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Soup to Nuts (1930)

Passed  -  Comedy | Romance  -  28 September 1930 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Ted Healy ...
Ted 'Teddy'
Charles Winninger ...
Otto Schmidt
Frances McCoy ...
George Bickel ...
Gustav 'Gus' Klein
Lucile Browne ...
Louise - Otto's Niece
Stanley Smith ...
Richard Carlson
Fireman (as Harry Howard)
Hallam Cooley ...
Mr. D. Quincy Throckmorton
Fred Sanborn ...
Mute Fireman
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ralph Elmer ...


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 <>

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Comedy | Romance


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Release Date:

28 September 1930 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Rube Goldberg's Soup to Nuts  »

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(Western Electric System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Did You Know?


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


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 »


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 »


(1930) (uncredited)
Written by Moe Howard, Shemp Howard, Larry Fine and Fred Sanborn
Sung by Moe Howard, Shemp Howard and Larry Fine at the firehouse
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Corny, Clever, Dopey, Charming, with Pre-Vintage Stooges
9 August 2009 | by (California, USA) – See all my reviews

Well, folks, I dunno' . . . maybe I'm just a little nutty myself, but I really like this film. For the record, I also like the movie "Meet the Baron" and a couple of the Fox Laurel & Hardy movies; on the other hand I think "Dancing Lady" is very BORING, and I think "Swing Parade" is BEYOND boring and a terrible waste of talent, especially in the finale. So that's where I stand...

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The story moves along briskly with one colorful character popping up after another, with the jokes doggedly marching along. If you don't like one gag, you'll laugh at the next—well, smile anyway... Happily enough, there are indeed a number of Rube Goldberg's "inventions" on display throughout the film.

The Three Stooges appear suddenly in the first instant of the first live-action shot of the movie, and the whole scene is very funny. They sing and do the sand-bag routine (later reprised in the 1950s on the Ed Wynn Show. Here it is more logically framed and much better timed with a stronger ending). I find Ted Healey very charming and funny, too. His girlfriend Queenie (Frances McCoy) is perfect: darling and hilarious, and remains one of the great mysteries of film--absolutely nobody seems to know whatever happened to her!

There is actually quite a lot of Stooges, and they have as merry madcap a fire department you could please. If you think of the movie being in 3 parts, they are in two-thirds of the film.

The quality of the Fox 2005 reprinting is GREAT, both image and sound. Imagine: a 1930 movie that no one cared about, saved at the last minute and looking so good. OK, it's just not a "great" film, so 7 stars out of 10; but the restoration is 9.99 stars. (One curiosity is that the end music is quite long, but there is no picture!)

We should be so lucky to see the Laurel & Hardy movies again in such pristine condition. Hallmark should be shot.

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