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HALF SHOT SHOOTERS

WWI has ended and the Stooges have been discharged from the service, but not before they exact some revenge on their Sergeant and beat him up. The years pass and our heroes have become bums. Trying to sponge a meal from a well-to-do man, he confronts them in front of a recruiting station and cons them to go inside for a job. It's only after signing up that the boys realize they've enlisted in the Army, under old Sarge's command again! Later, assigned to train on a mortar cannon at a naval base, they're unaware that target practice has been called off... just as the Admiral's flagship is cruising into port.



Holland's censorship board would not allow this short and HOI POLLOI (1935) to screen in their country.
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Featuring
Moe, Larry and Curly
Release Date
April 30, 1936
Studio
Columbia
Production Type
Short Subject
Duration
18.4 min.
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Production Notes   (2)
Prod. No.:   225
Shooting Days:   4 days   From: 1936-03-18   To: 1936-03-21

Stooge Mayhem   (Avg. 6.00)
Face Slaps: 20 Eye Pokes: 4 Head Bonks: 0 Pastry Thrown: 0

Stooge Quotes   (8)
  • "Pipe down, you guys, you're spoilin' the whole war for me!"
    (Larry)

  • 'Would you fight for this great Republic, and..." "Republican?! Naw, I'm a Democrat!" "Not me!! I'm a pedestrian!"
    (Edward LeSaint, Moe and Curly)

  • "Every time you think you weaken the nation."
    (Moe)

  • "His mother and my mother are both mothers."
    (Curly)

  • "I don't know where that one landed, but I hope it didn't hit the pool room!"
    (Moe)

  • "For 2 cents I'd punch you right in the face." "Well here's the 2 cents!" "Well, I raised my price."
    (Curly & Vernon Dent)

  • "Were you born in this country?!!" "No, Milwaukee."
    (Edward LeSaint & Larry)

  • "I seen my duty and I did it!" "Well, I see my duty and I'LL do it!" [smack!]
    (Curly & Moe)


Stooge Goofs   (23)
  • Boom Mike Visible
    After the first shell is launched and the General is outside demanding "who fired that gun," the shadow of the boom mike is clearly visible on the bottom right of screen.

  • Boom Mike Visible
    A shadow of a boom mike is visible behind Curly on the back of cannon gun in the scene when Moe is blaming Larry and Curly for hitting the admiral's flagship.

  • Dubbed-In Line
    When the Stooges are screaming in pain after MacGillicuddy blasts the gun, Larry's line â€Å"I can't hear!” is very obviously dubbed in - the line doesn't match his lip movements at all and you can even hear what he's really saying under the dubbed line!

  • Dubbed-In Line
    During the loving cups scene, when Moe asks â€Å"Wait a minute, where's Larry?”, his mouth isn't moving.

  • Larry's Fingers
    When Larry closes the cannon door, him crunching his fingers in it wasn't supposed to happen and you can hear him yell â€Å"Ahh, my finger!!”

  • Larry's Hat / Repeated Action
    When Sgt. MacGillicuddy bonks Larry and Moe's heads together, Larry's hat falls off, but in the next shot, his hat is back on. In the same scene, you can see Curly in the background getting up from the ground as Moe and Larry's heads get bonked together, but in the next shot, Curly's still lying down, then he gets up again.

  • Location Change
    When MacGillicuddy orders the boys to stick their heads in the trough, Moe is standing closest to the screen, with Larry in the middle and Curly on the far end. Then the camera shows a brief close-up of MacGillicuddy and when it goes back to the Stooges, Moe and Larry have suddenly switched places.

  • Lying Down or Sitting?
    After Moe eyepokes Curly in the beginning, Moe lays back down, but in the next shot, he's still sitting up.

  • Magically Appearing Fourth Shell
    We see the Stooges cart in a buggy with three cannon shells on it, but they shoot and hit 1) a tower, 2) a house, 3) a bridge, and 4) the admiral's flagship. Where did they get the fourth shell to fire at the flagship?

  • Magically Appearing Window Stain
    At the end of the scene with the Stooges begging the man in the restaurant for food through the window, we see mashed potatoes splattered on the window from the inside, but how did it get there?

  • Missing Line
    After Curly says â€Å"Soitenly, what do you think we're here for?” to the army registrator, Larry opens his mouth to say something, but it abruptly cuts to the next shot before he speaks.

  • Missing Part
    After the Stooges fall flat on their faces on the ground, it cuts to the man from the restaurant yelling â€Å"Hey!” to the Stooges. At the same time, there's a guy behind him getting up from the ground, grunting â€Å"Hey, what's the idea?!” as if Vernon's character pushed him to the ground, but they didn't show it.

  • Muted Audio
    After Curly says â€Å"Upstairs in the front room”, the general is saying something, but there's no sound.

  • No Powder in the gun
    The Stooges load the gun for the first shot with a shell and powder. After they fire it, you see them load only the shell and no powder for the second shot.

  • On-the-Set Injury?
    In one of the parts where the Stooges fall backwards on the ground after firing the cannon, you can hear Larry groan as if he really hurt himself.

  • Reflection in the Window
    In the part where the Stooges try grabbing the turkey away from the mutt but end up falling flat on the ground, in the window above the Stooges, you can see a reflection of Vernon Dent standing in the street watching the scene, when we're supposed to believe that hischaracter was still inside the restaurant.

  • Rehearsal Evidence?
    Right before the Stooges stick their heads in the water, Larry's hair already looks as if it's wet.

  • Repeated Action
    When the Stooges stick their head in the trough, MacGillicuddy sticks his gun in the water, but in the next shot, he's still holding his gun, clicks it, then sticks it in the water again.

  • Repeated Action
    After the Stooges put several loving cups on the table for Sgt. MacGillicuddy, Moe walks behind Curly and then stops. But in the next shot, he does the walking up behind Curly and stopping all over again.

  • Silent Laughter
    You can hear Moe laughing out loud as he walks up to the donkey, but he isn't even moving his mouth.

  • Sleeping Positions
    When the camera first shows the Stooges sleeping, Moe is in the middle faced skyward with Larry and Curly each on opposite sides facing him. But in the next shot, all three of them are suddenly faced towards their left.

  • Something Caught in Eye
    At the beginning of the scene in the general's office, the actor playing the general has something in his eye and is trying to rub it out.

