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Back to the Woods (1937)

Not Rated | | Short, Comedy, Western | 14 May 1937 (USA)
A 17th Century English judge orders three miscreants to defend the new British colonies in New England against its residential Native Americans.


Jack White (as Preston Black)


Andrew Bennison (screenplay), Searle Kramer (story)




Complete credited cast:
Curly Howard ... Curly (as Curly)
Larry Fine ... Larry (as Larry)
Moe Howard ... Moe (as Moe)


Set in colonial times, the Stooges, convicted as criminals, are banished from England to the American colonies. When they arrive, they find the colonists starving because the local residential Native Americans will not allow them on their hunting grounds. The Stooges go hunting anyway and, mistaking native feather headdresses for wild turkeys, fight for their lives. During their wild escapades, Larry is captured, whereby Moe and Curly mount an immediate rescue. Written by Mitch Shapiro <mshapiro@a.crl.com>

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Short | Comedy | Western


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The first Stooges short to re-use old footage; the canoe scene at the end is from Whoops, I'm an Indian! (1936), which was why they change clothes before boarding the canoe (to match the footage). See more »


At 2:11 when the judge slams his gavel, the top of it accidentally breaks and flies off. Larry Fine can be seen almost starting to laugh as he watches the broken piece land on the floor, before quickly regaining his composure and continuing the scene as normal. See more »


Governor: [after returning to his house to see his daughters and the Stooges dancing to the music box] FIE! FIE! What means this frivolity?
[the music box still plays and the governor turns to it]
Governor: QUIET!
[the music stops]
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A-Hunting We Will Go
Composed by Thomas Agustine Arne
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'Corned Beef And Savages'
28 February 2008 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

We are back in "Merrie Old England" and the boys say they are related to the Three Musketeers but the court says they are criminals who tried to attack His Majesty's guards. They are sentenced to New Cape Prison for 55 years. The prosecutor, played by Stooges regular and favorite Bud Jamieson, however, recommends the court save money and send these "knaves to the new colonies in America to fight the redskin savages." That sounds good to Curly. "I just love corned beef and savages," he says.

Soon we see three beautiful pilgrims who open the door to let in the Stooges. The boys are impressed. Who wouldn't be with these gorgeous governor's daughters: "Faith," "Hope," and "Charity?" Poor Charity is third pick of the lot. Larry says he doesn't charity because he's already on the WPA (Willing Pilgrims Association.). Yup, comedy was really corny back in the 1930s.

It gets cornier as it goes on, with a prolonged dance scene, a horse racing skit, a funny speech by a Chief who is labeled "an Indian giver," and then some more corny antics by the Stooges as they go out "a-hunting-we-will go" to get food for their new sweethearts.

The second half features the hunting scenes and The Boys various encounters with the Indians. Yes, it's pretty crude stuff, but it generally funny material.

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Release Date:

14 May 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Cor de Suas Peles See more »

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Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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