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The slapstick comedy shorts and features of 'The Three Stooges' began in 1932 with Larry, Moe, and Curly,
and with various personnel replacements the Stooges team continued on film and stage until 1975.

"The characters in this picture are all fictitious. Anyone resembling them is better off dead."
—opening scene caption in "I'll Never Heil Again" [1941]

"We're not ordinary people . . . we're morons."
— Curly, in "Three Smart Saps" [1942]

"With oranges, it's much harder."
— Shemp, in "Crime On Their Hands" [1948]

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          Ted Healy [1896-1937] led a vaudeville act billed variously as 'Ted Healy & His Stooges', 'Ted Healy & His Southern Gentlemen', 'Ted Healy & His Three Lost Souls' and 'Ted Healy & His Racketeers'. The members of the troupe in 1925 were brothers Moe & Shemp Howard, their friend violinist-comedian Larry Fine, and Fred Sanborn.
          In 1930, the five men appeared in the Hollywood feature film "Soup To Nuts", released by Fox Studios, also starring Stanley Smith & Lucile Browne. The Stooges were a hit, and the studio offered Moe & Shemp & Larry a contract – and not Healy – which set off a rights war that lasted until 1932. Upset over Healy's arrogance, Shemp left the act to work in comedy films for Vitagraph.
          Moe suggested his younger brother Jerry as replacement for Shemp; stories vary as to how he got the nickname 'Curly'. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer offered Ted and the Stooges a contract, and they began making short films (many in 2-strip color) as well as several M.G.M. feature films. When the contract expired in 1933, the three Stooge actors broke all ties with Healy; he was successful on his own for a while, then died 'under mysterious circumstances' in 1937.

          Harry Cohn of Columbia Pictures offered the Stooges team a contract, and they appeared in 190 shorts and five features for that studio. Cohn's strategy was to wait to the last minute to offer a contract renewal, so the Stooges (generally managed by Moe), never asked for a raise in 24 years.
          The Stooges' personal appearances were very popular, and took their toll; added to other lifestyle issues, Jerry/Curly's health began to worsen in 1945, and he suffered a stroke in May 1946 (at age 43) that ended his career. Moe convinced brother Shemp to return to the Stooges (leaving his own successful film career), but Shemp agreed only on a temporary basis. Curly's health kept getting worse, and he died in January 1952. During this 'temporary' period, Shemp made 73 shorts and the Western comedy feature "Gold Raiders" [1951].
          Columbia downsized its short features division in 1952, and quality suffered. Jules White was producer and director and often sole writer, and he recycled old scenes and eventually reduced new footage to a one-day shoot per film. Shemp died suddenly in November 1955, and corpulent Joe Besser was brought in; he filmed 16 shorts. But the heyday of the short subject film was over, and Columbia was the last studio to make them; Cohn did not renew the Stooges' contract in December 1957. (But Columbia had enough completed films 'in the can' to continue releases until June 1959.)

          In 1958, Columbia released the Stooges library to television syndication thru its Screen Gems division. The Stooges became popular with 'baby boomers', and were in demand for personal appearances. Joe Besser's wife was ill, so he opted out of touring; Moe brought in Joe DeRita, who shaved his head and adopted the name Curly-Joe. The new complement of Stooges made a series of successful feature films from 1959 to 1965, and also filmed 41 'wraparound' skits for the animated TV series of 1965-66. Throughout the 1960s, The Three Stooges were one of the most popular and highest-paid live acts in America.
          In January 1970, while filming the TV series pilot "Kook's Tour", Larry suffered a paralyzing stroke, then several more; he died in January 1975. During this time, Moe vowed to keep the Three Stooges going, and hired Emil Sitka (with Larry's blessing) as the 'Middle Stooge'. They made movie plans, but Moe fell ill from lung cancer and died in May 1975. Without a Howard as member, the Three Stooges team was essentially dissolved.
           Curly-Joe appeared in live performances as "The New 3 Stooges", with Mousie Garner and Frank Mitchell in the mid-1970s. Joe Besser died in March 1988; Curly-Joe died in July 1993; Emil Sitka became 'The Last Stooge' (though he appeared in no films as a Stooge), and died in January 1998. Performer Mousie Garner also used the term 'The Last Stooge'; he died in 2004.

          Moe, Larry and Curly-Joe formed Comedy III Productions, Inc. in 1959; it is the owner of all Three Stooges trademarks and merchandising. Sony-Columbia owns the film library; the shorts are licensed & shown on many local cable outlets, rather than broadcast stations (except for long-held contracts in Chicago & Boston). Sony Pictures (corporate parent of Columbia) started releasing remastered, high definition versions of the shorts, in the order of theatrical release, in October 2007; the first DVD was hugely successful, and the next volumes were released in May, August & October 2008.
          The Three Stooges team received a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1983. The Stoogeum curated by Gary Lassin opened in 2004 in Ambler (Spring House), Pennsylvania with 10,000 square feet of exhibits and an 85-seat movie theater (open by appointment).
          And after trying for five years to get their Stooges feature film made at Warner Bros., Bobby & Peter Farrelly got a green-light from M.G.M. for production, which went into turnaround and was finally made by Fox and released to theaters in Spring 2012, with Blu-ray & DVD release in July {more details below}.


                    

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Three Stooges Collectors Showcase
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The Three Stooges Book of Scripts book  by Joan Howard Maurer & Norman Maurer  "The Three Stooges Book of Scripts" [1984 & 1987]
by Joan Howard Maurer & Norman Maurer

Volume 1: Citadel Press hardcover [10/84] out of print/used
includes "Gents Without Cents" ,"Men In Black", "Punch Drunks", "Three Little Pigskins" & "You Nazty Spy!"; Norman Maurer's cartoon of the 'Niagara Falls' skit from "Gents Without Cents"; plus studio & family pictures
Volume 2: Citadel Press 11x8½ hardcover [4/87] out of print/used
includes "Restless Knights", "We Want Our Mummy" & "Yes, We Have No Bonanza", plus a chapter about the 1962 Columbia feature, "The Three Stooges Meet Hercules"
Columbia Comedy Shorts book by Ted Okuda & Edward Watz  
"The Columbia Comedy Shorts: Two-Reel Hollywood Film Comedies, 1933-1958" [1986]
by Ted Okuda & Edward Watz

McFarland & Co. 9x6 pb [10/98] for $35.00
McFarland & Co. 9½x6½ hardcover [9/86] for $45.00
Films of the Stooges book by Daniel Volk  "The Films of The Stooges: The Columbia Shorts, 1934-1947" [1988]
by Daniel Volk

self-publd pb [1988] out of print/scarce
In-depth look at the 97 short films made with Larry, Curly, and Moe at Columbia Studios from 1934 to 1947

