April 24 / Prod. No. 4077 / 171/2
m / p Hugh McCollum
/ d Edward Bernds /
st scr Clyde Bruckman
/ ph George
Kelley / e Paul Borofsky / a
Charles Clague / C: Jack Norman
(Doc Barker), Jacques (Jock) Mahoney (Johnny, the Arizona Kid), Christine
McIntyre (Nell), Vernon Dent (Doctor), Stanley Blystone (Colonel), George
Chesebro (Quirt), Frank Ellis (Jake) and Heinie Conklin (Bartender)
The doctor draws a sobering diagram: Shemp's leg, especially
the vein, is in bad shape. So the Stooges head west for a therapeutic
vacation. Trouble brews, however, when the Stooges mosey into a speakeasy
and Shemp begins to brag about his gigantic vein. Dirty-Dealing Doc
Barker, believing Shemp to be speaking of a gold mine, determines
that he needs to muscle in on Shemp's millions. The lovely Nell, in
the meantime, asks the Stooges to assist her in springing her boyfriend,
the Arizona Kid, who has been unjustly imprisoned. Moe fixes a Mickey
Finn that knocks Barker for a loop, and the Stooges take advantage
of the commotion to grab Barker's keys and free the Arizona Kid, who
summons the U.S. Cavalry to save the day.
Did you know that "Out West"
marked the second Stooge short film with Shemp as the third Stooge.
The first was "Fright Night" (1947).
The mixing liquids in an old boot gag was also used in Pardon My
Scotch (8/1/35), All Gummed Up (12/18/47), Bubble Trouble
(10/8/53), and Pals and Gals (6/3/54), a remake of Out West.
The gag of fighting in the dark was reworked in Who Done It?
(3/3/49), in its remake, For Crimin' Out Loud (5/3/56), and in
The Three Stooges Go Around the World in a Daze (9/63). The U.S.
Cavalry riding in late for the rescue was reprised later in The Outlaws
Is Coming! (1/65). The exchanging cards under the table gag was
also used in Goofs and Saddles (7/2/37) and in Pals and Gals