The Big Idea (1934 film)

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The Big Idea
Directed by William Beaudine
Written by Ted Healy
Matty Brooks
Starring Ted Healy
The Three Stooges
Bonnie Bonnell
Muriel Evans
Heinie Conklin
Lew Harvey
Jimmy Hollywood
Eddie Bartell
Henry Taylor
Tut Mace
MGM Dancing Girls
Music by L. Wolfe Gilbert
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • May 12, 1934 (1934-05-12) (U.S.)
Running time
Country United States
Language English

The Big Idea is the fifth and last of five short films starring Ted Healy and His Stooges (Moe Howard, Larry Fine and Curly Howard) released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1934.


Like other shorts Healy and the Stooges filmed at MGM, stock footage was utilized to fill out the 20 minutes of time. For The Big Idea, MGM used musical numbers edited out of the feature film Dancing Lady (1933), which ironically had a supporting role by Healy and a cameo by the Stooges.[1]

This is one of the last films and the fifth and final musical-comedy short subject in which the Three Stooges appeared with longtime partner Ted Healy. The Big Idea was edited from footage of Healy and the Stooges filmed for the unfinished MGM variety film The March of Time (1930), which later became the title of a long-running newsreel series.

By the time of the release of The Big Idea, the Three Stooges had signed a new contract with Columbia Pictures to do a series of comedy short films without Healy, beginning with Woman Haters (1934).

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