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IDLE ROOMERS

The Stooges are bellhops at the Hotel Snazzy Plaza, where a vaudeville couple, Mr. and Mrs. Leander, are staying. They bring with them a carnival attraction called Lupe the Wolf Man. The beast is tame, unless it hears music, which makes him go berserk. The Stooges don't know this, until Curly plays the trombone and the Wolf Man chases the boys. They soon jump into an elevator which is occupied by (who else?) Lupe the Wolf Man, who blows the elevator into the sky.



This film marked the Stooges debut of supporting actress Christine McIntyre.
Featuring
Moe, Larry and Curly
Release Date
July 16, 1944
Studio
Columbia
Production Type
Short Subject
Duration
16.8 min.
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Production Notes   (2)
Prod. No.:   4013
Shooting Days:   4 days   From: 1943-11-17   To: 1943-11-20

Stooge Mayhem   (Avg. 2.00)
Face Slaps: 7 Eye Pokes: 0 Head Bonks: 1 Pastry Thrown: 0

Stooge Quotes   (1)
  • "I want my tip!" "I got one for ya... get out!"
    (Curly & Moe)


Stooge Goofs   (5)
  • Mrs. Leander's Arms
    When Curly walks in the room carrying Mrs. Leander, he's holding her arms differently than the way he was when he first picked her up.

  • Music Still Playing
    Even after the wolfman takes the trombone away from Curly, you can still hear the music continuing to play for a few seconds.

  • The Mysterious Chair
    Moe and Curly run through a door, closing it behind them. A chair falls from the top of the door, but there was no previous 'setup' scene to get the chair placed there.

  • The Springy Bent Bars
    When the wolf man bends the bars of his box, all but two 'spring' back into place after he squeezes through.

  • Too Early, Moe
    When Moe yanks Curly to the room by the nose with a hammer, right as they enter the room Moe apparently thinks they are off-screen when they really aren't and we can clearly see him release the hammer from Curly's nose. Then the camera cuts inside of the room and Moe is still yanking Curly by the nose like he's supposed to.


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Fan Reviews   (6)
Re: IDLE ROOMERS
Posted 2001-05-03 19:35:00 by Stooge
Edited 2008-06-14 06:46:31 by Stooge

I think this is a somewhat underrated short. I don't think it's as bad as most of the others here said. It's probably Del Lord's best short during his 1944-1945 slump, even though it's still not up to his usual standards. And what's wrong with the ending? I found it funny.

Funniest Moments:
-- Moe slamming the elevator doors on Larry's head.
-- Moe twisting Curly's foot for, like, a whole minute.
-- That close-up of "Curly's" legs (which were obviously rubber) bending uncontrollably as he was carrying the big suitcase looked really funny.
-- Curly looking in the "mirror".


Reviewer's Rating: (8)
Re: IDLE ROOMERS
Posted 2002-04-01 23:04:00 by Shemp_Diesel
A weak film, the worst directed by Del Lord. Starts off great with the stooges going all out to help Christine & try to win some affection in the process, but Wolf-Man kills it.2 pokes

Reviewer's Rating: (4)
Re: IDLE ROOMERS
Posted 2001-11-04 05:32:00 by Mike Holme
This is actually one of the weakest efforts in the Curly years. This one starts out good with Larry and Curly each recieving beatings from Moe because they tried to serve her instead of Moe. From that point the short just drags. There were a few funny moments during the chase, but not too many. The ending was also not that great and after watching this one again, I find it a little weak. 2 pokes
Re: IDLE ROOMERS
Posted 2001-10-04 11:12:00 by Genius In the Lamp
This one is pretty funny, although one gets the feeling it could have been funnier. The ending was quite weak; I'm sure they could have resolved the short more neatly. However, for its faults, all Stooge fans should be thankful for this short, for it introduced us to the lovely and talented Christine McIntyre.

Reviewer's Rating: (8)
Re: IDLE ROOMERS
Posted 2001-08-17 05:18:00 by [Deleted Member]
Excellent short in my opinion. The highlights were how each individual Stooge would do everything they could to be the one to serve the Leanders. It's also always funny to see the boys constantly running in fear. The Stooges sleeping in the lobby reminds me of when they did it with Shemp in "Blunder Boys".ISLIPP- you YIPP. ©2001Edited by - ISLIPP on 8/21/01 2:30:26 AM
Re: IDLE ROOMERS
Posted 2001-02-06 15:56:00 by sickdrjoe
A lesser outing. I get the feeling that around this point Columbia began slashing the budgets: this is the first Stooge short that looks like a Poverty Row production. No doubt the Wolfman business was a tie-in to Columbia's then-current RETURN OF THE VAMPIRE, possibly using the same werewolf makeup.

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