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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: Jack Cummings
Stars: Ted Healy, Henry Armetta, Moe Howard


Cast overview:
Ted Healy ...
Boys (as Howard) (as Fine and Howard)
Boys (as Howard) (as Fine and Howard)
Boys (as Howard) (as Fine and Howard)
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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Nertsery Rhymes is the first M-G-M film with Ted Healy and His Stooges (and "Bonny")
30 December 2010 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

What I'm reviewing is historical for this is the first M-G-M short film that featured Ted Healy and his Stooges (Moe, Larry, and Curly). It's also the first of many appearances with them of a now-forgotten female player named Bonnie Bonnell-credited as Bonny here-who at the time was dating Healy. Ted plays the "father" of the boys as Howard, Fine, and Howard keep asking for a bedtime story while Healy keeps trying to sneak out at night for a drink. Quite fascinating seeing this early version of this now-iconic act what with all the shenanigans and in two-strip Technicolor, to boot! Doesn't make a whole lot of sense especially when a couple of musical numbers from other pictures are shoehorned in. And this Bonnie lady seems to be from another planet when she performs. Still, I laughed plenty when I watched this-having seen the Stooges segments previously on Leonard Maltin's "The Lost Stooges" VHS tape-again on YouTube. So on that note, I recommend Nertsery Rhymes for any Stooges completists out there.

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