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Gold Raiders (1951)

On his way to Red Mesa to insure mine owners against loss from raids on their ore shipments, George O'Brien is ambushed by the raiders, and is accidentally saved by the Three Stooges who ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Moe (as The Three Stooges)
Shemp (as The Three Stooges)
Larry (as The Three Stooges)
Laura Mason
Doc Mason
Al Baffert ...
Utah - Bartender
Hugh Hooker ...
Dick Crockett ...
Roy Canada ...
Slim - Henchman


On his way to Red Mesa to insure mine owners against loss from raids on their ore shipments, George O'Brien is ambushed by the raiders, and is accidentally saved by the Three Stooges who run a traveling variety store. O'Brien sells mine owner John Sawyer and his foreman Sandy Evans on allowing him to insure and guard their shipments since they have no help from the bumbling sheriff. He hires to Stooges, Laura Mason and Doc Mason, Laura's ex-physician-turned-drunk grandfather. O'Brien's first move is to trap the bandits headed by saloon owner Taggart and his henchman Clete by using the Stooges to inform Taggart that O'Brien will escort the gold shipment, but George plans on having the Stooges take the actual shipment in another wagon. His plans backfire when Doc Mason, drunk in Taggart's saloon, accidentally informs Taggart of the real plans. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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A wild and wooly Western, jam-packed with hi-jackers and hi-jinks (original print ad) See more »


Comedy | Western


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Release Date:

9 September 1951 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Stooges Go West  »


Box Office


$50,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Shot in five days. See more »


Shemp: He's got horse sense.
Larry: Too bad you ain't a horse.
Moe: What do you want to insult the horse for?
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Written and performed by Larry Fine, Moe Howard and Shemp Howard
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About what you'd expect.
27 March 2006 | by See all my reviews

Mediocre little comic western has George O'Brien playing a character named... George O'Brien. That's a sign of the imagination of this oater. But the Stooges are younger and more agile, seeing as this is a 1951 film, than their later outings in the sixties when they were re-discovered. This is also the only feature film with Shemp Howard in the team. All the later films featured the lamentable Joe DeRita. This is also O'Brien's final feature role.

The story is about former marshal O'Brien investigating trouble in a western town involving a gold mine. The Stooges are hustlers selling useless gadgets. O'Brien uses the Stooges wagon to carry the gold out under the noses of the villains. Who would suspect those three idiots carting gold around, right? Pretty simple stuff and it only runs 56 minutes so it doesn't wear out its welcome. Yet it isn't particularly funny either. But if you like slapping, this is the slappingest movie ever. The Stooges slap each other, other men slap each other, and even women slap each other... and with all those Stooge sound effects included. Enjoy!

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