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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During the dance sequence, Larry loses his shoe. At one point actress Phyllis Crane, dancing with Moe, trips on the shoe and falls down, visibly striking her head on the floor; this was not scripted. See more »

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As the Professors Nichols and Richmond leave the restaurant, Nichols says he will hail a cab for the both of them. Yet, after meeting Moe, Larry, and Curly a minute or two later, Richmond invites them all into his car, parked right next to the Stooges' rubbish truck. Possibly the result of a deleted scene. See more »

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Nichols' daughter: Oh, your dancing is atrocious!
Larry: Oh, thank you. I couldn't dance a step last year.
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HOI POLLOI (Del Lord, 1935) **1/2
25 January 2008 | by (Naxxar, Malta) – See all my reviews

The Three Stooges do "Pygmalion" when two elderly upper-class types make a bet that one of them can turn three tramps into society gentry; naturally, he picks up the comic trio (the local garbage collectors) off the streets and then has them take lessons from various teachers in an attempt to elevate their social standing.

As ever, there's a lot of mugging (especially from Curley) but the film does feature a couple of great moments: a dancing teacher is stung by a bee and starts doing somersaults in order to get rid of it – only The Stooges, unaware of what's going on, try to keep up with her...and they all end up falling out of a window into a fountain below; then there's the inspired final gag – where, after the boys make a shambles of the party in which the old men present them to their equals, the guests eventually start to mimic the antics of The Stooges rather than be shocked by their behavior (slapping each other around, uttering Moe's trademark "Spread Out!", etc).


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