"The Three Stooges Collection" on DVD
Three Stooges Collection 1, shorts 1934-36 on DVD  
"Volume One: 1934-1936" [2007]
19 digitally-remastered shorts in order of release
Starring Moe Howard, Larry Fine & Curly Howard
Sony b&w DVD [10/2007] 2 disks for $13.39
Three Stooges Collection 2, shorts 1937-39 on DVD  "Volume Two: 1937-1939" [2008]
24 digitally-remastered shorts in order of release
Starring Moe Howard, Larry Fine & Curly Howard
Sony b&w DVD [5/2008] 2 disks for $15.99
Three Stooges Collection 3, shorts 1940-42 on DVD  "Volume Three: 1940-1942" [2008]
22 digitally-remastered shorts in order of release
Starring Moe Howard, Larry Fine & Curly Howard
Sony b&w DVD [8/2008] 2 disks for $16.49
Three Stooges Collection 4, shorts 1943-45 on DVD  "Volume Four: 1943-1945" [2008]
20 digitally-remastered shorts in order of release
Starring Moe Howard, Larry Fine & Curly Howard
Sony b&w DVD [10/2008] 2 disks for $18.49
Three Stooges Collection 5, shorts 1946-48 on DVD  "Volume Five: 1946-1948" [2009]
24 digitally-remastered shorts in order of release
Starring Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Curly Howard & Shemp Howard
Sony b&w DVD [3/2009] 2 disks for $15.99
Three Stooges Collection 6, shorts 1949-51 on DVD  "Volume Six: 1949-1951" [2009]
24 digitally-remastered shorts in order of release
Starring Moe Howard, Larry Fine & Shemp Howard
Sony b&w DVD [6/2009] 2 disks for $19.99
Three Stooges Collection 7, shorts 1952-54 on DVD  "Volume Seven: 1952-1954" [2009]
22 digitally-remastered shorts in order of release, two in original 3-D!
Starring Moe Howard, Larry Fine & Shemp Howard
Sony b&w DVD [11/2009] 2 disks for $20.99
Three Stooges Collection 8, shorts 1955-59 on DVD   "Volume Eight: 1955-59" [2010]
32! digitally-remastered shorts in order of release
Starring Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Shemp Howard – and Joe Besser
Sony b&w DVD [6/2010] 3 disks for $19.45
Three Stooges Ultimate Collection on DVD  
"The Three Stooges: The Ultimate Collection" [2010]
Sony Pictures b&w DVD set [6/2012] 20 disks for $61.51
contains the eight volumes above (17 disks) and three disks of features & extras

Three Stooges Kings of Laughter compilation  "The Three Stooges: Kings of Laughter" [undated]
54-minute compilation, with the Stooges as bungling barbers, clueless cowboys, goofy golfers, bumbling beach bums, witless witnesses, hare-brained house cleaners, and with Curly as an overweight jockey, Shemp as a ghost, and Curly Joe as a near-sighted knife-thower; starring Steve Allen, Curly-Joe DeRita, Larry Fine, Ted Healy, Curly Howard, Moe Howard & Ed Wynn • not listed on IMDb
GoodTimes Home Video b&w DVD [5/2001] for $6.19
GoodTimes Home Video b&w VHS [undated] for $3.97
Three Stooges Collection Early Years on DVD  "The Three Stooges Collection: The Early Years" [2000]
B.F.S. Ent. color/b&w DVD [7/2000] out of prodn/used
contains the Steve Allen TV special and twelve shorts: the four public domain Columbia shorts and eight M.G.M. & Vitagraph two-reelers, including "Beer and Pretzels" [Aug 1933], "The Big Idea" [May 1934], "Nertsery Rhymes" [July 1933] in b&w, "Plane Nuts" [Oct 1933], and "Roast-Beef & Movies" [Feb 1934] in b&w
Three Stooges Lost Comedy Treasures on DVD  "The Three Stooges: Lost Comedy Treasures" [2001]
Good Times Video b&w pan&scan DVD [5/2001] for $4.98
includes the first appearance of Curly on film in "Hollywood On Parade" [1932] with Ted, Moe & Larry; Curly's only appearance with the Three Stooges in color, "Nertsery Rhymes" [1933] from a recently-discovered print; the TV pilot "Jerks of All Trades" [1949], with Moe, Shemp & Larry; the TV special "Danny Thomas Presents The Comics" [1965] with Martha Raye; plus vintage commercials & movie trailers
Three Stooges Chronicles on DVD  "The Three Stooges Chronicles" [2001]
Timeless Media Group color/b&w DVD [5/2001] for $6.98
includes the four b&w public domain Columbia shorts; three rare color M.G.M. shorts: "Beer and Pretzels" [Aug 1933], "Nertsery Rhymes" [July 1933] & "Plane Nuts" [Oct 1933]; and clips from the Ted Healy Stooges b&w short "The Big Idea" [May 1934]
Famous Comedy Legends DVD box sets  "Famous Comedy Legends" [2002]
Volume 1: National Film Museum b&w DVD set [7/2002] 3 disks for $24.99
Starring Charlie Chaplin {3 shorts), Charley Chase (1 short), W.C. Fields (2 shorts), Buster Keaton (2 shorts, 2 silent features) & two by The Three Stooges: "Disorder In The Court" [1936 short] & "Sing A Song of Six Pants" [1947 short]
Volume 2: National Film Museum b&w DVD set [7/2002] 3 disks for $24.99
Starring Charlie Chaplin {2 shorts), Charley Chase (2 shorts), W.C. Fields (1 short), Buster Keaton (2 shorts, 2 features) & three by The Three Stooges "Knife of The Party" [rare 1934 short], "Brideless Groom" [1947 short] & "Malice In The Palace" [1949 short]

