Meet The Baron (1933) Is Tunnel Through Comic Pyramids
Under heading of things MGM did for boxoffice came Meet The Baron, a screen launch for Jack Pearl of radio fame. Leo brought him and Ed Wynn aboard because free broadcast was too big to ignore. Each got a single starring vehicle at the lot. Metro wouldn't warm to radio like
The above lobby card from Meet The Baron sold at auction in 2005 for $6900. Can you guess why? Mind you, this was an 11X14 piece of paper. Could be someone bought this instead of paying their child's college tuition, or for that operation so Dad could walk again. Nuts as I was for collecting, I'd like to think I was never this far gone. But hey, it's the Stooges, and Ted Healy, so many might let the family stay lame for such treasure. Would such a card hammer for so much in 2017 as in 2005? It's a cinch there aren't as many Stooge fanatics above ground as twelve years ago. Let that pass, as they say in precode, but I'll add this: Meet The Baron is lush with Ted and his slap-ee boys. He and Stooges are prolific through running time, enough to cull into a solid two-reeler, if one were of editing mind. For most, of course, it's Stooges that make Meet The Baron bearable. I had fun for ardent clowning by not only them, but Jimmy Durante (minus Keaton, could he sustain as lead, or continuing second-lead, comic? --- MGM certainly tried), Zasu Pitts, Edna May Oliver, plus curiosity satisfied on seeing Jack Pearl do his way-back thing. Who knows? There might be a latent Jack Pearl fan within us all. I'm just waiting to spring "Vas You Dere, Sharlee?" on a next person who doubts my veracity. Should I save it for the next GPS reader who tries to factually correct me?