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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ted Healy ...
Charles Winninger ...
Otto Schmidt
Frances McCoy ...
Queenie
George Bickel ...
Gustav 'Gus' Klein
Lucile Browne ...
Louise - Otto's Niece
...
Stanley Smith ...
Richard Carlson
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Fireman (as Harry Howard)
Hallam Cooley ...
Mr. D. Quincy Throckmorton
Fred Sanborn ...
Mute Fireman
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Ralph Elmer ...
Magician
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Mr. Schmidt's costume store is bankrupt because he spends his time on Rube Goldberg-style inventions; the creditors send a young manager who falls for Schmidt's niece Louise, but she'll have none of him. Schmidt's friends Ted, Queenie, and some goofy firemen try to help out; things come to a slapstick head when Louise needs rescuing from a fire. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Rube Goldberg's girly, goofy farce. See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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Passed | See all certifications »
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28 September 1930 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Rube Goldberg's Soup to Nuts  »

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(Western Electric System)

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1.20 : 1
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Trivia

First appearance of Shemp Howard with The Three Stooges, and his last appearance with the group until he rejoined them in 1947. See more »

Goofs

When Ted and the Stooges leave after breaking the window of a tailor shop, the stuttering tailor yells "You have to buy me a new mirror", rather than "window". See more »

Quotes

Fireman Shemp: It was so hot last night, I had to get up and take off my socks.
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Referenced in The Three Stooges (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

You Can Only Wear One Pair of Pants at a Time
(1930) (uncredited)
Music by James V. Monaco
Lyrics Cliff Friend
Sung by Ted Healy at the masked ball
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Not Stoogerific, But Worthwhile
18 August 2001 | by (Upstate NY) – See all my reviews

Probably the only reason anyone watches this today is to see the first film appearance of The Three Stooges; and any viewer looking for Stoogic brilliance will necessarily be disappointed. But taken on its own terms, there's a good deal to appreciate in this bizarre little number. The attempt to translate Rube Goldberg's comics to a cinematic format results in some hilarious moments. There are also some big laughs from a comedian named Freddy Sanborne, who ludicrously overplays his role as a gay slapstick fireman (this movie was made prior to the Hayes Code, when the character's obvious homosexuality was permissible comedy fodder). The Stooges themselves are disappointing. Their number included Shemp at this time (this was PRE-Curly), and Larry gets more dialog than Moe. They generate a few nyuks, but if you're after great Stooge viewing, you've come to the wrong place. I give this one 6 stars out of 10.


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