Half Shot Shooters is the 14th short subject starring American slapstick comedy team the Three Stooges . The trio made a total of 190 shorts for Columbia Pictures between 1934 and 1959.
1918 - After getting medals for "Wounds in action" (being beaten up by their sergeant after sleeping through an attack), the Stooges are discharged from the army immediately following the end of World War I, whereupon they rough up Sgt. MacGillicuddy (Stanley Blystone).
1935 - The Stooges are traveling the streets hungry and are tricked into signing up for the army again. Naturally, MacGillicuddy is again the sergeant in charge. In the colonel's office the still-hungry Stooges fall upon some tomatoes McGillicuddy brought in. He orders them to throw away the tomatoes and, demonstrating, hits a colonel. As punishment McGillicuddy is assigned to polishing spittoons. The Stooges bring him more to clean but soon fall into the table of shining spittoons. Then they are assigned to coast artillery and begin practicing their skills, such as they are. They first hit a smokestack, then a house, next a bridge, and lastly, a battleship, which just happens to be the admiral's flagship. Sgt. MacGillicuddy and some officers rush up to investigate, and the Stooges point fingers at each other in mutual blame. The frustrated sergeant asks them to line up a photo shoot. The Stooges agree, glad to be awarded for their sharp shooting, and pose as Sgt. MacGillicuddy swings the gun at them and fires, leaving three pairs of smoking boots behind.
- Officer: "Where were you born?!"
- Curly: (unable to hear him) "He says your pants are torn!"
- Moe: "I ain't got any horn!"
- Larry: "No, not warn! Corn!"
- Curly: "What?"
- Larry: "CORN!"
- Curly: "Oh, corn! I got two on both dogs!" (to the officer) "Can you tell where I can get your corn blaster, shorty?"
- Officer: "Would you fight for this great republic and..."
- Moe: "Republican? No, I'm a Democrat!"
- Curly: "Not me, I'm a pedestrian"
- This is the first Stooges short to feature Vernon Dent, who appeared in more Stooge shorts than any other supporting actor.
- The title is a pun on Half Shot at Sunrise (1930), an RKO Radio Pictures movie with Wheeler & Woolsey.
- This is the last Stooge short in which the old Columbia Pictures "torch lady" appears.