Thursday, May 26, 2011

Hello Pop!

Ted Healy and the Three Stooges in "Hello Pop!"

I got an interesting reference question today at work concerning my beloved Three Stooges. A Patron wanted to know where he could find a copy of the 1933 Stooges short Hello Pop!, the final musical short that the Stooges made with Ted Healy at MGM. The correct answer: nowhere.

According to the Official Three Stooges Website (, no prints or negatives of this short are known to exist, making it unique in the Stooges canon.

Turner Classic Movie's "Lost Films" link adds: "In 1967 a vault fire at MGM was a major fire that took place on Saturday, May 13, 1967 at studio at MGM Vault #7. An electrical fire burned the vault and destroyed hundreds of silent films, including A Blind Bargain, The Big City, The Devine Woman, and, more famously, London After Midnight. Early talkies such as the Technicolor scene of The Broadway Melody, Chasing Rainbows, The Rogue Song, or the uncut version of the Laurel and Hardy short Blotto and the early Three Stooges musical short Hello Pop! were also destroyed at the fire, as with the original negatives for cartoons produced by the studio during the 1930s and 1940s, including the unedited versions of the pre-1951 Tom and Jerry shorts."

Hello Pop! may be gone forever, which is a tragedy, but as far as Three Stooge legacy goes: Time will not dim the glory of their deeds!

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

With The Farrelly Brothers adapation of The Three Stooges on its way to theatres soon, It would be nice if only everyone out there needs to track down the lost MGM films that have been destroyed in order to put these pieces together, have them all cleaned up restored and remastered in preservation as soon as possible, Would be nice to see WB releasing The Three Stooges MGM Collection as well as two lost Ted Healy and His Three Stooges shorts both 'Hello, Pop' and 'Jailbirds on Paradise' with both Moe and Curly Howard on their own solo too can't wait.

6:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And don't forget the boys Oliver Hardy and Stan Laurel they made at their time with Hal Roach for MGM including their first feature film ever and the first themselves in color is in The Rogue Song (1930) and the original uncut version of Blotto (also 1930) that have been destroyed also the UCLA Film & Television Archive needs to teamed up with Warner Bros in order to restored them as quickly as possible to save their films in order.

6:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

While Warner Bros is releasing The Tom and Jerry Golden Collection on DVD and Blu-Ray on the way, did MGM or Warner Bros find all of the original titles survived from the 1967 MGM fire or what? We see whether it will showed up can't wait to see what it looked like.

6:16 PM  

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