Three Stooges 75th Anniversary Collector's Edition DVD set  "The Three Stooges 75th Anniversary Collector's Edition" DVD box set [2002]
Madacy b&w/color DVD set [11/2002] 3 disks for $12.99
Amazon reviewers describe great packaging and low quality product from Madacy; included here for completists; contains four public domain Columbia shorts – "Disorder In The Court" [1936], "Sing A Song of Six Pants" [1947], "Brideless Groom" [1947], and "Malice In The Palace" [1949]; an episode from "The New Three Stooges" animated TV series; "Jerks of All Trades" [1949 TV pilot]; and "Kook's Tour" [1969 TV pilot]; extras include ten minutes of convention video, cartoons, clips, photo gallery, bios
Three Stooges 12-Pack DVD box set  "The Three Stooges DVD 12-Pack" box set [2003]
Columbia Tri-Star DVD set [12/2003] 12 disks - out of prodn/used
Each disk is/was available seperately, a few inclusions are duplicates: Disk 1: "All The World's A Stooge" (7 shorts); Disk 2: "Cops and Robbers" (6 shorts); Disk 3: "Curly Classics" (6 shorts); Disk 4: "Dizzy Doctors" (6 shorts); Disk 5: "G.I. Stooge" (6 shorts); Disk 6: "Healthy, Wealthy and Dumb" (6 shorts); Disk 7: "Merry Mavericks" (6 shorts); Disk 8: "Nutty But Nice" (6 shorts); Disk 9: "The Outlaws Is Coming" [1965] feature film, and bonus short "Goofs and Saddles" [1937]; Disk 10: "Spook Louder" (6 shorts); Disk 11: compilation feature film "Stop! Look! and Laugh!" [1961], and bonus short "A Bird In The Head" [1946]; and Disk 12: "Three Smart Saps" (5 shorts)
Three Stooges Extreme Rarities on DVD  
"The Three Stooges: Extreme Rarities" [2007]
Legend Films Video b&w/color DVD [3/2007] out of prodn/used
contains 77 minutes of shorts, live appearances on talk/variety shows, interviews, movie trailers, home movies, commercials and many other clips that defy categorization, with two versions of "Heavenly Daze" [1948 short]
Three Stooges Triple Whammy DVD set  "The Three Stooges Triple Whammy! - in color" DVD box set [2007]
Legend Films Video color/b&w DVD set [3/2007] 3 disks - out of prodn/used
includes three DVD compilations: "Three Stooges: Extreme Rarities" (above); "Three Stooges: Greatest Routines" with 3 cartoons; and "Three Stooges: Live & Hilarious"
Three Stooges Collection on 3 DVDs  "The Three Stooges Collection: 40 Features! on 3 DVDs" [2007]
St. Clair Vision color/b&w DVD set [7/2007] 3 disks for $9.98
includes 35 cartoons from the 1965-66 tv series; musical feature "Swing Parade of 1946" starring Moe & Larry & Curly, Gale Storm & Phil Regan; TV pilot "Jerks of All Trades" [1949]; shorts "Brideless Groom", "Disorder In The Court", "Malice In The Palace" & "Sing A Song of Six Pants"; plus extras including trailers & a photo gallery
Three Stooges More Nyuk For Your Buck  "The Three Stooges: More Nyuk For Your Buck!" [2011]
Madacy color/b&w DVDs [10/2011] 2 disks for $17.49
12 of their craziest ventures into absurdity: Disk 1 contains the four public domain Columbia shorts – "Disorder In The Court" [1936], "Sing A Song of Six Pants" [1947], "Brideless Groom" [1947], and "Malice In The Palace" [1949]; Disk 2 contains eight "New Three Stooges" animated shorts, 1965-66: "Bearfoot Bandit", "Bee My Honey", "Curly's Bear", "Furry Fugitive", "Hair of The Bear", "Littler Bear", "Turnabout Is Bearplay", and "Watt's My Lion?"
Three Stooges Ultimate Collection 20-DVD box set  "The Three Stooges: The Ultimate Collection" DVD Box Set [2012]
Sony Pictures Home Ent. b&w DVD set [6/2012] 20 disks for $61.51
Twenty disks containing 190 Columbia Three Stooges shorts, plus 28 Columbia shorts of single stooge actors; digital restoration by Grover Crisp & team, managed by Sony exec Michael Schlesinger.
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"Soup To Nuts" feature film [Fox/Mentone Sept 1930]
'Soup To Nuts' feature film starring The Three Stooges  The Three Stooges' movie debut: A costume shop is failing because the owner spends his time building wacky inventions; a creditor sends an employee who falls for the owner's daughter; customers include a dictator and some firemen (Stooges); the store catches fire ... Directed by Benjamin Stoloff; written by Rube Goldberg; starring Stanley Smith, Lucile Browne, Ted Healy, Shemp & Harry/Moe & Larry, Fred Sanborn, Charles Winninger, Roscoe Ates, Billy Barty, Billy Bletcher, Heinie Conklin & Mack Swain; cameo by Rube Goldberg
Fox 70-minute colorized DVD [4/2005] for $7.00
full credits from IMDb • movie entry at Wikipedia

"Meet The Baron" [M.G.M. Oct 1933 short]
Radio star Jack Pearl (as his Baron Munchausen character) and sidekick Jimmy Durante work a con on a girls college
also starring Zasu Pitts & Edna May Oliver, with Ted & Moe & Larry & Curly; available on several DVD sets
full credits from IMDb

"Myrt and Marge" feature [Universal Pictures Nov 1933]
Based on a long-running radio show; Myrt steps down to work offstage, to manage her touring theatrical
company, and the new girl causes jealousy between the male lead and the show's backer.

starring Myrtle Vail, Donna Damerel, Eddie Foy Jr., Thomas Jackson, with Ted & Moe & Larry & Curly
VHS/DVD/Blu-ray not available • full credits from IMDb

"Hollywood On Parade #B-9" promo short [Paramount March 1934]
all-star cast, with Ted & Moe & Curly & Larry; available on DVD sets above
full credits from IMDb • view for free online [4:59]

"The Big Idea" [M.G.M. May 1934 short]
The Big Idea 1934 short film starring Ted Healy and The Three Stooges  The proprietor of the Big Idea Scenario Company is interrupted by a stream of crazy people. Directed by William Beaudine; starring Ted Healy and Moe & Larry & Curly, with Muriel Evans & Bonnie Bonnell
available on DVD as part of box sets above; full credits from IMDb
18"x24" poster from Amazon for $12.99

"Hollywood Party"  [M.G.M. May 1934]
Hollywood Party comedy film of 1934  Comedy jungle hero Schnarzan (Durante) needs a boost so he is buying real man-eating lions for his next film; animal keepers Laurel & Hardy track the lions down because the man selling to Durante paid for the lions with a bounced check; meanwhile, Durante's competition wants to get the lions for their own films. The original release included a Technicolor Disney-animated short "Hot Choc'late Soldiers", introduced by Mickey Mouse; because Walt Disney licensed only theatrical distribution rights to M.G.M., the sequence was excluded from TV showings until Turner Movie Channel negotiated for TV & video rights with Disney Studios in 1992. No director is credited; cinematography by James Wong Howe; starring Jimmy Durante, Laurel & Hardy, Jack Pearl, Lupe Velez, Charles Butterworth & Eddie Quillan; cameos by 'Wild Bill' Elliott, Ted Healy and The Three Stooges, Arthur Treacher & Robert Young
Warner Archive b&w/color DVD [12/2011] for $17.99
M.G.M./Warner b&w/color VHS [1/93] out of prodn/used
full credits at IMDb • movie entry at Wikipedia

"Woman Haters" [Columbia May 1934 short]
Performed entirely in rhyme, recited (not sung) in rhythm with a jazz underscore. Though sworn to have nothing
to do with women, Larry marries anyway and tries to conceal the fact from Moe & Curly during a train trip.

their first Columbia short; starring Moe & Larry & Curly, Marjorie White & Walter Brennan
available on several DVD sets; full credits from IMDb

"Knife of The Party"
[Van Beuren Studios / RKO Radio Pictures Feb 1934 short]
studio portrait of Shemp Howard  A rarity, available on "Shemp Cocktail" (below) & other DVD sets; Shemp reverses roles and slaps around his two 'stooges'. The plot involves a penniless traveling theater company trying to get work, with lots of singing & dancing. (Amazon reviewers suggest that the film is pretty lame, but the actors do try their best.) • Directed by Leigh Jason; starring Lillian Miles, Jack Good, Shemp Howard & two anonymous stooges
full credits at IMDb

"Restless Knights" [Columbia Feb 1935 short]
opening title screen shot for 'Restless Knights' 1935 comedy short film starring The Three Stooges  Three medieval peasants learn that they are of royal blood and vow to save the kingdom; they take jobs guarding the queen and when she is abducted, they are sentenced to die. Directed by Charles Lamont; written by Felix Adler; starring Larry, Moe & Curly, with Geneva Mitchell, George Baxter & Walter Brennan
available on "The Three Stooges Collection, Volume 1" DVD above
full credits at IMDb • movie entry at Wikipedia

