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The boys go to Hollywood and are mistaken for important New York film
executives. Thus, for a few hours they take over a studio, completely
wreak havoc during a movie scene and cause the director and two stars
to quit in disgust. They then take those spots in the film and, of
course, it's horrible. Soon, they are discovered and run for the lives,
beginning with a funny scene with two lions.
About the first 60 percent of this Three Stooges short involves the guys getting to Hollywood with the usual breakfast-making and pants-pressing gags. For guys bumming a ride in an empty railroad car, it's pretty amazing how they got all the furniture in here without being detected. (One doesn't try to analyze Three Stooges films!). In this boxcar, they have a big bed, a stove, food, mirrors, chairs, paint, irons, you name it.....even a picture of John Barrymore! Curley's goal is to be the new John Barrymore.
It takes several attempts to try to sneak into the studio, once the boys make it to Hollywood. After a few clichés, Curley said, "If you don't succeed, keep succin' 'til you do succeed."
Once the boys get in, they show the experts how to kiss and how to use hand actions in dramatic scenes. The latter has some funny material, probably the best in this story.
Overall, this is fair. It doesn't have a lot of laugh-out-loud scenes but it has some good subtle stuff, mostly by Curley. By the way, have you noticed how they spelled it Curley at times and Curly - without the "e" - at other times?
As a child and thru my lifetime I watched this movie several times. We always loved the 3 Stooges, but the real reason was my father's cousin Mildred Harris,the leading lady. She died before I was born, my older sister looks just like her. Her father and my grandmother were sis/brother. I would love to find some pictures and any other information available. I do know that she was divorced. There were no living children. When my grandmother died, seems most of the Harris Family lost contact. Most of her Dad's family is from South Dakota and Indiana. She is also cousin to Bongo Phil Harris, he was the voice from the Jungle Book cartoon and recorded music. All information would be appreciated. Thanks.
Very few people give the Three Stooges credit for the subversive and
radical tone of many of their shorts. Consider Movie Maniacs, shot in
1936 when they were early in their careers. The Stooges take a host of
sarcastic shots at the studio system, Hollywood Stars, and the movie
business. How often does that happen today? The Stooges were on the
cutting edge. Often the substance of their comedy is overlooked because
of their slapstick routines. However, if you listen to what they are
saying, The Stooges were often radically critical of society and the
hypocrisy of an unfair system.
Aside from the many cracks that they take at the Hollywood Studio system (and Capitalism), they are in top form here trying to break into show business the hard way. The Stooges disrupting a film set was done more than once, and this time they drive actor Harry Semmels (Sweinhardt) to quit, along with the rest of the cast. The Stooges get to kiss some lovely showgirls before their hijinks are uncovered and Security is called in. As with most Stooge shorts, you can never tell what will happen next, or how it will end. The only thing missing here was a cameo by Johnny Weissmuller.
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This here "Movie Maniacs" short was filmed in what I would consider the Three Stooges' "anarchistic period", that few years' span in which the boys did just about anything for a laugh. In later years their shorts would start to make a bit more sense and have more in the way of story and plot, and while that was all good as it didn't always get in the way of their slapstick and antics, those mid-to-late-1930s films, in all their nonsensical glory, made for plenty of big laughs on my end. "Movie Maniacs" is one of those fine examples, focusing on the trio's ability to turn all things conventional on their heads in their attempt to make something of themselves, usually resulting in general chaos being unleashed (pretty typical for the Stooges, but we love them for it). I've found many things to humor me throughout, from their arrival at the studio to the eventual madness on the movie set itself, as a result of the group's manic energy that seemed to bubble over on occasion (poor Curly swooning at a starlet's kiss, or his child-like tantrums over Moe's confiscating his many-sized pencils). They don't really show this one as often as others, which is a damn shame if you ask me, and as it stands in this day and age "Movie Maniacs" could be considered a rare treat from the early glory days that makes me chortle every time I see it.
