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Pop Goes the Easel (1935) Poster

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The two little girls playing hopscotch are the daughters of Larry Fine and Moe Howard. They were playing at 107 N. Larchmont Blvd. The building is still there.
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The first of The Three Stooges' shorts to feature the "Pop Goes the Weasel" theme during the opening credits.
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According to the updated version of the book "The Three Stooges Scrapbook", there was an alternate clay fight in the script by Jules White. It was listed as unused or edited. A careful viewing of the clay fight can see some places where the two clay battles were filmed and edited to make one battle. Differences include: The female model is standing in the foreground close to the screen at the beginning, but when she's hit with clay she's standing in front of the windows. She's brunette throughout the whole short but at the ending her hair is blonde. As the Stooges walk through the studio, there are spots on the wall made from clay. The officer who was chasing them is out cold and struck with a piece of clay, but later is shown getting his toupee knocked off his head (from a thrown piece) as he is throwing clay.
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The opening scenes were filmed on the 100 block of N. Larchmont Blvd in Los Angeles, right across the street from the Larchmont Theater. At that time, The Painted Veil (1934) was showing--you can read it on the marquee.
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This marks several firsts:

. Moe holding out his hand to Curly and asking him to "pick out two" fingers. Curly does, and Moe pokes him in the eyes with them. This would be a recurring joke. In addition, the short contains a very rare scene in which Moe delivers a slap in the face to several people at once. At the end of the clay fight scene, Moe stops everyone and asks, "Who started this?!" Larry yells, "YOU did!", to which Moe angrily replies, "Oh, YEAH?!" and, with right hand extended, spins in a counter-clockwise motion, slapping everyone around him.

. A clay throwing fight, a precursor to the classic pie fights which would become a staple of the Stooge films. The first genuine pie fight would appear the following year in Slippery Silks (1936).

. Moe holding out his fist to Curly and saying, "See that?" When Curly replies, "Yeah," Moe smacks the fist dismissively, which swings in a circle behind his body, over his head, and bops Curly on the head with it.

. Curly dressing in drag, a gag that would be revisited in several later Stooge shorts, such as Uncivil Warriors (1935), Movie Maniacs (1936), Whoops, I'm an Indian! (1936), Mutts to You (1938), Nutty But Nice (1940), Matri-Phony (1942), Micro-Phonies (1945) and Uncivil War Birds (1946).
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There appears to be a missing scene after the floor painting. The Stooges literally paint themselves in and wonder how to get out the room. Then suddenly, the police officer comes in behind them through what looks like a door that was painted on the wall. Maybe the editor thought the gag was too corny and cut it.
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Production #163.
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A colorized version was released in 2006 as part of the DVD collection entitled "Stooges on the Run".
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