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Hoi Polloi (1935)

 -  Comedy | Short  -  29 August 1935 (USA)
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A professor plays Pygmalion to three bumbling garbagemen and tries to turn them into gentlemen.



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Complete credited cast:
Moe (as Moe)
Larry (as Larry)
Curley (as Curley)


A professor bets that he can turn the stooges into gentlemen. After many attempts to teach them etiquette, he brings them to a fancy society party. The stooges new found manners don't last very long, and the party quickly degenerates. By the end, the other guests have adopted stooge-like behavior and the stooges leave as gentlemen. Written by Mitch Shapiro <>

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Meet the new darlings of society


Comedy | Short





Release Date:

29 August 1935 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hoi Polloi  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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There is a still photo from the film that implies a possible deleted scene. The photo shows Moe Howard, Curly Howard and Larry Fine arriving for their big "debut in society" out front of Prof. Richmond's house . . . in their rubbish truck. This scene would've taken place in between Richmond prepping the Stooges in the morning of the event and the establishing interior shot of Richmond's house. See more »


Moe was wearing a hat and smoking a cigarette when Larry and Curly were dumping tin cans onto the rubbish truck and they fall on him instead. In the following shot Moe is not wearing his hat. See more »


Nichols' daughter: Oh, your dancing is atrocious!
Larry: Oh, thank you. I couldn't dance a step last year.
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Decent Stooge short
25 February 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Hoi Holloi (1935)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Trading Places for its day finds two rich men making a bet that one can turn some bums into smart gentlemen. The three men turn out to be the Three Stooges and they get their shot at a fancy party. There are some good laughs here including a scene where Larry loses his shoe on the dance floor but overall this is a pretty standard short. I did notice that the sound effects were heavily used here for the first time.

Now available on Columbia's 2-disc set, which features over 20 shorts, all digitally remastered.

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