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"What's the idea of spreadin' mashed potatoes on your bread... why don't you use butter?" "That's fattening!" - Moe & Joe (HORSING AROUND, 1957)

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Film star Ted Crosley is fed up with Hollywood and quits the movies to enroll in college under a false name, but his manager tips off the press and the school. Ted falls in love with the Dean's daughter Jean, and gets into a rivalry with the school's football hero Biff (Broderick Crawford). While Ted tries to fit in, his managers (Walter Connolly and Jimmy Durante) scheme to have him thrown out so he can return to his Hollywood career.

The Stooges play campus firemen at Midland College.

The most common START CHEERING publicity stills featuring the Stooges show them as the campus firemen, clowning around in the Midland College firehouse. But those scenes were never included in the film, deleted before the final release.

Stooge supporting players Vernon Dent, Eddie Fetherston and Lew Davis each appear in two different roles.

Costar Joan Perry later married Columbia chief Harry Cohn.

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Moe, Larry and Curly
Release Date
March 03, 1938
Production Type
Feature Film
79 min.

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Production Notes   (3)
Working Title(s):   COLLEGE FOLLIES OF 1938
Prod. No.:   8
Shooting Days:   44 days   From: 1937-09-02   To: 1937-10-20

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  • "Who are you guys?!" "You ever hear of the Four Horsemen?" "Yeah." "Well, we're the Three Smart Girls."
    (Gene Morgan & Moe)

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  • Point to the right
    Moe points to the right and asks another Stooge to do the same, but that Stooge is standing in front of Moe, causing him and Moe to point in different directions. Moe, thinking that Stooge isn't really pointing to the right, tries to set him straight.

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Posted 2010-10-19 11:09:14 by Final Shemp
Jimmy Durante was always a pleasant presence in the early work of the Three Stooges, with Start Cheering their final collaboration together for 25 years. After the wonderful Meet the Baron and the delightful Hollywood Party, I find myself both ready and saddened for the final Jimmy Durante starring feature with the Stooges on cameo.
Start Cheering proves to be one of the better films of the Stooges early years. It's a simple comedy that gets a little too chaotic by it's end, but ends up being a pleaser in its entirety.
Jimmy Durante provides a lot of strong laughs, including an early scene in which Durante has an argument over the telephone with himself and several scenes later on in which he tries to answer college level questions and failing miserably. There's one interesting gag early on with a college student named Shorty, who spends a good two minutes with the camera on him while he's eating cigarettes and matches, even a matchbook. Obviously this is some sort of trick, but the camera stays focused on him the entire time with no cuts. I admit being very impressed and amused by it.
The film runs a bit long with musical scenes added to it, all of which aren't impressive or that entertaining. The film also becomes a bit confused by its end as the characters who are supposedly the film's antagonists succeed at alienating the poor main character, who just wants a normal life. They seem to get exactly what they want without repercussion. The ending tries it's best to keep spirits up though, trying to come up with a happy medium between the desires of all point of views in the film, even though the payoff seems bittersweet.
The Stooges have two small scenes in the picture. In the first they rehash the "Point to the right!" bit used in Slippery Silks. The second is a hilarious new bit in which they play firemen/police officers investigating a boy sneaking around in the girl's dormitory.
"I guess they changed the rules."
"It's about time!"
I declare Start Cheering worth watching. More intelligent comedies are out there, but it has its fair share of laughs to make the experience worthwhile.
Final Shemp's Final Word: 3 Pokes

Reviewer's Rating: (8)
Posted 2002-06-26 10:53:00 by Del Lord
Not a great picture, Stooge-wise, but still a fun slice of 1930s B-movie making. Jimmy Durante and Walter Connoly carry most of the comedy. In the version I've seen, the Stooges have little to do--they appear as football coaches (performing the "point to the right" gag) and again, briefly, as firemen who break up a party in a college dormroom. I've seen stills depicting scenes at a firehouse involving different sized bells. These are missing from the movie, possibly cut from the print I've seen.

Reviewer's Rating: (5)

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