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1000 Jokes Magazine
September - November 1959
by Al Steen

Magazine:  48 pages
Publisher:  Dell Publishing Co. (1959)
In Print?  No

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The Three Stooges Are... Back With a Bang, a 2-page article & interview conducted with the Stooges on the set of HAVE ROCKET WILL TRAVEL, covering their renewed popularity and history.

4 For Texas
by Dan Cushman

Paperback:  182 pages
Publisher:  Bantam Books (1963)
In Print?  No

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Novelization of 4 FOR TEXAS (1963), the comedy-western feature film starring Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Ursula Andress, Anita Ekberg, Charles Bronson and Victor Buono, with a guest appearance by The Three Stooges.

The film's Stooges cameo scene is not included in this novelization.  A paperback curio, for the Three Stooges bibliography completist.

 

50 Years of American Comedy
by Bill Treadwell

Hardback:  248 pages
Publisher:  Exposition Press (1951)
In Print?  No

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Examination of American comedy and its performers, from turn-of-the-century to modern day [1951]... vaudeville, burlesque, Broadway, movies, radio and the earliest days of television.

Ted Healy and The Three Stooges are not overlooked, but given little time, discussed on pgs. 172 - 173, and 58.  The Stooges are included on the dust jacket artwork.

Joe Besser receives his due on pgs. 57 - 58; this book was published several years before Joe joined the Three Stooges, so his solo career is the topic, including mention of the Shuberts' PASSING SHOW OF 1932 where he briefly worked alongside Healy & His Stooges.

AARP The Magazine
January / February 2006
by Staff & Daniel Adel (artist)

Magazine:  72 pages
Publisher:  AARP (2006)
In Print?  No

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In the magazine's The Big 5-Oh birthday feature, a salute is given to Mel Gibson. Artist Dan Adel presents a 3/4-page cartoon of Moe and Larry giving the business to Gibson (adapting a still from 1938's HEALTHY, WEALTHY AND DUMB), and text mention of Mel's proudest language accomplishment... "He speaks fluent Stooge."

Abbott & Costello Story, The
Sixty Years of "Who's on First?"
by Stephen Cox and John Loftin

Paperback:  320 pages
Publisher:  Cumberland House Publishing (1997)
ISBN:  188895261x
In Print?  No

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Updated, revised and expanded edition of The Official Abbott & Costello Scrapbook (1990 Contemporary).

The earlier edition featured a 1-page spotlight on Joe Besser and his A&C related work; here, that has been expanded to three pages with additional commentary.

Abbott and Costello Book, The
by Jim Mulholland

Paperback:  256 pages
Publisher:  Popular Library / Big Apple Film Series (1975)
ISBN:  0445083727
In Print?  No

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Shemp Howard and Joe Besser are discussed, and appear in some photo illustrations, in the chapter discussions involving their encounters with Bud & Lou, in the movies and on television.

From the 1975 edition's back cover...

"What Chaplin was to the Twenties, what the Marx Brothers were to the Thirties, Abbott and Costello were to the Fabulous Forties!  Abbott was slim, elegant, fast-talking, sardonic, a con artist who could prove the hand was quicker than the eye and that two plus two equalled five.  Costello was plump, sloppily dressed, stuttering, supremely good natured, the ultimate sucker who wouldn't know what to do with an even break if he ever got one.  Together they created a magic all their own --  from their first encounter on the burlesque stage, to their meteoric rise to fabulous fame and fortune as Hollywood's reigning kings of comedy.  Now they've come to life again, in their great routines, smash screen hits, uproarious, often outrageous private lives.  Here is the team that made the entire nation fill the movie houses with pure laughter.  Here are the days of our lost joyful innocence, when a fat man asked a thin man who's on first, and started making cinema history."

 

1977, a mass market paperback edition was published by Popular Library.

(Refreshing the page will alternate the editions pictured.)

Abbott and Costello in Hollywood
by Bob Furmanek and Ron Palumbo

Paperback:  271 pages
Publisher:  Perigree Books / Putnam (1991)
In Print?  No

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Each of the 5 films featuring Shemp Howard, and 2 with Joe Besser, is given a thorough analysis, covering everything from script development, production, cast, theatrical release, reviews, and additional background & historical information.

From the back cover...

"A definitive behind-the-scenes look at the making of Abbott and Costello's thirty-six feature films, written by the personal archivist of the Abbott and Costello estates and the founder of the Official Abbott and Costello Fan Club. If you're a fan, you cannot be without this book!"

 

 

Alter Ego
# 77, May 2008
Roy Thomas' Volcanic Comics Fanzine

by Ken Quattro

Magazine:  100 pages
Publisher:  TwoMorrows (2008)
In Print?  No

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Over 57 pages, The Gospel According to Archer St. John covers the history of the comic book publisher and his company, which published "The Three Stooges" comic books in 1949 & 1953 - 1955 (as well as "Abbott & Costello" 1948 - 1956, and "Laurel & Hardy" 1949 and 1955 - 1956).

10+ pages feature recollections by Joe Kubert, about his partner Norman Maurer and working with Norm on the Stooge books.
 

Alter Ego
# 115, March 2013
Roy Thomas' In-Depth Comics Fanzine

by Ray Zone

Magazine:  84 pages
Publisher:  TwoMorrows (2013)
In Print?  No

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The 3-D-T's, 51 pages, examines the history of 3-D comic books in the 1950s. Featured prominently are Joe Kubert, Norman Maurer and Len Maurer, and the key role they played in the development of the fad. Of course, the two 3-D issues of "The Three Stooges" published in 1953 are discussed. Several pages include a transcription of Joe Kubert & Norman Maurer's panel discussion at the 1986 San Diego Comic Convention.
 

Alter Ego
# 126, July 2014
Roy Thomas' Depth-Defying Comics Fanzine

by Ken Quattro

Magazine:  84 pages
Publisher:  TwoMorrows (2014)
In Print?  No

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Trials and Tribulations -  In Three Dimensions!, 33 pgs., takes another look at the 1953-1954 3-D comic book fad, focusing on its final days and litigation involving St. John Publ., Norman Maurer and Joe Kubert over the invention of comics' 3-D printing process.  The role of the Stooges' comic book series is discussed, with selected page images.

