A short video featuring the slapstick comedy of the Three Stooges’ Larry, Moe, and Curly – thought lost in a fire – was found in an Australian shed and has already made its way to New York City for a showing.
The 17-minute “Hello Pop” came out in 1933, but it was thought all copies of it were lost in 1967 when there was a vault fire at MGM’s Culver City location. Lost to the fire also were outtakes from “The Wizard of Oz” and “London After Midnight,” the New York Post said
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But Australian film collector Max Short was cleaning out his garden shed when he found a negative of “Hello Pop,” the Sydney Morning Herald reported
. After restoration, the film was shown as part of the “Lost … Now Found” program at the Film Forum in Manhattan.
“Hello Pop” is a musical featuring songs from Irving Berlin and, of course, the crazy Stooges. The recovered film was part of a group of film shorts that Australian collectors bought in the 1960s, the Post said. Many of those collectors who are now in their 80s are working with the VitaPhone Project to recover and restore the films.
The Post said many “lost” films have been found in Australia and New Zealand because studios thought it was too expensive to bring the films back from that far away.
“It’s a lesson to never give up hope on supposedly lost films,” Warner Bros.’ Ned Price told the Post. “The collector who held 'Hello Pop' didn’t even know it was a lost film because he doesn’t have access to the Internet.
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