  • The Un-shooting Rifle
    Early in the short, Moe and Larry are awakened by a sergeant. They jump up, grab their rifles and shoot. Larry's rifle, however, doesn't fire. (either that, or he never pulled the trigger)


Stooge Routines   (6)

Stooge Trivia   (2)
  • This short marked the debut of long-time Stooge costar Vernon Dent.
    Source: Cast Database - Vernon Dent
    Added by ProfessorStooge on 2010-01-13 11:22:39
    Status: Confirmed

  • The final short to feature the original version of the Columbia Torch Lady with the head dress and the animated flickering torch.
    Source: HALF SHOT SHOOTERS (1936)
    Added by MR77100 on 2011-05-24 01:00:27
    Status: Confirmed


Audio Files   (1)
  • Pedestrian
    Wave Sound (48.38 Kb)
    "Republican? Naw, I'm a Democrat!" "Not me!! I'm a pedestrian!"


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Transcription by Stooge:  

HALF SHOT SHOOTERS

[ The short opens with an on-screen graphic that displays the year 1918, while a war is going on in a battlefield. Bombs are being set off, rifles being fired, and soldiers running around all over the place. ]

[ In one part of a battlefield behind a hedge, the Stooges are sleeping on the ground during all the chaos. Curly smacks the side of his face twice while sleeping, then both him and Moe wake up. ]

MOE: What are you wakin' me up for?!

CURLY: Somethin' hit me on the head! Is there a bullet hole there?

MOE: No bullet's goin' through that skull!

[ Moe begins to lay back down, but Curly smacks the side of his own face again ]

MOE: Hey, what's eatin' ya?

CURLY: Mosquiter! I can't sleep!

MOE: Well, lay down or I'll put ya to sleep! [ bonks Curly on the head ]

CURLY: Ohh!

[ Moe and Curly both lay back down. Curly notices the mosquito flying near Moe and landing on Moe's face. Curly grabs a pot and swings it at the mosquito, whacking Moe's face. ]

MOE: AAHHHH! [ sits up ] What's the matter, ya nuts?! [ bonks Curly on the head ]

CURLY: I saw it again!

MOE: I'll murder ya, I'll tell ya! [ pokes Curly in the eyes ] I'll murder ya!

CURLY: WOO!!

[ Curly lays back down as Moe looks at him. At the same time, Larry opens his eyes. ]

LARRY: Pipe down, you guys - you're spoilin' the whole war for me!

MOE: What of it?!

LARRY: Nothin'. I was just sayin'.

MOE: Then go back to sleep and keep quiet! [ slaps Larry ]

[ All the Stooges go back to sleep ]

[ On another part of the battlefield, a soldier is speaking on a phone. To his right is another soldier looking into the distance with a pair of binoculars, and to his left is Sgt. MacGillicuddy. ]

SOLDIER ON PHONE: That's great news, major! [ pause ] Yes, sir. Yes, sir. [ puts down the phone ] Cease firing - the war is over! The war is over!!

SGT. MACGILLICUDDY: Oh, boy! Hooray!!

SOLDIER ON PHONE: [ hugging the other soldier ] The war is over!

[ MacGillicuddy begins running to tell other soldiers the great news, but he trips over the sleeping Stooges' feet. He looks down at them in surprise. ]

SGT. MACGILLICUDDY: Well, I'll be--!

[ MacGillicuddy kicks Curly in the behind several times. Curly wakes up immediately, raising his arms in the air as he stands up. ]

CURLY: Comrade! Comrade! Comrade! [ sees MacGillicuddy ] Ohh, it's only you, sargie!

SGT. MACGILLICUDDY: So… you're still yellow!

CURLY: Not me! I'm in the pink!

[ MacGillicuddy punches Curly in his right eye ]

CURLY: [ holding his eye ] Ohh!

[ Curly releases his hand, revealing a fresh black eye ]

CURLY: Whoa-whoa-whoa-whoa! Ohh!

SGT. MACGILLICUDDY: Now you're in the black!

[ Curly snaps his fingers and waves his hand in front of MacGillicuddy's face. MacGillicuddy pushes Curly away and walks up to a sleeping Moe and Larry, then presses his foot against their chests, waking them up. ]

LARRY: Ohh!

MOE: AHHH!! What happened???

[ Moe and Larry both raise from the ground and pick up their rifles, then aim them right at Curly and Sgt. MacGillicuddy. Curly and MacGillicuddy both duck out of the way right before Moe and Larry's rifles fire. MacGillicuddy walks up behind Moe and Larry and bonks their heads together. ]

MOE AND LARRY: OHHH!!

SGT. MACGILLICUDDY: Plant those guns, ya bloomin' idiots!!

CURLY: [ walks up to MacGillicuddy ] We can enjoy this war if it wasn't for you! [ fearfully backs away ]

SGT. MACGILLICUDDY: Yeah, well it's too late now! The war is over - they called it off!

MOE: [ saluting ] Viva la France!

CURLY: Bonsower, monsewer!

LARRY: Bonsewer, monsower!

MOE: Mazel tov!

CURLY: L'chaim!

MOE AND LARRY: Mazel tov!

[ Moe and Larry kiss each other on the cheek. Curly walks up to MacGillicuddy intending to do the same, but MacGillcuddy scares him off by threateningly raising his elbow in front of Curly's face. Larry grabs MacGillicuddy's face from the other side and kisses him on the cheek. MacGillicuddy grabs Larry by the collar and punches him in the left eye. ]

LARRY: Ooh!

[ Larry lays back in a corner and holds his left eye in pain ]

CURLY: [ pinching Moe's cheeks ] Woo-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la!

MOE: [ slaps Curly ] Get outta here! [ raises his rifle ] I'll give you a whack in the head! I'll knock your brains--

[ Moe swings his rifle forward and accidentally hits MacGillicuddy on the back of the head with it. MacGillicuddy pushes Moe's rifle away from his face, causing it to swing around and hit Curly on the face. ]

CURLY: OY!!

[ MacGillicuddy grabs Moe's left arm and begins forcefully squeezing it ]

SGT. MACGILLICUDDY: DROP THAT GUN!!

MOE: Ohh, my arm!!

SGT. MACGILLICUDDY: DROP IT!!

MOE: Alright, alright!

[ MacGillicuddy releases Moe's arm, then walks away ]

MOE: Ya mug!

[ Larry releases his hand from over his left eye, revealing a black eye ]

CURLY: Never mind him! We're goin' home!

MOE: Home!

[ Moe and Curly hold their rifles ]

MOE: WHOOPIE! HOORAY! HOME!

[ Moe and Curly throw their rifles in the air above them ]

MOE AND CURLY: YAHOOOOOOO!!

CURLY: Lafayette, we have come!

MOE: Ah--

[ Moe and Curly's rifles come back down from the air and bonk them both on the head, knocking them out. They lean on each other's backs and faint on the ground. The scene ends. ]

[ The next scene begins with various soldiers walking in and out of a building called "A.E.F. HEADQUARTERS DIV. 12". Sgt. MacGillicuddy walks up to the outside of the building right as the Stooges walk out, and both sides see each other. Moe has his left arm in a cast. ]

MOE: Hiya, sarge!

