Mistitled lobby card (as the singular Horse Collars)
|Directed by||Clyde Bruckman|
|Produced by||Jules White|
|Written by||Felix Adler|
|Cinematography||John W. Boyle|
|Edited by||James Sweeney|
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures|
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). 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.
Horses' Collars was filmed on November 23-27, 1934. The opening theme song is titled "At the Races," composed by Louis Silvers. 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!". The only cure is for someone to feed him cheese, 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.
Horses' Collars was the first of 17 Western-themed films the Stooges would make. 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.
- "Horses' Collars". The New York Times.
- Horses' Collars at threestooges.net
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- 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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