Amazing 3-D Comics!
by Craig Yoe

Hardback:  176 pages
Publisher:  IDW Publishing (2011)
ISBN:  1600108539
In Print?  No

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The history of 3-D comic books, covering in detail the roles played by Norman Maurer, Joe Kubert and Len Maurer, and the Three Stooges comic book series, in the publishing fad that began in 1953.  Reprints "The Three Stooges" # 2 (Oct. 1953, St. John).

Promotional blurb...

"Before there were 3-D movies there were 3-D comics!  In the mid-fifties comic book great Joe Kubert hit upon the idea of doing comics in 3-D, which resulted in some of the best-selling comics of all time, with print runs in the millions!  Eisner Award winner Craig Yoe collects the best of these stories and samples by artists like Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, Bob Powell, Al Jaffee, Russ Heath, Milt Stein, Alex Toth, and many more!  Carefully re-mastered and reproduced in large format so that every dynamic, eye-popping effect can be looked at in astonishment!  The comics cover every genre: superhero, jungle adventures, horror comics, science fiction, funny animals, satire, western and romance! Features a fascinating, behind-the-scenes introduction by the mastermind behind 3-D comics himself, Mr. Joe Kubert! Rare art and ephemera as only Yoe Books does it! And, yes, of course, it comes with special FREE 3-D GLASSES! BUT WAIT! There's more! This must-have hardback book boasts a special linticular 3-D cover that puts the amazing in Amazing 3-D Comics! As with the entire line of Yoe Books, the reproduction techniques employed strive to preserve the look and feel of expensive vintage comics. Painstakingly remastered, enjoy the closest possible recreation of reading these comics when first released."

Amazing Heroes
AH in 3-D
Feb. 1, 1989

by Joe Kubert, and Valentino

Magazine:  90 pages
Publisher:  Fantagraphics Books (1989)
In Print?  No

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The cover caricature illustration by Joe Kubert features himself with Norman Maurer (Moe Howard's son-in-law) and Len Maurer.

  • A Brief History of 3-D Comics, 4 pgs., covers the contribution of Kubert and the Maurers in developing the comic print process in 1953.  It includes comments by Joe Kubert.  
  • X of a Kind --  The Best of 3-D is author Valentino's 4 pg. list of the 10 best 3-D comic books... the two Three Stooges comics (1953) from St. John Publ. are on the list.

American Film Comedy
From Abbott & Costello to Jerry Zucker
by Scott Siegel and Barbara Siegel

Paperback:  338 pages
Publisher:  Prentice Hall General Reference (1994)
In Print?  No

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The Three Stooges are featured in a 3-page entry which presents a brief history of the team plus a filmography of their short subjects and feature films. 

From the back cover…

"Here, in one volume, is an entertaining A-to-Z guide to the many individuals and the landmark films that have made American film comedy universally beloved.  In these pages you’ll find out how Abbott & Costello met, where Chaplin’s tramp got his oversize pants, and who got the first pie-in-the-face (and what kind of pie it was).

Discover biographical entries on early comedy stars from John Bunny and Mabel Normand up through Michael J. Fox and Robin Williams, as well as entries on producers and directors of Hollywood comedies from Mack Sennett to John Waters.  Every Hollywood figure whose work is largely in the field of comedy is featured here.

You’ll also encounter detailed information on groundbreaking films, important studios, and supporting players, as well as thematic entries on topics ranging from comic conventions –  the double take and the chase –  to animation and child comedians.  Seventy-four stills of famous and infamous people and moments in film history are sure to make you smile."

American Legends
The Three Stooges
by Charles River Editors

Paperback:  36 pages
Publisher:  CreateSpace (2014)
ISBN:  1496013832
In Print?  Yes

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Self-published book, drawing on material from other sources, print and internet, boiling everything down as if it were a "reader's digest" edition (but nowhere as good as that).  In its brief page count, many myths and inaccuracies are repeated.  Not recommended, even for the bibliography completist.

Self-promotional blurb...

"American Legends: The Three Stooges examines the lives and careers of America’s most famous comedy team. Along with pictures of important people, places, and events, you will learn about the Stooges like never before, in no time at all."

 

(Also available in "America's Favorite Comedy Acts: The Three Stooges, Laurel & Hardy, Abbott & Costello, and Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis," a 180-page edition collecting four CreateSpace books.)

American Movie Classics Magazine
December 1999

Magazine:  24 pages
Publisher:  Working Media Inc. (1999)
In Print?  No

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Back in the days when AMC presented classic films, uncut and commercial free, the cable station also published a fine, monthly program guide. In this issue, the back cover promotes January 2000's AMC premiere of The Three Stooges.

American Movie Classics Magazine
January 2000
by Michael Fleming

Magazine:  24 pages
Publisher:  Working Media Inc. (2000)
In Print?  No

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Back in the days when AMC presented classic films, uncut and commercial free, the cable station also published a fine, monthly program guide. This issue celebrates the Stooges' premiere on AMC with Michael Fleming's 2-page Studio Stooges: Why Moe, Larry and Curly Deserved Better.

Fleming talks about the team's film legacy, but sadly uses exaggeration and myth to present a negative slant about their studio relationship.

American Movie Classics Magazine
March 2000
by Joseph McBride

Magazine:  24 pages
Publisher:  Working Media Inc. (2000)
In Print?  No

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Back in the days when AMC presented classic films, uncut and commercial free, the cable station also published a fine, monthly program guide. This issue celebrates the Stooges' premiere on AMC with a 1-page interview with director Ed Bernds, Moe, Larry, Curly and... Ed?: A Talk With the Stooges' Favorite Writer-Director.  