CURLY: Thanks, pal!

SGT. MACGILLICUDDY: For what???

MOE: For this. [ points to his broken left arm ]

CURLY: And this. [ points to his black right eye ]

LARRY: And this. [ points to his black left eye ]

SGT. MACGILLICUDDY: [ chuckling ] Ha! Thankin' me for beatin' ya up???

MOE: Sure! They decorated us! [ shows a medal on his uniform ]

CURLY: They thought we were wounded in action!

LARRY: Look! [ shows a medal on his uniform ]

[ MacGillicuddy puts his hands on his hips and looks to the side with an angry expression. Larry walks up closer to him, holding a discharge paper in his hand. ]

LARRY: Say, this discharge means we're through, don't it?

SGT. MACGILLICUDDY: Yeah?

MOE: And we don't have to take any more orders from you???

SGT. MACGILLICUDDY: That's right. So what?!

MOE: That's all we wanted to know! No hard feelings, is there, sarge?

SGT. MACGILLICUDDY: [ smiling ] No!

[ MacGillicuddy puts out his hand for a handshake. Moe pretends to politely go in for a handshake, then suddenly pokes MacGillicuddy in the eyes instead. ]

SGT. MACGILLICUDDY: OHHHH!!

[ Moe begins ripping the back of MacGilicuddy's shirt upwards and Curly kicks MacGillicuddy in the knee ]

SGT. MACGILLICUDDY: OHH!!

MOE: Get it up, boys! Get it up!

[ Larry helps Moe lift MacGillicuddy's shirt over his head ]

SGT. MACGILLICUDDY: HEY!

[ Curly runs up to a box and begins pulling out a board from it ]

[ Moe and Larry have tied MacGillicuddy's shirt in a knot over his head ]

MOE: I'll let you out in a minute!

SGT. MACGILLICUDDY: I'll have you court-martialed for this!

MOE: Ah, sargie - break arms, eh?! [ punches MacGillicuddy in the stomach ]

SGT. MACGILLICUDDY: OOOHH!!

LARRY: Peelin' potatoes, eh?! [ yanks out an armpit hair from MacGillicuddy ]

SGT. MACGILLICUDDY: OOOHHH!!

MOE: [ pushes Larry away ] Step aside! [ to MacGillicuddy ] Washin' the floors, eh?! [ kicks MacGillicuddy in the stomach ]

SGT. MACGILLICUDDY: OHHHH!!

LARRY: Blacken people's eyes, eh?! [ yanks out an armpit hair from MacGillicuddy ]

SGT. MACGILLICUDDY: OOOOH!!

MOE: Oh, tough guy, huh?! [ punches MacGillicuddy in the stomach ]

[ Curly has ripped out the board from the box. The board has several sharp nails sticking out from it. ]

CURLY: Ah! [ looking at MacGillicuddy ] Hmmm!!

[ Curly runs up to behind MacGillicuddy and whacks him in the behind with the sharp side of the board ]

SGT. MACGILLICUDDY: [ turns around ] OOOWWWW!!

MOE AND LARRY: Ha ha ha ha ha ha!!

CURLY: Woo-woo-woo-woo-woo-woo!

[ Curly runs up to behind MacGillicuddy and whacks him in the behind with the board again twice this time ]

SGT. MACGILLICUDDY: OHHHHHHHHH!!! OHHH!!

[ Moe walks next to a donkey, then whispers in its ear ]

MOE: [ speaks in French ] Give!

[ The donkey kicks its legs back, hitting MacGillicuddy in the behind and flipping him forward on the ground ]

MOE: So long, sarge!

CURLY: Toodle-oo!

LARRY: Au reservoir!

SGT. MACGILLICUDDY: I'LL GET EVEN WITH YOU FOR THIS!!

MOE: [ to Larry and Curly ] Attention!

[ Curly and Larry stand straight up ]

MOE: About face!

[ Curly and Larry turn around at a 360 degree angle ]

MOE: Time… marches on!

[ Curly pretends to beat a drum. Larry plays an invisible flute and Moe waves around his arm cast in the air like a flag, as the Stooges walk away. The scene ends. ]

[ The next scene begins with an on-screen graphic that displays the year 1935. We see a tight camera shot on three pairs of feet walking on a sidewalk in worn-out, old-looking shoes. They stop walking, and one of the three pulls up his bottomless shoe and scratches his bare foot. The camera pans up and reveals that the three men are the Stooges. ]

[ Curly looks over and notices a man in a nearby restaurant sitting by the window with a plate of food, including a chicken ]

CURLY: Look!

[ The Stooges walk up to the restaurant window and a dog follows them. The Stooges stare at the man with the plate of food. ]

CURLY: Oh, boy! Look at this. Look at this!

LARRY: Some people have all the luck.

MOE: Boy, could I tear that chicken to smithereenies!

[ The man in the restaurant looks out the window and notices the Stooges. He motions them with his arm to get lost, but the Stooges point to their stomachs and mouths, begging for food. The man tries to ignore them and eat his meal. Curly bends down to the dog and whispers something in his ear. Then the dog runs inside the restaurant. ]

[ Inside the restaurant, the dog goes up to the man's table and grabs away the man's chicken with his mouth ]

MAN IN RESTAURANT: Yeh--

[ As the dog takes off, the man tries to grab his chicken back with a fork, but he ends up jabbing his own hand by accident ]

MAN IN RESTAURANT: OUCH!!

[ The Stooges run away from the window as the man is kissing his hand to ease the pain ]

[ Outside the restaurant, the dog has the chicken on the ground. The Stooges try slowly sneaking up to him to grab the chicken, but right before they can reach it, the dog grabs the chicken with his mouth and takes off, leaving the Stooges to fall flat on the ground. ]

MOE: Ahh, how do you like that?!

[ The man from the restaurant is standing outside the restaurant entrance, pointing his arm toward the Stooges ]

MAN IN RESTAURANT: HEY!! HEY!!! [ begins running over to the Stooges ]

ALL STOOGES: HEEEYYYYYY!!!

[ The Stooges run away as the man chases them ]

MAN IN RESTAURANT: Hey, you guys!!

[ The Stooges stop running in front of a building named "Singer Building" and bump into a crowd of people exiting the building ]

MAN IN CROWD: Hey, I got a good notion to bust you right in the nose! [ walks away ]

[ The man from the restaurant grabs Moe ]

MOE: What's the matter, fella?

MAN IN RESTAURANT: Oh, you thought you'd get away, huh?! [ slaps Moe ]

MOE: Ohh, a face-slapper, eh?!