"Disorder In The Court" [Columbia May 1936 short]
Testifying at the trial of a nightclub dancer accused of murder, the Stooges commit mayhem and also uncover the real killer.
film is public domain; starring Moe & Larry & Curly; available on several DVD sets; full credits from IMDb

"A Pain In The Pullman" [Columbia June 1936]
title card for Three Stooges 1936 short 'A Pain In The Pullman'  The Three Stooges are small time actors traveling by train to an engagement, along with their pet monkey. They manage to spoil the trip for quite a few of the other passengers including the conductor and a famous movie star . . . Co-produced by Jules White; written & directed by Jack White; starring Moe & Larry & Curly, with Eddie Laughton, James C. Morton, Bud Jamison, Loretta Andrews, Gail Arnold, Bobby Burns, Phyllis Crane, Jesse De Vorska, Mary Lou Dix, Ethelreda Leopold, Anne O'Neal, Blanche Payson, Hilda Title, Ray Turner & Wilna Wilde
full credits at IMDb • movie entry at Wikipedia
triple-feature b&w VHS [2/99] out of prodn/used
available on "Three Stooges Collection, Volume One: 1934-1936" [2007]
Sony b&w DVD [10/2007] 19 digitally-remastered shorts on 2 disks for $13.39

"Flat Foot Stooges" [Columbia Dec 1938 short]
Flat Foot Stooges 1938 comedy short directed by Charley Chase  The stooges are firemen at a station that still uses horses to pull the engines; a salesman wanting to sell them newer firetrucks sabotages the engines, an alarm sends them chasing the emergency, only to discover that what's ablaze is their own firehouse. Co-produced, written & directed by Charley Chase; starring Moe & Larry & Curly, with Dick Curtis, Chester Conklin & Lola Jensen
available on "Three Stooges Collection 2" DVD set
Sony b&w DVD [5/2008] 2 disks for $15.99
full credits from IMDb

"What's The Matador?"
[Columbia April 1942 short]
What's The Matador? 1942 short film starring The Three Stooges  The Stooges are hired to perform a comedy bullfight at a fiesta in Mexico; they have a suitcase mixup with a beautiful seρora, and her jealous husband turns a real bull loose into the ring during their act. Produced & directed by Jules White; starring Moe & Larry & Curly, with Suzanne Kaaren & Harry Burns
available on DVD as part of box sets above; full credits from IMDb

"Dizzy Pilots" short [Columbia Sept 1943]
Dizzy Pilots 1943 short film starring The Three Stooges  The three Wrong Brothers try to invent an airplane to sell to the Army so that they
can avoid the draft. {Cobbled from footage of the 1940 short "Boobs In Arms"}

Produced & directed by Jules White; starring Moe & Larry & Curly
available on DVD as part of "G.I. Stooge" and other sets; full credits from IMDb

"Three Pests In A Mess"
[Columbia Jan 1945 short]
Three Pests in a Mess 1945 short film starring The Three Stooges  Three inventors trying to a get a patent on a preposterous fly catching invention are pursued by crooks, hide in a sporting goods store, shoot & decide to bury a mannikin, and are scared by a bunch of partygoers dressed as ghosts. Written & directed by Del Lord; starring Moe & Larry & Curly, with Christine McIntyre, Brian O'Hara, Vernon Dent, Heinie Conklin & 'Snub' Pollard
full credits from IMDb

"Swing Parade" feature musical
[Monogram March 1946]
Swing Parade of 1946 movie starring The Three Stooges  Three waiters help a singer break into show business and to romance the nightclub owner
Starring Moe & Larry & Curly (final feature film appearance), Gale Storm & Phil Regan
Legend Films colorized DVD [3/2007] for $7.49
Allied Artists Ent. b&w VHS [4/98] out of prodn/used
full credits from IMDb

"Hold That Lion!" [Columbia July 1947 short]
The only film with all 3 Howard brothers and Larry. After a crooked lawyer steals their inheritence, the Stooges
corner him on a train, where they also accidentally let a lion loose.
Starring Shemp & Larry & Moe, with Curly,
Kenneth MacDonald, Emil Sitka & Dudley Dickerson full credits from IMDb

"Sing A Song of Six Pants" [Columbia Oct 1947 short]
Three tailors who are deeply in debt realize that a customer is a wanted bank robber and they can turn him in for the reward.
film is public domain; starring Moe & Larry & Shemp, Tiny Brauer & Virginia Hunter; available on several DVD sets
full credits from IMDb

"Brideless Groom" [Columbia Sept 1947 short]
Shemp receives an inheritance on the condition that he marry before six o'clock.
film is public domain; starring Moe & Larry & Shemp, with Emil Sitka; available on several DVD sets
full credits from IMDb

"Squareheads of The Round Table" [Columbia March 1948 short]
'Squareheads of The Round Table' 1948 comedy short film starring The Three Stooges  Three Elizabethan-era troubadors help their friend Cedric the Blacksmith win the hand of a princess promised to the evil Black Knight; remade in 1954 as "Knutzy Knights". Written & directed by Edward Bernds; starring Shemp & Larry & Moe, with Jock Mahoney, Christine McIntyre, Philip Van Zandt, Vernon Dent & Joe Palma
available on "The Three Stooges Collection, Volume 5" DVD above
full credits at IMDb • movie entry at Wikipedia

"Malice In The Palace" [Columbia Sept 1949 short]
The Stooges set out to recover a stolen diamond; film is public domain; starring Moe & Larry & Shemp,
with Vernon Dent & Joe Palma; available on several DVD sets; full credits from IMDb

"Jerks of All Trades" [ABC-TV Oct 1949]
pilot for a Three Stooges television show;starring Moe & Larry & Shemp, with Emil Sitka
& Symona Boniface; available on several DVD sets • full credits from IMDb

"Self Made Maids" [Columbia July 1950 short]
Self Made Maids 1950 short starring The Three Stooges  The Stooges not only play themselves but also the roles of their fiancιes, and their
three babies; Moe also plays the role of their fiancιes' father
Produced & directed
by Jules White; written by Felix Adler; starring Moe & Larry & Shemp
available on Three Stooges Collection, Volume 6 {above} • full credits at IMDb

"Gold Raiders" [United Artists Sept 1951]
poster for Gold Raiders movie starring The Three Stooges  Comedy Western feature: Three traveling salesmen rescue an insurance man trying to protect gold shipments from a gang of bandits. Directed by Edward Bernds; starring Moe & Larry & Shemp, George O'Brien, Monte Blue, Fuzzy Knight, Sheila Ryan, Clem Bevans & Lyle Talbot
available on several DVD sets; full credits from IMDb

"Cuckoo On A Choo-Choo"
[Columbia Dec 1952 short]
poster for Cuckoo On A Choo-Choo short film starring The Three Stooges  Larry (spoofing Brando!) is living in a stolen railroad car with Shemp, who is in love with an imaginary giant canary; the railroad sends Moe to investigate. Produced & directed by Jules White; starring Moe & Larry & Shemp, Patricia Wright & Victoria Horne
finally available on "The Three Stooges DVD Collection, Volume 7" box set [2009]
Sony b&w DVD [11/2009] 22 shorts on 2 disks for $10.89
full credits from IMDb

