The Three Troubledoers
The Three Troubledoers (1946) starring the Three Stooges (Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Curly Howard)
Set in the old American, West, in The Three Troubledoers, the Three Stooges (Moe, Larry, and Curly) are cowpokes coming into town to get new shoes for their mule, Gladys. After witnessing a gunfight (and the latest in a long line of sheriffs being killed by the villain of the picture, and an occupant of the town changing the population on the âWelcome to Deadmanâs Gulch signâdown), they make their way to the local blacksmithâs shop, where the blacksmithâs daughter (played by Three Stooges regular Christine McIntyre) is weeping …âBadlands Blackie has kidnapped her father, and sheâll never see him again unless she agrees to marry Blackie. The Three Stooges try to intervene, but Blackie makes short work of themâuntil Curlyâs gun belt fires by accident, scaring off Blackie, causing the townspeople to think that Curly has beaten Blackie in a gun fight. Curly is made the next sheriff, with Moe and Larry as his deputies. Nell breaks the bad news to the boys about the life expectancy for sheriffs and deputies in this town.
This is followed by a funny variation on the âAha, Mahaâ routine, where the near-sighted Curly puts on his glasses for shooting practice. After some quick humor, Curly threatens a practice dummy made to look like Blackieâand gets hit. The real Blackie sneaks in, and after a momentâs confusion, threatens to shoot Curly. In the meantime, Moe is working on a âsecret weaponâ (that keeps backfiring throughout the short film), only to be rescued in a comical bit by Larry. Later, Blackie returns to force Nell to marry him. The Stooges overhear this, and intercept the judge on his way to the âmarrying choreâ, with Curly impersonating him, complete with toupee. All goes well until Curly gives himself away, but with Nellâs help he manages to escape to a nearby barn, hiding beneath the hay. While Blackie goes to his place at âSkullbone Pass,â where the blackmailed Nell will have to join him later for the marriage. Blackieâs men soon find and capture Curly, chaining him to the wall with a locked horse collar, so Blackie can come back and personally kill him later.
Moe and Larry come by first, and after comic attempts at getting Curly out of the collar with a chisel, then a crowbar, and TNT, they try to saw it offâwhile Curly simply takes it off. The Three Stooges run off to saddle their rideâa bicycle built for threeâwith Moe bringing his âsecret weaponâ along. Nell arrives at Blackieâs place, and the wedding startsâthe Three Stooges arrive, just as Nell decides she canât go through with it. They try Moeâs secret weapon, which misfires again, and while Blackie and his gang chase them into the power shack (where the gunpowder is kept), the Stooges sneak to the front, having loading dynamite into Moeâs weaponâwhich still doesnât work. In disgust, they throw the weapon down, which fires the dynamite into the shack, blowing the villains to kingdom come; and Nellâs father staggers out of the wreckage. Heâs opposed to the wedding of Nell and Curly, and a stick of dynamite thrown at the Stooges ends the short film with them scattering with Curlyâs âWoo woo woo!â
The Three Troubledoers is a funny Three Stooges short film, and I recommend it. I rate it 4 clowns out of 5. It is available on DVD as part of The Three Stooges Collection volume 5.
Funny movie quotes from The Three Troubledoers, starring the Three Stooges
Moe (Moe Howard): Eat your dust like a man, tenderfooter.
Moe (Moe Howard): Are we mice or men?
Larry and Curly (Curly Howard): Mice!
Moe (Moe Howard): Donât get personal.
Moe (Moe Howard): While Gladys [their mule] is whetting her whistle, weâll see about getting her a pair of shoes.
Curly (Curly Howard): She could use a pair of bedroom slippers, too.
Curly (Curly Howard): Now maâam, you donât have to worry about Badlands Blackie with Coney Island Curly around!
Moe (Moe Howard): Quiet, mashed potatoes muscles.
Townsman: Youâre the new sheriff, payâs one hundred dollars a month.
Curly (Curly Howard): A hundred dollars a month? Iâll be able to get married!
Townsman [to another townsman]: Told you he was a brave man.
Nell (Christine McIntyre): That makes six sheriffs heâs killed, not counting deputies.
Moe (Moe Howard): Oh, they never count deputies.
Larry (Larry Fine): Hey, weâre deputies!
Moe (Moe Howard): Weâre ex-deputies!
Blackie (Dick Curtis): Alright Sheriff, your time has come. Iâm gonna count to ten and Iâm gonna blast. One, two …
Curly (Curly Howard): Not so fast!
Curly (Curly Howard): Do you take this horse collar for your lawful wedded harness?
Moe (Moe Howard): Were you lookinâ where you was goinâ?
Curly (Curly Howard): No, I was goinâ where I was looking!
Nell (Christine McIntyre): I promised this man Iâd marry him if he saved your life.
Nellâs father: What, him? Iâd rather be dead.
Curly (Curly Howard): [hands him a lit stick of dynamite] Glad to oblige.
Originally published at Clown Ministry