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MOVIE MANIACS

The boys are stowaways on a train box-car filled with furniture bound for Hollywood where they hope to break into movies and become stars. Arriving at the Carnation Pictures Studios. Fuller Rath, the studio general manager, receives a telegram from the home office telling him that a certain "Mr. Smith and his two assistants" will arrive to take over the supervision of the studios. He mistakes the Stooges as the executives and gives them free reign over the studios, where they proceed to disrupt and destroy the production of a romantic drama.



A scene with the Stooges demonstrating kissing techniques was cut when originally released to television in 1958 by Columbia's Screen Gems, deemed too risque for children's programming. 1960/70s Screen Gems syndication prints restored the scene. Home video versions present the complete film.

The original version of the script cast the Stooges as studio scriptwriters who take control of the film, and burn down the soundstage! These scenes, from Jules White's files at the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences Library, were transcribed in The Three Stooges Journal # 100 (Winter 2001). The film's script was revised during filming, with a production still of the Stooges amidst a burnt soundstage (also from White's file) in evidence; that photo was printed in Journal # 100. There is no known evidence that any of the "fire" scenes were actually filmed.

The aforementioned "kissing" segment is notorious for a dialogue segment, with Eve Reynolds referring to Curly as "Mr. Howard," although she shouldn't know who he is. That scene is a holdover, filmed when the original script was still in play, and left in after the plot was revised.

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Featuring
Moe, Larry and Curly
Release Date
February 20, 1936
Studio
Columbia
Production Type
Short Subject
Duration
18 min.
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Production Notes   (4)
Working Title(s):   G-A-G MEN
Title Origin:   Working title is parody of term "G-Man".
Prod. No.:   213
Shooting Days:   4 days   From: 1935-10-25   To: 1935-10-29

Stooge Mayhem   (Avg. 2.00)
Face Slaps: 7 Eye Pokes: 1 Head Bonks: 0 Pastry Thrown: 0

Stooge Quotes   (7)
  • "If at first you don't succeed, keep on suckin' til ya do suck seed!"
    (Curly)

  • "Our genius ain't appreciated around here... let's scram!"
    (Moe)

  • "Dear Santy Claus,"
    (Curly)

  • "Coitainly I'm sound asleep." "Then why are you talkin'?" "I'm talkin' in my sleep!"
    (Moe & Curly)

  • "Tell me your name so I can tell your mother." "My mother knows my name."
    (Moe and Curly)

  • "You can't quit!" "And why not?" "Cause you're fired!" "You can't fire him!" "Why not?" "He quit!"
    (Moe, Harry Semels & Curly)

  • "Gentlemen, will you join me in a toast?" "I don't like toast... the black stuff gets in my teeth."
    (Bud Jamison & Curly)


Stooge Goofs   (10)
  • Crew Member in the Shot
    When the wheat cake hits the ceiling, you can see the hand of the crew member that throws it.

  • Curly's Location
    When Moe says â€Å"I'll direct the thing myself,” Curly is standing next to the leading lady, but in the next shot, he's standing next to the leading man. Then a few seconds later when the leading man walks away, Curly walks over to Moe and stands right next to him, but in the next shot, he's suddenly standing behind Moe.

  • Cut Off
    After Moe says â€Å"Use your head!” and kicks Curly in the behind, Curly begins heavily panting as if he's going to do something wild, but it cuts to the next scene before we see what happens to him.

  • Disappearing Pliers
    When Larry (as the leading man) says to Curly (as the leading lady) â€Å"I have come for you”, Curly turns his head to Larry, then holds pliers up to Larry's nose as if he's going to do something with it, but it suddenly cuts to the next shot and now Curly's not looking at Larry anymore and the pliers have disappeared.

  • Larry's Location
    When Moe is telling Mr. Swinehardt about kisses, at first, Larry's standing next to Moe, then in the next shot, he's nowhere near Moe, then in the next shot, he's next to Moe again, and so on...

  • Magically Appearing Hat / Location Change
    After the Stooges lock themselves in the lion den, they lean their heads against the door to hear if anybody's coming. While they do this, Larry has no hat on. Then the camera cuts to the next shot, and not only does Larry now have a hat on suddenly, but he and Curly have switched places!

