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The Big Idea (1934)

Passed  -  Comedy | Short  -  12 May 1934 (USA)
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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. ... See full summary »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ted Healy ...
Ted Healy, Scenario Company President
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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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Comedy | Short

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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 »

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Where the Blue of the Night (Meets the Gold of the Day)
(1931)
Written by Roy Turk, Bing Crosby, and Fred E. Ahlert
Sung by Henry Taylor in the Three Radio Rogues sequence
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Yuck--it's almost as bad as the early Stooge film, PLANE NUTS.
1 September 2007 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

For those who hate The Three Stooges, this short film from their MGM days is about the worst thing they ever did and makes you long for the "sophistication" of their later days with Columbia Pictures! If you are a big fan, than unless you are insane, then this film will be a major disappointment, as the Stooges' humor isn't evident and the film is jam-packed full of stupid and awful dance numbers like you'd expect from Busby Berkely as well as a funny and very offensive impersonation of an "AMOS AND ANDY" radio broadcast.

Now understand that until late in 1934, The Stooges were under contract at MGM and the studio had no idea what to do with them or their front man, Ted Healey. Oddly, they are cast as supporting players in the Gable-Crawford musical DANCING LADY (and Larry is cast as a piano player) and this short was an attempt to market them to the public. Unfortunately, the film is very limp and unfunny, though seeing the cleaning lady throwing paper about and hearing the guy do an entire Amos and Andy radio show alone was interesting (and offensive). And when the Stooges are in the film, they are totally out of their element and are about as funny as cancer.

By the way, Healey was, according to books I have read, a huge jerk who insisted on top billing above HIS Stooges. He also supposedly treated them like they were replaceable and gave them a very small cut of the profits. If this is so, this would explain why they soon split and signed on at Columbia without him. Considering how annoying Healey was as a contract player through the 1930s after the breakup, I think Moe, Curly and Larry made an excellent move.


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