MAN IN RESTAURANT: I oughta have you all arrested!

[ The man raises his hand with his thumb sticking out and accidentally thumbs Curly in the eye ]

CURLY: OOH-OOHH!! Hmm! For two cents, I'll punch you right in the face!

MAN IN RESTAURANT: [ pulls out two pennies from his pocket ] Well, here's the two cents!

CURLY: Well… I raise my price!

LARRY: Oh, listen, mister, we don't mean any harm - we're hungry! Do you know where we can get a job?

MAN IN RESTAURANT: [ fuming ] Why you've got your ner--!!

[ In mid-sentence, the man notices a billboard across from the Singer Building, then he quickly changes his mood to a pleasant one ]

MAN IN RESTAURANT: I'm sorry I lost my temper. Go in the building, boys, up to Room 310 and ask for Burke. They're looking for men. Just say you wanna "sign up".

MOE: Aw, you're a regular fella after all!

MAN IN RESTAURANT: Yeah.

MOE: And if you wanna, you can smack me again!

MAN IN RESTAURANT: Yeh-- [ slaps Moe ]

MOE: OHHH!! [ to the other Stooges ] By golly, he did it!

[ The Stooges fearfully walk away from the man and enter the Singer Building ]

MAN IN RESTAURANT: Ha ha ha ha ha ha!!

[ The man leaves and the camera pans over to a close-up of the billboard, which says "VACANCIES EXIST! ENLIST NOW - U S ARMY - APPLY - CAPT. BURKE ROOM 310 - RECRUITING OFFICE" ]

[ Inside Room 310, a man is saying goodbye to Capt. Burke ]

CIVILIAN: See ya tomorrow, cap'n. So long.

CAPT. BURKE: So long.

[ The Stooges peek their heads in the room ]

CURLY: Is this Room 310?

CAPT. BURKE: Sure, come right in.

[ The Stooges walk up to Capt. Burke's desk ]

MOE: [ to Curly ] Ignoramus, take off your hat!

[ Moe slaps Curly's hat onto the desk, then Moe puts his own hat back on ]

MOE: [ to Capt. Burke ] A man downstairs said you can use some men.

CAPT. BURKE: You wanna sign up?

CURLY: Soitenly! What do you think we're here for???

CAPT. BURKE: [ hands the Stooges a paper ] Sign right here!

MOE: It's a pleasure! [ begins signing ]

LARRY: Oh, a job at last!

MOE: Whaddaya gonna do with all the money?

[ As Curly puts back on his hat, he looks to his side and notices a poster which says "U.S. ARMY - JOIN NOW", then he slaps his own face in confusion ]

CURLY: Hey, I think there's somethin' screwy goin' on around here!

MOE: Every time you think, ya weaken the nation! [ hands Curly the paper and pencil ] Sign!

CURLY: But--

MOE: "But but but but but--" Go on - sign or I'll crack your head open! Go on, go on! [ slaps Curly's hat off ]

CURLY: Ohh!

[ Curly signs his name on the paper, then Moe hands the paper back to Capt. Burke. Burke holds up three cards for the Stooges. ]

CAPT. BURKE: Take these over to Fort Singer.

MOE: You mean those papers we signed were to join the army?!!

CAPT. BURKE: Of course! You're in the army now!

MOE: Oh, no! We quit!

CAPT. BURKE: [ getting up from his chair ] WHY--!!

[ The Stooges run away towards the door ]

CURLY: WOO!!

[ The Stooges stop running when they notice Sgt. MacGillcuddy right at the entrance of the room. They all stare at MacGillicuddy in shock for a few seconds, then suddenly turn around and rush back at Capt. Burke's desk. ]

ALL STOOGES: WHOOOOAAAAAAAA!!!

CURLY: WOO-WOO-WOO!!

SGT. MACGILLICUDDY: As I live… I'm seein' things -- three of them!

MOE: Boys… you remember Sgt. MacGillicuddy?

CURLY: Yeah, his mother and my mother are both mothers!

LARRY: No, he helped us win the war!

CAPT. BURKE: Sergeant - take these men over to Fort Singer! They're in your charge!

SGT. MACGILLICUDDY: [ salutes ] With pleasure!

MOE: [ to Larry ] You wanted a job, huh?

LARRY: Yeah--

MOE: [ slaps Larry ] What's the matter witcha?! [ to Curly ] You - boxcars wasn't good enough for you, was it?

CURLY: I don't know, I'm a stowaway!

MOE: Well, stow this away! [ slaps Curly ]

LARRY: Leave 'im alone, will ya?

MOE: [ slaps Larry ] I'll leave 'im alone! I'll give ya-- [ punches Larry and Curly in the stomachs, then bops them on the heads ]

LARRY AND CURLY: OHH! OHH!

SGT. MACGILLICUDDY: BREAK IT UP!! BREAK IT UP!!

[ The Stooges stop fighting ]

SGT. MACGILLICUDDY: Come on, boys!

MOE: I kinda forgot myself for a minute--

[ The Stooges nervously run out the door as MacGillicuddy follows them ]

CURLY: WOO!

[ The scene ends ]

[ The next scene begins with Sgt. MacGillicuddy sitting in an office while looking at a door from across him marked "EXAMINATION ROOM". The door opens and a doctor walks up to MacGillicuddy with the Stooges. MacGillicuddy stands up. ]

DOCTOR: Medical exam okay.

SGT. MACGILLICUDDY: Tiger, sir!

[ The doctor exits ]

SGT. MACGILLICUDDY: Here we are - bosom friends again! HA HA HA HA HA HA!

[ The Stooges nervously begin laughing with him ]

MOE: Gee, sarge, you're a pal!

[ MacGillicuddy's laugh slowly fades into an angry expression ]

SGT. MACGILLICUDDY: SIT DOWN!!

[ The Stooges sit on the bench behind them and it breaks in half, causing the Stooges to fall ]

LARRY: Ooh!

SGT. MACGILLICUDDY: HA HA HA HA HA HA!!

[ The Stooges get up, as MacGillicuddy pulls a gun out from a drawer and hides it behind his back ]

MOE: Aw, now listen, sarge! You're gonna let bygones be bygones, ain't ya?

SGT. MACGILLICUDDY: Sure, sure! [ pointing to a horse troff ] Get over at that troff!

[ The Stooges hesitatingly walk over to the troff ]

MOE: Whaddaya gonna do?

SGT. MACGILLICUDDY: Gonna give you a detonation test!

CURLY: Detonation? If I got it, can I get cured???

SGT. MACGILLICUDDY: Yeah! It's a test to see if your eardrums will stand the shooting of the big guns.

MOE: That's a new one on me!

SGT. MACGILLICUDDY: Yeah, I just thought of it!

