Ted Healy is the proprietor of the "Big Idea Scenario Company" (Ideas While You Wait). Unfortunately, various visitors to his one-room office constantly interrupt his train of thought. ... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
Ted Healy ...
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Healy's Stooge (as Howard)
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Healy's Stooge (as Fine)
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Healy's Stooge (as Howard)
Bonnie Bonnell ...
Cleaning Lady
Muriel Evans ...
Honey, Ted's Fiancee
Three Radio Rogues ...
Themselves
Tut Mace ...
Dancer
M-G-M Dancing Girls ...
Themselves
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The Three Stooges ...
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Ted Healy is the proprietor of the "Big Idea Scenario Company" (Ideas While You Wait). Unfortunately, various visitors to his one-room office constantly interrupt his train of thought. These include a man with a machine gun, a woman who empties waste baskets on the floor, and a trio of musicians who play "Marching Through Georgia" on various instruments. Written by David Glagovsky <dglagovsky@prodigy.net>

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12 May 1934 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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This was the final MGM short subject starring Ted Healy & His Stooges. See more »

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Edited from The March of Time (1930) See more »

Soundtracks

Marching Through Georgia
(1865)
Written by Henry Clay Work
Performed by the studio orchestra on trumpets
Reprised by the studio orchestra on french horns
Reprised again by the studio orchestra on saxophones
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27 February 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Big Idea, The (1934)

1/2 (out of 4)

Incredibly bad MGM short has Ted Healy and His Stooges (future Three Stooges) working at the "Big Idea Company" where they come up with new ideas while people wait in the office. I had to read the IMDb listing to come up with a plot because I couldn't spot one while watching the film. There isn't a single laugh anywhere in the film and that includes the Stooges who come off really, really bad. A really horrible film with an awful dance sequence.

Plane Nuts (1933)

** (out of 4)

Ted Healy and Howard, Fine and Howard (future Three Stooges) put on one of their acts here but I've gotta think the act was funnier in person than this is. The film has a couple musical numbers, which are very big and quite impressive. The actual comedy show has a fair share of laughs but this early version of the Stooges isn't nearly as good as when they moved to Columbia. I think one of the biggest differences are the sound effects, which were added to the Columbia shorts.


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