Booty and the Beast
|Booty and the Beast|
|Directed by||Jules White|
|Produced by||Jules White|
|Written by||Felix Adler
|Editing by||Edwin H. Bryant|
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures|
|Release dates||March 5, 1953|
|Running time||15' 55"|
The Stooges inadvertently aid a safe-cracker (Kenneth MacDonald), who flees to Las Vegas with the stolen "booty." Realizing their error, the trio hop the train to Vegas to catch up with the thief, though not before accidentally freeing a lion from the baggage car. Eventually, the boys capture the nameless crook and retrieve the stolen money from him.
Booty and the Beast was filmed in May 1952. The second half of the film consists of footage recycled from Hold That Lion!, which includes the cameo appearance by Curly Howard, who died several months earlier on January 18. The title of the film is a parody of the fairy tale Beauty and the Beast.
MacDonald's character in Hold That Lion was originally named Icabod Slipp: in Booty and the Beast, he is a nameless thug. Any references to Slipp are replaced with "He", "Him" or "That Crook."
- Solomon, Jon. (2002) The Complete Three Stooges: The Official Filmography and Three Stooges Companion; Comedy III Productions, Inc., pp. 416-417; ISBN 0-9711868-0-4
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