"Spooks!" short in 3-D! [Columbia June 1953]
exhibitor ad for 3-D short "Spooks!" [1953] starring The Three Stooges   Three private detectives are hired to find a missing girl; the trail leads to a mad scientist's creepy old house and a gorilla, who helps rescue the girl. Produced & directed by Jules White; starring Moe & Larry & Shemp, with Philip Van Zandt, Tom Kennedy & Norma Randall
full credits from IMDb
finally available: "Three Stooges Collection, Volume Seven: 1952-1954" [2009]
22 digitally-remastered shorts with two in original 3-D! (glasses included)
Sony b&w DVD [11/2009] 2 disks for $20.99

"Pardon My Backfire" short in 3-D!
[Columbia Aug 1953]
Pardon My Backfire 1953 short film in 3-D starring The Three Stooges {retail source not found}   Three auto mechanics capture a gang of escaped convicts and use the reward money to marry their sweethearts. Produced & directed by Jules White; starring Moe & Larry & Shemp
full credits from IMDb
finally available: "Three Stooges Collection, Volume Seven: 1952-1954" [2009]
22 digitally-remastered shorts with two in original 3-D! (glasses included)
Sony b&w DVD [11/2009] 2 disks for $20.99

"Knutzy Knights" [Columbia Sept 1954 short]
opening title screen shot for 'Knutzy Knights' 1954 comedy short film starring The Three Stooges  Remake of 1948's "Squareheads of The Round Table"; three Elizabethan-era peasants help their friend Cedric the Blacksmith win the hand of a princess promised to the evil Black Knight. Produced & directed by Jules White; starring Shemp, Larry & Moe, with Jock Mahoney, Christine McIntyre, Philip Van Zandt, Vernon Dent & Joe Palma
available on "The Three Stooges Collection, Volume 7" DVD above
full credits at IMDb • movie entry at Wikipedia

"Shot In The Frontier"
[Columbia Oct 1954 short]
Shot In The Frontier 1954 short film starring The Three Stooges  Set in the Old West; three hapless cowboys are forced into a gunfight with
the nasty Noonan brothers over the affections of their three sweethearts.

Produced & directed by Jules White; starring Moe & Larry & Shemp
available on DVD set Volume 8; full credits from IMDb

"Sappy Bull Fighters" [Columbia June 1959]
The last Columbia Stooges short to be released; stranded in Mexico, the Stooges get a job - at the local bullring!
Starring Larry & Moe & Curly-Joe, Greta Thyssen & George J. Lewis; available on DVD set Volume 8; full credits from IMDb

"Have Rocket, Will Travel" feature film
[Columbia Aug 1959]
poster for Have Rocket, Will Travel movie starring The Three Stooges  The first feature film to star the Three Stooges, a sci-fi comedy. Three knucklehead janitors accidentally rocket themselves to Venus and encounter a talking unicorn, a futuristic car, a giant fire-breathing tarantula, and three evil Venusian Stooge look-a-likes who follow them back to Earth. Directed by David Lowell Rich; starring Larry & Moe & Curly-Joe, Anna-Lisa, Jerome Cowan & Robert Colbert
DVD not available; Sony b&w VHS [5/95] out of prodn/used
full credits from IMDb • movie entry at Wikipedia

"Three Stooges Fun-O-Rama"
[Columbia Sept 1959]
poster for Three Stooges Fun-O-Rama compilation movie  A compilation of six unedited b&w Stooges shorts featuring Joe Besser: "Hoofs and Goofs" [1957], "Guns A Poppin!" [1957], "Outer Space Jitters" [1957], "Sweet and Hot" [1958], "Oils Well That Ends Well" [1958], and "Triple Crossed" [1959]
Produced & directed by Jules White; also starring Larry & Moe
video/DVD not available • full credits from IMDb
27"x40" poster from Amazon for $19.99

"Stop! Look! and Laugh!" [Columbia July 1960]
Stop! Look! and Laugh compilation movie  A compilation of eleven unedited Stooges shorts, framed as bedtime tales told by {ventriloquist} Paul Winchell to his 'kids' Jerry Mahoney & Knucklehead Smiff. The b&w shorts star Larry & Moe & Curly & Shemp, and are "Goofs and Saddles" [1937], "Violent Is The Word For Curly" [1938], "Calling All Curs" [1939], "Oily To Bed, Oily To Rise" [1939], "A Plumbing We Will Go" [1940], "How High Is Up?" [1940], "What's The Matador?"
[1942], "Sock-A-Bye Baby" [1942], "Higher Than A Kite" [1943], "Micro-Phonies" [1945] & "Half-Wits Holiday" [1947]
Produced by Harry A. Romm; new material directed by Don Appell & Louis Brandt; the final 'Cinderella' sequence features The Marquis Chimps
Sony widescreen b&w DVD [2/2003] for $9.99
Sony b&w VHS [5/95] out of prodn/used
full credits from IMDb • movie entry at Wikipedia

"Snow White and The Three Stooges"
[Fox May 1961]
Snow White and The Three Stooges feature film starring The Three Stooges  An ice-skating princess escapes assassination by her jealous stepmother, the queen. The princess seeks refuge at the home of the seven dwarfs, where the Stooges are house-sitting. Their amnesiac ward is in reality Prince Charming; he and the princess fall in love. The evil queen disguises herself as a witch and gets the princess to bite the poisoned apple; the prince recovers his memory and leads a revolt and rescues the princess in the nick of time. The evil queen rides her broom into a mountain peak and is killed, and the prince & princess marry and live happily ever after. Filmed in color & widescreen; directed by Walter Lang; starring Larry & Moe & Curly-Joe, Olympic figure skating champion Carol Heiss, Edson Stroll, Patricia Medina & Guy Rolfe; W.G.A. nomination for Best Musical Screenplay
Fox widescreen color DVD [4/2005] for $6.99
Fox color VHS [1/98] out of prodn/used
full credits from IMDb • movie entry at Wikipedia

"The Three Stooges Meet Hercules"
[Normandy/Columbia Jan 1962]
The Three Stooges Meet Hercules feature film starring The Three Stooges  A box-office hit; three drug store clerks befriend the meek inventor in the shop next door (and his girlfriend); a time machine invention transports them back to Ancient Greece, where the king banishes the men to the galleys. The meek inventor builds muscle from rowing and they return to rescue his girlfriend, then all five return to modern times. Produced & co-written by Norman Maurer; directed by Edward Bernds; starring Larry & Moe & Curly-Joe, Vicki Trickett, Quinn K. Redeker, George N. Neise, Samson Burke, John Cliff & Emil Sitka
Sony widescreen b&w DVD [6/2005] for $9.99
Sony b&w VHS [5/95] out of prodn/used
full credits from IMDb • movie entry at Wikipedia

"The Three Stooges In Orbit"
[Normandy/Columbia July 1962]
The Three Stooges In Orbit feature film starring The Three Stooges  The Stooges agree to help a goofy inventor in exchange for room & board; the new invention is an all-terrain, submersible space ship that is so good that the Martians want to steal it and take over Planet Earth. Produced & co-written by Norman Maurer; directed by Edward Bernds; starring Larry & Moe & Curly-Joe, Carol Christensen, Edson Stroll, Emil Sitka, George N. Neise & Rayford Barnes
Sony widescreen b&w DVD [11/2003] for $9.99
Sony b&w VHS [5/95] out of prodn/used
full credits from IMDb • movie entry at Wikipedia

