|Directed by||Del Lord|
|Produced by||Jules White|
|Written by||Felix Adler|
|Cinematography||Benjamin H. Kline|
|Editing by||William Lyon|
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures|
|Running time||17' 13"|
The Stooges are stowaways on a boxcar headed for Hollywood (to be exact, a furniture consignment to Hollywood). Fully expecting for no good reason to become stars, and dressed for the occasion, the Stooges sneak into a movie studio—where they are mistaken for three new executives who are due to take over the facility. Given the authority, they promptly abuse it and take over the production of a movie set in hopes of shooting a blockbuster movie. Curly gets off on the wrong foot when, unable to light his match for a smoke, spots an actress receiving a pedicure (silent star Mildred Harris). He then strikes the match on her bare foot, startling her. Angered, she is about to storm off the set until the trio convince her to stay. The trio then act out the love scene as they want it filmed, leading its stars to abandon the set.
Another telegram arrives with the news that three actual executives were delayed by a storm. Angered at the deception, the studio boss goes after the Stooges, who flee the scene.
- Movie Maniacs was released on February 20, 1936, only two weeks after the previous release, Ants in the Pantry. It was filmed, though, in late October 1935, two months before Ants in the Pantry.
- The original ending for the film involved the Stooges somehow setting fire to the movie set and running away.
- When Curly is preparing aboard the train and one of them gets stuck on the ceiling, a crew member's hand is briefly visible throwing the cake upwards.
Curly: "If at first you don't succeed, keep on shucking 'til you DO succeed!"
- Solomon, Jon. (2002) The Complete Three Stooges: The Official Filmography and Three Stooges Companion, p. 80; Comedy III Productions, Inc., ISBN 0-9711868-0-4