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The Knife of the Party (1934)

A vaudeville act staying at a hotel is forced to work in a hotel in order to avoid bankruptcy.

Director:

Leigh Jason

Writers:

H.O. Kusell (story), Arthur L. Jarrett (story) (as Art Jarrett Sr.)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Lillian Miles Lillian Miles ... Donna
Jack Goode ... Walter Brown
The Girlfriend Trio The Girlfriend Trio ... Singing Trio (as The Girlfriends)
Shemp Howard ... Shemp Howard (as Shemp Howard and His Stooges)
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Storyline

A vaudeville act staying at a hotel is forced to work in a hotel in order to avoid bankruptcy.

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Genres:

Short | Musical | Comedy

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 February 1934 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Van Beuren Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Van Beuren production number 43905. See more »

Soundtracks

Why Am I in Love?
(uncredited)
Music by Harold Spina
Lyrics by Johnny Burke
Performed by Lillian Miles and The Girlfriend Trio (as the Girlfriends)
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Crude, but interesting.
29 August 2002 | by yarboroughSee all my reviews

I am absolutely sure that as long as the earth exists no one will ever read this comment simply because maybe two people in the world today know about this film. Nevertheless, I will write a comment. "Knife of the Party" should be a very interesting short for anyone who is a fan of the Three Stooges. Why? Not just because Shemp Howard is in this short, but because in this short Shemp is the leader of his own set of Stooges, and he slaps them around the way Moe slapped him, Larry, and Curly around. Shemp was an original member of the Three Stooges beginning in 1925, but he quit in 1931 because of the abusive behavior of their straight-man leader Ted Healy. He was replaced by Curly, of course. Then, without Ted Healy, the original Three Stooges hit it big in 1934, the same year this short was made. Some people obviously realized that Shemp was once an original Stooge before they hit it big (Shemp appears as a Stooge in the wacky 1930 film "Soup to Nuts," alongside Ted Healy, Moe and Larry). So someone decided to have this ex-Stooge lead his own bunch of Stooges, which he does with a lot of energy in this short. Unfortunately, while Shemp has his usual colorful personality, the other Stooges are stiff and don't say anything. In addition, Shemp is better as the one who receives the slaps from Moe, instead of the one who gives the slaps. The production values here are crude, and the male and female leads in this short completely lack color, but it is interesting.


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