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"Should I give him sodium amytal?" "Nah, give 'im a Coca-Cola." - Ruth Hiatt & Larry (MEN IN BLACK, 1934)

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Average Rating:     [4.80/10]   8 votes


Songwriters Mack Gordon and Harry Revel mingle on a soundstage's nightclub set with various celebrities, while bartender Ben Turpin provides refreshments.

Numerous sources list this short incorrectly as being from 1932, and Curly's 1st on-screen appearance. This short was released on March 30, 1934, and was the Stooges' final on-screen appearances with Ted Healy. The tavern setting with everyone drinking beer and celebrating the repeal of Prohibition shows that this was filmed sometime after December 5, 1933, the passage date of the 21st Amendment to the Constitution.

In the early days of television, Paramount sold its 1932 - 1934 HOLLYWOOD ON PARADE series, 26 one-reel shorts, to a syndicator called Criterion. Criterion placed its own company credit in the opening titles, and recycled that same revised opening title credit on all 26 shorts. Hence, the source of the erroneous 1932 copyright notice that appears on this short. The short's B-9 sub-title refers to the 9th release of the second release season (1933 - 1934).

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Ted Healy and His Stooges
Release Date
March 30, 1934
Production Type
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8.83 min.
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  • "Your fairy godmother always watches over you." "I've got an uncle I'm not sure of."
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Posted 2010-07-15 11:37:40 by Final Shemp
Exploitive Hollywood worship pieces hold very little interest for me, and Hollywood on Parade is no different. The film has no other purpose than to make its audience stare at the stars they admire and feel that Hollywood is heaven on Earth.
The short tries to be humorous and give a smile, but seems to mistake disjointed nonsense for humor. Jimmy Durante suddenly shouting out "I gotta see a man about a dog!" isn't funny.
Even Healy, Bonnell, and the Stooges struggle to make their single gag work. Unfortunately, they're only here to walk on the screen, slap each other a few times, and leave. This is probably one of the most pathetic appearances they've ever done.
Highlight of the short is probably Harry Revel and Mack Gordon on stage singing "Did You Ever Hear a Dream Walking," which is a soothing way to end the short. Ben Turpin gets a few laughs as a bartender, as well. Still, I have to say I was thankful when this long 5 minutes was over.
Final Shemp's Final Word: BOMB!

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Posted 2006-03-16 13:31:54 by Bangsmith

This is usually billed as the first Stooges short, and Curly's first appearance as a Stooge. It was actually released in 1934, after the MGM films. The debate rages on, but I have heard that this was filmed before the others, but not released until after. All that aside, this is not what you might expect, as the Stooges only appear in one scene, and with that drunken money-grubber Ted Healy. For serious collectors only (If you're reading this, you probably are)! If you must see the Ted Healy-era Stooges, check out Plane Nuts, Nertsery Rhymes, and Beer & Pretzels - all MGM, all pretty decent, and all full of Stooges.

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Posted 2001-04-29 17:03:00 by Stooge
Edited 2003-07-01 19:24:00 by Stooge
Healy & the Stooges are the only interesting part in this short. Interesting seeing Curly's screen debut and I notice that Healy punished Larry a lot more than the others. The rest of the film is a bore (although that cross-eyed waiter was kinda funny), and is there really a point or plot to this film?

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Posted 2001-08-30 04:01:00 by [Deleted Member]
This is the shortest short film I've ever seen. It's probably half as long as any uncut, unedited Columbia Stooge short. I can't BELIEVE all the negative reviews this got! I thought it was good. The cross-eyed waiter was hilarious! You have to not be blinking to see a VERY funny thing he did- just when the slap-fest ended and the Stooges and Healy leave the bar, he decides to try a slap on himself! I also found Durante pretty funny, along with the line "Pardon me for protruding." That's the kind of one-liner you hear in the oldest Popeye cartoons! PLUS- if you never knew what was so funny about the "dream walking line" Moe used in "Guns A-Poppin", you'll know after you watch this film. Overall, a pretty good film. ISLIPP- the Stooges and Ted Healy SLAPP. ®2001

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