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"Is this a musical saw?" "Coitainly, it plays I Hear a Ripsody." - Moe & Curly (IN THE SWEET PIE AND PIE, 1941)

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While Rusty Williams is away at Agricultural College, his prospector cousin Shorty (Moe Howard) fills in at Rusty's struggling Reno NV spread as the ranch foreman. He spends his time looking for an angle at the Wagon Wheel Cafe Casino, and hooks up with two vagrants (Curly Howard, Larry Fine) after they accidentally win big at roulette. Along with two stranded New York singers and their money, the Stooges and the girls head for the ranch with prospecting plans. Rusty returns home with hope that investor Sam Clemens will save the ranch's cattle and mining operations, and finds Shorty and the gang's plans interfering. Complicating matters further, inept ranchhands (The Hoosier Hotshots) mistake Clemens for a cattle rustler, and Shorty, Curly & Larry cook up a scheme to get the girls an audition with a vacationing Broadway producer.

Moe plays a non-Stooge character, with Larry and Curly interacting throughout most of the film as a comedy duo.

The Hoosier Hotshots were comedic musicians, but, unlike Spike Jones' orchestra, the HH's country-swing music never hit mainstream playlists and they are relatively unknown today.

Curly is relatively subdued in this film, and Larry takes on the bulk of their humorous antics and dialogue.

Songs: "Rockin' in the Rockies" by Henry Tobias and Mac Neuborn. "Miss Molly" by Cindy Walker. "One O'Clock Jump" by Bob Zurke. "Upstairs Downstairs" by Vic Mizzy and Mann Curtis. "Somewhere Along the Trail" by Saul Chaplin and Sammy Cahn. "Wah-Hoo" by Cliff Friend. "Wabash Blues" by Fred Meinken and Dave Ringle. "Ever So Quiet" by Algy More. "Skee Dee Waddle Dee Waddle Doo" by Kenneth Trietsch.

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Moe, Larry and Curly
Release Date
April 17, 1945
Production Type
Feature Film
67.5 min.
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Production Notes   (2)
Prod. No.:   3017
Shooting Days:   19 days   From: 1944-12-01   To: 1944-12-22

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Stooge Quotes   (5)
  • "I'll help you cash 'em in, before someone else gets a chance to cheat you out of 'em."

  • "Remember pardners, woman is the root of all evil." "Gimme some more of that root!"
    (Moe & Curly)

  • "I'm going crazy!" "Don't brag... we're nuts already!"
    (Tim Ryan & Moe)

  • "It was only a mind bet." "Oh, well in that case we couldn't lose a thing."
    (Curly & Larry)

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  • It's on the House
    When the Stooges are asked by a waiter/bartender to pay for their drinks, they respond with "It's a tin roof" (or something similar.) The waiter gets confused and asks "What do you mean?", followed by the Stooges responding "It's a tin roof -- it's 'on the house'!"
    Also used in:  HORSES' COLLARS  ·   A MERRY MIX-UP  ·  

  • Point to the right
    Moe points to the right and asks another Stooge to do the same, but that Stooge is standing in front of Moe, causing him and Moe to point in different directions. Moe, thinking that Stooge isn't really pointing to the right, tries to set him straight.

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Fan Reviews   (7)
Posted 2014-11-28 16:30:51 by Shemp_Diesel

I'm in the middle about this one--I don't think it's very good, but I don't think it's as bad as some folks have made it out to be. Count me as one who finds it very odd how Moe was cast as a character separate from Larry & Curly--and, of course, he's also without his traditional stooge hairstyle. Very odd indeed.

All the singing and dancing performed is not as grating as I would've originally thought before watching this feature--as someone who is an Abbott and Costello fan, trust me when I say, I've seen worse singing and dancing numbers that have dragged down a very promising feature (dare I say Buck Privates).

At any rate, I give this 5 pokes....

Reviewer's Rating: (5)
Posted 2014-11-25 15:57:18 by Kopfy2013

I do not mind this feature at all. It has all the Stooge gags, however they seemed hurried. The timing was good but not great.

It dragged a tad but I give it a solid 7. I even liked the songs. To me there was some very good, feel good, songs.

Reviewer's Rating: (7)
Posted 2008-03-22 12:43:26 by benjilbum
Edited 2008-03-23 19:19:12 by benjilbum
Every time I see a Stooge film for the 1st time it's like finding a "lost episode" that have become so popular these days. I just saw this film today and it's great to see Stooge footage I've never seen before. The movie itself isn't so hot (not the boy's fault at all, they did their best as always) but it's such a joy to have. I think I have all the Stooge features and shorts now. Curly is on the decline here and Larry does most of the comedy, which is "fine" with me. The musical numbers are losey and the non-Stooge parts are almost unwatchable, but I'm not going to complain. I waited a long time for it and it was worth it.

Reviewer's Rating: (8)
Posted 2007-06-23 23:01:25 by Justin T
Edited 2007-06-24 00:18:42 by Justin T

A decent but dissapointing film considering they are the stars of the movie. I think they tried to do something similar to "Punch Drunks" by having the Stooges be serpate and then circumstances bring them together, but for some reason it just doesnt work here. I didn't mind Moe playing it straight but the setup detracted from it. Obviously Curly's health was starting to decline here so his antics are scaled back and more comedy is giving to Larry. There are some funny scenes here and there, esp when the pretend to be Exterminators, but its not consistent and the musical numbers here and not as good as they were in "Time Out For Rhythm." Once nice thing was seeing Vernon Dent in a supporting role as the Casino Owner.

I'd recomend only the most die hard of Stooge fans check this out, its worth a look at least once out of curiosity. Its a shame they didn't get a starring vehicle like this when Curly was in his prime.

Reviewer's Rating: (8)
Posted 2001-11-07 16:42:00 by metaldams
Edited 2006-03-25 09:24:25 by shemps#1
A dissappointing film. There are a few brief moments of laughter, but the weak plot and Moe playing a straight role instead of a Stooge really drags this film down. That's not to say Moe doesn't do a good job in his role, but because of the straight role he plays, it takes away a very important part of The Three Stooges. The musical numbers fall flat as well. I think the songs in Swing Parade of 1946 are better.
Posted 2001-05-08 22:14:00 by BeAStooge
The Stooges' first starring feature, is OK from time to time, but their tweeked relationship detracts from the fun.

Reviewer's Rating: (6)
Posted 2001-04-15 23:16:00 by B. Bopper
Most of the laughs come from Larry and Curly, who are parteners, with Moe playing a seperate character. But there are a lot of classic Stooge bits in this western/comedy/musical. This film also has Vernon Dent.

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