Movie Maniacs (1936)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Slapstick  |   Countries - USA  |  
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The Three Stooges try to break into show business in this Columbia short subject. They're first seen as stowaways on a train headed for Hollywood. While Curly is cooking pancakes (one of which sticks to the boxcar's ceiling) and Larry is ironing sooty burn marks into a pair of Moe's white pants (he tries saving them with white paint), Moe is explaining why they have a chance in Hollywood: "There's a couple thousand people in pictures now who know nothing about it -- three more won't make a difference." They have to work very hard, however, to get past the guards at Carnation Studios. By a stroke of luck, general manager Fuller Rath (Bud Jamison) is expecting three New York executives to show up, and thinks the Stooges are her men. Given free reign at Carnation, the boys interrupt a director while he's attempting to film a love scene. Director and actors all quit, but this doesn't throw the Stooges; Moe takes over the megaphone, Larry plays the leading man, and Curly dons a dress to play opposite him. Everything is going fine (at least in Stooge terms) until Rath discovers that the boys are impostors. The trio escapes -- right into a lion's den. To get away from the lions they jump into a car and drive off. Unfortunately, the lions have leapt into the car right after them.

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film-company, film-director, film-studio, train [locomotive], mistaken-identity