Nertsery Rhymes is the first of five short subjects starring Ted Healy and His Stooges during their time in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.featured Curly Howard for the first time as a part of The Stooges. Some footage was from the unfinished MGM musical The March of Time, which was originally to feature Healy and the Three Stooges.
The Stooges are children and Ted Healy is the father. Unable to sleep, the Stooges ask Healy to tell them a bedtime story. He proceeds to tell them of the "Ride of Paul Revere" as well as the "The Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe". Briefly veering away from the slapstick and two musical interludes pertaining to the stories.
Nertsery Rhymes was one of two MGM Stooge shorts filmed utilized the then-experimental two-strip Technicolor process. This process would be used again in Hello Pop! (1933), and Roast Beef and Movies (1933) featuring just Curly. The use of color was predicated by the decision to recycle the "Moon Ballet" sequence from the unreleased color MGM feature The March of Time.
This short features the "If I gave you a dollar and your father gave you a dollar" gag, which the Stooges would use in two of the future shorts with Columbia, Half-Wits Holiday and its remake, Pies and Guys.