[ The Stooges do a double-take and look at MacGillicuddy in shock ]

SGT. MACGILLICUDDY: Now when I say "Go", duck your heads under that water and hold it.

LARRY: For how long???

SGT. MACGILLICUDDY: I'll tell ya when to come up!

[ The Stooges do a double-take and look at MacGillicuddy in anger ]

SGT. MACGILLICUDDY: Get ready…

[ MacGillicuddy walks over to the troff and as he turns his back, the Stooges notice the gun he's holding behind him. They all get worried expressions. ]

SGT. MACGILLICUDDY: Ready? GO!!

[ The Stooges stick their heads in the water. MacGillicuddy pulls out the gun and sticks the barrel under one part of the water away from the Stooges, then fires it loudly. The Stooges quickly pull their heads out of the water, screaming and holding their ears. ]

ALL STOOGES: OHHHH!! AAHH AHH AHHH! MY EARS!!!

LARRY: I CAN'T HEAR!!

MOE: OH, MY EARS!

LARRY: WHAT?!

MOE: WHAT?! WHAT?!

CURLY: Mines are buzzin' like a bee!

[ MacGillicuddy hands the Stooges towels ]

SGT. MACGILLICUDDY: Come on, let's go, boys.

LARRY: HUH?! HUH?! WHAT?!

MOE: I CAN'T HEAR YA!

LARRY: My ears!

[ The Stooges and MacGillicuddy exit the room and the scene ends ]

[ The next scene begins with MacGillicuddy and the Stooges entering an office with the label "MAJOR SMITH" on the door. Major Smith is sitting at his desk. The Stooges are still holding their ears in pain. ]

SGT. MACGILLICUDDY: Here are those recruits, sir.

MOE: Can't hear a thing!

[ The Stooges walk up to Major Smith's desk ]

MAJOR SMITH: Attention!!

[ Moe salutes with his right hand and raises his elbow, smacking Larry in the face ]

LARRY: Ooh!

[ Larry salutes with his right hand and raises his elbow, smacking Curly in the face ]

CURLY: Ooh!! HMM!!

[ Curly angrily salutes with his right hand and tries to elbow the person to the right of him, before he realizes that there's nobody standing there ]

MAJOR SMITH: Where were you born?

MOE: What???

MAJOR SMITH: Where were you born?

LARRY: I don't know what he's sayin'!

MAJOR SMITH: [ angrily ] Where were you born?!!

CURLY: [ to Moe ] He said your pants are torn!

MOE: I ain't got any horn!

LARRY: No, not worn - Corn!

CURLY: What???

LARRY: Corn!!

CURLY: Oh, corns! [ raises his foot ] I got two on both dogs! [ to Major Smith ] Can ya tell me where I can get a cold plaster, shorty?

[ Major Smith glares angrily at Curly ]

CURLY: I-I-- [ backs away fearfully ] Woo-wooo!

MAJOR SMITH: Now… where were you born?!

CURLY: Oh, born! Upstairs in the front room!

MAJOR SMITH: Fine soldiers for the coast artillery! Wouldn't know a shell from a boat!

LARRY: What?!?

MOE: He said "Ya smell like a goat"!

LARRY: Oh, yeah?! [ angrily to Major Smith ] Thanks! The same to you!

MAJOR SMITH: [ stands up ] Remember your place!

MOE: [ bonks Larry on the head ] Get out!

CURLY: Nyuk, nyuk, nyuk, nyuk, nyuk!

MAJOR SMITH: What is wrong with you men?!

CURLY: We're hungry! We ain't eaten in a week!

MAJOR SMITH: So… that's it! [ to MacGillicuddy ] Sergeant, get these men some food.

SGT. MACGILLICUDDY: [ saluting ] Yes, sir. [ exits ]

MAJOR SMITH: Now to continue… Were you born in this country?

LARRY: What???

MAJOR SMITH: [ angrily ] Were you born in this country?!

LARRY: No - Milwaukee!

MAJOR SMITH: Would you fight for this great republic and--

MOE: Republican?! No, I'm a democrat!

CURLY: Not me! I'm a pedestrian!

MAJOR SMITH: [ waving his arms in despair ] Ohhh!!

[ As Major Smith stands up from his desk, MacGillicuddy returns with a small box of tomatoes ]

SGT. MACGILLICUDDY: This is all I could find, sir.

MAJOR SMITH: See what you could do with these men. I give up! [ exits ]

[ The Stooges lunge for the box of tomatoes and each grab several tomatoes, then begin piggishly eating them ]

[ Outside of the office window, a general is meeting with two officers ]

SGT. MACGILLICUDDY: [ to the Stooges ] THROW AWAY THOSE TOMATOES!! THROW 'EM AWAY, I SAY!!

[ The Stooges ignore MacGillicuddy and continue eating the tomatoes ]

SGT. MACGILLICUDDY: [ picks up a tomato ] Why, y--

[ MacGillicuddy throws the tomato towards the Stooges, but they duck and the tomato goes out the window and hits the general right in the face ]

GENERAL: Wha-- Why-- Bu-- THIS IS AN OUTRAGE!!

[ The scene ends ]

[ The next scene begins with MacGillicuddy in a room, angrily cleaning two whole piles of loving cups placed seperately on two different tables. The Stooges walk in, carrying several loving cups. ]

MOE: Hiya, general!

LARRY: Here you are!

[ The Stooges place the loving cups on one of the tables with the rest of the pile, to MacGillicuddy's dismay ]

CURLY: If ya clean enough of those loving cups, you can expectorate in the army!

[ MacGillicuddy threateningly raises his elbow towards Curly's face as if he's going to hit him. Moe turns to Curly and pokes him in the eyes. ]

CURLY: OOOH!!

[ Curly falls over backwards, knocking down MacGillcuddy as well as both piles of loving cups and they all crash on the floor. After a few seconds, Moe, Curly, and MacGillicuddy get up from the floor. Moe and Curly fearfully salute their hands repetitively as MacGillicuddy pulls up his arm sleeves and slowly walks towards them. ]

MOE: Wait a minute - where's Larry?!

[ Larry slowly rises from under the pile of scattered loving cups on the floor ]

LARRY: [ dazedly ] Here I am…

[ Larry raises his right hand and realizes that it's stuck inside a loving cup. Then he tries to use his left hand to get the cup off, but that hand is also stuck inside a loving cup. He struggles trying to get both cups off his hands. The scene ends. ]

[ The next scene begins with many soldiers, including the Stooges, standing in front of a cannon, with MacGillicuddy next to them. The Stooges are leaning against each other, sleeping. ]

SGT. MACGILLICUDDY: Attention!!

