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Half-Wits Holiday (1947)

A professor seeks to prove his theories about environment versus heredity by turning three boorish plumbers into gentlemen.

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A professor bets one of his colleagues that he can turn the stooges into gentlemen within 60 days. With the help of his pretty daughter, the professor tries to teach the boys proper etiquette. However, the boys take the chance to flirt with the professor's daughter while learning table etiquette. After many frustrating attempts, he introduces the stooges into society at a fancy party. At first things go all right, but the party soon degenerates into a wild pie fight. Written by Mitch Shapiro <mshapiro@a.crl.com>

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The Stooges' latest she-nanigans. (One-sheet poster).

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9 January 1947 (USA)  »

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No Gents, No Cents  »

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A reworking of Hoi Polloi (1935); often labelled as a remake, it is not. The plots are the same, but the films' scenes are different. This film was indeed remade as Pies and Guys (1958), with Joe Besser. See more »

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The wire holding the pie on the ceiling is clearly visible. See more »

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Prof. Quackenbush: How would you boys like to make $1,000?
Moe: Who do you have to murder?
Prof. Quackenbush: Oh, nothing like that. All you have to do is let me make gentlemen of you.
[the Stooges all flinch in horror]
Larry: No, no! Not that!
Curly: Our father would never forgive us.
Larry: There ain't been a gentleman in our family for fifty generations.
Moe: Quit bragging.
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Sad Conclusion
15 June 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Half Wits Holiday ended the career of Curly Howard, easily one of the most remarkable individuals in Entertainment History. That may sound a little strong to some people, but I don't think it is.

I was working on a television special in Los Angeles just after the Northridge Earthquake in 1994 when we got a phone call saying that Curley's gravestone had suffered some damage from the quake, as had others around it. We took a camera crew over to a small Jewish Cemetery in East L.A. The area is Latino but 80 years ago was home to Jewish families from Brooklyn. I asked the manager of the place what all these people were doing there. She said :"Well we have the second most visited grave in Los Angeles.....people are here to help out..." The cemetery holds movie mogul Louis B. Mayer, Singer Fanny Bryce, Samuel "Shemp" Howard, and the second most visited grave---Jerome "Curly" Howard.

Marilyn Monroe gets the most regular visitors at Forest Lawn, then comes Curly in East L.A.

The grave is marked Horowitz not the later "Howard", and people were putting small stones and coins back on top that had fallen off. There were lines of old, young, middle aged, children, everybody. I could not believe the number of people who were there.

That afternoon we interviewed Joan Howard Maurer, Moe's daughter, who remembered vividly her Uncle Curly's strokes and last performances. And she knew plenty about the years when her father, Uncle Shemp, and Uncle Curly were Vaudeville superstars along with Larry Fineberg. She said Moe scripted the act, but Curly was the trigger that made it work. She remembered hilarious family dinners with her Dad, Uncle Shemp and Uncle Curly. Even the Marx Bros. have a hard time topping that !

And she remembered that it all ended too soon.


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