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Soup to Nuts (1930)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance | 28 September 1930 (USA)
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 ...
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Otto Schmidt
Frances McCoy ...
Queenie
George Bickel ...
Gustav 'Gus' Klein
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Louise - Otto's Niece
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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 Movietone 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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Did You Know?

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 Buffy the Vampire Slayer: When She Was Bad (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Nellie
(uncredited)
Written by Ted Healy
Sung by Ted Healy, Moe Howard, Shemp Howard and Larry Fine at the masked ball
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Sout to Nuts is an interesting early look at The Three Stooges (with Shemp instead of Curly)
23 July 2007 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

Having taped this movie from AMC's Third Annual Film Preservation Festival when the subject was comedy, I was very anxious to see the film debut of The Three Stooges with Ted Healy as their original leader and Shemp Howard in the original group before quitting, allowing younger brother Curly to take his place. Written by cartoonist Rube Goldberg, who makes a cameo here, the story-about an elderly costume store owner (Charles Winninger) about to lose his place-is nothing special but has some amusing visual humor when we see some of Winninger's inventions like the complicated ways to wake up and stop a robber involving a cat and a giant boot. This and other weird gadgets are what Goldberg is famous for drawing. As for the Stooges, they play firemen who Ted hangs around with when he's not constantly arguing with his girlfriend (Frances McCoy). Legend has it that Fox studio head Winfred Sheehan wanted the Stooges without Ted, who was angered and stormed off taking the boys with him, signed to a long-term contract and that's why Shemp went out on his own after a brief split soon afterwards. So this is the only time on film he's with Healy who performs along with his brother Moe (credited as Harry) and Larry Fine, none of whom have the wild hair they became known for. The reason Sheehan may have only wanted Howard, Fine, and Howard might have been the scene where they order such bizarre things like a "ham and corn beef sandwich on white on rye" or a "baloney with whipped cream"! That and a later routine with Ted in which the boys perform "The Elevator Dance" (in which Larry stands still while Moe hand pops his mouth and Shemp rubs sandpaper together) which has "no steps to it" are the funniest parts of the movie. Nearly everything else is "eh" though there's also some entertaining xylophone playing by another comic foil named Fred Sanborn and a little kid named Billy Barty amusingly attempts to pop a balloon as he keeps somersaulting. Worth a look for Three Stooges fans and anyone interested in the early talkies.


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