[ The Stooges wake up and all the soldiers stand in a straight line. Larry salutes his right hand and elbows Moe in the chin. ]

MOE: OHHH!!

[ Moe salutes his right hand and elbows Curly in the chin ]

CURLY: OHHH!!

[ Curly angrily salutes his right hand and tries to elbow the short soldier to his right, but the soldier is standing out of Curly's reach ]

CURLY: Hmmm!!

[ Curly pulls the short soldier closer to him, then salutes once again and elbows the soldier in the chin ]

CURLY: Nyuk, nyuk, nyuk, nyuk, nyuk!

SHORT SOLDIER: OH!

[ Moe punches Curly in the stomach ]

CURLY: OHH!!

[ The general and an officer walk up to MacGillicuddy and they all salute each other. The general takes out a paper and begins reading from it. ]

GENERAL: "Order No. 41G Heavy Ordinance Gunnery Practice. Gun crew 6, 7, and 8 in ordered name will fire on obsolete radio-controlled cruiser, which will pass port at 5,000 yards."

[ The camera pans over to the Stooges, who have fallen asleep while still standing up ]

GENERAL: [ still reading ] "Crew making best record of hits will receive citation and two weeks leave of absence!"

SGT. MACGILLICUDDY: [ to soldiers ] TAKE YOUR POSTS!!

[ The Stooges wake up suddenly and bump into each other in confusion ]

SGT. MACGILLICUDDY: Go to the powder tunnel and bring shells and powder as fast as you can, and no slip-ups!

[ The Stooges slowly begin walking away ]

SGT. MACGILLICUDDY: HURRY UP!!!

[ The Stooges quickly run away ]

[ MacGillicuddy walks up to a soldier, who's speaking into a phone ]

SOLDIER: Yes, sir. Yes, sir. I understand. [ to MacGillicuddy ] Target practice postponed until arrival of Admiral Hawkins' flagship on inspection cruise. Dismiss the crew.

[ MacGillicuddy walks away with a disappointed look on his face, then blows a whistle at the remaining soldiers except for the Stooges ]

SGT. MACGILLICUDDY: Fall in!

[ The soldiers stand in a straight line in front of MacGillicuddy ]

SGT. MACGILLICUDDY: Target practice postponed. Right face, forward march!

[ The soldiers and MacGillicuddy march away ]

[ The general and officer walk up to another officer ]

OFFICER #2: Admiral Hawkins' flagship is steaming up the bay for maneuvers, sir.

[ The camera shows a quick shot of the flagship at sea ]

[ The Stooges re-enter the scene, with Moe and Larry sitting on a cart with shells and bags of gun powder on it as Curly pushes the cart. ]

ALL STOOGES: [ singing ] You'll never know
just what tears are
till you cry
like you've made me cry--

MOE: Here we are, boys! Here we are!

[ Curly stops pushing the cart and Moe puts a cigarette in his mouth. He flicks his match one of the gun powder bags, then lights his cigarette with the match. He and Larry get off the cart. ]

MOE: [ looking around ] Where's the sergeant and the gun crew???

LARRY: Maybe he's between halves!

[ Moe looks over at Larry with a sarcastic smirk, then hands him his cigarette ]

MOE: Hold that.

LARRY: Oh, thanks.

MOE: [ slaps Larry ] Come on! Get outta here! [ to Curly ] Come on, get busy!

[ Moe grabs one of the heavy shells from the cart ]

MOE: Ready… WHOOIIIIA!! HUP-HUP-HUP!! [ hands Curly the heavy shell ]

CURLY: WHOOIIIA!! OOH! [ hands Larry the shell ]

LARRY: Whooiia! Whoiia!

[ Moe grabs a bag of gun powder ]

MOE: Ready… HUP!

[ Moe throws the bag of gun powder in the air expecting Curly to catch it, but he and Larry are too busy getting the shell in the cannon. Moe quickly catches the gun powder bag himself before it hits the ground. He gets up and walks behind Curly. ]

MOE: [ slaps Curly ] Get outta the way! You're in the way!

[ Moe and Larry get the gun powder bag inside the cannon, then Larry closes the cannon door and accidentally squeezes his finger in between the door ]

LARRY: AAHH!! My finger!!

CURLY: [ singing ] Oh, the first shell went in there
then it goes around and around
WHOOOOAAA-OOOAAAAA OHHH
and it goes out there

[ Curly looks in the distance and gets a surprised expression ]

CURLY: Hey, fellas - look!!

[ Moe and Larry look off in the distance with Curly and they notice the flagship at sea ]

LARRY: That's the boat we're supposed to use for a target! What'll we do?!

CURLY: Target??? I don't see no bulls-eye on it!

MOE: We'll take the bull by the horns and fire it ourself! Come on, I know how to cock a cannon!

CURLY: Right!

MOE: Right!

CURLY AND LARRY: Right!

MOE: Right!

CURLY: Right!

MOE: [ grabs Curly ] Wait a minute…! Everything alright?

CURLY: Right!

MOE: [ slaps Curly ] Come on!

CURLY: Ooh! Right!

[ The Stooges run up on the cannon and are revolving it around to face the flagship ]

MOE: 40x50 range, got that?

CURLY: Yes, sir!

MOE: Easy now!

[ The Stooges stop spinning the cannon around ]

MOE: Gun range okay!

LARRY: Gun range okay!

ALL STOOGES: [ singing ] Gun range okaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyy!!

[ Curly notices a lever on the cannon ]

CURLY: Hey, I wonder what this is!

MOE: I don't know. Pull it and find out.

CURLY: Okay!

[ Curly pulls the lever and the cannon fires suddenly, causing the Stooges to fall backwards flat on the ground. The cannon ends up shooting down a tower in the distance. ]

[ The general and the two officers watch in horror as the tower collapses ]

GENERAL: Who fired that gun?!

OFFICER #2: I don't know, sir.

GENERAL: COME ON, HURRY!!!

[ All three of them run off-camera ]

[ The Stooges get up from the floor ]

CURLY: It went off!!

MOE: Yeah, but you missed the boat! Reload!

[ The Stooges put another shell inside the cannon ]

MOE: Man the guns!

[ The Stooges run up on the cannon ]

MOE: Longitude by five! Latitude right!

[ Larry begins revolving the cannon around to the Stooges' left ]

MOE: [ bonking Larry on the head ] You're goin' the wrong way! Right!!

LARRY: What do I do?!

[ The cannon continues revolving to the left ]

MOE: Left!

LARRY: Left!

MOE: Take it right!

LARRY: Left!

MOE: You're wrong!

LARRY: Right!

MOE: Latitude right!

LARRY: Left!

MOE: You're goin' the wrong way!!

LARRY: Right!

MOE: [ slaps Larry ] Turn it around!