"The Three Stooges Go Around The World In A Daze"
[Normandy/Columbia Aug 1963]
The Three Stooges Go Around the World in a Daze feature film starring The Three Stooges  The great-grandson of adventurer Phileas Fogg accepts a bet to duplicate the around-the-world trek of his forebear, unaware that the challenger is a con-man intending to blame Fogg for robbing the Bank of England. Fogg takes his three servants with him, and rescues a comely damsel on the way to the desperate finish. Produced & directed by Norman Maurer; starring Larry & Moe & Curly-Joe, Jay Sheffield, Joan Freeman, Walter Burke, Peter Forster, Maurice Dallimore, Richard Devon & Emil Sitka
Sony widescreen b&w DVD [5/2003] for $9.99
Sony b&w VHS [5/95] out of prodn/used
27"x40" poster from Amazon for $19.99
full credits from IMDb • movie entry at Wikipedia

"The Outlaws IS Coming"
[Normandy/Columbia Jan 1965]
The Outlaws Is Coming feature film starring The Three Stooges  The Stooges make such a mess of the pressroom at a Boston wildlife conservation magazine that their boss gets rid of them by sending them Out West to stop the slaughter of buffalo, where they get challenged by one famous gunslinger after another. Luckily, pistol-packing Annie Oakley falls for their handsome editor and agrees to protect them against the bad guys. Produced, co-written & directed by Norman Maurer; starring Larry & Moe & Curly-Joe, Adam West, Nancy Kovack, Emil Sitka, Henry Gibson, Don Lamond & Tiny Brauer, with Bill Camfield {as Wyatt Earp}, Hal Fryar {as Johnny Ringo}, Johnny Ginger {as Billy The Kid}, Wayne Mack {as Jesse James}, Ed T. McDonnell {as 'Bat' Master-son}, Bruce Sedley {as Cole Younger}, Paul Shannon {as 'Wild Bill' Hickok} & Sally Starr {as Belle Starr}
Sony widescreen b&w DVD [12/2002] for $9.99
Sony b&w VHS [5/95] out of prodn/used
full credits from IMDb • movie entry at Wikipedia

"The New Three Stooges"
half-hour cartoon series [Cambria Studios 1965-66]
New Three Stooges live & animated TV series  each of the 156 episodes had four cartoons, with live action wraparounds • voices & live-action skits by Larry & Moe & Curly-Joe, Tiny Brauer, Emil Sitka & Paul Frees; series credits from IMDb
Volume 1: 16 cartoons Rhino color DVD [1/2002] for $12.99
Volume 2: 16 cartoons Rhino color DVD [4/2002] for $12.99
"The Three Stooges Collection on 3 DVDs" [2007]
includes 35 cartoons from the 1965-66 TV series, plus 1946 musical feature, 1949 TV pilot, 4 public domain shorts, and extras
St. Clair Vision color/b&w DVD set [7/2007] 3 disks for $28.48

"Kook's Tour" [1969 TV pilot]
Kook's Tour TV pilot starring The Three Stooges  The Three Stooges filmed this comic travelogue – the Stooges decide to retire and tour the world with their dog, Moose – in the fall of 1969 as a pilot for a potential TV series, but Larry Fine suffered a severe stroke in January 1970, and the project was cancelled — This is the last appearance of The Three Stooges on film together. • Written & directed by Norman Maurer; starring Larry & Moe & Curly-Joe
full credits from IMDb
available on "The Three Stooges: Extreme Rarities" DVD [2007]
Legend b&w/color DVD [3/2007] out of prodn/used

"The Three Stooges Follies" [Columbia Nov 1974]
A compilation of seven b&w Columbia shorts: three Stooges shorts – "Yes, We Have No Bonanza"
[1939]; "Violent Is The Word For Curly" [1938]; and "You Nazty Spy!" [1940] {replaced by "Men In Black" [1934] on some prints}; – and four non-Stooges shorts: "Nothing But Pleasure" [1940] starring Buster Keaton; "Strife of The Party" [1944] starring Vera Vague; Chapter 1 of the 1943 "Batman" serial; and "America Sings With Kate Smith" [1942]
Produced by Jack White; starring Larry & Moe & Curly; video/DVD not available; full credits from IMDb

"The Three Stooges"  [Fox April 2012]
The Three Stooges 2012 feature film  The Three Stooges 2012 feature film  The Farrelly Brothers tried for five years to get a green light for their new Three Stooges feature film at Warner Bros.; then M.G.M. & First Look took over the project; actors then 'attached' were Sean Penn {as Larry}, Benicio Del Toro {as Moe}, and Jim Carrey {as Curly}; but M.G.M.'s bankruptcy troubles added further delay. In December 2010, Fox agreed to take the project over, with release set for 2012. Filmed in Georgia; the film is neither a biopic nor a remake, but instead three new linked Stooges episodes set in the present day. Co-written & directed by Bobby & Peter Farrelly; co-written by Mike Cerrone; starring Sean Hayes {as Larry}, Will Sasso {as Curly}, Chris Diamantopoulos {as Moe}, Jane Lynch, Sofνa Vergara, Jennifer Hudson, Larry David, Kirby Heyborne, Kate Upton & Brian Doyle-Murray
Fox widescreen color Blu-ray [7/2012] 2 disks for $22.49
Fox widescreen color DVD [7/2012] for $15.38
full credits at IMDb • offical movie page at C3 Entertainment • movie entry at Wikipedia
first trailer [12/2011] online [1:47] at YouTube • second trailer [3/2012] online [1:43] at YouTube



Books  About  The Three Stooges

Stooge Chronicles book by Jeffrey Forrester  "The Stooge Chronicles" [1981] by Jeffrey Forrester
Contemporary Books pb [3/82] out of print/used
Triumvirate Prodns pb [1981] out of print/scarce
Three Stooges Scrapbook book by Joan Howard-Maurer, Jeff Lenburg & Greg Lenburg  "The Three Stooges Scrapbook" [1982]
by Joan Howard-Maurer, Jeff Lenburg & Greg Lenburg

Citadel 11x9 pb [6/2000] for $14.93
Citadel hardcover [10/82] out of print/used
Columbia Comedy Shorts book by Ted Okuda & Edward Watz  "The Columbia Comedy Shorts: Two-Reel Hollywood Film Comedies, 1933-1958" [1986] by Ted Okuda & Edward Watz
McFarland & Co. 9x6 pb [10/98] for $35.00
McFarland & Co. 9½x6½ hardcover [9/86] for $45.00
Stooges' Lost Episodes book by Tom & Jeff Forrester  "The Stooges' Lost Episodes: The Fifty Never-Before-Released Stooge Adventures" [1988] by Tom & Jeff Forrester
Contemporary Books pb [4/88] out of print/used
Covers obscure appearances of the Stooges team, including solo films by individual members
Official Three Stooges Encyclopedia book by Robert Kurson  "The Official Three Stooges Encyclopedia: The Ultimate Knucklehead's Guide To Stoogedom - From Amalgamated Association of Morons To Ziller, Zeller & Zoller" [1998] by Robert Kurson
McGraw-Hill 10x8 pb [5/99] for $12.89
McGraw-Hill/N.T.C. 10½x8½ hardcover [6/98] out of print/used
Three Stooges Illustrated History book by Michael Fleming  "The Three Stooges: An Illustrated History, From Amalgamated Morons To American Icons" [1999] by Michael Fleming
Broadway Books 9x8 pb [8/2002] out of print/used
Doubleday 9½x8¼ hardcover [11/99] out of print/used
Complete Three Stooges book by Jon Solomon  "The Complete Three Stooges: The Official Filmography & Three Stooges Companion" [2002] by Jon Solomon
Titan Books 10¾x8½ pb [9/2011] for $23.07
Comedy III 11x8¾ pb [1/2002] out of print/used
Three Stooges Triumphs & Tragedies book by Jeff & Tom Forrester  "The Three Stooges: The Triumphs & Tragedies of The Most Popular Comedy Team of All Time" [2004] by Jeff & Tom Forrester; edited by Joe Wallison
Donaldson Books 11¼x8¾ pb [11/2004] out of print/used
Stooges Among Us book edited by Lon & Debra Davis  "Stooges Among Us" [2008]
Edited by Lon & Debra Davis, Foreword by Leonard Maltin

