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The Big Idea (1934)

Passed | | Comedy, Short | 12 May 1934 (USA)
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

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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
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Honey, Ted's Fiancee
The Radio Rogues ...
Themselves (as Three Radio Rogues)
Tut Mace ...
Dancer
M-G-M Dancing Girls ...
Themselves
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
The Three Stooges ...
Themselves
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Storyline

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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Trivia

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

Connections

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

Soundtracks

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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The top banana
11 April 2016 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Ted Healy is having trouble explaining exactly what The Big Idea is that he is having. All the constant interruptions, not the least of which come from three gentleman known as Moe, Larry and Curly showing their versatility playing Marching Through Georgia on several instruments. At the time they were billed as Ted Healy's Three Stooges and there was no doubt he was the top banana.

It was for that reason that after this short subject the Three Stooges headed off to Columbia Pictures where Harry Cohn loved them because they worked quick and cheap. And of course they would be doing their own material and getting their place in the comedy sun.

Also in this short are the Three Radio Rogues who appeared in a few MGM films doing some pretty good imitations of various radio stars. In this you can hear them imitate Bing Crosby, Amos&Andy, and Arthur Tracy.

It's a good short subject and a bit of historical trivia.


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