Yes, We Have No Bonanza

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Yes, We Have No Bonanza
Directed by Del Lord
Produced by Jules White
Written by Searle Kramer
Elwood Ullman
Starring Moe Howard
Larry Fine
Curly Howard
Dick Curtis
Lynton Brent
Vernon Dent
Lola Jensen
Suzanne Kaaren
Jean Carmen
Cinematography Lucien Ballard
Edited by Charles Nelson
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date
  • May 19, 1939 (1939-05-19) (U.S.)
Running time
Country United States
Language English

Yes, We Have No Bonanza is the 39th short film released by Columbia Pictures in 1939 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 singing waiters in a saloon out West, accompanied by three cowgirls. Unfortunately, saloon keeper Maxey (Dick Curtis) is surly and patronizing to the hard working girls. The girls have little choice, as they are forced to work for him because their father is in debt. The Stooges vow to make enough money to pay off the debt and wed the girls, and decide to go prospecting for gold.

Unknown to the Stooges, however, Maxey has recently robbed a bank and buried the loot. Before they find the stolen treasure with the stocks and gold bonds, the Stooges have a mishap, when a rock hits Curly, and thinking that it was Moe's doing, throws a rock at Moe, causing Moe to throw a stick of dynamite, which lands near Yorick, the burro. When their dog takes the stick of dynamite and puts it into the box of canned food supplies, Moe thinks that Yorick ate the dynamite and tries to have the burro drink from a bucket of water, before the explosion. In their digging, the boys managed to discover Maxey's stash, thinking they are truly in the dough. They return to town, but Maxey gets his hands on the money and flees the saloon. The Stooges, of course, catch up with Maxey, retrieve the loot, and end up giving back to the bank from whence it came, much to their astonishment.

Production notes[edit]

Filming for Yes, We Have No Bonanza commenced between November 28 and December 1, 1938.[1] The film's title is a parody of the 1923 song "Yes, We Have No Bananas".[2]


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