Horsing Around (1957)
Horsing Around is a 1957 short subject directed by Jules White starring American slapstick comedy team The Three Stooges (Moe Howard, Larry Fine and Joe Besser). It is the 180th entry in the series released by Columbia Pictures starring the comedians, who released 190 shorts for the studio between 1934 and 1959.
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. Because the circus is a long way off, the stooges and Bertie stop off at a cabin to rest, when the news about Schnapps is heard on the radio.
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.
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. Filming was completed November 19–21, 1956.
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.