|"Beer & Pretzels" - 1933|
Starring Ted Healy & His Stooges
MGM Stooges two reeler is a great example of the act when it was Ted Healy & His Stooges.
When the foursome is thrown out of the theater, the Stooges demand Healy swears off
off "da goils." So, its up to the Stooges to keep Healy away from the female of the species.
Desperate for work, the group gets hired as waiter/entertainers in a beer hall. The short seems
to set the template for the Columbia shorts that followed as the inept Stooges slap each other
silly in between making their boss regret he ever hired the trio (not to mention Healy). As is
the formula in the MGM shorts, there are great musical numbers in between the Stooges schtick.
This includes a wild dance routine by Bonnie Bonnell and the Three Ambassadors doing
"Steins on the Table" celebrating the end of prohibition and joined in by a cigar smoking Curly
who plays a mean set of spoons! Incredibly elaborate all out night club fight finale shows
MGM spent money on these shorts.
Thursday, March 8, 2012
Thursday, March 8, 1934
Walked to school with Pauline. In the evening I got Mother a kettle. Us 4 (Ruth Ray, Pauline, Mother and I) went to show. Saw "Beer & Pretzels" and two other comedies and "The Solitaire Man." Got a green bowl at show.