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Average Rating:     [7.29/10]   6 votes


Letty Morris is a New York dancer who escapes the advances of gangster 'Legs' Caffey by jumping a cross-country bus to Hollywood. Legs learns of her plans and boards the same bus. Along the way, they pass a penitentiary where fugitive Paul Porter makes his escape. During a stop-over, Porter takes a seat on the bus and immediately falls for Letty. Legs soon figures out who Porter really is and threatens to turn him in, but after realizing Letty is in love, relents and allows Porter to escape. Detective Daly catches up with Letty and travels with her, waiting for Porter to rejoin her. Porter steals the bus during an overnight stop and Letty joins him. When Porter happens upon a busload of school children caught in a dangerous snow storm, he risks all to save them.

Healy costars as an overbearing passenger, while the Stooges ride along as vaudeville performers The Three Julians.

Healy stooge Red Pearson can be spotted in the bus scenes as a sailor passenger.

Robert Montgomery is the father of Elizabeth Montgomery (BEWITCHED).

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Ted Healy and His Stooges
Release Date
January 05, 1934
Production Type
Feature Film
81.9 min.

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Prod. No.:   716
Shooting Days:   31 days   From: 1933-10-18   To: 1933-11-22

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Posted 2010-07-15 11:33:03 by Final Shemp

Fugitive Lovers has charming elements, but ultimately fails to live up to its own potential. The film is horribly acted, features some of the most shoddily overdone directing I've seen, and can't seem to get the hang of balancing comedy and drama.
Yet, it was fun to watch for about 40 minutes or so. For a while, it was an entertaining character movie about people interacting on a bus trip, one of them holding a dark secret. Movies like this get a lot better, but this movie had its own pep to make it work.
After a while, too many absurd twists begin to fill the movie up and it just winds up preposterous. I didn't believe for a second that Legs would take the fall for Paul, after being a horse's ass the entire movie (let alone to get arrested and held in custody for God knows how long). And Paul following Letty around like a love sick puppy dog was just him begging to be caught. And the finale with ridiculous challenges for our protagonists piling up on their laps just became tedious.
By the end I was wondering just what did Paul do to earn a life sentence in prison. The movie tries to portray him with a good heart, but they just wouldn't hand a sentence like that out for a parking ticket. Or maybe I'm underestimating the power of Letty's hypnotic puppy dog eyes, which seem to have the power of men doing her bidding. Maybe the final act of the film was all her doing.
Ted Healy and the Stooges are separated, for the most part. They ride the bus in question, but have no interaction with each other. Healy is decent as a loud mouthed passenger that likes to converse with people and the Stooges get a lot of laughs as a musical group named the Three Julians. My favorite gag involves Moe suddenly waking up to a fear that he has lost his voice, so he stands up in a flash and gives a loud musical bellow that effectively wakes everyone up.
After a while, the entire group exits the movie and the poor film is left by itself to collapse under its own weight. Our boys exited this bus at the right time.
Final Shemp's Final Word:
2 Pokes

Reviewer's Rating: (5)
Posted 2001-12-06 08:01:00 by Shemp_Diesel
Suprisingly good movie, much better to sit through than the snoozefest "Soup to Nuts". Healy even managed to be funny in a few scenes, simply amazing. The only pain I had during this movie was Nat Pendleton as "Legs" Caffey. What a pain in the ass he was, and the fact that the lead lady fell in love awful quick w/ Robert Montgomery. Fickle thing the human heart.3 1/2 stars(Moe had some nice pipes didn't he?)Edited by - Shemp_Diesel on 12/17/2001 8:08:05 AM

Reviewer's Rating: (9)
Posted 2001-05-08 17:08:00 by BeAStooge
Strange Stooges... Curly and Larry and almost benign, while Moe plays the idiot. Trivia - star Bob Montgomery's daughter Elizabeth was born during production.

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