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Gold Raiders (1951)

On his way to Red Mesa to insure mine owners against loss from raids on their ore shipments, George O'Brien is ambushed by the raiders, and is accidentally saved by the Three Stooges who ... See full summary »


Edward Bernds


Elwood Ullman (original story & screenplay), William Lively (original story & screenplay)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
George O'Brien ... George O'Brien
Moe Howard ... Moe (as The Three Stooges)
Shemp Howard ... Shemp (as The Three Stooges)
Larry Fine ... Larry (as The Three Stooges)
Sheila Ryan ... Laura Mason
Clem Bevans ... Doc Mason
Monte Blue ... John Sawyer
Lyle Talbot ... Taggart
Al Baffert Al Baffert ... Utah - Bartender
John Merton ... Clete
Hugh Hooker Hugh Hooker ... Sandy Evans
Bill Ward ... Henchman
Fuzzy Knight ... Sheriff
Dick Crockett Dick Crockett ... Henchman
Roy Canada Roy Canada ... Slim - Henchman


On his way to Red Mesa to insure mine owners against loss from raids on their ore shipments, George O'Brien is ambushed by the raiders, and is accidentally saved by the Three Stooges who run a traveling variety store. O'Brien sells mine owner John Sawyer and his foreman Sandy Evans on allowing him to insure and guard their shipments since they have no help from the bumbling sheriff. He hires to Stooges, Laura Mason and Doc Mason, Laura's ex-physician-turned-drunk grandfather. O'Brien's first move is to trap the bandits headed by saloon owner Taggart and his henchman Clete by using the Stooges to inform Taggart that O'Brien will escort the gold shipment, but George plans on having the Stooges take the actual shipment in another wagon. His plans backfire when Doc Mason, drunk in Taggart's saloon, accidentally informs Taggart of the real plans. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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GUNS SING as George O'Brien jolts those hi-jackers! LAUGHS RING as those Three Stooges jiggle your funny-bone! (original print ad) See more »


Comedy | Western


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Release Date:

9 September 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Stooges Go West See more »


Box Office


$50,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Production number #524. See more »


Shemp: He's got horse sense.
Larry: Too bad you ain't a horse.
Moe: What do you want to insult the horse for?
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Written and performed by Larry Fine, Moe Howard and Shemp Howard
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Gold Raiders (1951) *1/2
13 February 2007 | by JoeKarlosiSee all my reviews


A dull western/comedy feature with the Three Stooges (including Shemp Howard at this point, who I've always enjoyed as the "third Stooge") doing their usual schtick, and directed by the normally dependable Edward Bernds, who also did some of their funniest classic shorts -- so one has to wonder, just what went wrong this time? The most probable answer is that what worked pretty good as a 15-minute two-reeler comes up as too much for a 55-minute feature film. Unlike so many of their classic short subjects, GOLD RAIDERS is not worth revisiting.

*1/2 out of ****

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