Idle Roomers (1944 film)

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Idle Roomers
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Directed by Del Lord
Produced by Hugh McCollum
Written by Del Lord
Elwood Ullman
Starring Moe Howard
Larry Fine
Curly Howard
Christine McIntyre
Vernon Dent
Duke York
Eddie Laughton
Cinematography Glen Gano
Edited by Henry Batista
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release dates
  • July 15, 1944 (1944-07-15)
Running time
16' 49" [1]
Country United States
Language English

Idle Roomers is the 80th short subject starring American slapstick comedy team the Three Stooges. The trio made a total of 190 shorts for Columbia Pictures between 1934 and 1959.

Plot[edit]

The Stooges are bellhops at Hotel Snazzy Plaza, and pound each other in order to get some face time with an attractive woman (the lovely Christine McIntyre, in her debut appearance with the team). Unfortunately, she has an evil mean-tempered husband (Vernon Dent) who happens to excel in knife throwing. The husband is also secretly importing Lupe the Wolf Man (Duke York) who goes berserk when he hears music. Later on, when Curly is cleaning their room, he snaps on the radio, and the wolf man goes on the rampage.

The wolf man goes from room to room on the floor. The Stooges are sent by their boss to look through the room in search of a reported burglar. Unaware it's really the wolf man, they begin to clean the floor. When the creature scares a woman so much that she screams, Larry ducks into the manual control elevator, with Moe and Curly ending up in her room.

Moe and Curly are chased by the wolf man and finally escape him. Running into Larry, they head for the elevator back to the lobby which contains the Wolf Man inside. Thinking they're safe, they try to relax, only to realize the elevator is going up instead of down to the lobby. Turning, they see the creature is in control of the elevator switch. The Stooges can barely keep it together as he wildly swings the lever back and fourth. The elevator zips up and down at top speed with the final ride to the top causing it to crash through the roof and sends the trio and the Wolf Man high into the sky.

One long side-gag in this short involves Moe and Curly delivering a massive amount of luggage the guests, including the trunk with the hidden wolf man. Curly takes almost the entire load of bags onto his back with Moe carrying a very small bag. Most of the load is cleared off the trunk and dumped onto Moe when Curly walks it out of the storage room.

Curly Howard fades[edit]

Curly Howard's voice begins to deepen with this film. Since his 1940 divorce from Elaine Ackerman, Curly had lived a wild life, making merry on a regular basis, and drinking until the wee hours of the morning. Columbia cinematographer Henry Freulich stated in a 1984 interview that it was not unusual to see Curly stumbling into work looking like "he had himself a heluva time!"[2] By 1944, the effects of Curly's lifestyle began to catch up with him. Idle Roomers marks the first time his acting seems a little slower. The deeper voice confirms this assessment.[1]

Production notes[edit]

The title Idle Roomers is a pun on "idle rumors."[1] The plot device of bellhops pursuing the affections of an attractive female hotel guest would be used in the 1953 Woody Woodpecker cartoon Belle Boys.[3]

Idle Roomers marked the first appearance of regular Stooge co-star Christine McIntyre who would predominantly work with the team during the Shemp era.

Idle Roomers was filmed November 17-20, 1943.

On November 23. Three days after filming ended for Idle Roomers. Sal Horwitz (the father of Moe, Curly, and Shemp) passed away at age 71.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Solomon, Jon (2002). The Complete Three Stooges: The Official Filmography and Three Stooges Companion. Comedy III Productions, Inc. p. 246. ISBN 0-9711868-0-4. 
  2. ^ The Making of the Stooges VHS Documentary, narrated by Steve Allen (1984)
  3. ^ Woody Woodpecker.com

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