Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Lost Three Stooges Film Found

HELLO POP, a "lost" Three Stooges film, was found in Australia and has come home to this country once more.


A little about this film.

Hello Pop!

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Hello Pop!
Directed byJack Cummings
Written byTed Healy
Matty Brooks
Moe Howard
StarringTed Healy
Bonnie Bonnell
Moe Howard
Larry Fine
Curly Howard
Albertina Rasch Dancers
Henry Armetta
Edward Brophy
Tiny Sandford
Rosetta Duncan
Vivian Duncan
Music byIrving Berlin (song: "I’m Sailing on a Sunbeam")
Ballard MacDonald
Dimitri Tiomkin
Al Goodhart
Dave Dreyer
Distributed byMGM
Release date(s)
  • September 16, 1933 (1933-09-16)
Running time17' 43"
CountryUnited States
Hello Pop! is the third of five short subjects starring Ted Healy and His Stooges released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. A musical-comedy film, the short also featured the Albertina Rasch Dancers and Bonnie Bonnell. The film was considered lost until a 35mm nitrate print was discovered in Australia in January 2013.[1]


Ted Healy is a producer trying to stage an elaborate musical revue. His efforts are constantly interrupted by demanding back stage personalities: a flaky musician (Henry Armetta), a less-than-cooperative girl friend (Bonnie Bonnell), and a trio of raucous friends (The Three Stooges). Ted is able to get the show ready for presentation, but during the main number the Three Stooges slip beneath the enormous hoopskirt costume worn by the leading vocalist. They emerge on stage during the performance, ruining the show.[2]


Originally planned under the title Back Stage, Hello Pop! was the third of five short films made by MGM featuring the vaudeville act billed as “Ted Healy and His Stooges.” The act focused primarily on Healy’s wit and caustic commentary, with the Stooges receiving the brunt of the physical slapstick. For the MGM short films, actress Bonnie Bonnell was incorporated into the configuration as Healy’s love interest.[3]
Hello Pop! was the second of two MGM Stooge shorts filmed utilized the two-color Technicolor process. (Nertsery Rhymes, the act’s first film for MGM, was also shot in color.) The use of color was predicated by the decision to recycle two musical numbers from earlier Technicolor-lensed MGM films into the Hello Pop! musical sequences, the Irving Berlin song "I'm Sailing on a Sunbeam", from the 1929 film It’s a Great Life, and the "Moon Ballet" sequence from the unreleased MGM feature The March of Time.[4]

Lost film

In the 1930s, studios were offered their two-color negatives by Technicolor, who was at that time storing them. Most studios declined the offer, the camera negatives were junked, and original release prints usually disposed of shortly after a theatrical run. A print existed in MGM's Vault #7, but was destroyed by fire in 1967.[1]
In January 2013, it was announced that Hello Pop! had been located in an Australian private film collection and was in the process of being restored for public viewing.[1] It will reportedly be screened at the Film Forum in New York City, on 30 September 2013.[5]



  1. ^ Jump up to: a b c Three Stooges film found in Australian garden shed Sydney Morning Herald , 29 September 2013. Retrieved 1 October 2013
  2. Jump up ^ Lenburg, Jeff, Maurer, Joan Howard, and Lenburg, Greg, "The Three Stooges Scrapbook." Page 226. Citadel Press. ISBN 0-8065-0946-5]
  3. Jump up ^ Howard, Moe, "Moe Howard and The 3 Stooges." Page 64. Citadel Press. ISBN 0-8065-0723-3
  4. Jump up ^ The Three Stooges Journal
  5. Jump up ^ Three Stooges film discovered in garden shed The Guardian, 30 September 2013. Retrieved 30 September 2013.

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