(excerpts from a longer interview that once appeared on AMC's website)

Antiques & Collecting Magazine
2006 September
by Jim Weaver

Magazine:  68 pages
Publisher:  Lightner Publishing Corp. (2006)
In Print?  No

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The Three Stooges, 4 pages, takes a look at the wealth and variety of Stooge memorabilia generated over the years, and visits The Stoogeum and its curator Gary Lassin.
 

Any Similarity to Persons Living or Dead Is Purely Coincidental
An Anthology of Comic Art, 1979 - 1985
by Drew Friedman & Josh Alan Friedman

Hardback:  88 pages
Publisher:  Fantagraphics Books (2012)
In Print?  Yes

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Hardcover edition, re-released in 2012. Same interior content as the 1985 edition.

Any Similarity to Persons Living or Dead Is Purely Coincidental
An Anthology of Comics
by Drew Friedman & Josh Alan Friedman

Hardback:  92 pages
Publisher:  Fantagraphics Books (1986)
In Print?  No

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Same interior content as softcover edition; only the cover is different.

Any Similarity to Persons Living or Dead Is Purely Coincidental
An Anthology of Comics
by Drew Friedman & Josh Alan Friedman

Paperback:  92 pages
Publisher:  Fantagraphics Books (1985)
In Print?  No

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The satirical and slightly off-center dark humor of Drew and Josh Friedman created this beautifully illustrated collection of comic strips, highlighting/targeting an eclectic group of celebrities from cult & pop culture... Tor Johnson, William Frawley, Jackie Gleason & Art Carney, Jack Webb, Joe Franklin, Bob Hope, Don Knotts & Andy Griffith, Arnold Stang, Doodles Weaver, Bud Abbott & Lou Costello, William Bendix, Jimmy Durante, Ernest Borgnine, John Wayne, Wayne Newton, Arthur Q. Bryan, Mantan Moreland, El Brendel, Jim Nabors, Rock Hudson, Dick York, Bert Lahr, Joe E. Brown, Jackie Coogan, Our Gang, Frank Sinatra, Wally Cox, Ed Platt, and more.

Drew Friedman's caricature tribute to Shemp Howard is featured on the cover, and other Stooge entries include Joe Besser in "Attack of the 50 Foot Stinky," Larry in "Larry Finearama Nitemare," Curly Joe in "Joe DeRita of the Apes," Mousie Garner, Sammy Wolf, Larry and Shemp in "Laugh Makers," Shemp in "Screw," and full-page portraits of Larry Fine, Ted Healy, Moe, Larry & Curly, and Moe, Larry & Shemp (w/Eddie Cantor).

Apollo Theatre
1927 January 17
A Night in Spain
Atlantic City NJ

Magazine:  4 pages
Publisher:  Nixon's Apollo Theatre (1927)
In Print?  No

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January 17, 1927 playbill for A NIGHT IN SPAIN at Atlantic City NJ's Apollo Theatre.  The Shubert revue was beginning its 2nd week of road show previews, which continued thru April 1927 before opening on Broadway in May 1927.  Co-starring Ted Healy, his stooges listed in the program are Shemp Howard, Sam 'Moody' Braun and Dick Hakins.  Act/Scene rundown of the show and cast information appears on a single page.

Autograph Collector
February 1997
by Helen and George Sanders

Magazine:  108 pages
Publisher:  Odyssey Publications Inc. (1997)
In Print?  No

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The authors' regular column "Sanders Meanders," discusses the collector market and [then] prices of Stooge autographs in The Three Stooges: They Stooge to Conquer.

Baby Boomer Collectibles
The Pop Culture Collectibles Magazine
June 1996

by J. F. Pirro

Magazine:  90 pages
Publisher:  Antique Trader Publications (1996)
In Print?  No

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The Three Stooges, a 10-page feature article, first presents an overview of their stage/film/TV career. It then details the merchandising history of the team, 1935 - present [1996], discussing the 1994 Fine & DeRita vs. Howard lawsuit and its impact on newly licensed products.

Bajitos
1992 # 2

Magazine:  36 pages
Publisher:  Editorial Magendra S.A. (1992)
In Print?  No

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The Argentinian magazine presented a 2-page overview of Three Stooges' history, accompanied by a photo from THE THREE STOOGES MEET HERCULES (1962), in Chiflados Por Tres.

(Index information courtesy of Diego Puglisi and "El Chifladoseo," the Three Stooges museum in Buenos Aires, Argentina.)

Bananas
1978 Eighteen
by Suzanne Lord

Magazine:  42 pages
Publisher:  Scholastic Magazines, Inc. (1978)
In Print?  No

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The Three Stooges!, 2 pgs., presents an overview of the comedy team's history.

Bananas
1981 Number 45
by Suzanne Lord

Magazine:  42 pages
Publisher:  Scholastic, Inc. (1981)
In Print?  No

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How You Can Be Just Like The 3 Stooges! is 4 pages of jokes, satire and trivia celebrating The Three Stooges. including "Learn to Speak Like a Stooge" and "A Stooge Make-Over!"

Barrio Jalouin
La Conjura de Los Chiflados
by Gustavo Noriega, Gustavo Escanlar

Magazine:  66 pages
Publisher:  Gup-Khan City (1992)
In Print?  No

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The premiere issue of this Argentine publication is dedicated 100% to The Three Stooges. Contents include biographical profiles, a history of the comedy team, critical essays, centerfold poster, a transcription of WE WANT OUR MUMMY (1939), and a filmography.

Bay Window, The
September 1965

Magazine:  30 pages
Publisher:  Balboa Bay Club (1965)
In Print?  No

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3 Stooges Equal 1,000 Laughs presents 2 pgs. of photos and comments about the July 1965 filming of live-action wraparounds, some at the exclusive Balboa Bay Club, for THE NEW 3 STOOGES television series.  The publication was distributed for members of the club.

Behind The Three Stooges: The White Brothers
Conversations With David N. Bruskin
by David N. Bruskin (Interviewer)

Paperback:  343 pages
Publisher:  The Directors Guild of America (1993)
In Print?  No

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Softcover reissue of The White Brothers: Jack, Jules & Sam White.

