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Roast-Beef And Movies includes two recycled musical numbers, "The Chinese Ballet" taken from Lord Byron Of Broadway (1930) and "Raising The Dust" originally from Children Of Pleasure (1930). See more »
The opening scene shows the transom over the door being opened and a private conversation drifts out, but then the scene cuts to inside the room and there is no one at the doorway shown opening the transom. See more »
"Roast-Beef and Movies" (1934) is notable for being the only film wherein Jerry "Curly" Howard acts without at least one other Stooge also being involved. But he doesn't really do a lot here and seems woefully out of place. He's shown as being part of a trio, but he doesn't seem to belong with the other two guys at all.
The dance numbers (left over from other films) do little beyond dragging things out, and their presence here makes no sense. Remove these and what you have left is still a bit dumb, but probably not much worse than the typical comedy fare of the era.
Bottom line: If "Curly" wasn't involved, there would be no reason for anyone today to be watching or talking about this short.
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