A trio of amateur film makers try to persuade a group of studio executives to exhibit their new movie.

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Gus Parkyurkarkus
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Bogus Movie Producer (as Jerry Howard)
Bob Callahan ...
Bogus Movie Producer (as Bobby Callahan)
Albertina Rasch Dancers ...
Corps de Ballet (edited from: March of Time) (archive footage)
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Three good-for-nothings overhear a movie producer and his partners offering a grand sum if someone will present him with a sure-fire movie idea. The leader of the three dopes, Gus Parkyakarkus, barges into the meeting with his cohorts and proceeds to rattle off spiels for several inane prospective movies. The three are delighted to be told they've made a sale, but the producers turn out to have a surprise in store. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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10 February 1934 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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(2-strip Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer production number 701. See more »

Goofs

During the "Chinese Dance" sequence, the overhead shots of the ladies moving in-and-out of the inner and outer circles of dancers reveals a circle painted on the dance floor that is the median circle between the two dancers circles. See more »

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[last lines]
Gus Parkyurkarkus: Well, hoooow you liiiike that?
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References The Birth of a Nation (1915) See more »

Soundtracks

Blue Daughter of Heaven
Music by Dimitri Tiomkin
Lyrics by Ray Egan
Sung off-screen by James Burroughs and danced by Albertina Rasch Ballet
Clip from Lord Byron of Broadway (1930)
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Of historical interest only
11 June 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"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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