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Average Rating:     [8.35/10]   23 votes


The Stooges go west on vacation for Shemp's health, who has a swollen vein in his leg. At a saloon the Stooges get acquainted with Nell and Shemp begins to tell her about his vein. Doc Barker overhears and thinks Shemp is talking about a gold mine, and plots to steal it by inviting Shemp into a crooked poker game. The boys learn that Doc Barker stole the Red Dog Saloon from Nell and is forcing her to marry him, otherwise he'll kill her sweetheart the Arizona Kid. Stooges to the rescue!

Remade as PALS AND GALS (1954), with stock footage.

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Moe, Larry and Shemp
Release Date
April 24, 1947
Production Type
Short Subject
17.6 min.
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Production Notes   (2)
Prod. No.:   4077
Shooting Days:   4 days   From: 1946-07-08   To: 1946-07-11

Stooge Mayhem   (Avg. 2.50)
Face Slaps: 9 Eye Pokes: 0 Head Bonks: 1 Pastry Thrown: 0

Stooge Quotes   (4)
  • "The Stooges have landed and have the situation well in hand!"

  • "I ain't gonna lose my leg, am I Doc? I've had it ever since I was a little kid!"

  • "Son, NEVER in the history of motion pictures has the United States Cavalry been too late."
    (Stanley Blystone)

  • "You boys are angels." "Not yet we ain't."
    (Christine McIntyre & Shemp)

Stooge Goofs   (6)
  • Dubbed-In Woo-Woos
    During the chase scene, as Moe and Larry run away after helping up two of Barker's henchmen, they dub in Moe and Larry's yells from a Curly short, but you can hear Curly woo-woo-wooing in there as well - and this is a Shemp short!

  • Hard-to-Reach Gun
    When Quirt grabs Moe over the counter, Moe is supposed to grab his gun and whack Quirt over the head with it, but he has trouble reaching his gun for a few seconds.

  • Jump in Picture
    A noticeable jump cut in the film after Doc Barker says to Quirt â€Å"I saw it, it's worth millions”.

  • Left is Right
    The doctor tells Shemp he has an enlarged vein in his right leg. But after Shemp gets up from the exam table, he makes three references to his left leg being the bad one. The first is in the doc's office when he falls after taking a step with the left leg. Then in the saloon, he twice touches the left leg. The first time when he says he feels as good as new, and the second time when he starts to tell Nell Honey about where his vein is located.

  • Messy or Neat Hair?
    When the camera shows a quick close-up of Shemp and Nell as Shemp says â€Å"Not yet we ain't...” in response to Nell's â€Å"You're angels” comment, Shemp's hair is neat and pushed back behind his ears, but his hair looks messier in the camera shot right before and after.

  • Repeated Running
    After the Stooges run in the main bar room with a lit stick of dynamite, the camera cuts to a closer shot of the Stooges and Larry is running in the room again.

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Fan Reviews   (13)
Posted 2001-10-08 13:12:00 by Shemp_Diesel
Edited 2014-12-24 01:32:40 by Shemp_Diesel

Parody or actual western? I can't tell from the first half which offers no slapstick & the boys seemed too subdued--although Shemp is pretty good in the card playing scene. Things get rolling a bit during the hilarious jailbreak, but when I want my big belly laughs give me stuff like "Who Done It".

6 pokes

Reviewer's Rating: (6)
Posted 2001-08-23 00:48:00 by Stooge
Edited 2003-06-26 04:52:00 by Stooge
This was okay, but not one of my favorite Edward Bernds films (there didn't even seem to be much effort put into the title). He did a much better Stooge Western later on with PUNCHY COWPUNCHERS.[br][br]What was with the sappy ending? I'd prefer if they ended it on a funny note when the colonel does a double-take after seeing the horses running in reverse, and show Nell and the Arizona Kid hugging right before that.

Reviewer's Rating: (8)
Posted 2002-10-21 13:42:00 by FineBari3
I really dont enjoy the western genre much, but I can appreciate it when the Boys parody it! I know you fellas here LOVE Christine, but I HATE that style of 'Edith Pilaf' singing she does in this short. I FFWD through her singing. Shemp is at his muggng best in this one. Has any of you ever been on a movie set before? (I have been an extra, a Production Assistant, and Assistant Director). Let me tell you, there is a TON of sexual innuendo on a film set, wether it independent or major studio. I can only imagine the off camera laughs during the scene w. Shemp describing his vein to Christine. (Biggest one you ever saw. Don't you want me to show you my vein??? etc.) They probably had to shoot that scene several times, and I can picture the crew turning blue as to not laugh out loud!

