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Roast-Beef and Movies (1934)

A trio of amateur film makers try to persuade a group of studio executives to exhibit their new movie.

Director:

Sam Baerwitz (as Samuel Baerwitz)

Writer:

Richy Craig Jr.
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
George Givot ... Gus Parkyurkarkus
Curly Howard ... Bogus Movie Producer (as Jerry Howard)
Bob Callahan Bob Callahan ... Bogus Movie Producer (as Bobby Callahan)
Albertina Rasch Dancers Albertina Rasch Dancers ... Corps de Ballet (edited from: March of Time) (archive footage)
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Storyline

Three good-for-nothings overhear a movie producer and his partners offering a grand sum if someone will present him with a sure-fire movie idea. The leader of the three dopes, Gus Parkyakarkus, barges into the meeting with his cohorts and proceeds to rattle off spiels for several inane prospective movies. The three are delighted to be told they've made a sale, but the producers turn out to have a surprise in store. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Comedy | Musical | Short

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 February 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Let Us Spray See more »

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Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (2-strip Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer production number 701. See more »

Goofs

The opening scene shows the transom over the door being opened and a private conversation drifts out, but then the scene cuts to inside the room and there is no one at the doorway shown opening the transom. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Gus Parkyurkarkus: Well, hoooow you liiiike that?
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Connections

Spoofs I'm No Angel (1933) See more »

Soundtracks

Blue Daughter of Heaven
Music by Dimitri Tiomkin
Lyrics by Ray Egan
Sung off-screen by James Burroughs and danced by Albertina Rasch Dancers
Clip from Lord Byron of Broadway (1930)
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An unusual solo effort for Curly.
11 March 2017 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

While Columbia is the name associated with The Three Stooges, they were originally signed by the Tiffany of studios, MGM...along with their boss, Ted Healy. But MGM had absolutely no idea what to do with these four men and placed them in some very strange films. In the Gable/Crawford musical, "Dancing Lady", they appear in some minor roles....and seem absolutely nothing like the Stooges we are familiar with today. In fact, Larry played the pianist playing for the rehearsals of the play in this film. And, because they didn't know what to do with them, they even experimented by having Curly appear in a film without the Stooges or Ted Healy! And, he's billed by his real name...Jerry Howard.

"Roast-Beef and Movies" is a strange little short film. It's unusual not just because Jerry is solo, but the film is made in Two-Color Technicolor...a precursor to full color. However, the picture, like other two color methods (like Cinecolor) doesn't give the full spectrum of colors and everything looks orange-red and green! It was very innovative but produced a rather ugly film by standards of Three- Color Technicolor which was being developed around the time this film debuted. So, there are no Stooges and the color is ugly as can be.

The film consists of a guy who is a fast-talking guy with a HEAVY foreign accent--so heavy folks might have a hard time understanding Gus Parkyurkarkus (George Givot). He brings along his two assistants (one is Curly) and tries to convince the studio chief that he is a brilliant filmmaker. Then you see clips of a lot of crappy films (such as one that looks like it was done Busby Berkeley Style...if he was really drunk) and Givot puts on such a ridiculous accent...even though he was born in Omaha! I think folks back in the 1930s thought he was funny...well, folks in 2017 certainly WON'T! He's tiresome to say the least....and sadly Curly is given very little to do. On his WORST day, Curly would have been 1000 times funnier...and he's essentially wasted.

My verdict is that this is a terrible film...but one Stooges fans and film historians might just wanna see. Without that connection, I'd score this one a 2...and with it...well, still a 2! It's bad and my 2 might just be generous as none of Givot's routine is funny in the least...and, sadly, it's supposed to be! The ending, by the way, is at least kinda funny!!


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