Hula-La-La (1951)

HULA-LA-LA (1951)
Article 5238 by Dave Sindelar
Date: 8-27-2016
Directed by Hugh McCollum
Featuring Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Shemp Howard
Country: USA
What it is: Three Stooges short

Three dim-witted choreographers for a movie studio are sent out to a tropical island to teach the natives to dance. However, when they get there, they discover the natives are headhunters…

It’s been quite a while since a Three Stooges short popped up on my hunt list. To my mind, this isn’t one of their better ones; it drags a bit and feels a little tired, though it does have some good moments. The fact that the natives are headhunters adds a bit of horror content, but the most striking fantastic content in the movie is a four armed statue that comes to life. It’s not particularly convincing (it’s obviously a real person), but it does come into play during the funniest scene in the movie, where it gives both Moe and Larry a taste of their own medicine. For the record, of the Stooges, Shemp seems to be not only the best dancer, but the most beautiful of the Stooges… at least, according to the tribe’s medicine man.

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