“It’s against our religion; we’re devout cowards!”
The editor (Adam West) of a wildlife preservation magazine is sent out west with Larry (Larry Fine), Moe (Moe Howard), and Curly Joe (Joe DeRita) to stop the slaughter of buffalo being perpetrated by a villain (Don Lamond) whose goal is to promote an Indian uprising; meanwhile, Annie Oakley (Nancy Kovack) helps West earn a job as sheriff, and is secretly at work behind the scenes at all times, especially when a host of notorious outlaws arrive in town.
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
The Three Stooges’ final of six films together — made after a brief late-career resurgence in their popularity — was this western spoof directed by Moe Howard’s son-in law (Norman Maurer), and featuring Adam West in a decidedly unheroic role a year before he would go down in history as TV’s best-known Batman.
Everything about this silly flick is predicated on one’s appreciation of the Stooges’ humor:
… and one’s enjoyment at seeing them in an anachronistic western environment.
The biggest highlight of the film is Nancy Kovacks as sharp-shooting Annie Oakley, who comes to the rescue with a grin of delight time and again.
Notable Performances, Qualities, and Moments:
- Nancy Kovack’s fun turn as powerhouse Annie Oakley
No; skip this one unless you’re a diehard Three Stooges fan.