Three Stooges short film Out West (1947) starring the Three StoogesâMoe Howard, Larry Fine, Shemp Howard, Christine McIntyre
After a visit to the doctor (played by Three Stooges regular Vernon Dent), Moe, Larry and Shemp travel to the American Old West for the sake of healing Shempâs leg of an enlarged vein. Once there, the villainous Doc Barker mistakenly thinks that the map of Shempâs vein is a map to a gold vein worth millions. This leads to a funny series of misunderstandings, as Doc Barker wants to get his hands on Shempâs âveinââwith Shemp playing a crooked hand of poker, while Moe and Larry mix up drinks for the card players. In the process, they discover that Barkerâs band of outlaws has locked up âThe Arizona Kidâ, and plan to force his girlfriend, Nell (played by Christine McIntire, working with Shemp for the first time) to marry the leader of the outlaws. Shemp turns the tables on the crooked gamblers by intercepting the cards that one of Barkerâs men is passing under the table, ending up with the winning hand instead of Barker. When Moe and Larry deliver their âspecialâ drinks, the plan actually works (in spite of Moeâs getting the drinks mixed up) with Barker calling for water. Shemp takes this as an opportunity to drown him with a fire hose, giving Moe and Larry an opportunity to take off Barkerâs soaking wet coat and pass the keys to the Arizona Kidâs cell to Nell.
Soon enough, the Arizona Kid is free, riding off to summon the cavalry. Doc Barker sees the Stooges with his coat, and swiftly tries to capture themâwith Moe and Shemp escaping, and Larry being put in the Arizona Kidâs cellâwaiting to be shot at sunset. Moe, Shemp and Nell try to break him out, with Nellâs singing trying to down out the sound of the boysâ toolsâuntil they knock a bar from the cell through the basement ceiling, and into Doc Barkerâs chin! Soon the chase is on, with Barkerâs gang chasing them through the box-laden basement, and all seems lost until Shemp grabs a stick of dynamite and threatens themânot realizing that heâs accidentally lit in via a hanging lamp. They chase the gang upstairs, play âhot potatoâ with the lit dynamite, throwing it away at the barâwhere Doc Barker and his gang were hiding. The Stooges manage to defeat the scalawags, only to have the U.S. Cavalry ride up afterwards, ending the short film with Nell and the Arizona Kid reunited.
Out West was remade in 1954 as Pals and Gals.
Out West is available as part of The Three Stooges collection Volume 5.
Funny movie quotes from Out Westâstarring the Three Stooges (Moe, Larry, Shemp) (1947)
Shemp (Shemp Howard): I ainât gonna lose my leg, am I Doc? Iâve had it ever since I was a little kid!
Doc Barker: I could do things with a vein like that.
Shemp (Shemp Howard): You mean operate?
Doc Barker: Thatâs right, partner. Really go to work on it. No small-time stuff, either.
Shemp (Shemp Howard): No?
Doc Barker: If itâs near the surface weâll use twenty men with pick and shovel.
Shemp (Shemp Howard): Listen, Doc!
Doc Barker: If itâs any deeper, use dynamite.
Shemp (Shemp Howard): Oh, no! Not on my vein!
Doc Barker: Tin horns around here say Doc Barker ainât a big operator. Well, they wonât have a leg left to stand on.
Shemp (Shemp Howard): Neither will I.
Nell (Christine McIntyre): Johnny, these men are gonna help you!
The Arizona Kid: Are they?
Shemp (Shemp Howard): [to Moe] Are we?
Moe (Moe Howard): [to Larry] Are we?
Larry (Larry Fine): [to no one standing behind him] Are we?
Shemp (Shemp Howard): Yes!
Moe (Moe Howard): By the by, Jasper, how long do you wear a shirt like that?
Shemp (Shemp Howard): âBout down to here [gestures with his hand, pointing to his knee]
Moe (Moe Howard): What a brain, should be on the meat counter.
Moe (Moe Howard): What do you know about making drinks?
Larry (Larry Fine): Nothinâ.
Moe (Moe Howard): Thatâll be fine. Hand me a jigger. [Larry hands him a bucket]
Larry (Larry Fine): [to Moe, as theyâre mixing drinks] Hey! You put paint in there!
Moe (Moe Howard): So I did. [opens unmarked container, pours it in]
Larry (Larry Fine): Whatâs that?
Moe (Moe Howard): Paint remover.
Moe (Moe Howard): Why donât you look where Iâm going?
The Arizona Kid: Colonel, I hope youâre not too late!
Colonel: Son, never in the history of motion pictures has the U.S. Cavalry ever been late.
Moe (Moe Howard): The Stooges have landed and have the situation well in hand!