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 »
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
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"Soup To Nuts" marks the debut of the legendary comedy team the Three Stooges. Here, the Stooges are comprised of Larry, Moe, and Shemp. Along for the ride is a fourth comic, a gentleman named Fred Sanborn, who's silent character is reminiscent of Harpo Marx. It suggests some Marxian thought may have gone into this, though I have no proof of this.
The plot is a bit of nonsense involving a costume shop that is swimming in red ink, and how Ted & the Stooges will save it. The Stooges are nominal firemen, while Healy works at the store. Everyone else, save for actor Charles Winniger, have been lost to time. Considering the year this is being done (1930), they're not too, too bad. Still, if you're looking for "Citizen Kane"-style performances, you've come to the wrong place.
Allow me to say something about Ted Healy. Most people have the impression that Healy was some kind of monster figure who the Stooges had to break free of. Yet something is wrong here. On one hand, the Stooges never spoke negatively of Healy after his passing, and they all worked in Hollywood for 40 more years. In addition, one can see little spots in their work with Healy that indicate some of the Stooges later routines were already in use during their Healy days. This seems to indicate that Healy had some sort of talent for at least devising comic material, if not for delivering it. This film may do little to redeem him as a comic, though you may see it different. However, if you are to believe some of the plaudits handed down to the man by others, then it is clear that we may be missing something regarding this man.
Hope you enjoy the film!
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