  • Missing Three-Watches Gag
    After Curly says â€Å"Aw, I never get any rest!”, it cuts to the next shot and you can see that Curly suddenly has his sleeve rolled up, revealing three watches, but there's no mention of them. Apparently, there was originally a three-watches gag similar to the ones used in DUTIFUL BUT DUMB, RHYTHM AND WEEP, and STUDIO STOOPS, but they removed it from the final cut.

  • Mr. Howard
    During the kissing technique scene, when one of the ladies is about to kiss Curly, she says â€Å"Oh, Mr. Howard!” But the Stooges were supposed to be under false identities at the movie studio, so we don't see how she knew Curly's last name. According to BeAStooge from the message board, the original script had the Stooges as staff scriptwriters for the studio. The kissing scene was shot before the film was revamped, and they forgot to change the â€Å"Mr. Howard” reference.

  • Repeated Word
    When Moe is saying various different names for â€Å"Swinehardt”, he says â€Å"Pighardt” twice in a row for some reason, probably because he briefly forgot what to say after that.

  • Visible Cardboard
    In the boxcar scene, when Moe puts down the â€Å"pressed pants” and begins chasing Larry with the hot iron, the wood/cardboard used to stiffen the pants is visible.


Stooge Routines   (6)

Stooge Trivia   (1)
  • Deleted is an alternate film ending where the stooges accidentally burn the studio down.
    Source: The Three Stooges Journal # 100
    Added by xraffle on 2009-03-22 02:57:13
    Status: Confirmed


Audio Files   (2)
  • Mutiny in the Boxcar
    Wave Sound (32.39 Kb)
    "Oh, mutiny in the boxcar, eh?" "Get goin'!"

  • He Quit
    Wave Sound (61.66 Kb)
    "You can't quit!" "And why not??" "Cause you're fired!" "You can't fire him!" "Why not?" "Cause he quit!!"


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Videography   (1)

Fan Reviews   (12)
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Posted 2010-07-20 17:32:28 by Final Shemp
Edited 2015-01-03 21:55:36 by [Deleted Member]
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Reviewer's Rating: (10)
Re: MOVIE MANIACS
Posted 2010-06-16 14:19:18 by Mike Lipincranz

Quick Moe.....Tickle the mule.....Hilaroius......Classic satire of the acting profession with a very funny twist.....

Give'm the bird, the bird.......!

4-pokes

Re: MOVIE MANIACS
Posted 2010-04-08 19:06:25 by Shemp_Diesel

The stooges could do no wrong in this early period of their careers as they crank out yet another masterpiece. I think the gag with Curly's pencils is my favorite part. "Dear Santa Claus."

4 pokes


Reviewer's Rating: (9)
Re: MOVIE MANIACS
Posted 2009-02-18 10:34:15 by Hassan bin Sober
Full of classic scenes! Larry ironing Moe's pants in the boxcar, the kissing demonstration. . .I also love the entrance gate to the studio. 'Carnation - Pictures from Contented Actors'. This kind of corny wordplay, from the old Carnation Evaporated Milk slogan (Milk from Contented Cows) is one of the reason I love the Stooges so much! Definitely a 4-poker!

