Pals and Gals starring the Three Stooges – Moe, Larry, Shemp (1954)
Pals and Gals is a remake of an earlier Three Stooges short film, Out West, with chase footage taken from Goofs and Saddles. The plot remains roughly the same as in Out West: The Three Stooges (Moe Howard, Larry Fine, and Shemp Howard) move out West for Shemp’s health. He has an enlarged vein in his leg. A western villain, Doc Barker (Norman Willis), who has stolen the Red Dog Saloon from the father of the beautiful Nell (played by Stooge regular Christine McIntyre), and is holding her sisters hostage until she agrees to marry the villain.
However, Doc Barker makes a mistake upon overhearing Shemp talking about his “huge vein” thinking that Shemp is talking about a vein of gold. Soon, the Three Stooges are trying to help the three beautiful sisters, disguising themselves as southern gentlemen, effecting a jailbreak, and culminating in a funny chase scene. A highlight of the film is when the Stooges mix up drinks for the bad guys that Shemp is playing cards with, as is the ending chase. Despite it being a remake, it’s actually a funny Three Stooges short film. Pals and Gals is available on DVD as part of The Three Stooges Collection, Vol. 7: 1952-1954
Funny movie quotes from Pals and Gals
Zell and Belle: Nell!
Nell (Christine McIntyre): Zell! Belle!
Shemp and Larry: Well, Well!
Moe Howard: Well why don’t you look where I’m going?
Cowboy: [toasting] A short life and a merry one!
Shemp Howard: Yeah, very short!
[a chimpanzee climbs on Shemp’s head]
Shemp: A gorilla! What is this, Africa?
Trivia for Pals and Gals
- Shemp Howard’s reference to the monkey, “What is this, Africa?” may be a reference to the Abbott and Costello movie, Africa Screams, that Shemp appeared in
- Shemp Howard had multiple phobias, including animals — such as monkeys