A garden shed in a northern-beaches suburb of Sydney, Australia, may sound like a remote connection to a Three Stooges film festival being held at Glendale's Alex Theatre on Nov. 30, but the rare find by a film collector there has fans of the zany comedy trio rejoicing.
The Three Stooges, a former Vaudevillian troupe, made 190 short films in their long Hollywood career. One film, the Technicolor “Hello Pop,” an MGM 18-minute backstage musical made in 1933 was thought lost forever when a fire at MGM studios in 1967 destroyed what was then thought to be the last print.
That was until earlier this year when 78-year-old Malcolm Smith, a keen film collector from Sydney who had amassed hundreds of classic Hollywood films over the years, decided it was time to start clearing out his inventory. Hollywood studios would regularly send their prints to be screened in Australia by boat which would take six weeks.