Hello Pop! is the third of five shorts starring Ted Healy and His Stooges during their time in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. A musical-comedy film, the short also featured the Albertina Rasch Dancers and Bonnie Bonnell.
Ted Healy is a producer trying to stage an elaborate musical revue, The Ted Healy Follies. His efforts are constantly interrupted by demanding backstage personalities: a flaky musician (Henry Armetta), a less-than-cooperative girlfriend (Bonnie Bonnell), and Ted's three sons (The Three Stooges). Ted is able to get the show ready for presentation. But during the main number, the Stooges slip beneath the enormous hoopskirt costume worn by the leading vocalist. They emerge on stage during the performance, ruining the show.
ProductionEditOriginally planned under the title Back Stage, Hello Pop! was the third of five short films made by MGM featuring the vaudeville act billed as “Ted Healy and His Stooges.” The act focused primarily on Healy’s wit and caustic commentary, with the Stooges receiving the brunt of the physical slapstick. For the MGM short films, actress Bonnie Bonnell was incorporated into the configuration as Healy’s love interest.
Hello Pop! was the second of two MGM Stooge shorts filmed utilized the two-color Technicolor process. (Nertsery Rhymes, the act’s first film for MGM, was also shot in color.) The use of color was predicated by the decision to recycle two musical numbers from earlier Technicolor-lensed MGM films into the Hello Pop! musical sequences, the Irving Berlin song "I'm Sitting on a Sunbeam", from the film It’s a Great Life (1930), and the "Moon Ballet" sequence from the unreleased MGM feature The March of Time (1930).
Lost film statusEdit
Long-thought to have been lost, the discovery of the film's survival was announced in January 2013. It was subsequently restored and released in 2014 in Volume 3 of Classic Shorts From The Dream Factory.