Down 49,768 this week

The Big Idea (1934)

Passed  -  Comedy | Short  -  12 May 1934 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.6/10 from 68 users  
Reviews: 4 user

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 »


(as WIlliam Crowley)
0Check in

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 43 titles
created 20 Oct 2011
a list of 99 titles
created 08 Jul 2012
a list of 225 titles
created 04 Mar 2013
list image
a list of 540 titles
created 6 months ago
a list of 1481 titles
created 3 weeks ago

Related Items

Search for "The Big Idea" on

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: The Big Idea (1934)

The Big Idea (1934) on IMDb 5.6/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Big Idea.

User Polls

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Five and Ten (1931)
Certificate: Passed Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

John owns the largest chain of five and ten cent stores in the country. He moves his family to New York from Kansas City and their life, though grand, is falling apart due to his constant ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Z. Leonard
Stars: Marion Davies, Leslie Howard, Richard Bennett
Shoulder Arms (1918)
Comedy | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Charlie is a boot camp private who has a dream of being a hero who goes on a daring mission behind enemy lines.

Director: Charles Chaplin
Stars: Edna Purviance, Charles Chaplin, Syd Chaplin
Woman Haters (1934)
Comedy | Musical | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The stooges join the "Women Haters" club and vow to have nothing to do with the fair sex. Larry marries a girl anyway and attempts to hide the fact from Moe and Curly as they take a train ... See full summary »

Director: Archie Gottler
Stars: Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Curly Howard
Short | Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Director: Al Boasberg
Stars: Dorothy Appleby, Heinie Conklin, Beth Dodge
The Big Idea (1917)
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A clerk in a failing antiques store gets a big idea on how to move the merchandise so that he can save the store and possibly win the girl.

Directors: Hal Mohr, Gilbert Pratt
Stars: Harold Lloyd, 'Snub' Pollard, Bebe Daniels


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 <>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Comedy | Short






Release Date:

12 May 1934 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »

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
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

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.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss The Big Idea (1934) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: