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Beer and Pretzels – starring Ted Healy and his Stooges (Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Curly Howard) – a precursor to their short films for Columbia

Beer and Pretzels (1933) starring Ted Healy and the Three Stooges (Moe, Larry, Curly)

Before the Three Stooges were their own comedy troupe, they were working as subordinates (stooges) to the comedian Ted Healy, who’s the true star of this short film.  The plot has Healy and his Stooges thrown out of a theater (where they were performing) due to Healy’s constant pursuit of females.  Shortly after being fired, Ted quickly tries picking up another girl, only to find jobs for himself and the Stooges at a restaurant, where the girl performs as a singer.  In addition to the typical Three Stooges mayhem, there’s singing by different acts, ending with Healy and his Stooges thrown out yet again.

At best, Beer and Pretzels can be considered as prehistoric Three Stooges – not bad, but way too much “other” stuff.  It’s available on DVD, as an extra on the Flying Down to Rio DVD, of all things.

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Funny movie quotes from Beer and Pretzels starring the Three Stooges

Stage Manager: Get out in that gutter where you belong!
Ted Healy: I’ll go out in the gutter, but I don’t belong!

Moe Howard: Let me tell you a thing or two, if it hadn’t been for you, we wouldn’t be thrown out of these theatres, always foolin’ around with the girls instead of rehearsin’ the act!
Larry Fine: Yeah, I heard ya tell that girl you were gonna put her name in electric lights!
Ted Healy: Is that what I said?
Larry Fine: Yeah!
Ted Healy: you know, I was thinking of something else.  Let me tell you, from now on, I am serious, no more girls, strictly business!
Larry Fine: You mean, that?
Ted Healy: If I am lying, I hope you drop dead!
[pretty girl walks by]
Ted Healy: [to Larry] Hee-hee, you haven’t got long to live, son!

Ted Healy: Hey, you know, you’re a beautiful creature, how ah, how would you like your name in electric lights?
Bonnie: I’d like it.
Ted Healy: So would I!

Ted Healy: [to Bonnie] Did you ever hear of, Garbo and Harlow?
Moe Howard: [to Ted] Did you ever hear of a bowl of soup?
Curly Howard: Yeah, when do we eat?

Cast of characters

Additional cast

  • Edward Brophy (Evelyn Prentice; Mad Love) … Theater Manager (uncredited)
  • Fred Malatesta (Modern Times) … Restaurant manager (uncredited)
  • Jack Smith (On Moonlight Bay) … Singing Bartender (uncredited)
  • Martin Sperzel … Singing Bartender (uncredited)
  • Al Teeter … Singing Bartender (uncredited)

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