|Directed by||Jack Cummings|
|Written by||Ted Healy
Albertina Rasch Dancers
|Music by||Irving Berlin (song: "I’m Sailing on a Sunbeam")
|Running time||17' 43"|
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.
A theater producer (Healy) is trying to stage an elaborate musical revue. His efforts are constantly interrupted by demanding back stage personalities: a flaky musician (Henry Armetta), a woman who keeps try to ask him something (Bonnie Bonnell), and his raucous sons (the Stooges in children's costumes).
He 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.
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.
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 MGM film It’s a Great Life (1929), and the "Moon Ballet" sequence from the unreleased MGM feature The March of Time (1930).
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.
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. The film was screened at Film Forum in New York City on 30 September 2013.
- Ted Healy as Father
- Moe Howard as Son
- Larry Fine as Son
- Curly Howard as Son
- Bonnie Bonnell as Bonnie
- Henry Armetta as Italian Musician
- Edward Brophy as Brophy
- Rosetta Duncan as Singer/Dancer
- Vivian Duncan as Singer/Dancer
- The Albertina Rasch Girls as Themselves
- Tiny Sandford as Strongman
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- The Three Stooges Journal
- Three Stooges film discovered in garden shed The Guardian, 30 September 2013. Retrieved 30 September 2013.