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Release Date:
6 September 1951 (USA) See more »
Meet The Three Stooges as up-and-coming... always leave-'em-laughing con-men in the wild and woolly west!
Set in the old west, the stooges are mistaken for lawmen and manage to capture a gang of crooks. The... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Shemp Howard ... Shemp (as Shemp)

Larry Fine ... Larry (as Larry)

Moe Howard ... Moe (as Moe)

Don C. Harvey ... Red Morgan (as Don Harvey)

Marion Martin ... Gladys
Paul Campbell ... Clarence Cassidy
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Slim Gaut ... Cowboy Patient (scenes deleted)
Ernie Adams ... Mr. Higgins (archive footage) (uncredited)
George Chesebro ... Pete (uncredited)
John Merton ... Shotgun (uncredited)
Emil Sitka ... Mort (uncredited)
Al Thompson ... Bartender (uncredited)
Victor Travers ... Newspaper Editor (archive footage) (uncredited)
Blackie Whiteford ... Al (uncredited)

Directed by
Edward Bernds 
Writing credits
Edward Bernds (written by)

Produced by
Hugh McCollum .... producer
Original Music by
Mischa Bakaleinikoff 
Cinematography by
Allen G. Siegler  (as Allen Siegler)
Film Editing by
Edwin H. Bryant  (as Edwin Bryant)
Art Direction by
Charles Clague 

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Additional Details

USA:16 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)

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Columbia production number 4161.See more »
Continuity: 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 »
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 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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Heading west for adventure..., 28 July 2013
Author: simeon_flake

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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