Phony Express (1943)

Genres - Comedy  |  
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In spite of its name, Peaceful Gulch is riddled by bullets and bad guys. The sheriff needs some men either brave enough or stupid enough to get rid of the varmints. When he sees a wanted poster for The Three Stooges (their crime is vagrancy and the reward is fifty cents, or three for a dollar), he decides to go the latter route. Although he plants an item in the paper claiming they're famous marshalls, the boys are almost chased out of town after an encounter with a medicine show. The sheriff finally puts them in charge of guarding the bank, which gets robbed while their backs are turned. To avoid being lynched, the Stooges scour the nearby area, using Curly as a bloodhound. Eventually they find the stolen money under the floorboards of a cabin and capture the bad guys with the use of bear traps. But the main varmint (the ever-dependable Bud Jamison) enters the cabin and Curly has to hide with the loot in the stove. The bandit drops his cigar in the stove which sets off the bullets in Curly's gun belt. The wildly spinning stove sends off a hail of gunfire for an abrupt ending.