Horses' Collars

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Horses' Collars
Directed by Clyde Bruckman
Produced by Jules White
Written by Felix Adler
Starring Moe Howard
Larry Fine
Curly Howard
Dorothy Kent
Fred Kohler
Fred Kelsey
Cinematography John Boyle
Edited by James Sweeney
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release dates
  • January 10, 1935 (1935-01-10)
Running time
18' 01"
Country United States
Language English

Horses' Collars is the fifth short subject starring American slapstick comedy team the Three Stooges. The trio made a total of 190 shorts for Columbia Pictures between 1934 and 1959.


The Stooges are detectives in the Old West. They have been sent out to recover an I.O.U. from Double Deal Decker (Fred Kohler), a ruthless killer who plans to take possession of a ranch that is rightfully owned by Nell (Dorothy Kent). After an unsuccessful attempt at a saloon, the Stooges head to Decker's hideout.

Production notes[edit]

This is the first of several Stooge shorts set in the Old West. The trio would return to this setting in Goofs and Saddles, Yes, We Have No Bonanza, The Three Troubledoers, Out West, Punchy Cowpunchers, Merry Mavericks, The Tooth Will Out, Shot in the Frontier and Pals and Gals.

Curly has a violent reaction to the sight of every time he sees a mouse he goes into a fighting frenzy. The only cure is for someone to feed him cheese (leading to the now-famous catchphrase, "Moe! Larry! the Cheese!"). This is similar to the device used in Punch Drunks, Grips, Grunts and Groans and Tassels in the Air.

"Moe! Larry! Cheese!"

This is the first short where the Stooges sing "You'll Never Know What Tears Are" in barbershop music style. This song would make an appearance in future shorts Half-Shot Shooters and A Ducking They Did Go.

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