Watch the full short in the link above
Eh, I hate it when this happens - one of those shorts where I don't really have that much to say. There's nothing about this short that's absolutely great, but nothing that's terrible. I suppose Curly's illness comes across in a few lines, though I don't enjoy analyzing that, and it's nothing out of the ordinary for this era.
Well, I'll pick a few things that stand out. Christine McIntyre does a wonderful job as the damsel in distress. I really feel genuine sadness for her character when she has to choose between marrying Blackie or losing her father. The scenes where she's driven to tears are convincing. She really can play all types of roles, from the vamp to the damsel in distress to the cultured opera singer. A really great asset to the boys she was.
Comically, my favorite part is Curly as a dog. I think he's pretty good in this part, him barking with his face poking out of the hay is funny. Love the facial expression. One of the many instances of Curly as animal, and it's funny how the villains literally treat him like one, putting him in a collar. I do wish the scene where Moe and Larry try to get Curly out of the collar lasted longer, but I'm not sure if Curly could do an extended scene like that at this point. Still, at least they attempted dynamite, always a comforting Stooge device.
Just a few more random things - the Moe insult "mashed potato muscles" is definitely a favorite of mine, and the whole sped up race to rescue the damsel with music playing is the kind of thing you only see in an Edward Bernds short.
Passable entertainment overall, and Christine McIntyre boots the score up just a tad, as a less talented pretty girl in her role wouldn't have been the same.