Have Rocket, Will Travel was the first starring feature film with The Three Stooges. By this time, the trio consisted of Moe Howard, Larry Fine, and Curly Joe DeRita. Released by Columbia Pictures, the feature was produced to capitalize on the comedy trio's 1959 resurgence in popularity.
The Stooges are janitors working at a space center who accidentally blast off to Venus. They encounter a talking unicorn, a giant fire-breathing tarantula, and an alien computer who has destroyed all human life on the planet and creates three evil robot twins of the Stooges [the copies turn out to be just as dumb as the orginials]. When the boys return home triumphant, they are given a hero's welcome. At a party in their honor the Stooges manage to create chaos; at the party the robots attack the guests while the Stooges and their unicorn friend escape. At the end the Stooges sing a song while riding a rocket through space-and the other two stooges hit Moe with cream pies!
The space travel theme of Have Rocket, Will Travel was quite prevalent in the late 1950s. The Stooges had already filmed several shorts for Columbia revolving around this theme (Space Ship Sappy, Outer Space Jitters, Flying Saucer Daffy). They followed up with yet another space entry in 1962 for The Three Stooges in Orbit.
- Moe Howard: Moe
- Larry Fine: Larry
- Joe DeRita: Curly-Joe
- Jerome Cowan: Mr. Morse
- Anna-Lisa: Dr. Ingrid Naarveg
- Robert Colbert: Dr. Ted Benson
- Don Lamond: The Venusian Robot/Reporter/Narrator
- Robert Stevenson: Voice of The Thingtz