Best of The Three Stooges Comicbooks, The Volume 1
by Norman Maurer, Pete Alvarado and Others

Hardback:  196 pages
Publisher:  Papercutz (2012)
In Print?  No

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From the back cover...

"This book isn't just a book, it's also a time capsule filled with old, well-read, beat-up comics starring the funniest men who ever lived... THE THREE STOOGES. When you open this book up, you'll uncover a collection of old comic books that are not only funny and fun to read, but that are drawn by two of the best cartoonists ever... Norman Maurer and Peter Alvarado.

So, get comfortable and enjoy "The Best of The Three Stooges Comic Books!"

Introduction by Joan Howard Maurer.

Representing classic Three Stooges comic books...

  • The Three Stooges # 1 (St. John Publ., 1953)
  • The Three Stooges # 4 (St. John Publ., 1954)
  • The Three Stooges # 5 (St. John Publ., 1954)
  • Four Color Comics # 1043 (Western Publ. / Dell, 1959)
  • Four Color Comics # 1078 (Western Publ. / Dell, 1960)
  • Four Color Comics # 1127 (Western Publ. / Dell, 1960)

 

Best of The Three Stooges Comicbooks, The Volume 2
by Norman Maurer, Joe Messerli, Pete Alvarado and Others

Hardback:  196 pages
Publisher:  Papercutz (2012)
In Print?  No

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From the back cover...

"Nyuk! Nyuk! Nyuk! A new collection of classic funny books starring The Three Stooges.

Volume 2 collects more work by Norman Maurer and Pete Alvarado, plus comics drawn by award-winning artist Joe Messerli, the designer of THE TWILIGHT ZONE logo. Also, meet THE LITTLE STOOGES, the offspring of Moe, Larry, and Curly [Joe]! It's all here in "The Best of The Three Stooges Comicbooks Volume 2!"

Includes a 1984 interview with Norman Maurer.

Representing classic Three Stooges comic books...

  • The Three Stooges # 6 (St. John Publ., 1954)
  • The Three Stooges # 7 (St. John Publ., 1954)
  • Four Color Comics # 1127 (Western Publ. / Dell, 1960)
  • Four Color Comics # 1170 (Western Publ. / Dell, 1961)
  • Four Color Comics # 1187 (Western Publ. / Dell, 1961)
  • The Little Stooges # 1 (Western Publ. / Gold Key, 1972)
  • The Little Stooges # 2 (Western Publ. / Gold Key, 1972)

 

Beyond the Laughter
A Daughter's Story of Curly's Post Three Stooges Years
by Grace Garland

Paperback:  173 pages
Publisher:  Writers Club Press (2001)
In Print?  No

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Very loosely adapting Frank Sinatra's 1950 - 1960s life and reputed connections, the author poorly spun it around Curly Howard of all people. Even as fiction, the book should be avoided based on its general merit... worthy of a septic tank.

Beyond the Laughter is totally fiction, a novel chronicling the never-was story of the life of the most famous Stooge after his Stooge years. It "reveals" an assassination of the most beloved president of the 20th Century. A story of rape, murder, molestation, kidnapping, lust, and underworld affiliations. Through all of which evolves a forgettable love story.

Blumer-LeVon
1988

Magazine:  1 pages
In Print?  No

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1988, Canadian Apple dealer Blumer-LeVon ran an advertising campaign entitled They May Be a Great Bunch of Computer Guys, But Will They Always Work Well Together, promoting their Sales/Service networks. The Stooge ads ran in various tech-related national and regional magazines.

Boxoffice
The Pulse of the Motion Picture Industry
1953 November 28

by Frank Lyendecker

Magazine:  116 pages
Publisher:  Boxoffice (1953)
In Print?  No

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The Short Subject Keeps Up With Progress, 2 pages, reports on the studios release plans and adaptation of widescreen and 3D to remain competitive.  Columbia also featured a one-page ad promoting its shorts subjects as Columbia Means Business!  The cover includes an image of the Stooges from RIP, SEW AND STITCH (1953).

Boxoffice
The Pulse of the Motion Picture Industry
1959 March 23

Magazine:  84 pages
Publisher:  Boxoffice (1959)
In Print?  No

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The back cover presents a full-page booking ad for THREE STOOGES FUN-O-RAMA (1959), the compilation feature of shorts with Moe, Larry & Joe.

The ad could also be found in similar trade papers and magazines available at this time.

Boxoffice
The Pulse of the Motion Picture Industry
1961 June 12

Magazine:  40 pages
Publisher:  Boxoffice (1961)
In Print?  No

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20th Century Fox's 10-pg. pressbook for SNOW WHITE AND THE THREE STOOGES (1961) was included in this issue.

The material may have been included in similar trade papers and magazines available at this time.

Boxoffice
The Pulse of the Motion Picture Industry
1962 June 25

Magazine:  30 pages
Publisher:  Boxoffice (1962)
In Print?  No

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Columbia's 5-pg. pressbook for THE THREE STOOGES IN ORBIT (1962) appeared in this issue.

The material may have been included in similar trade papers and magazines available at this time.

Boxoffice
The Pulse of the Motion Picture Industry
1963 August 26

Magazine:  30 pages
Publisher:  Boxoffice (1963)
In Print?  No

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A 2-page spread ad for 4 FOR TEXAS (1963) appears in this issue, promoting the film for Christmas release.  Although only appearing for a 5-minute guest appearance, The Three Stooges are highlighted in the cast listing.

The ad could also be found in similar trade papers and magazines available at this time.

Boxoffice
The Pulse of the Motion Picture Industry
1963 November 25

Magazine:  30 pages
Publisher:  Boxoffice (1963)
In Print?  No

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THE THREE STOOGES SCRAPBOOK (1963) receives promotion with mention in pg. 13 - 14's rundown of available theatrical shorts, and is highlighted in a back page advertisement "The Critic" Leads the Way For Columbia's Great Shorts Parade.

Highlighted in this November issue, SCRAPBOOK had also appeared in solicitation index listings since September 1963.  

