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Merry Mavericks (1951)

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Set in the old west, the stooges are mistaken for lawmen and manage to capture a gang of crooks. The boys then get the job of guarding some money in an old house reputed to be haunted by ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Shemp (as Shemp)
Larry (as Larry)
Moe (as Moe)
Don C. Harvey ...
Red Morgan (as Don Harvey)
Marion Martin ...
Paul Campbell ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Slim Gaut ...
Cowboy Patient (scenes deleted)


Set in the old west, the stooges are mistaken for lawmen and manage to capture a gang of crooks. The boys then get the job of guarding some money in an old house reputed to be haunted by the ghost of an Indian Chief. The crooks escape and go after the money disguised as ghosts, but Shemp, disguised as the Indian Chief, manages to knock them out. Written by Mitch Shapiro <>

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Meet The Three Stooges as up-and-coming... always leave-'em-laughing con-men in the wild and woolly west!


Comedy | Western | Short





Release Date:

6 September 1951 (USA)  »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Columbia production number 4161. See more »


When Larry hides inside a room, we can hear him outside of the room yelling along with Moe and Shemp. See more »


Shemp: Hey Moe, I don't like this.
Larry: Yeah. Suppose that old chief comes back looking for his head.
Moe: Cut it out. That spook stuff is all a lot of foolishness. What's the matter, you scared?
Larry: No, just apprehensive.
Moe: Oh.
[Moe flinches]
Moe: That's a mighty fancy word. What does that "apprehensive" mean?
Larry: It means you're scared, with a college education.
Moe: Oh. You're pretty smart.
Larry: Oh, yeah.
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Remake of Phony Express (1943) See more »


Oh! Susanna/Camptown Races
Written by Stephen Foster
  • piano music playing during barroom scene

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Two Stories In One, With Lots Of Familiar Jokes But Still Entertaining
25 February 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This one took a different twist at the end, even though the movie as a whole had very familiar Three Stooges gags in it. (By 1951, our boys were nearing the end, as we knew them with Curly or Shemp.) It was a like a two-parter; the first part dealing the Stooges being cowboys and the second part being a horror-type movie.

Out west, we have the same saloon jokes and scenes and the handsome-but- inept townie who thinks he's the Lone Ranger but is all wannabe. (Jock Mahoney reprises the role he did in an earlier Stooges film in which he was "The Arizona Kid.")

Then, with five minutes to go, we get the always-familiar (but always fun) guys- dressed up-in-scary costumes-chasing-the Stooges- around-several rooms angle. For me, it's the latter that I enjoyed best. For some reason, I never get tired of seeing the guys get spooked by spooks and all the slapstick that goes with it.

Early in the story, we see The Stooges as vagrants. There is actually a "wanted poster" on them: 50 cents each or three-for-a-dollar! They escape out west to a town called Peaceful Gulch and are mistaken for lawman. (Don't ask.)

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