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Jan. 9 / Prod. No. 4056 / 171/2
m / p d Jules White / d
Del Lord /
st scr Zion Myers / ph
George Kelley / e
Edwin Bryant / a Charles
Clague / C: Vernon Dent (Prof. Quackenbush), Barbara Slater
(Lulu, his daughter), Ted Lorch (Prof. Sedletz), Emil Sitka (Butler),
Symona Boniface (Mrs Smythe Smythe), Helen Dickinson (Mrs. Gotrocks)
and Vic Travers (Guest)
The Stooges, as plumbers are sent
back to fix a mistake made on their first visit to a psychologist's
home. They end up the subjects of a $1,000.00 bet made by Prof. Quackenbush
who insists that he can make gentlemen out of them in 60 days. With
the aid of his lovely daughter, Lulu, the professor attempts to teach
the boys the fine art of table manners, proper reading skills and
etiquitte. Following weeks of hard training, the night finally arrives
when Quackenbush's new protégés are unleashed on society.
All goes well until the Stooges wreak havoc and eventually start one
of their famous pie-hurling fiascos.
Curly Howard suffered the stroke that
ended his career in show business during the filming of this short.
Ironically, Half-Wits' Holiday marked the beginning of Emil Sitka's
career as a Stooge supporting actor.
I met Curly, I said, 'My name is Emil Sitka and I'm playing the
butler in this picture.' Curly stood up, politely shook my hand,
and then said seriously, 'Yes, sir. I see.' Then, he sat back
down. Now, I don't know if he called me sir because I was dressed
like a butler, or if he was trying to be dignified."
Gents - No Cents SD: 4 (TH5/2 to SA
5/4, and M 5/6/46) FN: A remake of Hoi
Polloi (8/29/35). Pie footage is reused in The Pest Man Wins
(12/6/51), Scheming Schemers (10/4/56), and in yet another remake,
Pies and Guys (6/12/58) and Stop! Look! and Laugh! (7/60).
Moe's wife Helen who inspired the original premise for Hoi Polloi,
also created the memorable scene in Half-Wits' Holiday, where
Moe eludes a pie hanging from the ceiling as Mrs. Smythe Smythe approaches.