Pop Goes the Easel
|Pop Goes the Easel|
The Stooges were not professionally known as "The Three Stooges" when this film was released as they were billed by their individual names
|Directed by||Del Lord|
|Produced by||Jules White|
|Written by||Felix Adler|
Joan Howard Maurer
|Editing by||James Sweeney|
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures|
|Release dates||March 29, 1935|
|Running time||18' 17"|
The onset of the Great Depression has forced the Stooges to look for jobs. However, they are mistaken as thieves and soon find themselves on the run from the police. With a cop chasing them, they flee into an art school where they are mistaken for students. They take their first art lessons while hiding from the police, resulting in a climactic clay fight that takes no prisoners. The film ends when three art students break sculptures over the boys' heads, resulting in them being soundly beaten up.
Pop Goes the Easel marks several Stooge firsts:
- Moe holding out his hand to Curly and asks him to "pick out two" fingers. Curly does, and Moe pokes him in the eyes with them. This would be a recurring joke. In addition, the short contains a very rare scene in which Moe delivers a slap in the face to several people at once. At the end of the clay fight scene, Moe stops everyone and asks "who started this?!" Larry yells "YOU did!", to which Moe angrily replies "oh YEAH?!" and, with right hand extended, spins in a counter-clockwise motion, slapping everyone around him.
- a clay throwing fight, a precursor to the classic pie fights which would become a staple of the Stooge films. The first genuine pie fight would appear the following year in Slippery Silks.
- Moe holding out his fist to Curly and says, "See that?" When Curly replies, "Yeah," he smacks the fist dismissively, in which it swings in a circle behind Moe's body, over his head, and bops Curly on the head with it.
- Curly dressing in drag, a gag that would be revisited in several later Stooge shorts, such as Uncivil Warriors, Movie Maniacs, Matri-Phony, Micro-Phonies and Uncivil War Birds.
The title of the film Pop Goes the Easel is a pun on the nursery rhyme "Pop Goes the Weasel," which is used for the one and only time as the opening theme. The film also ends with the tune, as with the ending of Punch Drunks. It was filmed on February 6-11, 1935.
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- Stooges on the Run