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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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Complete credited cast:
Ted Healy ...
Healy's Stooge (as Howard)
Healy's Stooge (as Fine)
Healy's Stooge (as Howard)
Bonnie Bonnell ...
Cleaning Lady
Muriel Evans ...
Honey, Ted's Fiancee
Three Radio Rogues ...
Tut Mace ...
M-G-M Dancing Girls ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
The Three Stooges ...


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 <>

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Comedy | Short






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12 May 1934 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


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


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


Where the Blue of the Night (Meets the Gold of the Day)
Written by Roy Turk, Bing Crosby, and Fred E. Ahlert
Sung by Henry Taylor in the Three Radio Rogues sequence
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LOTS of big ideas
15 September 2001 | by (Michigan) – See all my reviews

An interesting film. Ted Healy does a good job playing a writer (an idea man). The radio show scene is a definite highlight- with great impressions of Bing Crosby, Amos and Andy and probably other famous people. It sounds like they probably did other cast members of the Amos and Andy show, but I don't know for sure because I never saw it.

The Three Stooges were the main reason I watched this film in the first place. For most of their appearances, they would march into Ted's office playing a different brass instrument each time. They would stop in front of Ted's desk, put their instruments at their sides and lift their hats. The hat lifting somehow caused water to spray out of the instruments at Ted. They would then play the same tune again as they left the office. The last time they come in with instruments, it leads to different circumstances to give the boys a chance to ham it up.

Overall, this is a film that's good for it's uniqueness. The comedy is good, but it seems to rely on the uniqueness. Don't just watch it for the Stooges, watch it for everyone and everything else too, (except the dance scene) so you can see that this is a truly good film.

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