The ad could also be found in similar trade papers and magazines available at this time.

THE THREE STOOGES SCRAPBOOK (1960) color TV pilot was distributed in September 1963 as two short subjects, one at 14-minutes and the other at 8 minutes.  The trade ads only mention the 8-minute version, which consisted of the cartoon "The Spain Mutiny" and the Stooges in a live-action wraparound as TV hosts (details in the Filmography).

Broadcasting
1983 September 19

Magazine:  138 pages
Publisher:  Broadcasting Publications (1983)
In Print?  No

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In the industry trade magazine's "Riding Gain" section, Stooge Stardom reports on The Three Stooges' Hollywood Walk of Fame award on August 30, 1983.  A photo in the 1/4-pg. notice features Joe Besser, event organizer Gary Owens of KPRZ-AM Los Angeles, and celebrity guests Milton Berle, Jamie Farr and Adam West.

Broadcasting
The Business Weekly of Television and Radio
1959 April 13

Magazine:  132 pages
Publisher:  Broadcasting Publications, Inc. (1959)
In Print?  No

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Owing to the success of Stooge comedies on TV, this issue's 2-page spread advertisement The Hilarious 100 announced Columbia Screen Gems' roll out of 100 short subjects starring Andy Clyde, Hugh Herbert, Billy Gilbert, Buster Keaton, Slim Summerville, Leon Errol, El Brendel, and more.

The ad could be found in similar trade papers and magazines available at this time.

Broadcasting
The Business Weekly of Television and Radio
1959 February 16

Magazine:  108 pages
Publisher:  Broadcasting Publications, Inc. (1959)
In Print?  No

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Out of the Vault, Into Limelight, 1 pg., reports on major markets' ratings improvements since airing The Three Stooges' shorts, after the initial release of 78 shorts to television the preceding September 1958.  A brief overview of the team's history is presented, with comments by Moe.

Broadcasting
The Business Weekly of Television and Radio
1959 March 16

Magazine:  186 pages
Publisher:  Broadcasting Publications, Inc. (1959)
In Print?  No

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A two-page spread advertisement by Columbia's Screen Gems, They're Going Places!!! celebrates the TV ratings success of The Three Stooges' comedies, and the release of another 40 shorts to the original 78 two-reelers syndicated in Sept. 1958.

The ad could be found in similar trade papers and magazines available at this time.

Brooklyn Bridge
1997 October
by Joe Fodor

Magazine:  106 pages
Publisher:  The Brooklyn Bridge Inc. (1997)
In Print?  No

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Healy's School of Hard Nyuks, a 3-pg. article and overview of the life and career of Ted Healy, and his role in "creating" The Three Stooges.

Brooklyn Bridge
1999 January
by C. J. Sullivan

Magazine:  90 pages
Publisher:  The Brooklyn Bridge Inc. (1998)
In Print?  No

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The Houses Built By the Stooges is a 2-pg. article that discusses 4 homes built by Moe Howard and investors, one of whom included his younger brother Jerome, during Moe's mid-1925 - late 1928 sabbatical from stooging when he attempted to go into the real estate business. The homes, located in Bath Beach, Brooklyn, on the block of 43rd St. and Bath Avenue, bankrupted Moe and prompted his return to Ted Healy's act, and entertainment history.

The article was reprinted in The Three Stooges Journal # 90 (Summer 1999).

 

Buck Privates
The Universal Film Scripts Series
by Ron Palumbo

Paperback:  228 pages
Publisher:  BearManor Media (2013)
ISBN:  1593934955
In Print?  Yes

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Shemp Howard is discussed, relative to his featured scene in BUCK PRIVATES.

The author presents a detailed examination of Abbott & Costello's hit comedy BUCK PRIVATES (1941), from its earliest pre-production days to its release and impact with audiences and critics.  Biographical overviews of the featured cast and principal crew members are also presented.  The final draft shooting script is presented in its entirety.

CalShip Log
April 15, 1943

Magazine:  16 pages
Publisher:  CalShip Shipyards (1943)
In Print?  No

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Company newsletter/magazine for CalShip Shipyards, Long Beach CA. In 1943, CalShip was one of the country's suppliers for the U.S. Navy. "Woo-Woo" Herbert and Company Bring Outstanding Show to Yard, 1 page, reports the March 27, 1943 show for the yard's employees, headlined by the Stooges, Hugh Herbert and Nan Wynn.

At the time, CalShip was providing locations for Columbia's filming of THE RIGHT GUY (released as GOOD LUCK MR. YATES), for which the Stooges filmed "Niagara Falls" and Nan Wynn performed musical numbers in a shipyard show scene. Ironically, the Stooges and Wynn's scenes were cut from YATES' final edited release. (The "Niagara Falls" footage was used one year later for the 1944 short subject GENTS WITHOUT CENTS.)

 

Canal TV
1963 May 16, # 253

Magazine:  68 pages
Publisher:  Canal TV S.R.L. (1963)
In Print?  No

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1963 Argentinian TV listings magazine, featuring artwork of Los Tres Chiflados on the cover.

Canal TV
1964 November 17, # 332

Magazine:  88 pages
Publisher:  Canal TV S.R.L. (1964)
In Print?  No

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This issue contained a centerfold image of Moe, Larry and Curly Joe from THE OUTLAWS IS COMING! (1965), promoting its upcoming (U.S.) January 1965 release.

(Index information courtesy of Diego Puglisi and "El Chifladoseo," the Three Stooges museum in Buenos Aires, Argentina.)

Canal TV
1970 May 18, # 619

Magazine:  132 pages
Publisher:  Editorial Atlantida S.A. (1970)
In Print?  No

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This issue of the Argentine television guide featured the Stooges in a 2-page centerfold poster from HAVE ROCKET --  WILL TRAVEL (1959).

(Index information courtesy of Diego Puglisi and "El Chifladoseo," the Three Stooges museum in Buenos Aires, Argentina.)