LARRY: Left!

MOE: Latitude right!

LARRY: Right… Left!!

[ The cannon stops revolving ]

MOE: [ to Curly ] Ready? Fire!

[ Curly pulls the lever and the cannon fires, sending the Stooges falling backwards on the floor. The cannon blows up an entire house. ]

MOE: I don't know where that one landed, but I hope it didn't hit the pool room!

[ Curly and Larry begin revolving the cannon around ]

MOE: Okay! On the liable!

LARRY: Right!

MOE: On the bias!

LARRY: Right!

MOE: Lateral 65!

[ Sgt. MacGillicuddy sees the Stooges in the distance at the cannon and gets a panicked expression on his face, then quickly begins running over to them ]

[ The Stooges get into a huddle position next to the cannon ]

MOE: Hike!

LARRY: Hike!

[ The Stooges break from their huddle and get into hike positions ]

MOE: 61, 75, 65, 3, 81, 21, 5, hike!!

LARRY: Hike, hike!

[ The Stooges jump up to the cannon and Curly pulls the lever. The cannon fires and the Stooges fall backwards on the ground. The cannon shoot down parts of a bridge over the sea. ]

[ The general and the two officers are still running over towards the Stooges ]

[ Moe puts another shell in the cannon and closes the cannon door ]

MOE: Ready, men?

LARRY: Right.

MOE: 50!

LARRY: 60!

CURLY: 70!

MOE: I got 70! Who'll make it 80?! 70, I got once, twice, three times--

CURLY: Sold to the man with the curly locks! [ rubs his scalp ]

[ Curly pulls the lever on the cannon, and the cannon fires. The Stooges fall backwards on the floor. ]

LARRY: OOF!

[ The cannon blows up the flagship at sea ]

MOE: WHOOPIE! A BULLS-EYE!!

[ Sgt. MacGillicuddy, the general, and the two officers continue running over to the Stooges ]

CURLY: With that kind of shooting, you oughta get six months with pay!

[ Moe begins putting another shell in the cannon right before Sgt. MacGillicuddy, the general, and the two officers finally arrive ]

GENERAL: HEY!! HEY!!

[ The Stooges stand in a straight line ]

GENERAL: ATTENTION!!

[ The Stooges salute their hands and back their arms into each other's faces ]

MOE: Oh!

GENERAL: Who fired those shots?!

ALL STOOGES: I did!

[ Moe bonks Curly and Larry on the heads ]

MOE: Let's get this straight - I did, and boy was that a shot, or was a shot?!

GENERAL: Well... you hit the admiral's flagship!!

[ The Stooges react in surprise ]

MOE: [ to Larry ] Why did you hit the admiral's flagship?!

[ Moe slaps Larry, then turns to Curly ]

MOE: Why'd you hit the admiral's flagship?! [ slaps Curly ]

CURLY: I seen my duty and I did it!

MOE: Well, I see my duty and I'll do it! [ holds out his fist ] See that?

[ Curly slaps Moe's fist down, causing Moe's arm to swing around and bonk Curly on the head ]

CURLY: WHOA!

[ Moe and Larry begin kicking Curly repeatedly in the behind ]

LARRY: Hit the admiral's flagship, eh?! Hit the admiral's flagship, eh?! You seen your duty--

SGT. MACGILLICUDDY: [ grabbing Moe and Larry ] Hey, hey!!

CURLY: STOP IT!!

SGT. MACGILLICUDDY: [ pointing at Curly ] Well, he seen his duty and he done it!

CURLY: You're a swell guy, sargie!

SGT. MACGILLICUDDY: Oh, sure! Now line up there nicely.

[ The Stooges stand in a straight line ]

SGT. MACGILLICUDDY: Yeah, right in a straight line. Now hold it, and look pleasant! I'll be right back! [ walks away ]

LARRY: Hey, what's he gonna give us???

MOE: I don't know.

CURLY: Maybe he's gonna take our picture!

MOE: Maybe he is at that! He wo--

[ MacGillicuddy revolves the cannon around a bit and stops it right in front of the Stooges ]

ALL STOOGES: AAAAAAAHHHHHHH!!!!

SGT. MACGILLICUDDY: Now hold it!

[ MacGillicuddy pulls the lever on the cannon and the cannon fires. The camera slowly pans over to where the Stooges were, and all that remains of them are their shoes with smoke rising out of them. ]

THE END


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Fan Reviews   (12)
Re: HALF SHOT SHOOTERS
Posted 2010-07-20 17:36:05 by Final Shemp

Half Shot Shooters has the promise of a good Stooges misadventure, but misfires with the poorly created character of sergeant MacGillicuddy. The idea behind MacGillicuddy has a lot of promise (someone angered so much by the Stooges that he vows to pay them back for his pain), but he is realized with absolutely zero playfulness and he ends up being a jerk who just beats the Stooges instead of joining their act. His abuse isn't fun. It's flat out hard to watch.
The short reaches its heights when MacGillicuddy is off-screen and the Stooges just act like themselves. The Stooges antics at stealing a chicken and playing with a cannon highlight the short.
But for the most part, Half Shot Shooters is a short that I daresay I probably don't want to watch again. There's very little here that's pleasing and its violence is so mean-spirited that I daresay those who criticize Stooge violence would probably be proven right with this short alone. Luckily, I'll always give my boys another chance.

Final Shemp's Final Word: 2 Pokes


Reviewer's Rating: (5)
Re: HALF-SHOT SHOOTERS
Posted 2009-01-05 08:54:40 by fool4jesus
All around great episode. Disagree totally with sickdrjoe. This is NOT a violently ant-military film, any more than Sing a Song of Six Pants was violently anti-haberdasher or Pop Goes the Easel was violently anti-artist. This is the Stooges doing what they do best, taking any subject and finding humorous aspects of it. I think the boys would have strenuously objected to the suggestion they were lampooning "the inherent immorality of war and warriors" (as they would at the suggestion that they were lampooning the inherent immorality of artists in PGTE). I would think that warriors would enjoy this kind of humor as much, if not more, than anybody else, just as many of them enjoyed the original M*A*S*H movie but not the tiresome moralizing of the TV series, because they've seen things just about as ridiculous in real life.