Reviewer's Rating: (9)
Posted 2002-06-18 03:19:00 by black banana
One of my three favorite westerns along with HORSES COLLARS and CACTUS MAKES PERFECT. Highlights include the crooked poker game, Christine McIntyre's singing, andthe Stooges jailbreak. The jailbreak scene is one of the most violent of the Shemp era, featuring serious misuse of a saw and a sledgehammer. The drinking mixing is also very funny, especially the paint & paint remover business. Doc Barker is one major moron: first he mistakes a silly sketch for a goldvein, then he apparently knows what an "Ickey-may" is but fails to recognize one right under his nose and swallows the poisoned drink. He also should have known Shemp had four aces, which never beats a King high straight!

Reviewer's Rating: (9)
Posted 2002-01-10 10:36:00 by [Deleted Member]
My vote for most underrated short of all-time. Just because a Stooge film is set in the West doesn't mean it's automatically bad. OUT WEST is a very pleasant little tale. Shemp is especially good("smo-smooth as sssilk!"), and I lurve the jailbreak scene. The ending was kind of lame, though, but I'm giving this 3 1/2 pokes. Darn, I can't think of a signature!

Reviewer's Rating: (10)
Posted 2001-09-28 21:36:00 by jaronson
This is probably my favorite Stooges' western next to HORSES' COLLARS. The scene where the Stooges were getting Larry out of the prison cell was great. I liked the joke made by the Calvalry Colonel and the card playing scene. The mixing drinks part was great too. I think PUNCHY COWPUNCHERS and MERRY MAVERICKS were good shorts as well.

Reviewer's Rating: (8)
Posted 2001-07-17 12:14:00 by Genius In the Lamp
It's not perfect, but this short still draws plenty of laughs, especially Larry's jailbreak and Shemp shooting the coin suspended in midair. Of course, the presence of Christine McIntyre deserves at least half a poke. Just check her facial expression when she holds the high note or when she prods the piano player; there's proof that she's not just another pretty face. Special mention to Stanley Blystone, who gets in some great lines as the Cavalry Colonel.

Reviewer's Rating: (8)
Posted 2001-07-07 02:20:00 by [Deleted Member]
I'm shocked, gang! No one mentioned what a great job of singing Christine did! Her great looks, plus the soft spot I have in my heart for old western type songs combined just mesmerize me! Although- I wish Christine didn't have her hair tied up so dang often. Now the short itself is great- I also fully agree with metaldams on this. Unlike Stooge, I can stand Westerns, but I'm not really wholeheartedly into them either. The Stooges being in this short makes it far superior to non-Stooge westerns. ISLIPP you an ickey-may! ®2001
Posted 2001-05-19 15:58:00 by [Deleted Member]
One of the most violent Shemp shorts - Moe with the hacksaw - across the neck and on the ear. When they try to break Larry out of jail it's hillarious - they show a shot or two of Christine singing, then of the cavalry riding about 80 miles a minute, and then the stooges pounding away on the bars. The bit where Moe saws Shemp across the neck is funny - you see a black mark and wonder is it blood or the teeth of the saw - ground away to filings?
Posted 2001-05-19 11:27:00 by metaldams
I'm going to have to disagree with you on this one. I think OUT WEST is an underrated classic. It's one of my favorite Stooge shorts, actually. Shemp's smooth as silk bit is a riot! I think the story flows nicely, Christine McIntyre does an excellent job portraying Nell, the Stooges are in top form, and let's not forget the breaking Larry out of jail scene.
Posted 2001-04-14 21:45:00 by [Deleted Member]
Well, after seeing this one, I'm going to have to break my own rule about saving the four pokes only for Curly shorts! This one was absolutely hilarious with just the right touch of silly melodrama! Jacques O'Mahoney is the perfect straight man for the stooges with his deadpan expressions and mannerisms. BTW, wasn't he the same one who played the hero in "Squareheads of the Round Table"? And is is it just my imagination or did the overall plot of this short have a lot in common with "Squareheads of the Round Table"? Anyway, excellent, hilarious, superb! As good as a Stooge short gets without Curly in it!
Posted 2001-03-02 06:28:00 by sickdrjoe
OK, I'm warming up to Shemp but -like the early Curly shorts - the first few Shemps aren't quite there yet. (At this time, remember, Shemp was supposedly 'temping' till Curly recovered, which might have something to do with it.) Also, Westerns no longer dominate American entertainment like they once did, so the spoofing of genre cliches doesn't have the same impact anymore....although this short is pretty lame and probably wasn't a fan favorite back then, either.
Posted 2001-01-04 04:40:00 by Mike Holme
The western episodes weren't extremely funny to me, just moderately. But some of the things Shemp says are funny, but I think this one should have had a longer chase scene. But the card playing scene is a classic.

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