Canal TV
1973 January 6, # 757
by Constancio C. Vigil

Magazine:  120 pages
Publisher:  Editorial Atlantida (1973)
In Print?  No

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A 3-page feature article Historia de Los Autenticos Tres Chiflados, focusing on the trio in their pre-Columbia Studios years.

(Index information courtesy of Diego Puglisi and "El Chifladoseo." the Three Stooges museum in Buenos Aires, Argentina.)

Card Collector's Price Guide
February 1993
by Ron Levin

Magazine:  66 pages
Publisher:  Century Publishing Company (1993)
In Print?  No

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3 Stooges Mania!!, over 3 pages, examines the collector market for the various Stooges trading cards, from the original 1959 Fleer series thru the 1989 FTCC series.

Castle of Frankenstein
January / February 1962

Magazine:  54 pages
Publisher:  Gothic Castle Publishing (1962)
In Print?  No

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A 2-page tribute to The Three Stooges new popularity, recognizing them with some images from HAVE ROCKET -- WILL TRAVEL (1959).

Cena Muda, A
1942 July 7, #1111

Magazine:  28 pages
Publisher:  Companhia Editora Americana S. A. (Brazil) (1942)
In Print?  No

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Os Três Patetas is a 1-page analysis of the Three Stooges' comedy, talking about their supposed wastage due to lack of good scripts in their films, and compares them to Marx Brothers. Also highlights Buster Keaton as perhaps the greatest comedian in motion pictures. Accompanied by a photo of TIME OUT FOR RHYTHM (1941).

(Index information courtesy of Diego Puglisi and "El Chifladoseo," the Three Stooges museum in Buenos Aires, Argentina.)

Character People
by Ken D. Jones, Arthur F. McClure and Alfred E. Twomey

Paperback:  214 pages
Publisher:  Citadel Press (1978)
ISBN:  0806507012
In Print?  No

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A to Z mini-biographies of over 200 beloved character actors, from the early days of talking movies thru modern-day [1976] television.

Ted Healy and Shemp Howard are among the actors discussed, as are many supporting players from the Stooges' short subjects... Hank Bell, Lane Chandler, Vernon Dent, Ann Doran, Harrison Greene, Kenneth Harlan, Myron Healey, Arthur Housman, Bud Jamison (his entry is accompanied by a photo from SOCK-A-BYE BABY), Lew Kelly, Fred Kohler Sr., Henry Kulky, George J. Lewis, Kenneth MacDonald and Hank Mann.  Readers will also find actors whose paths crossed the Stooges in their respective solo film credits.

The original hardcover edition was published in 1976 by A. S. Barnes & Co.

(Refreshing the page will alternate the editions pictured.)

Charley Chase Scrapbook, The
by Brian Anthony & Bill Walker (compiled by)

Hardback:  201 pages
Publisher:  Walker & Anthony Publications (2015)
In Print?  Yes

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Excellent career and life overview, told in images, of one of The Three Stooges' finest directors & [co]-producers, Charley Chase.  Even though his work with them was sadly too brief, e.g., VIOLENT IS THE WORD FOR CURLY (1938), TASSELS IN THE AIR (1938), FLAT FOOT STOOGES (1938), etc., it is noteworthy for its quality and entertainment.

From the back cover...

"“Charley Chase (1893 – 1940) was one of the great pioneers of motion picture comedy.  This book celebrates his life and career through hundreds of photographs including family photos, personal correspondence, posters, lobby cards, stills and news clippings, many reproduced from Charley Chase’s personal scrapbook.”

Charley Chase Talkies, The
1929 - 1940
by James L. Neibaur

Hardback:  379 pages
Publisher:  Scarecrow Press, Inc. (2013)
In Print?  Yes

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From the back cover...

"Charley Chase began his film career in early 1913 working as a comedian, writer, and director at the Al Christie studios under his real name, Charles Parrott. Chase then joined Mack Sennett's Keystone studio in 1914, costarring in early films of Charlie Chaplin and Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle, as well as directing the frenetic Keystone Cops. By 1924 he was starring in a series of one-reel comedies at Hal Roach studios, graduating to two-reel films the following year. In 1929, he made the transition to sound films. Along with the continuing popularity of his own short comedies, Chase often directed the films of others, including several popular Three Stooges efforts.

In
The Charley Chase Talkies: 1929-1940, James L. Neibaur examines, film-by-film, the comedian's seventy-nine short subjects at Roach and Columbia studios. The first book to examine any portion of Chase’s filmography, this volume discusses the various methods Chase employed in his earliest sound films, his variations on common themes, his use of music, and the modification of his character as he reached the age of forty. Neibaur also acknowledges the handful of feature film appearances Chase made during this period."

 

Children of Hollywood
Accounts of Growing Up as the Sons and Daughters of Stars
by Michelle Vogel

Paperback:  229 pages
Publisher:  McFarland & Company (2005)
In Print?  No

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Includes a chapter written by Larry Fine's grandson, Eric Lamond.

From the back cover...

"Living in the shadow of a famous parent can have powerful effects. Some children of stars are proud of their roots while others live in secrecy. Here is a rare look into the private lives of the children and grandchildren of Hollywood icons, revealing the stresses and inspirations of living with great performers who may or may not have been great parents.

From the bedtime stories Harpo Marx and his wife told their four adopted children to explain where they'd come from, to the studded belt Bing Crosby used to punish his sons, this work tells the best and worst of growing up in a celebrity home."

Families covered include those of W. C. Fields, The Marx Brothers, Eddie Cantor, Mario Lanza, Ruth Hussey, Jerry Lewis, Douglas Fairbanks and Boris Karloff. Research is drawn from interviews with celebrity offspring, who also provided never-before-published snapshots of Hollywood legends at home.

 

Chutzpah
Jewish Living From Greater Philly to Central and South Jersey
Spring 2010

by Len Canter

Magazine:  74 pages
Publisher:  Chutzpah Media, Ltd. (2010)
In Print?  No

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Leading off a multi-page featured article on Jewish comedians, the Stooges, and hometown boy Larry Fine, are discussed in the 2-page The Comedians: Spotlight on The Three Stooges.