BearManor Media 8¾x6 pb [7/2008] for $17.95



Films & TV  About  The Three Stooges

"Stooge Snapshots" TV special [1984]
Stooge Snapshots / Funniest Guys In The World video  Making of The Three Stooges video  60-minute program directed by Mark S. Gilman Jr.; hosted by Steve Allen;
featuring Leonard Maltin, Jules White, Curly's wife & daughter, and eight Stooges
video release as "The Funniest Guys In The World" aka "Love Those Stooges"
DVD/Blu-ray not available • Superior Promotions color VHS [8/95] for $3.81
credits at IMDb
47-minute? version "The Making of The Stooges: The Complete
50-Year Story of The Kings of Slapstick Comedy" [undated]

Operator 13 Prodns color VHS [undated] out of prodn/used

half-sheet poster for 1986 "Stoogemania" movie  "StoogeMania" [Atlantic Releasing/Paramount June 1986]
A casual fan of the The Three Stooges begins to see Stooges everywhere. He seeks the help of a psychiatrist and learns that such events are becoming epidemic; the many victims are committed to Stooge Hills sanitarium and a 'rigorous program' started to cure them. The low-budget film was not approved by Comedy III, and used clips from the four public domain shorts; the release was near-invisible and the film made no money. Co-produced, written & directed by Chuck Workman; starring Josh Mostel, Melanie Chartoff, Sid Caesar & Paul Garner
Paramount VHS [6/97] out of prodn/used
Kartes Video VHS [8/89] out of prodn/used
full credits from IMDb • movie entry at Wikipedia
Three Stooges 60th Anniversary Collection on DVD  
"The Three Stooges 60th Anniversary Special" [1990 TV special]
TV special hosted by Steve Allen in color, with b&w footage featuring clips of Joe Besser, Joe DeRita, Larry Fine, Paul 'Mousie' Garner, Ted Healy, Curly Howard, Moe Howard & Shemp Howard; the second tape contains the four public domain shorts
Superior Promotions color/b&w VHS [8/2001] 2 tapes for $11.98
partial credits from IMDb
Lost Stooges TV special with Leonard Maltin  "The Lost Stooges" [ABC-TV special 1990]
TV special with color and b&w footage; narrated by Leonard Maltin; featuring clips of Larry Fine, Ted Healy, Curly Howard, Moe Howard & Shemp Howard
Turner Home Video color/b&w VHS [11/98] out of prodn/used
Turner Home Video color/b&w VHS [6/97] out of prodn/used
full credits from IMDb
Stooges Men Behind The Mayhem tv documentary  "Stooges: The Men Behind The Mayhem" [A&E Biography/Laughsmith 1994]
Co-produced, written, directed & narrated by Paul E. Gierucki
Mackinac Media color DVD [4/2005] for $17.99
A&E Home Video color VHS [11/98] out of prodn/used
full credits from IMDb • producers' website

"The Three Stooges" [Comedy III Prodns/ABC-TV April 2000]
2000 The Three Stooges TV movie  Slapstick comedian Moe Howard is faced with a career dilemma: he is offered work touring the Three Stooges vaudeville act on stages across America, while pushed aside by studio Columbia Pictures (no residuals for the recent syndication of their 190 short films to television), so Moe reminisces about his long career and the many triumphs and losses over the last thirty years; includes footage from ten shorts that were reshot with these actors. Co-produced by Mel Gibson in Australia; directed by James Frawley; co-written by Janet Roach & Kirk Ellis, based on Michael Fleming's book; starring Paul Ben-Victor {as Moe}, Evan Handler {as Larry}, John Kassir {as Shemp}, Michael Chiklis {as Curly}, Marton Csokas {as Ted Healy}, Peter Callan {as Curly-Joe} & Laurence Coy {as Joe Besser}
88-minute Sony Pictures Ent. color DVD-R [3/2012] for $13.50
full credits at IMDb • movie entry at Wikipedia

Three Stooges Story on DVD  
"The Three Stooges Story" [2001]
mixed reviews on Amazon, included here for the completist
Good Times Video b&w/color DVD [5/2001] for $4.98
not listed on IMDb (2016)

"The Three Stooges 75th Anniversary Special"
[Comedy III Ent. April 2003 TV special]
Two-hour-plus documentary celebrating The Three Stooges, with movie clips, solo & TV appearances, rare home movies, and interviews with family members & others. Directed by Dennis Rosenblatt; hosted by Woody Harrelson; featuring clips of Joe Besser, Joe DeRita, Larry Fine, Curly Howard, Moe Howard & Shemp Howard; video/DVD not available; full credits from IMDb

                      

The Three Stooges music CDs and MP3 downloads at Amazon

The Three Stooges Sing For Kids record album  "The Nonsense Songbook" record albums [1959-2007]
originally titled "The Nonsense Songbook" [Coral 1959]; re-issued in 1967 by Vocalion Records as "The Three Stooges Sing For Kids"; re-issued on audio cassette in 1992 and on audio CD in 1995 & 2007
Hallmark import audio CD [10/2011] 12 tracks for $10.97
Hallmark import MP3 album [12/2007] 12 tracks for $6.99
audio CD [12/2007] out of prodn/scarce



All  Nine  Stooges

leader Ted Healy [1896-1937]  ••  Stooge years: 1922-34
IMDb listing • Broadway credits • Wikipedia

Ted Healy biography 'Nobody's Stooge' by Bill Cassara  "Nobody's Stooge: Ted Healy" [2014]
by Bill Cassara, Foreword by Drew Friedman

A biography of the stage and screen star who gave birth
to the act that became 'The Three Stooges'

Kindle Edition from BearManor Media [1/2015] for $9.99
BearManor Media 9x6 pb [12/2014] for $29.33
BearManor Media 9x6 hardcover [12/2014] for $39.56
BearManor Media 9x6 hardcover [12/2014] out of print/used

Shemp Howard
Samuel Horwitz [1895-1955]  ••  Stooge years: 1922-25, 1929-32, 1947-1955
IMDb listing • Broadway credits • Wikipedia

BM's Shemp Howard fansite and filmography page
granddaughters' Shemp Company tribute site
SV's Wall of Shemp fansite

