Horses' Collars

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Horses' Collars
Mistitled lobby card (as the singular Horse 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 W. Boyle
Edited by James Sweeney
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date
  • January 10, 1935 (1935-01-10)
Running time
Country United States
Language English

Horses' Collars is the fifth short film released by Columbia Pictures in 1935 starring American slapstick comedy team The Three Stooges (Moe Howard, Larry Fine and Curly Howard).[1] The comedians released 190 short films for the studio between 1934 and 1959.


The Stooges are detectives in the Old West. They have been sent out to recover an IOU 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]

Horses' Collars was filmed on November 23-27, 1934.[2] The opening theme song is titled "At the Races," composed by Louis Silvers.[3] Curly has a violent reaction to the sight of a live mouse at any time, going into a fit while demanding, "Moe! Larry! The Cheese!".[1] The only cure is for someone to feed him cheese,[1] leading to Curly's manic catchphrase upon sighting a mouse in the film short. The reason for this is explained by Moe & Larry, stating that Curly's father was a rat.

An external stimulus — as with Curly spotting the mouse — that causes him to go bonkers was also used as a plot element in Punch Drunks, Grips, Grunts and Groans, and Tassels in the Air.[4]

Horses' Collars was the first of 17 Western-themed films the Stooges would make.[2] It is also 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.


  1. ^ a b c "Horses' Collars". The New York Times.
  2. ^ a b Horses' Collars at
  3. ^ Finegan, Richard (Fall 1998). "More Three Stooges Film Music Identified (1934-1935)". The Three Stooges Journal. Gwynedd Valley, Pennsylvania: The Three Stooges Fan Club, Inc. (87): 9. Retrieved 11 April 2016.
  4. ^ Solomon, Jon (2002). The Complete Three Stooges: The Official Filmography and Three Stooges Companion. Glendale, California: Comedy III Productions, Inc. p. 99. ISBN 0971186804.

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