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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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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 <mshapiro@a.crl.com>

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Meet the new darlings of society

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29 August 1935 (USA)  »

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Gentalha  »

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The rubbish truck scene was filmed on location on Larchmont Street south of Hollywood. The Larchmont Theatre, then showing Mississippi (1935) is visible in this scene. Also the (then) HOLLYWOODLAND sign can briefly be glimpsed in the upper right corner of the screen. See more »

Goofs

During the dance, Larry loses his shoe. Moe's dancing partner, played by Phyllis Crane, trips on the shoe and falls, striking her head heavily on the floor. This was not scripted, and a gasp can be heard from another cast member before the scene ends abruptly. See more »

Quotes

Prof. Richmond: Do you realize you men have assaulted us?
Prof. Nichols: I'll call the police!
Moe: Now, listen, mister. Listen, I can explain the whole thing.
Curly: Soitenly!
Moe: You stay out of this!
[Moe slaps Curly]
Moe: And you too.
[Moe slaps Larry]
Larry: I didn't say nothing!
Moe: Well, that was in case you do.
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Stooges step into society with hilarious results
30 June 2003 | by (US) – See all my reviews

"Hoi Polloi" could be regarded as the first classic film of the Three Stooges series. The Stooges play trash collectors who are selected by two professors to be the determining factor to a bet. One professor says that heredity determines social position; the other claims that environment makes gentlemen. The environment professor tries to make gentlemen out of the Stooges, and the usual chaos ensues!

"Hoi Polloi" delivers solid laughs and a good storyline. Helen Howard, Moe's wife, is now credited with giving the basic storyline to Felix Adler, who received credit for the story at the time the film was released.

This basic plot was reworked as "Half-Wit's Holiday," Curly's last starring Stooge film, in May 1946. Some elements of "Hoi Polloi" appeared in post-Curly Stooge films; most of the plot was remade with Joe Besser in the Stooge film "Pies and Guys" (1958); the spring gag was used by Joe DeRita in "Have Rocket Will Travel" (1959). These reworkings, while not as good as the 1935 original, reflect the quality of the story and the humor found in making gentlemen of stooges.

A total romp. 10 out of 10.


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