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Phony Express is the seventy-fifth Columbia Pictures short subject starring The Three Stooges.


The sheriff of Peaceful Gulch places a picture of the Stooges in the paper, claiming they are famous marshalls coming to rid the little town of its criminals. Despite this, the boys are almost chased out of the town after nearly poisoning the ill sheriff (Snub Pollard) who is suffering from lumbago. The sheriff finally puts them in charge of guarding the bank, which gets robbed while their backs are turned. To avoid being hanged, the Stooges search the area, with Curly in bloodhound mode. The Stooges eventually discover the stolen money, but not before almost being discovered by the main outlaw, Red (Bud Jamison).



  • This was the last Three Stooges short co-written by Monte Collins.
  • There seems to be a timing mistake with the explosion sound effect where it happens a couple seconds before the sheriff pratfalls.