Reviewer's Rating: (10)
Re: MOVIE MANIACS
Posted 2002-03-26 19:38:00 by [Deleted Member]
Edited 2006-03-24 17:01:08 by shemps#1
Yes folks, this is a good short. I loved the scenes on the train. I thought Larry was a genius at the ironing board until I saw how Moe's pants came out. QUESTION: Curly called what he was cooking "root cakes". Is that yet another name for pancakes/hotcakes/flapjacks? They did look like the same thing, but think of grits and oatmeal. They may look alike when cooked, but they are completely different. Anyway, the rest of the short as good. I loved how the boys tricked the guard to get into the studio. Bud Jamison was good and his assistant was funny. I would've took him up on his suggestion of hiring three blonde secretaries. The filmmaking scene was also good, but that's where it starts to fall a little bit flat for me. I dunno. Maybe it's only because I miss seeing the things that AMC so stupidly cuts out. I do like seeing the Stooges making a mess of something else this time!
Re: MOVIE MANIACS
Posted 2001-03-20 16:17:00 by sickdrjoe
Edited 2006-03-24 17:00:15 by shemps#1
Another early gem that points to the greatness still ahead. (Too bad all those Preston Black/Charley Chase shorts followed, temporarily slowing the boys' progress.) Those early scenes are classic: only the Stooges could make a pair of pants painful. It's hard to sit through some of those stock-footage 50s shorts filmed in one room and one day after you imbibe THIS ambrosia, no disrespect to His Shempness. The 'bigger pencils' bit is typical of the great throwaway gags these vintage shorts are crammed full of, that Harry Cohn's number-crunchers would siphon out of the boys' fuel reserves after WW2. Like Woo Woo Woo allus sez, "Curly was a comic genius." Who could argue? Not me. Rob, you may be right: there are SOME 2-reelers in the canon that cry out for a 10-poke rating system.
Re: MOVIE MANIACS
Posted 2001-03-05 15:19:00 by Uncle Mortimer
Edited 2006-03-24 16:59:35 by shemps#1
Fantastic 4-poker!!! My most memorable scene is where Curly is using his hands for the gestures of the actress and Larry for the actor. I too like the Webmasters signature line: "..keep on suckin' till ya do suck seed!" Also, Dunrobin(webmaster), how come you've rated MOVIE MANIACS, "4-pokes" in your comments but only three at the top? This short has got your signature line! you must have meant 4 pokes, right?
Re: MOVIE MANIACS
Posted 2001-01-23 15:33:00 by Ichabod Slipp
Edited 2006-03-24 16:58:52 by shemps#1
One of my favorites, if for the movie shot scene alone. Curly and Larry providing hands for the actors is hysterical; Curly and Larry *becoming* the actors is even more so.

Notice after Curly says "I never get any rest!", they cut to a wider shot, and Curly is wearing three watches. They must have done the "three watches" routine that later appeared in "Dutiful but Dumb" and then cut it. It makes sense, because Moe's next line is "Hurry up and get dressed, we arrive in Hollywood in an hour."
Re: MOVIE MANIACS
Posted 2002-05-24 16:42:00 by hassan ben sober
Edited 2005-10-18 12:17:48 by shemps#1
Origionaly I never liked this short. But after more viewings it is one of the best. What dosnt work in this short. Not much except for the hack job of editing during the movie scenes with the kiss. Better to leave it all in. My favorite dialoge in the short is when the stooges run into bud jamisons office and he mistakes them for big time producers. The scenes in the boxcar are funny also Overall 3 1/2 pokes- A Ive had a few to many myself Ya Basta
Re: MOVIE MANIACS
Posted 2002-03-25 00:05:00 by BJR
Edited 2005-10-18 12:16:27 by shemps#1
Good 1936 Curly short (which ones from that year aren't good?). Still, I can think of four or five others from that year that I liked better. But that's not saying it's bad in any way. It's just not full of classic material like HALF-SHOT SHOOTERS and ANTS IN THE PANTRY. I loved the boxcar scenes and the studio scenes too. 3-1/2 pokes

Reviewer's Rating: (9)
RE: MOVIE MANIACS (1936)
Posted 2003-11-08 14:35:00 by jagman
One of my favorites, and seriously under-rated IMHO. Moe's telling Larry and Curly to "show these puppets how to move" followed by Larry and Curly manipulating the actor and actress is priceless. Has anyone noticed the expressions of the actor and actress? They look like they don't know what's happening to them. This short has been severely edited when shown on television -- for reasons I cannot understand. The kissing demonstration is often dropped entirely. Insist on seeing the unabridged version. It ends a bit abruptly (like so many of their shorts) but all in all it's a minor flaw. One of their great early episodes!

Reviewer's Rating: (10)
Re: MOVIE MANIACS
Posted 2000-07-25 04:13:00 by Stooge
Edited 2003-06-30 01:35:00 by Stooge
Great film with the boys in Hollywood. Very rare to see this film uncut since many TV stations cut out the kissing technique scene. Also according to the script, the original ending to this short had the Stooges burn the studio to the ground.

Reviewer's Rating: (10)

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