“Hoi Polloi” (1935) starring The Three Stooges / Z-View
Hoi Polloi (1935)
Director: Del Lord
Screenplay: Felix Adler, Helen Howard (uncredited)
Stars: Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Curly Howard, Harry Holman and Bud Jamison.
Tagline: Meet the new darlings of society.
The Overview: Beware of spoilers…
Hoi Polloi is George Bernard Shaw’s 1913 play, Pygmalion, but with a Three Stooges’ twist. Professor Richmond believes that a even a person from low standings without education can be turned into a gentleman with the proper training. Professor Nichols disagrees and wagers $10,000 that Richmond can not train three commoners into becoming gentlemen. Nichols gets to pick the three and he chooses Larry, Curly and Moe. Let the hijinks begin!
Moe’s wife, Helen came up with the idea to adapt Shaw’s play. The idea was so good, they reused it in Half-Wits Holiday (1947) which was Curly’s last starring appearance (1947) and Pies and Guys (1958).
One of the funniest scenes involves a dance instructor who tells the boys to just “do what I do”. A bee goes down the back of her dress as she frantically moves around to dislodge it, Larry, Curly and Moe attempt to follow her moves.
Hoi Polloi earns 4 of 5 stars.