31 August 2015 | bkoganbing
Wildcatting is so easy
A few familiar faces appear in this Three Stooges short subject where the boys make an interesting discovery of oil on the property of a widow with three marriageable daughters. Funny thing is these daughters certainly didn't look desperate enough to consider Howard, Howard and Fine as husband material.
One of the best visuals in a Three Stooges movie occurs here when after taking apart a pump and cleaning it out the boys strike oil. They make it look so easy, but as the gusher explodes out of the pump, Curly who had been sitting on it is carried up by the force of the gusher and is sitting on top of it. Don't worry, but that Stooge ingenuity gets him down.
Dorothy Comingore two years away from being Susan Alexander in Citizen Kane plays the widow with the marriageable daughters. Two of the swindlers who try to cheat Comingore of her farm are perennial western villain Dick Curtis and future B picture lead James Craig.
Oil wildcatters the world over wondered what they were doing wrong after seeing this.