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The Outlaws IS Coming!
Directed by Norman Maurer
Produced by Norman Maurer
Written by Norman Maurer
Elwood Ullman
Starring Moe Howard
Larry Fine
Curly Joe DeRita
Adam West
Nancy Kovack
Mort Mills
Don Lamond
Rex Holman
Emil Sitka
Henry Gibson
Murray Alper
Tiny Brauer
Paul Frees
Joe Bolton
Bill Camfield
Hal Fryar
Johnny Ginger
Wayne Mack
Ed T. McDonnell
Bruce Sedley
Paul Shannon
Sally Starr
Music by Paul Dunlap
Cinematography Irving Lippman
Editing by Aaron Nibley
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date(s) January 1, 1965
Running time 88' 12"
Country United States
Language English
Preceded by The Three Stooges Go Around the World in a Daze
Followed by Kook's Tour

The Outlaws IS Coming! was the sixth and last theatrical feature film to star the Three Stooges after their 1959 resurgence in popularity. By this time, the trio consisted of Moe Howard, Larry Fine, and Curly Joe DeRita. Like its predecessor, The Three Stooges Go Around the World in a Daze, The Outlaws IS Coming! was directed by Moe's son-in-law, Norman Maurer.

When the film was released, a number of English teachers expressed displeasure over its grammatically incorrect title.[1]

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Plot

Rance Roden (Don Lamond) plans to kill off all the buffalo and thus cause the Indians to riot. After they destroy the US Cavalry (his real enemy), Rance and his gang will take over the West. Meanwhile, a Boston magazine gets wind of the buffalo slaughter and sends editor Kenneth Cabot (Adam West) and his associates (Moe, Larry and Curly-Joe) to Casper, Wyoming to investigate. Once there, Ken's shooting skills (secretly aided by sharp shooter Annie Oakley (Nancy Kovack) earn him the job of town sheriff. Rance has his band of bad guys called in to have the lawmen wiped out, but the Stooges sneak into the gang's hideout (while they are asleep) and glue their firearms to their holsters. When Ken confronts the bad guys, the bad guys (with Stooge-like prompting from the boys) decide that a life of justice is better than crime. Meanwhile, Rance and Trigger attempt to sell firearms to the Indians, but the Stooges foil this plan by snapping a picture of them selling in the process.

Notes

In a nod to television's key role in the resurgence of the Stooges' popularity, the outlaws were played by local TV hosts from across the U.S. whose shows featured the trio's old Columbia shorts.

On A&E's Biography, Adam West spoke about his involvement with the film and with the Stooges:

The Outlaws IS Coming. What a wonderful experience! Our first meeting at the Columbia ranch, one morning quite early, and I went in to makeup and got on my western duds and came out in the street. And I saw Larry Fine sitting in a chair and I think his wife was yelling at him about something. Actually, the guys were very serious off camera, their demeanors. They were very serious artists in their own way and I was surprised how quiet they were in respect to their screen personae.

I think the funniest little incident of the picture that I remember, the main thrust of the plot was that we were trying to save the buffalo and I was the young lawyer from Boston and we had the same interests and that's how we got together. So we spent the movie trying to save the buffalo. The wrap party at the end of the movie and Moe says, 'Ok, everyone's invited to my place in Bel Air for a buffalo barbecue!' And that sort of typifies these three restless knights. I never really spent much time with them away from the set. People don't do that often in Hollywood, you know, you're doing a series and you spend eighteen hours a day with people and you just kind of want to get away from them, it's probably more helpful that way. I wanted to go home with the Stooges every night, but they wouldn't let me! (laughs)

Cast

The Outlaws

References

  1. ^ Pyatte, Steve (2005). Harlow Hickenlooper: Introducing Hal Fryar. Retrieved on 29 December 2009.

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