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"Movie Maniacs" is a very good Three Stooges comedy starring Moe,
Curly, and Larry. The boys aspire for a career in the motion picture
business, which they soon learn is tough to get into, until the general
manager of Carnation Pictures mistakes them for big-time studio
My favorite scenes from "Movie Maniacs": Curly's wheat cake drops down from the ceiling and splats Moe in the face. Curly (in drag) jumps onto Larry's lap, breaking the chair underneath him. Larry and Curly stand behind an on-screen couple and give them puppet arms.
At the beginning of "Movie Maniacs", the Stooges acknowledge they know nothing about making pictures, but they think that their ideas can revolutionize the business. But in the end, when their real identities are discovered, Moe says, "I think our genius ain't appreciated here."
This Three Stooges short was a particular disappointment given the Hollywood milieu; in fact, the opening scene aboard the train is more inventive than the ensuing studio silliness! The comic trio are mistaken for movie executives and given the run of the studio (the president's name, Fuller Rath, emerges as the film's best gag): unsurprisingly, they drive the director and leading actors to distraction with their antics and end up by replacing them (with Moe as director, Larry the leading man, and Curley naturally in drag takes on the part of the leading lady)! The film is okay in itself, but clearly not in the same league as feature films on the subject starring other contemporary comedians such as Harold Lloyd's similarly-titled MOVIE CRAZY (1932) and W.C. Fields' NEVER GIVE A SUCKER AN EVEN BREAK (1941).
Movie Maniacs (1936) stars Moe, Larry, and Curly trying to get into the
picture business. They start off on a train, headed for Hollywood. All
they want is to make pictures. What's the best way to get in? Why break
in, of course! The stooges try to make movies, but are caught and forced
This is in the apex of stooge shorts! It's extremely funny with fantastic bits with each stooge. Larry and Curly use their hands to act. Larry and Curly try to fill in for an actor and actress. Moe is the director who will print anything!
Make some popcorn and prepare to laugh till you are blue in the face.
Movie Maniacs (1936)
*** (out of 4)
Three Stooges short has the boys going to Hollywood to become stars. They get thrown out of the studio lot but sneak their way back on and are mistaken for movie execs. Now they try their way to make movies. The most laughs come from the start of the film with Curly trying to cook breakfast and Larry trying to press Moe's pants. The stuff in Hollywood has a few clever lines but no big laughs.
This is now available in Columbia's 2-disc collection, which features over 20 shorts from the boys, all digitally remastered.
Before I begin my review, I will have you know that I am really a very
gargantuan fan of the Three Stooges, I have seen a lot of there short
films and have loved all of them, and as it turns out, this was one of
them! I thought that this Three Stooges short film from the year of
1936 was very hysterical, I really loved this one! Like a lot of the
Three Stooges short films, especially from their early years, this one
is a short film that brings us a lot of laughs out loud! What really
makes a Three Stooges short film great is the fact that it can bring a
lot of laughs!
This is a Three Stooges short that is going to cause you to split your sides, you really must see this, because you are going to laugh and laugh! 10 stars out of ten.
The Three Stooges has always been some of the many actors that I have
loved. I love just about every one of the shorts that they have made. I
love all six of the Stooges (Curly, Shemp, Moe, Larry, Joe, and Curly
Joe)! All of the shorts are hilarious and also star many other great
actors and actresses which a lot of them was in many of the shorts! In
My opinion The Three Stooges is some of the greatest actors ever and is
the all time funniest comedy team!
One of the most unique Three Stooges shorts is Movie Maniacs. In this short are Bud Jamison, Harry Semels, Mildred Harris, Kenneth Harlan, and Heinie Conklin. The acting by these actors are good especially by Jamison and Semels. There are many funny scenes here that I think most Three Stooges fans will love! In My opinion this one of the most different Three Stooges shorts. I strongly recommend this one!
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