Shemp Cocktail / Original Stooge compilation DVD starring Shemp Howard   "Shemp Cocktail: A Toast To The Original Stooge" [2008]
Passport Video b&w DVD [3/2008] 2 disks for $14.99
includes "Henry The Ache" [1934 short] starring Bert Lahr; "Knife of The Party" [1934 short] with Shemp as leader of four {different} Stooges at a hotel; ten minutes of clips from "Convention Girl" [1935 feature] with Shemp as a small-time hood; "Private Buckaroo" [1942 feature] starring Shemp, Dick Foran & The Andrews Sisters; three shorts starring Moe & Larry & Shemp: "The Brideless Groom" [1947], "Sing A Song of Six Pants" [1947] & "Malice In The Palace"
[1949]; "Africa Screams" [1949 feature] starring Abbott & Costello, with Shemp & Joe Besser (plus outtakes); a rare, live kinescope of 1950 "Camel Comedy Caravan" episode with Moe & Larry & Shemp and Ed Wynn; and the 50-minute documentary feature "Remembering Shemp" [2008] featuring exclusive interviews with Shemp’s daughter-in-law, her sister & Shemp’s granddaughter
• DVD credits at IMDb

Moe Howard
Harry Moses Horwitz [1897-1975]  ••  Stooge years: 1922-26, 1929-71
IMDb listing • Broadway credits • Wikipedia

Moe Howard pictorial autobiography  "Moe Howard & The 3 Stooges: The Pictorial Biography of The Wildest Trio In The History of American Entertainment" [1979]
by Moe Howard, with Joan Howard Maurer

Citadel 11x8½ pb [10/79] out of print/used
My Friend Moe book by Richard P. Sanner  "My Friend Moe: Memories of A Stoogeboomer" [2006]
by Richard P. Sanner

iUniverse 9x5¾ pb [4/2006] for $10.95
I Stooged to Conquer autobiography by Moe Howard  "I Stooged To Conquer: The Autobiography of The Leader of The Three Stooges" [2013] by Moe Howard
Kindle Edition from Chicago Review Press [7/2013] for $9.99
Chicago Review Press 11x8¾ pb [7/2013] for $14.46

Larry Fine
Louis Feinberg [1902-75]  ••  Stooge years: 1925-26, 1929-71
IMDb listing • Broadway credits • Wikipedia

Larry Fine fansite

Stroke of Luck biography of Larry Fine   "Stroke of Luck" [1973]
by James Carone, as told by Larry Fine

Larry Fine's 'autobiography', transcribed from interviews toward the end of his life; Larry was upset with the many errors in the published book, and never received a dime from the author
Hollywood Siena Publishing hardcover [1973] out of print/RARE
Larry The Stooge In The Middle autobiography by Morris Fineburg   "Larry: The Stooge In The Middle" [1984]
by Morris Fineburg, with G.P. Skratz; Foreword by Steve Allen, illustrations by Drew Friedman; Appendix includes a novel excerpt by Jack Kerouac

Last Gasp 8¾x6 pb [1/2001] for $17.95
One Fine Stooge Larry Fine biography by Stephen Cox & Jim Terry   "One Fine Stooge: Larry Fine's Frizzy Life In Pictures" [2006]
by Stephen Cox & Jim Terry

partly based on the manuscript of Larry Fine's second attempt at autobiography
Cumberland House Publng 10x8 hardcover [3/2006] for $19.11

Curly Howard
Jerome Horwitz [1903-52]  ••  Stooge years: 1934-46
IMDb listing • Broadway credits • Wikipedia

Curly Illustrated Biography of The Superstooge book by Joan Howard Maurer  "Curly: An Illustrated Biography of The Superstooge" [1985]
by Joan Howard Maurer, Foreword by Michael Jackson

Kindle Edition from Chicago Review Press [9/2013] for $9.99
Chicago Review Press 11x8½ pb [9/2013] for $15.52
Citadel Press 10¾x8¼ pb [4/88] out of print/used
Citadel Press 11¼x8¾ hardcover [10/85] out of print/used
Beyond the Laughter / Curly's Post Three Stooges Years book by Grace Garland  "Beyond The Laughter: A Daughter's Story of Curly's Post
Three Stooges Years" [2001]
by Grace Garland

AuthorHouse 8¾x6 pb [12/2001] for $12.95

Joe Besser [1907-88]  ••  Stooge years: 1955-1958
IMDb listing • Wikipedia

Once a Stooge, Always a Stooge autobiography by Joe Besser  "Once A Stooge, Always A Stooge" [1987]
by Joe Besser, with Jeff & Greg Lenburg

Re-titled & slightly-updated version of "Not Just A Stooge"
Knightsbridge Publng pb [8/90] out of print/used
Roundtable Publng hardcover [2/87] out of print/used
"Not Just A Stooge" [1982] autobiography by Joe Besser
Excelsior Books pb [10/84] out of print/used

Curly-Joe DeRita
Joseph Wardell [1909-93]  ••  Stooge years: 1958-1975
IMDb listing • Wikipedia

Joe Palma [1905-94]
after appearing in small parts in many Columbia shorts and a few Stooge films, he was chosen as
stand-in/double after Shemp's death in 1955, to complete Shemp's last four films • IMDb listing • Wikipedia

straight man Emil Sitka [1914-98]  ••  Stooge years: 1947-1975
appeared in some 40 Stooge films; hired in 1975 as the Middle Stooge and made publicity photos,
but Moe died soon after so Sitka made no films as a Stooge • IMDb listing • Wikipedia

his son's Emil Sitka tribute site

.. and Some Others Who Helped

Paul 'Mousie' Garner [1909-2004]
part of "The New Stooges" stage tour in the 70s; IMDb listing • Wikipedia

"The Last Stooge" documentary film [undated]: not listed at IMDb

Mousie Garner Vaudeville Stooge autobiography by Paul Garner  
"Mousie Garner: Autobiography of A Vaudeville Stooge" [1999]
by Paul Garner, with Sharon F. Kissane; Foreword by Steve Allen

McFarland & Co. 9¼x6½ hardcover [1/99] out of print/used

The White Brothers
writer-producer-director Jack White  [1897-1984]: IMDb listing • Wikipedia
producer-director Jules White  [1900-85]: IMDb listing • Wikipedia
producer-director Sam White  [1906-2006]: IMDb listing • Wikipedia

The White Brothers biography by David N. Bruskin  "Behind The Three Stooges: The White Brothers" [1990]
by David N. Bruskin

In-depth interviews with producer-directors Jules White, Jack White, and Sam White,
whose careers spanned the entire life of the two-reel comedy short in America

Directors Guild of America pb [5/93] out of print/scarce
Scarecrow Press 9x6½ hardcover [5/90] for $69.50

Vernon Dent [1895-1963]
IMDb listing [1919-57] • Wikipedia

Vernon Dent, Stooge Heavy book by Bill Cassara  "Vernon Dent: Stooge Heavy - Second Banana To The
Three Stooges and Other Film Comedy Greats" [2010]
by Bill Cassara, Foreword by Edward Watz

BearManor Media 8¾x6 pb [9/2010] for $18.48


here on The Three Stooges Page at Magic Lantern Video & Book Store

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