Cigar Aficionado
Winter 1996/1997
by Jim Mueller

Magazine:  538 pages
Publisher:  M. Shanken Communications Inc. (1996)
In Print?  No

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Shemp's Last Cigar is a 6-page look at the life and career of Shemp Howard, and dealing with what author Mueller describes as "Curly's shadow." Family and friends provide insights. Mueller is unable to find the elusive answer to his question... "What type of cigar was Shemp smoking when he died?"

Cineaste
America's Leading Magazine on the Art and Politics of the Cinema
Winter 2003

by James Neibaur

Magazine:  96 pages
Publisher:  Cineaste Publishers Inc. (2003)
In Print?  No

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Author and Stooge fan Jim Neibaur talks about the gradual, critical embrace of The Three Stooges in The Stooges, At Last, Get Some Respect, 3 pages.

Cineficcion
2017 February, Year 4 # 5
by Dario Lavia (writer), Diego Puglisi (illustration)

Magazine:  128 pages
Publisher:  Cinefania Ediciones (2017)
In Print?  Yes

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El Terror y Los Tres Chiflados is an 8-pg. discussion of the horror-themed comedy shorts of The Three Stooges.

The article is dedicated to the memory of Frank Reighter.

Cinelandia
1964 October (1st half), # 286

Magazine:  84 pages
Publisher:  Rio Grafica e Editora Ltda. (1964)
In Print?  No

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The Brazilian magazine (Portuguese) featured a brief review about Three Stooges and their guest appearance in 4 FOR TEXAS (1963), Retrato Retocado, pg. 69.

(Index information courtesy of Diego Puglisi and "El Chifladoseo," the Three Stooges museum in Buenos Aires, Argentina.)

Cinemaphobia
# 2 1989
by Robert Carobene

Magazine:  24 pages
Publisher:  Cinemaphobia (1989)
In Print?  No

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Featuring Daughter of a Stooge, a 4-page interview with Joan Howard Maurer, Moe Howard's daughter.

Classic Comedy Teams
A Screenshots Book
by Greg Lenburg

Paperback:  84 pages
Publisher:  Lulu.com (2009)
ISBN:  0557060397
In Print?  No

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Self-published picture book, sourced from public domain films.  Enjoy the actual films instead.

From the back cover...

"Classic Comedy Teams: A Screenshots Book is a collection of more than 100 images from public domain films, TV shows and movie trailers of Abbott and Costello, Laurel and Hardy, Martin and Lewis, The Marx Brothers, The Three Stooges, and more. This "first of its kind" book captures many memorable moments from the days when movie comedy teams truly were king."

 

Classic Images
2012 March
by Nick Thomas

Magazine:  84 pages
Publisher:  Classic Images (2012)
In Print?  No

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Moe Howard and His Stooges:  "The Most Gentle and Kind Man I Have Ever Met," 7 pages, profiles the head Stooge with insights and recollections by Paul Howard, Joan Howard Maurer, the Stoogeum's Gary Lassin, costars Nita Bieber, Greta Thyssen, Joan Freeman, Nancy Kovack and Johnny Ginger.

Portions of Paul Howard's and Joan Maurer's comments were sourced from the author's book Raised By the Stars (2011 McFarland).

Classic Images
2016 June
by Robert E. Tevis

Magazine:  84 pages
Publisher:  Classic Images (2016)
In Print?  No

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Three Stooges Con 2016:  A Family Affair, 4 pages, reports on the Three Stooges Convention in Trevose PA, held on March 31 - April 2, 2016.  Noted are the large number of stooge-family members in attendance, and photographs from the weekend celebration.  In addition, the author's follow-up 2-page article Rare Sightings discusses early Stooges films such as HELLO POP (1933), and rare footage shown at the Convention in presentations by Paul Howard and Saxon Sitka.

Classic Movie Comedians
by Neil Sinyard

Hardback:  176 pages
Publisher:  Smithmark Publishers / Bison Books (1992)
ISBN:  0831714514
In Print?  No

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Six chapters examine in detail the work of Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd & Harry Langdon, Laurel & Hardy, W. C. Fields and the Marx Brothers.  The book's conclusion discusses other movie comedians in general, including The Three Stooges over 3 pages with photo illustrations from THREE LITTLE BEERS (1935) and TASSELS IN THE AIR (1938).

Online summary...

"This book surveys the broad diversity of comic devices and styles employed by the giants of the cinema: for instance, Laurel and Hardy's inevitable escalation of events into mayhem, the cutting edge to Fields's misanthropic wit, and the aggression at the root of the Marx Brothers' quick-fire gags. Binding these strands together is the thread of comic genius: the ability to This book surveys the broad diversity of comic devices and styles employed by the giants of the cinema: for instance, Laurel and Hardy's inevitable escalation of events into mayhem, the cutting edge to Fields's misanthropic wit, and the aggression at the root of the Marx Brothers' quick-fire gags. Binding these strands together is the thread of comic genius: the ability to imitate life and ridicule it, to persuade generations of movie-lovers to suspend their disbelief for a while, indulge their imaginations... and enjoy it."

Close-Ups
The Movie Star Book
by Danny Peary (Editor)

Paperback:  624 pages
Publisher:  Workman Publishing (1978)
ISBN:  0894800442
In Print?  No

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The Three Stooges receive a chapter by author Jeff Lenburg (“The Three Stooges Scrapbook”), with a brief career overview and a discussion of their important contributions to the legacy of film comedy.  Additional chapters and authors in the section “The Comics” include Laurel & Hardy (by John Landis), Woody Allen (by Tony Roberts), Abbott & Costello (by Charles Barton), Buster Keaton (by Robert Bloch), and more.  Also includes an appendix featuring filmographies for all the book’s subjects.

