The Nitwits is a 1935 American comedy film directed by George Stevens from a screenplay written by Fred Guiol and Al Boasberg, based on a story by Stuart Palmer. Released by RKO on June 7, 1933, the film stars the comedy duo of Wheeler & Woolsey (Bert Wheeler and Robert Woolsey), with featured roles being filled by Fred Keating, Betty Grable, Evelyn Brent and Erik Rhodes.
Fred Keating replaced Lionel Atwill, who later played the villain in the 1946 remake, Genius at Work.
Cigar-stand attendants Johnny (Wheeler) and Newton (Woolsey) get mixed up in a murder investigation at a radio station.
Bert Wheeler as Johnny
Robert Woolsey as Newton
Fred Keating as William Darrell
Betty Grable as Mary Roberts
Evelyn Brent as Alice Lake
Erik Rhodes as George Clark
Hale Hamilton as Winfield Lake
Charles C. Wilson as Police Captain Jennings
Arthur Aylesworth as Lurch
Willie Best as Sleepy
Lew Kelly as J. Gabriel Hazel
The film's original title was Mellodicks, which Lee Marcus, the producer, found repugnant. He offered $50 to any employee of RKO who could come up with a better title. While he received numerous suggestions, he finally settled on the picture's final title, which had been a generic title around the RKO lot for years.