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Harvard educated Danny Collins (Rudy Vallee) and street-wise Mike Armstrong (Richard Lane) team up to form the most successful talent agency in New York. Armstrong is in love with nightclub and Broadway songstress Frances Lewis (Rosemary Lane), determined to make her nationally famous with his and Danny's help. Collins sees her, correctly, as a self-centered opportunist willing to capitalize on Mike's affections to further her career. Eventually, she causes Danny and Mike to split. Danny and his assistant 'Off-Beat' Davis (Allen Jenkins) meet Frances' maid Kitty Brown (Ann Miller), a shy tap-dancing wonder, and try to find her work... but without Mike, their new agency can't get going successfully. Mike is in the same bind.

When Danny has the opportunity to produce a New York television variety show with Kitty and Joan Merrill (as herself), he and Mike make amends. But Frances blackmails Danny, threatening to break Mike's heart if she isn't cast as the star.

Moe, Larry and Curly costar as out-of-work actors trying to find jobs thru Danny's and Mike's agency. They perform the "Maharaja" routine, the "Melodrama" sketch, disguise themselves as inept Western Union messengers to invade the agency, and masquerade as gangsters to trick Frances. The film's musical finale begins with the Stooges and 'Brenda & Cobina' performing a hilarious rhumba number, with Curly costumed as Carmen Miranda. *

Production stills show that the Stooges had at least one other scene, unfortunately cut before release.

An early showcase for Ann Miller's dancing talent, she closes the film with an energetic tap performance, as good as anything she later became famous for at MGM.

Look closely and don't blink if you'd like to see Alan Hale Jr. (GILLIGAN's 'Skipper') in one of his first acting roles, a small cameo in the opening minutes.

* Moe, Larry & Shemp appeared with Carmen Miranda on THE COLGATE COMEDY HOUR (Dec. 16, 1951).

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Moe, Larry and Curly
Release Date
June 05, 1941
Production Type
Feature Film
74.75 min.
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Working Title(s):   SHOW BUSINESS
Prod. No.:   90
Shooting Days:   25 days   From: 1941-02-24   To: 1941-03-24

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  • "Laughing-yet, we are here!"

  • "The Raja will now take the razor sharp knives and throw them at random!" "Are you Random?" "No, I'm not Random!" [SMACK!]
    (Moe and Larry)

  • "Blind Bat? He can see better than you can!" "Prove it!" "Raja! (holds up silver platter) What's this?" "Half a dollar!" "He's right... I thought it was a dime."
    (Moe, Larry and Curly)

  • "I never forget a face." "Well you better go home sister, because you forgot it today!"
    (Elvia Allman & Moe)

  • "Hey, are you sufferin' from clean underwear?"

  • "Stupidity!?" "We're technical experts!"
    (Larry & Moe)

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Posted 2010-05-01 08:13:23 by Stoogephilia
This film may featured the best "Maharaja" routine ever played by the Boys.
I Love that routine in here because Curly energy still higher and most dynamic in role as Maha than in "Three Litlle Pirates"
The "Melodrama" sketch are good too...........
Posted 2007-11-30 00:26:03 by benjilbum
Just watched it for the 1st time today. I'm not much on musicals really, and the singing and dancing (apart from the boys or course) bores me to tears. However, the Stooges have a large part in the film and it's great to see Curly do the Maharaja routine while he was still in his prime. When they did it in "Three Little Pirates" he was already on the decline, but still managed to pull off a good performance. In this one he does even better. Also the Carmen Miranda dance at the end is great to see. For years I saw stills of Curly in that costume, but didn't know what film it was from. To me it's kind of like watching a lost episode of the Columbia shorts. This is also the only time I'm aware of that they do the "foreclose the mortage" bit. I've seen footage of Mousie and the lost Stooges do it, but never the real Stooges. It was an old bit they use to do with Healy. So for the boys performance alone I give this film a big endorcement. Probably the best feature film they ever appeared in with Curly.

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Posted 2007-10-21 05:04:35 by hailstone
This film is surely a treat for those who've only seen the Boys do the Majarajah routine from 3 Little Pirates. Curly's energy level is much higher here, making this skit a standout! Check it out.
Posted 2007-06-04 23:59:45 by Justin T
Edited 2007-06-08 20:01:04 by Justin T

I finally got a copy of this recently thanks to a fellow stooge fan here on the message boards.

Wow, this was a great movie! This has to be one of the best movies they did when Curly was with the group. For being in a supporting role here the Stooges get alot of great screen time and they make the most of it. All the stuff they do in this movie is freaking hilarious. Seeing a healthy Curly do the "Maharajah" Routine is worth it alone, but that's just the begging of the fun with their gangster impression, the Telegram messengers bit and they even bring back the Melodrama bit they did back in vaudville with Healy. Then they hit another home run with their Conga Dance at the end with Brenda and Cobina performing with them. Curly was awesome trying to be like Carmen Miranda! I was laughing out loud several times while watching them. I also enjoyed the main storyline because the actors did a great job. Ann Miller was amazing, now that's how you dance!

All in all, a great movie that doesn't deserve its rare and obscure status. This should have been put on DVD ages ago! If you can catch it on cable or get a copy from someone like I did its worth it.

Reviewer's Rating: (10)
Posted 2002-07-30 23:58:00 by Del Lord
The Stooges' best feature film appearance w/Curly! They perform the Mahrajah thing, and also have some amusing moments as messengers, as well as participating in the closing production number. The Stooges feature prominently throughout the picture, and their comedy meshes nicely with the storyline and other specialty acts featured, including Glen Gray and the Casa Loma Orchestra (a swell BigBand) and radio comediennes Brenda and Cobina. But the Stooges stand out best. Recommended, if you can find it.

Reviewer's Rating: (8)
Posted 2001-05-08 21:47:00 by BeAStooge
Unknown/underappreciated Stooge feature (they costar) - the Maharaja routine, Curly as Carmen Miranda in a hiliarious Latin dance number, Ann Miller dancing... Lots of fun!

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