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HULA-LA-LA

B. O. Pictures' president Mr. Baines wants to use the island of Rarabonga for his next musical extravaganza, but the natives don't know how to dance! So he sends studio choreographers Moe, Larry and Shemp to the south Pacific island as dance teachers. Unfortunately, the natives are head hunters under the control of witch doctor Varanu. On the run for their lives, the Stooges receive help from the King's daughter Luana, and attempt to gain the upper hand with a box of left-over World War II gernades guarded by a living three-armed totem idol.



The only Three Stooges short directed by producer Hugh McCollum.

The standard "3 Blind Mice" theme is replaced on the ending fadeout with the hula composition "Lu-Lu," composed by Ross DiMaggio and Nico Grigor; see The Three Stooges Journal # 96 (Winter 2000).

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Featuring
Moe, Larry and Shemp
Release Date
November 01, 1951
Studio
Columbia
Production Type
Short Subject
Duration
16.1 min.
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Production Notes   (2)
Prod. No.:   4179
Shooting Days:   4 days   From: 1951-05-25   To: 1951-05-29

Stooge Mayhem   (Avg. 13.25)
Face Slaps: 52 Eye Pokes: 1 Head Bonks: 0 Pastry Thrown: 0

Stooge Quotes   (3)
  • "These girls have their andaleys mixed up with their pirouettes, & their fortissimos mixed up with the allegrettos." "Yeh, but what's wrong with their dancin'?"
    (Moe & Shemp)

  • "The witchdoctor is a bad man." "You can say that again." "The witchdoctor is a bad man."
    (Jean Willes & Larry)

  • "Hey, red shoes!"
    (Moe)


Stooge Goofs   (2)
  • Dubbed-In Yell
    When the Stooges see Varunu's head collection, we hear Moe yelling but his mouth isn't moving.

  • Watch Out, Shemp
    At the end when Shemp is dancing near the boiling pot, he almost accidentally steps in the fire and burns himself, so he quickly jumps away from the pot in fear and then continues dancing like nothing happened.


Stooge Routines   (6)
  • Animal scaring Stooge under bed
    Shemp is hiding under a bed as two other people in the room are having a conversation, and one of them is sitting on the bed. An animal crawls over to Shemp's leg, causing him to scream and jump, knocking over the bed and the person sitting on it.
    Also used in:  GYPPED IN THE PENTHOUSE

  • Crunching a piano key lid on Larry's fingers

    Also used in:  LOCO BOY MAKES GOOD  ·   BRIDELESS GROOM  ·   DANCING LADY

  • Fighting a spirit/monster
    A Stooge tries to take something that's guarded by a spirit or monster, but the spirit/monster keeps slapping and hitting the Stooge before he can take it. This goes on for a while until the Stooge finally hits back, stopping the spirit/monster and allowing the Stooge to take what he came for.
    Also used in:  SOME MORE OF SAMOA  ·  

  • Hallelujah
    The south is mentioned, and the Stooges respond by imitating a southern accent and saying things like "Hallelujah!"
    Also used in:  UNCIVIL WARRIORS  ·   PARDON MY SCOTCH  ·   DON'T THROW THAT KNIFE  ·   PLANE NUTS  ·   DANCING LADY

  • Leg/Hand shaking
    During a wresting or boxing match, the third Stooge's leg or hand begins shaking. Moe asks "Are you nervous?", and the third Stooge usually repsonds something like "No, only in that leg".
    Also used in:  PUNCH DRUNKS  ·   GRIPS, GRUNTS, AND GROANS  ·   BUSY BUDDIES  ·   FRIGHT NIGHT  ·   FLING IN THE RING

  • Mistaking yelling for singing
    When Larry or the third Stooge yells in fright as he sees something, Moe says "This is no time for singin'!"
    Also used in:  BIRD IN THE HEAD, A  ·   WHO DONE IT?  ·   FOR CRIMIN' OUT LOUD  ·   THREE STOOGES MEET HERCULES, THE


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Re: HULA-LA-LA
Posted 2001-10-01 11:18:00 by Shemp_Diesel
Edited 2014-12-25 10:24:33 by shemps#1

Hugh McCollum does a good job in his only directing effort. A lot of cool scenes and snappy one-liners--maybe the best being Kenneth McDonald's line to Shemp; "You, the beautiful one."

7 pokes


Reviewer's Rating: (7)
Re: HULA-LA-LA
Posted 2001-05-28 17:16:00 by Stooge
Edited 2008-06-16 00:10:17 by Stooge
The only Stooge short directed by producer Hugh McCollum. I wish he directed more with the boys because this is a very good film.

Interesting Points:
- The only Shemp short not to end with Three Blind Mice music. Instead, they use island music from the last scene over the ending credits.

Funniest Moment:
- Moe and Larry's battle with the 4-armed hydra

Reviewer's Rating: (9)
Re: HULA-LA-LA
Posted 2002-12-24 07:45:00 by Bruckman
Interesting Shemp short which starts out as satire of the studio system (Producer Sitka and his entourage of yes-men, including one whose job it is to keep Sitka's chair under him at all times--and Emil's pantomime of a hula is an unexpected bonus), then moves into more standard jungle-adventure fare. The bout with a 4-armed statue is a standout. I always enjoy Kenneth McDonald's nonchalant way of revealing plot points--as here, when he reveals the empty places on the wall will soon be filled by the Stooges' shrunken heads. And Shemp as a dancing instructor is definitely inspired. "Hey, Red Shoes!" (RED SHOES was a famous dance film starring the ballerina Moira Shearer, BTW).

Reviewer's Rating: (9)
Re: HULA-LA-LA
Posted 2002-07-05 04:08:00 by black banana
Hope everyone had a good Fourth of July!Fine short that I've always liked...hopefully AMC will show this in 2003. Great performance by Kenneth MacDonald in an unusual role as the Headhunter Witch Doctor. Emil Sitka and Jean Willes are also very good in this. The four armed idol that guards the hand grenades is a great visual gag that cracks me up, especially the eye poke at the end.(funnier than the idol gag in SOME MORE OF SAMOA IMO)Moe's speech insulting the Witch Doctor's head chopping ability is very well acted.

Reviewer's Rating: (9)
Re: HULA-LA-LA
Posted 2001-01-18 11:23:00 by Uncle Mortimer
Yes, here's another one AMC should be playing. Does AMC actually think that we'd rather see lousy Besser shorts or even 'Palma stand-in remakes' than a COOL Shemper like this?!? Why, why, why? I just have to figure that they're NOT THAT stupid, that it's probably a rights issue. 'Cause if it's not, that means their programming dept. is riddled with morons!

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