Cast & Crew
C. William Kolb
Max M. Dill
Farm boys Mike and Louie find a Chicago newspaper, and although they are semi-illiterate, they manage to decipher a want ad which says that Mike is heir to a fortune. They contact the attorney, Philo Markham, and receive $10,000, but Philo bilks them out of $9,500 by selling them a worthless ranch out West. On the train ride to see their property, they meet May, Philo's daughter. She leaves her worthless husband on the train, and becomes a dance hall hostess in a town near Mike and Louie's ranch. They become her protectors and extricate her from several dangerous situations. When she comes under the power of thieves, Mike and Louis rescue her by pretending to die in a fight and cashing in their insurance policy so that she can return to Chicago. Later, Mike and Louie move back to Chicago and get jobs at an expensive restaurant where they encounter Philo and May. They persuade Philo to doubly repay the money he bilked from them because they protected his daughter, and all ends happily.
Available contemporary sources only credit the scenarists by their surnames, "Ritchie" and "Whitcomb." According to a contemporary advertisement, Three Pals was the second in a series of six "Kolb and Dill" productions, the first being A Million for Mary. Some of the subtitles were written in the same German dialect the two vaudeville comedians were famous for speaking on stage.