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Horsing Around is the 180th short film released by Columbia Pictures in 1957 starring American slapstick comedy team The Three Stooges (Moe Howard, Larry Fine and Joe Besser). The comedians released 190 short films for the studio between 1934 and 1959.

Horsing Around
Directed byJules White
Produced byJules White
Written byFelix Adler
StarringMoe Howard
Larry Fine
Joe Besser
Emil Sitka
Harriette Tarler
Tony the Wonder Horse
CinematographyRay Cory
Edited byWilliam A. Lyon
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
  • September 12, 1957 (1957-09-12) (U.S.)
Running time
CountryUnited States



Joe reads in the local newspaper that injured circus horse Schnapps who might be destroyed. Moe and Larry tell him to forget about that horse and instead focus on their sister Bertie. The Stooges' sister Bertie is a reincarnated horse who is trying to track down her mate. It's during breakfast that Bertie reveals that her mate is Schnapps. The Stooges spit out their food, realizing that the horse that's about to be destroyed is Bertie's mate.

When Bertie hears a broadcast over the radio stating that a local famous circus horse (Schnapps) is about to be destroyed, due to an injury, she pleads with them to help her save him. They agree but first they rent a wagon and hire a babysitter to take care of Bertie's baby. Just before they leave their home Joe tosses all the dishes out the window. Bertie and the Stooges race to the circus in an effort to save the horse from a certain fate.

At the circus, the Stooges split up. Moe and Larry distract the man (Emil Sitka) sent to destroy Schnapps by using a horse costume. Joe finds Schnapps and the two horses are reunited.

Production notesEdit

Horsing Around is a sequel to Hoofs and Goofs. Harriette Tarler again pulls double duty as both the voice of Bertie, and a showgirl at the circus.[1] Filming was completed November 19–21, 1956.[2]

Horsing Around features Moe and Larry's more "gentlemanly" haircuts, first suggested by Joe Besser. However, these had to be used sparingly, as most of the shorts with Besser were remakes of earlier films, and new footage had to be matched with old.[3]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Solomon, Jon (2002). The Complete Three Stooges: The Official Filmography and Three Stooges Companion. Glendale, California: Comedy III Productions, Inc. p. 494. ISBN 0-9711868-0-4.
  2. ^ Pauley, Jim (2012). The Three Stooges Hollywood Filming Locations. Solana Beach, California: Santa Monica Press, LLC. p. 144. ISBN 9781595800701.
  3. ^ Howard Maurer, Joan; Jeff Lenburg; Greg Lenburg (2012) [1982]. The Three Stooges Scrapbook. Chicago, Illinois: Chicago Review Press. p. 264. ISBN 978-1613740743.

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