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Meet the Baron (1933)

Meet the Baron (1933)





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In this comedy, a man masquerading as the notorious Baron Munchausen and his partner arrive from the African jungles and create quite a stir in New York. Eventually he ends up a women's college involved in a number of interesting musical production numbers. Look for an early appearance by the "The Three Stooges."
Classics , Comedy
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Jack Pearl
as The Famous Baron Munchausen of the Air
Jimmy Durante
as Joe McGoo - the Favorite 'Schnozzle' of the Screen
Zasu Pitts
as Zasu
Ted Healy
as Head Janitor
Edna May Oliver
as Dean Primrose
Ben Bard
as `Sharlie'
Henry Kolker
as Real Baron
Moe Howard
as Stooge
Larry Fine
as Stooge
Greta Meyer
as Aunt Sophie (uncredited)
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Critic Reviews for Meet the Baron

All Critics (1)

Despite a sloppy script has its pleasant idiosyncratic moments thanks to The Three Stooges and a devilishly cute musical number with almost bare coeds singing in the shower.

Full Review… | November 10, 2010
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Audience Reviews for Meet the Baron

Neglected pure Thirties gem Perhaps this film has been largely forgotten because it's usually marketed as (if you can find it at all) a 3 Stooges film, but in fact The Boyz play only a minor supporting role. The film in fact is a much classier production than the later Stooges features, with a screenplay by Herman J. Mankiewicz, whose other scripting credits include Dinner at Eight and Citizen Kane, and songs by Dorothy Fields, one of the all time great popular songwriters who wrote or co-wrote classics like I Can't Give You Anything But Love, On The Sunny Side of the Street, and The Way You Look Tonight. The ostensible lead is Jack Pearl, reprising his radio-show characterization of the folk hero Baron Munchausen -- the show made a national catch-phrase of Pearl's trademark query, "Vas you dere, Sharley?" which is of course worked into the movie. But the show is totally stolen by a startlingly young Jimmy Durante, whose speech is one long rapid-fire stream of malapropisms, and who in one great scene is asleep snoring: "Hot cha-a-a-ah! Hot-cha-a-a-ah!" The plot is too silly and irrelevant to need summarizing, having something to do with the real Baron deserting Pearl and Durante in the wilds of Africa, after which Pearl travels to America where he gains fame and fortune by impersonating the Baron, which results in an invitation to lecture at the all-female Cuddle College, a venue which provides the opportunity for several girls' dormitory bevy-of-beauties musical numbers a la Busby Berkeley. Edna May Oliver, veteran of a million character roles, is the no-nonsense Dean. The script is almost composed of a series of outrageously and deliberately bad jokes slapstick, sometimes veering into the surreal, reminiscent of the Marx Brothers' antics in Duck Soup. All in all, a delightful, outrageous 1930s confection which deserves to be better known. Available in a region 1 DVD from Warners Home Video in an adequate but not great print/transfer.

Jon Corelis
Jon Corelis

The 3 Stooges aren't the stars in this movie and are very rarely on screen but even so Meet the Baron is an enjoyable 30s comedy. The plot is nothing special, two bumbleheads lost in the jungle with a Baron are rescued by the Barons soldiers (while the Baron had left the two too die) One pretends to be the Baron and havoc ensues. Really a pleasing family show that even after all these years bring a chuckle and a smile to your face.

Jonathan Porras
Jonathan Porras

Pretty dumb B-picture with The 3 Stooges, Jimmy Durante, and a slew of old-timey film comedians. But you could do worse with an hour of moviewatching.

Justin Remer
Justin Remer

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