Although the Stooges' sister Birdie
has been dead for more than a year, Joe will not allow her memory
to fade. He makes a careful study of reincarnation, trusting that
someday Birdie might return. While walking the streets with high hopes
and an empty heart, Joe hears Birdie's pleasant voice...coming from
a horse. The Stooges are so excited they have found their reincarnated
sister, they take her home to their apartment to celebrate. Mr. Dinklespiel,
the landlord, is not favorably disposed to keeping horses in the apartment,
forcing the Stooges to spend so much time hiding Birdie that they
don't realize she has given birth to a beautiful colt!
scene suddenly changes to Joe, sound asleep, mumbling, "I'm an
uncle!" I'm and uncle!" Moe and Larry wake up Joe (who has
dreamt the whole story), as Birdie, alive and well, comes from the
kitchen carrying a casserole. Joe tells her he just dreamed that she
was a horse. Far from flattered, Birdie crowns Joe over the head with
Did you know that this short film marked
the first episode featuring Joe Besser as the third Stooge? All
together, he made 16 short films with the boys.
Did you know that Besser's contract
specifically stated that he was NOT to be physically abused in the
same ways that Shemp and Curly had been? You'll notice that in the
final 16 episodes, although still pretty rough, the violence level
has diminished a lot due to Joe's contract demand.
Did you know that in the final draft
screenplay of Hoofs and Goofs, writer Jack White calls for Birdie
to whack Joe over the head with a breakaway rolling pin instead
of a casserole?
Did you know it has been said that
the worst two subjects to direct are children and animals? However,
according to Joe Besser, Tony the Wonder Horse was no problem:
horse was wonderful! When Moe, Larry and I were on the set, we'd
feed him carrots."