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Meet the Baron (1933)

Passed | | Comedy | 20 October 1933 (USA)
The famous Baron Munchausen dumps two dimwits in the African jungle. A rescue team mistakes one of them for the missing Baron, and returns them to the US, where they're greeted as heroes. ... See full summary »

Director:

Walter Lang

Writers:

Herman J. Mankiewicz (story), Norman Krasna (story) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jack Pearl ... The Famous Baron Munchausen of the Air
Jimmy Durante ... Joe McGoo - the Favorite 'Schnozzle' of the Screen
Zasu Pitts ... Zasu - Upstairs Maid
Ted Healy ... Head Janitor and His Stooges
Edna May Oliver ... Dean Primrose
The Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Girls The Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Girls ... Dancers
Henry Kolker ... Baron Munchausen
William B. Davidson ... General Broadcasting Representative
Moe Howard ... A Stooge
Larry Fine ... A Stooge
Curly Howard ... A Stooge (as Jerry Howard)
Ben Bard ... 'Charley'
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Storyline

The famous Baron Munchausen dumps two dimwits in the African jungle. A rescue team mistakes one of them for the missing Baron, and returns them to the US, where they're greeted as heroes. While giving a speech at a college, the "Baron" falls for a pretty girl, gets tangled up with a trio of nutty janitors and faces being exposed as a phony. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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The Greatest Screen and Radio Scream Ever!

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Passed
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 October 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Big Liar See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Film debut of Lynn Bari. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Baron Munchausen: Uhh...
Julius: Was you there?
Baron Munchausen: No, I wasn't there.
Julius: So I did it!
Baron Munchausen: Shut up!
Julius: By jove, I remember it like it was yesterday.
Joe McGoo - the Favorite 'Schnozzle' of the Screen: Maybe it was yesterday.
Julius: No, let me zee, it was nineteen-hundred-zixteen. He was right up there...
Baron Munchausen: Hear anything, Julius?
[...]
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With The Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Girls (on movie's poster). See more »


Soundtracks

Ciribiribin
(1898) (uncredited)
Music by Alberto Pestalozza
Lyrics by Rudolf Thaler
Sung a bit by The Three Stooges
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Neglected pure Thirties gem
27 April 2017 | by jcorelis-24336See all my reviews

Perhaps this film has been largely forgotten because it's usually marketed (if you can find it at all -- I saw it in a region 1 DVD from Warners Home Video in an adequate but not great print/transfer) as a 3 Stooges film, but in fact The Boyz play only a minor supporting role. The film in fact is a much classier production than the later Stooges features, with a screenplay by Herman J. Mankiewicz, whose other scripting credits include Dinner at Eight and Citizen Kane, and songs by Dorothy Fields, one of the all time great popular songwriters who wrote or co-wrote classics like I Can't Give You Anything But Love, On The Sunny Side of the Street, and The Way You Look Tonight.

The ostensible lead is Jack Pearl, reprising his radio-show characterization of the folk hero Baron Munchausen -- the show made a national catch-phrase of Pearl's trademark query, "Vas you dere, Sharley?" which is of course worked into the movie. But the show is totally stolen by a startlingly young Jimmy Durante, whose speech is one long rapid-fire stream of malapropisms, and who in one great scene is asleep snoring: "Hot cha-a-a-ah! Hot-cha-a-a-ah!" The plot is too silly and irrelevant to need summarizing, having something to do with the real Baron deserting Pearl and Durante in the wilds of Africa, after which Pearl travels to America where he gains fame and fortune by impersonating the Baron, which results in an invitation to lecture at the all-female Cuddle College, a venue which provides the opportunity for several girls' dormitory bevy-of-beauties musical numbers a la Busby Berkeley. Edna May Oliver, veteran of a million character roles, is the no-nonsense Dean. The script is almost composed of a series of outrageously and deliberately bad jokes slapstick, sometimes veering into the surreal, reminiscent of the Marx Brothers' antics in Duck Soup.

All in all, a delightful, outrageous 1930s confection which deserves to be better known.


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