Opens with a headline: "Joe Slack's
Tigers to Meet Cubs in Professional Football Classic." Joe, a
tough-guy gangster, has $50,000 on the game, but his "three backs got
plastered and wound up in a ditch." A young
Lucille Ball, who appears to be blond, suggests he head to Boulder
Dam College to sign up the horsemen. Cut to the boys.
In what is to become a common entry to many
shorts, they are begging, to no avail. Curly finally holds up a
guy by using a finger in his jacket pocket, only to hear, "I haven't got
a dime, it's the Depression." Curly replies, "You're talking
depression, and me here with a gun without bullets." Curly winds
up with a fist to the face, sprawled on the sidewalk. Larry tries
his luck getting a job playing violin in a bar.
Asked for his credentials, Larry says to the
barkeep, "Did you ever hear 'Snow, Snow, Beautiful Snow'?" "Did
you write it?" he is asked. "No, I shoveled it," Fine replies.
Soon enough, the trio, lured to the hotel room of Slack's three molls,
is dressed in drag trying to woo the women. Slack and his two
gun-toting pals chase them, leading to a hilarious fall down a
dumbwaiter shaft. They're mistaken for the horsemen and are soon
in football uniforms. Curly's number is ?, Larry ½, and Moe H2O2.
Their incompetence on the gridiron quickly becomes evident, and the
short ends with Slack shooting at the fleeing Stooges.
Interestingly, the original script concluded with a scene in which the
Stooges recounted the story for their children, three pint-sized Stooge
look-alikes, who engage in their own battle at the short's close.
If filmed, that footage remained on the cutting room floor.