bank. The boys go in pursuit, find the bad guy's hideout, subdue the bandits and recover the money. Written by Mitch Shapiro <mshapiro@a.crl.com>

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When Curly is acting like a hound dog, Moe refers to him as "Strongheart." That was the name of one of the earliest animal film stars, active during the 1920s. He died as the result of an accident in the studio. The "Strongheart" dog food brand is named for him. See more »

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The shot when Curly peers out of the stove and sees Red and his henchman is repeated, again. See more »

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A Few Gags That Work
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Phony Express (1943)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

The setting is the Old West where a small town is being run dry by a group of bandits. Moe, Larry and Curly are wanted for vagrancy but the locals decide to print a story claiming that they're actually great gunfighters so that when they come to town the bad guys might just give up and leave.

There are a few laughs scattered throughout this short but it's certainly not one of the Stooges best films. The entire short appears to have a bunch of small gags but no real big jokes. The film really does seem like a bunch of throwaway gags from other films that were just mixed together here so that a film could be released. The stuff at the start with the Stooges selling the medicine has been done in other shorts but here there's no real pay off. The same is true for the stuff dealing with the gunfighters.


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