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Nertsery Rhymes (1933)

 -  Short | Comedy | Musical  -  6 July 1933 (USA)
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A father and mother tell bedtime stories to their sons.



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Director: Louis Lewyn
Stars: Ted Healy, Bonnie Bonnell, Moe Howard


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Ted Healy ...
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Bonnie Bonnell ...
The Good Fairy (as Bonny)


A father and mother tell bedtime stories to their sons.

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Short | Comedy | Musical





Release Date:

6 July 1933 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Nursery Rhymes  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)


(2-strip Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The two musical numbers were taken from earlier films. "The Story of the Lady in a Fan" was originally filmed for the uncompleted The March of Time (1930), and "The Woman in the Shoe" was from Lord Byron of Broadway (1930). See more »


Papa: [singing] Now listen my children and you shall hear of the midnight ride of Paul Revere!
LarryCurlyMoe: Why you don't mean the ride of Pa-aul Revere!
Papa: Yes, I mean the ride of Pa-aul Revere!
Larry: Who was Paul Revere?
Papa: Who was Paul Revere? Are you kidding? Come over here son, now what happened in 1775?
Curly: What street?
Papa: What street?
Papa: Aren't you the one?
[hits him on the head]
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Referenced in VeggieTales: Sumo of the Opera (2004) See more »


The Woman in the Shoe
Music by Nacio Herb Brown
Lyrics by Arthur Freed
From Lord Byron of Broadway (1930)
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Interesting Little Recycler
14 August 2001 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

MGM, ever thrifty, did something slightly unusual with this short. Mixed in between Ted Healy (as a top-hatted "daddy") and his Stooges (guess who?), not to mention a shapely fairy princess, we see two color segments recylced from earlier MGM films. One is the "Woman in the Shoe" number from "Lord Byron of Broadway," and another is a number entitled "A Girl, a Fan and a Fella," which is a number that was cut from either "The Hollywood Revue of 1929" or "March of Time." The first number fits in much better with the "bedtime story" theme, and features slick dancing, but the second number (which is actually shown first) has a quirky, Erte-like elegance about it that demands attention. MGM would do something similar later with "Roast Beef and Movies," with Curly Howard, but not to the same whacked charm-effect. Try it, and get an interesting idea of early Technicolor music.

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