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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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Moe (as Moe)
Don C. Harvey ...
Red Morgan (as Don Harvey)
Marion Martin ...
Paul Campbell ...
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Cowboy Patient (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

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 <mshapiro@a.crl.com>

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

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Comedy | Western | Short

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6 September 1951 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Columbia production number 4161. See more »

Goofs

As Shemp begins his "little brother this high" routine, Moe is holding his arms up (because a gun is pointed at the Stooges). Then the camera cuts to a closer shot of the Stooges and Moe's arms are suddenly to his side. Then the camera cuts back to a farther shot, and Moe's arms are suddenly raised back up again. See more »

Quotes

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 »

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Oh! Susanna/Camptown Races
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Heading west for adventure...
28 July 2013 | by See all my reviews

Pretty much the only bad film Edward Bernds directed during the Shemp years and boy is it bad. Things start off well enough with the stooges looking at their wanted poster & deciding to head west, particularly enjoyed Larry and Shemp falling asleep while Moe describes the settings of the open west.

But things quickly go downhill from that point as the short turns into a semi-remake of the Curly short "Phony Express" with elements of "The Hot Scots" thrown in to boot. Also noteworthy is that the supporting cast for this short seems very second rate compared to the regulars we would expect to see in this kind of short: Kenneth McDonald, Christine McIntyre, Jock O' Mahoney. I guess they had other engagements that prevented them from starring in this short.

And yes, it does seem ironic to me that Bernds offers his worst stooge short directly after Jules White releases one of his best, if not the best, "Scrambled Brains."


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