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The Three Troubledoers (1946)

Set in the old west, the stooges become marshals in a town with a high death rate for lawmen. The boys set out prevent a marriage between the villain Blackie and the heroine Nell, who's ... See full summary »

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Set in the old west, the stooges become marshals in a town with a high death rate for lawmen. The boys set out prevent a marriage between the villain Blackie and the heroine Nell, who's father Blackie has kidnapped. The stooges manage to defeat Blackie and his henchmen, but when Nell's father learns she promised to marry Curly if he could save her, he decides death would be a preferable fate. Written by Mitch Shapiro <mshapiro@a.crl.com>

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25 April 1946 (USA)  »

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Production number 4046. See more »

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As Blackie grabs the ring back from the Minister, you can hear laughter in the background. See more »

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Moe: [after the Stooges fall off a tandem bicycle] Were you looking where you were going?
Curly: No, I was going where I was looking.
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Stooges strike the funny bone despite an ill Curly
11 March 2005 | by (US) – See all my reviews

"Three Troubledoers," filmed in May 1945, is one of a dozen or so Stooge films from 1945-46 that features an ill Curly Howard. Earlier that year, he had had a few small strokes, limiting his physical and verbal comedic talents. Despite his illness, Curly rises to the occasion in this film, marking "Three Troubledoers" among the best Stooge films from this period.

The Stooges come to the aid of lovely Nell (played wonderfully by the equally lovely Christine McIntyre), who is being blackmailed into marriage by evil Badlands Blackie (played to the hilt by Dick Curtis). Curly becomes the town's sheriff, while Moe and Larry become his deputies. Nell promises to marry Curly if he can spare her father from Blackie's evil machinations. Can the Stooges save him in time?

Curly manages some laughs in his stint as Justice of the Peace. Seeing him with a hairpiece is funny enough! Other funny scenes include the setting sun that rises back up again, the attempt to remove the dog collar from Curly's neck, and Curly's reaction to Nell's father.

While most films from this time period are difficult to watch because of Curly's illness, "Three Troubledoers" is not, because Curly rallies his energy for this film in much the same way as he would in "Micro-Phonies" (made after "Three Troubledoers," but released earlier).

This film is featured on the DVD "Stooges and the Law." 9 out of 10.


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