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Beer and Pretzels (1933)

Ted Healy and the 3 Stooges are fired and evicted from a theatre because Ted annoys women working there. They then get jobs as waiters at a nightclub. Chaos leads to destruction of the business. At the end, Ted pursues another woman.

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Jack Cummings
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Ted Healy ... Ted Healy
Moe Howard ... Moe (as Howard)
Larry Fine ... Larry (as Fine)
Curly Howard ... Curly (as Howard)
Bonnie Bonnell Bonnie Bonnell ... Bonny Latour (as Bonny)
The Three Ambassadors The Three Ambassadors ... Singing Bartenders
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A vaudeville show is playing, but the bottom billed act of Heely, Heely, Heely and Heely (who have the first names Ted, Larry, Curly and Moe) have just been fired because Ted has been fooling around with girls, telling them he can get them into show business, which in turn always gets him into trouble. Their next job is as waiters in a restaurant that has a floor show. Since they end up not being very adept waiters, which causes much havoc amongst themselves and with the customers, they sit back, eat the food, watch and enjoy (sort of) the floor show and in turn take it over, much to the restaurant manager's chagrin. But the havoc continues and Ted has a fitting conclusion to his problems. Written by Huggo

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The three singing bartenders, Martin Sperzel, Al Teeter and "Smiling" Jack Smith, were known as the Three Ambassadors. They sang together from 1930 - 1939. Smith, the tall one, went on to have a long solo career. See more »

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Referenced in Conan: Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Humor Truck (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Steins On The Table
Music by Al Goodhart
Lyrics by Gus Kahn
Performed by Bonnie Bonnell, Jack Smith, Martin Sperzel and an unidentified tap dance trio
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VERY early Three Stooges, when they were second-fiddle to Ted Healy!
25 April 2000 | by cinefanSee all my reviews

Primarily of historical interest, "Beer and Pretzels" is one of a handful of shorts made by Ted Healy and His Stooges for 20th Century Fox in the early '30s. Most of these shorts are difficult to find, but they are sometimes screened at oddball times on cable stations, like AMC, for instance. Of the ones I've seen, this is not one of the best, but it is by no means bad. Basically, the formula was this: take some musical numbers from Busby Berkeley films that got left on the cutting room floor and pad them out with comedy from Healy and His Stooges. His Stooges, of course, are comprised of Larry Fine, Moe Howard, and Curly Howard, who would later gain immortality and fame as the Three Stooges. But, though, they have plenty of screen time, the show belongs to Ted Healy. At the time, Healy was a huge vaudeville star but is virtually forgotten today (except as a footnote on the careers of the Three Stooges). He can best be described as a '30s Richard Belzer or Dennis Miller - acerbic and abusive, a domineering know-it-all who happens to have some charm and a nice tenor voice. Basically, his "boss" role was overtaken by Moe when the Stooges went solo. In the film, Healy & his Stooges play vaudevillians who are fired as the film opens. They soon find work as waiters in a posh nightclub and chaos ensues. Though their characters are by no means as defined as they would become, it's fascinating to see glimpses of Moe's pugnaciousness, Larry's wishy-washiness, and Curly's overgrown kid act.


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Release Date:

26 August 1933 (USA) See more »

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