The Three Stooges go the "Pygmalion"/"My Fair Lady" route in this funny short film.Two professors (Robert Graves and Henry Holman) make a $10,000 wager that one of the men can turn three uncouth men off the street into gentlemen. They find three garbage men (our Three Stooges- Moe Howard, Larry Fine, and Curly Howard) who would be perfect candidates. They stay with the professor for months, taking etiquette and dance lessons, until their big society debut at a classy party. This is the highlight, with Curly dealing with a couple of hilariously awful dance partners.
All the old bits are here, but remember they were new bits back in the day! A still-funny sequence has the dance instructor (Geneva Mitchell) telling the three to do everything she does, just before a bee flies down the back of her dress. The slap and punching choreography is top-notch, and the other cast members get into the act by the end of the film. Lord does well with his direction, matching the performers.
I have never been a fan of colorizing black and white films, but Columbia/Tri-Star does a good job here. Their choice of crayon color costuming for the Stooges is hilarious, but the technology still isn't quite there yet, although the colorized print I saw was done about a decade ago (and for some reason, tacked on to a DVD release of Jamie Foxx in "Breakin' All the Rules")."Hoi Polloi" is good, funny, surreal physical comedy from the kings of slapstick. They were at the top of their game.