Anyway, the deaf questionnaire was good, as was the use of the song "You'll never know", but my favorite part was when the sergeant was cleaning all the cups (looked like spittoons to me) and Moe hit Larry, who was immediately engulfed by them. That's classic Stooge humor, the kind of thing you can see coming (what else would happen when there's a huge pile of spittoons on a table?) and enjoy all the more because you anticipate it. "I don't know where that one landed, but I hope it didn't hit the pool room!" Great stuff.
Re: HALF-SHOT SHOOTERS
Posted 2002-03-13 03:38:00 by BJR
Edited 2006-03-24 17:03:53 by shemps#1
My second favorite short, and my favorite Curly short. IMO, it's this short that should be winning tournaments and being listed at the top of the ratings page, not A-PLUMBING WE WILL GO or AN ACHE IN EVERY STAKE. This is nonstop slapstick comedy, pure and simple. So many unforgettable classic lines and interactions that I can't begin to list 'em all. Moe delivers one of his best lines ever... "Every time you think you weaken the nation!" EVERY scene was hilarious. The cannon scene was slower relative to the rest of the short, but that doesn't mean it was too slow, because it just contrasts with the rest, which is classic material! Just another 1936 Curly classic that we all love. The only short I rank over this is GOOF ON THE ROOF.

Reviewer's Rating: (10)
Re: HALF-SHOT SHOOTERS
Posted 2003-05-27 15:08:00 by nanasnicknacks
Edited 2005-10-18 12:26:23 by shemps#1
I really liked that one especially when they gave it to that Sgt. who was picking on them before the war was over. I think its a lesson in burning your bridges behind you. But it is funny none the less. I also want to say that I like the part of the episode where they are commanded to fire the cannon but while they are getting the ammo the Sgt. changes plans and they are not aware that they are not supposed to fire at the admiral's flag ship. Curly's head gets stuck in the barrel
and Larry lights the fuse. Just as the cannon is about to blow Curly gets his head out of the cannon.

Reviewer's Rating: (10)
Re: HALF-SHOT SHOOTERS
Posted 2001-09-26 01:17:00 by [Deleted Member]
Edited 2005-10-18 12:22:29 by shemps#1
Does anyone know if that last test that Blystone gave the Stooges was ever used in real life- you know- the one where the Stooges stick their heads under water and Blystine fires the gun underwater? I wouldn't think that test would be used today. They know it might cause serious damage to the eardrums. Anyway, very good short. We see the 2nd funniest use of the song "You never know just what tears are, 'til you cry like you've made me cry." in all 3 instances in the Stooge shorts. The funniest usage of the song was in "Horses' Collars". I also liked Curly's little solo- "Oh the first shell goes in there. Then it goes 'round and around. Wooaah, wooaah and it comes out there!" I agree with a few other posters- the ending is just a little disturbing. It has similarities to the ending of "Three Pests in a Mess" but they lived through that one. ISLIPP on a splattered tomato. ©2001
RE: HALF-SHOT SHOOTERS (1936)
Posted 2003-11-04 22:10:00 by AndrewRB
This is a great short. The whole way through, there's just funny violence, like the gun test or the battles with MacGillicuddy. The questioning when they were practically deaf was one of the great scenes ever. I'm not a pedestrian, I'm a Democrat?!?

Reviewer's Rating: (9)
Re: HALF-SHOT SHOOTERS
Posted 2000-08-02 22:32:00 by Stooge
Edited 2003-06-30 01:45:00 by Stooge
[b]Comment:[/b] One of my favorite shorts, with a lot of hilarious scenes, especially the climactic cannon scene with the Stooges blowing up everything in sight. Stanley Blyston was perfect as Sgt. MacGillicuddy.[br][br][b]Points of Interest:[/b] [br]- Vernon Dent's debut with the Stooges. [br]- One of the more violent shorts, with the scene at the beginning with the boys getting vicious revenge on MacGillicuddy, the examination scenes with the pistol, and the ending with the boys being killed by a cannon.[br][br][b]Funniest Moment:[/b][br]- The Stooges getting revenge on MacGillicuddy

Reviewer's Rating: (10)
Re: HALF-SHOT SHOOTERS
Posted 2001-12-23 20:54:00 by sickdrjoe
Agree w/ Stooge, disagree w/ Wiseguy (sorry, Wiseguy!)Although the Stooges are fondly remembered by even non-Stooge fans for Moe's hilarious Hitler spoofs in the 40s propaganda shorts, there's something refreshingly honest and praiseworthy about this violently anti-military 2-reeler. The Sergeant IS a vicious bully who crosses the line from comic to real violence (come to think of it, the boys take a bit too much lip-smacking relish outta settling up with him, too). So what? Hard hits, ground-cartilege sound fx and Moe's scowling mug is why I bought my ticket inna first place! Merciless lampooning of Army brass, military pomposity and the inherent immorality of war and warriors is actually what comedy is SUPPOSED to do (there were very few military propaganda films made during the between-world-war 30s, thank God.)Besides, by the year this was made, there was enough distance from WW1 to allow for honest treatment of the most flagrant waste of human life of the 20th century (you kids too young to know better ought to read up on the story of the Bonus Marchers, which took place not long before HALF SHOT was made, and whose impact sort of fuels this short's savage tone.) Anyway, social history aside, HALF SHOT is hilariously violent and the cannon scenes are fantastic, as is the 'deaf questionnaire'. You can think of this as a pain-packed cross between the 2nd half of DUCK SOUP & the 1st half of BUCK PRIVATES. Underrated and a worthy precursor of another antimilitary short that ends with dead Stooges, THREE LITTLE SEW & SEWS.
Re: HALF-SHOT SHOOTERS
Posted 2001-10-11 10:30:00 by Genius In the Lamp
This was one funny short. Highlights for me were the boys sleeping through World War I; the questioning while they were almost deaf; and the boys' repartee while firing the cannon. If the ending was a tad disturbing, it was at least a logical conclusion. (Personally, I was probably more disturbed by the slo-mo pan to the smoking boots than by the ending itself.) A special hats-off to Stanley Blystone, who plays the Sergeant to near-perfection.

Reviewer's Rating: (10)
Re: HALF-SHOT SHOOTERS
Posted 2001-09-25 17:35:00 by Shemp_Diesel
I die laughing when Larry gives Blystone that enthusiastic kiss & gets socked in the eye & then Curly out of nowhere pinches Moe's cheeks and goes "wooolalalala". How could Holland ban anything like this?4 pokes

Reviewer's Rating: (10)
Re: HALF-SHOT SHOOTERS
Posted 2001-02-25 19:53:00 by NicktoBarada
You gotta give the stooges credit-- who else could fall asleep during World War I? This is a very funny short; the army always makes for good stooge mayhem. "Not me, I'm a pedestrian!"
Re: HALF-SHOT SHOOTERS
Posted 2000-12-16 10:44:00 by Uncle Mortimer
Free-wheeling destruction with a rotating cannon!...what more could you ask for? I love the way The Stooges classicly build the scene. From not understanding how to activate the cannon, to mocking football players and auctioneers once they figure it out. It's got kind of a Monty Python feel to it when you see the house blow up.... The Stooges on top of their game!!

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