From the introduction…

“Most of us have long believed that movie stars inhabit a fantasy world; we had the idea that Hollywood was located somewhere near Heaven, and its denizens were totally unreachable in their exotic realm.  Close-Ups brings these people down to earth and lets us look at them in a clear light.  Through original essays, interviews, tributes, and reminiscences, the people who know movie stars best --  directors, producers, screenwriters, critics, and other stars --  unravel many of the secrets of stardom by taking us into the onscreen and offscreen lives of 140 of the cinema’s most celebrated personalities.  Many of the contributors to this book know their subjects personally; many worked closely with them; some even married them.  In Close-Ups, contributors explain why they find the subjects they chose to write about interesting, important and special.”

  • Published in a hardcover edition in 1982 by Galahad Books
  • Published in a new softbound edition in 1988 by Fireside Publ.

Columbia Comedy Shorts, The
Two-Reel Hollywood Film Comedies, 1933 - 1958
by Ted Okuda and Ed Watz

Hardback:  262 pages
Publisher:  McFarland & Company (1986)
In Print?  No

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Columbia produced over 500 two-reel shorts from 1933 through 1958, with Hollywood's finest comics: The Three Stooges, Andy Clyde, Buster Keaton, Harry Langdon, Charley Chase, others. Fully illustrated with never-before-published photographs, the book chronicles the history of all, including interviews with the veterans. The filmography covers all of the 526 two-reelers, with credits, dates and synopsis.

Columbia Comedy Shorts, The
Two-Reel Hollywood Film Comedies, 1933 - 1958
by Ted Okuda and Ed Watz

Paperback:  272 pages
Publisher:  McFarland & Company (1998)
In Print?  No

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See Hardcover edition's entry for details.

Columbia Story, The
The Complete History of the Studio and All Its Films
by Clive Hirschhorn

Hardback:  400 pages
Publisher:  Crown Publishers (1989)
In Print?  No

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The short subjects of Columbia barely receive a mention, with the Stooges' contribution to the studio mostly restricted to their mention in feature film synopses. But the history of Columbia remains fascinating, and the book presents a detailed encyclopedia of their home studio's history and heritage.

From the book jacket...

"The Columbia Story offers a year-by-year presentation of all Columbia Pictures feature films, including its many serials, westerns and series offerings. Wittily and perceptively written, and lavishly illustrated with more than 1400 photographs, more than 500 of which are in color, this book is the kind of aide memoire no movie enthusiast will want to be without."

Comedians, The
Drunks, Thieves, Scoundrels and the History of American Comedy
by Kliph Nesteroff

Hardback:  432 pages
Publisher:  Grove Press (2015)
ISBN:  0802123988
In Print?  Yes

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The Stooges' inclusion in Kliph's history can be found over 5 pages, primarily restricted to discussions of Ted Healy and Milton Berle.  Unfortunately, some of the references go to information that is known to be inaccurate or untrue, e.g., implying that the Healy "murder" story might be true (it is not), parts of Larry's account of joining Healy's act, and the myth about the Stooges being on "Hitler's death list."

Publicity blurb…

“In The Comedians, comedy historian Kliph Nesteroff brings to life a century of American comedy with real-life characters, forgotten stars, mainstream heroes and counterculture iconoclasts. Based on over two hundred original interviews and extensive archival research, Nesteroff’s groundbreaking work is a narrative exploration of the way comedians have reflected, shaped, and changed American culture over the past one hundred years.

Starting with the vaudeville circuit at the turn of the last century, Nesteroff introduces the first stand-up comedian—an emcee who abandoned physical shtick for straight jokes. After the repeal of Prohibition, Mafia-run supper clubs replaced speakeasies, and mobsters replaced vaudeville impresarios as the comedian’s primary employer. In the 1950s, the late-night talk show brought stand-up to a wide public, while Lenny Bruce, Mort Sahl, and Jonathan Winters attacked conformity and staged a comedy rebellion in coffeehouses. From comedy’s part in the Civil Rights movement and the social upheaval of the late 1960s, to the first comedy clubs of the 1970s and the cocaine-fueled comedy boom of the 1980s, The Comedians culminates with a new era of media-driven celebrity in the twenty-first century.”

Also published in a Kindle edition.

Comedy Magazine
1981 Winter
by Legs McNeil

Magazine:  64 pages
Publisher:  Trite Expectations (1981)
In Print?  No

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Three Stooges: No Apologies is a 2-page article promoting the Stooges rightful place among the greatest film comics, as the author says... "Ignored by critics.  That's fine with me.  The critics aren't funny."

Comedy Magazine
1986 March / April
by Stephen Cox

Magazine:  54 pages
Publisher:  Erikson Publishing (1986)
In Print?  No

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In Superstooge Curly Howard, Steve Cox presents 3 pages detailing the life and legacy of Jerome 'Curly' Howard.

Comic Support
Second Bananas in the Movies
by Ron Smith

Paperback:  247 pages
Publisher:  Citadel Press (1993)
In Print?  No

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Shemp Howard and Joe Besser receive chapters in this tribute to familiar, beloved supporting actors. Stooge fans can also enjoy segments dedicated to Vernon Dent, Dudley Dickerson, Billy Gilbert, Bud Jamison, Jack Norton, Benny Rubin, and dozens more whose paths crossed the Stooges (and Healy) over five decades.

From the back cover...

"Comic Support is a tribute to those overlooked actors whose job was to take the brunt of the jokes and make the leading stars look good. Whether they played cops (Edgar Kennedy), society dowagers (Margaret Dumont), prissy sales clerks (Franklin Pangborn), crusty valets (Eric Blore), or full-time drunks (Jack Norton), these 2nd bananas would set themselves up for a fall so that the leads could get even louder laughs. Then there were the sidekicks: Allen Jenkins and Frank McHugh for James Cagney, Una O'Connor who offered a laugh break in Boris Karloff's "Frankenstein" films, and Thurston Hall who played indignant fathers and bankers for the likes of Bette Davis and Loretta Young. These supporting players, along with more than a hundred-and-fifty others, were invaluable to the success of both the movies and the actors with whom they appeared. They live on here again in words and photographs."

 

Comics Buyer's Guide, The
Serving Comics Fandom Weekly
# 575 November 23, 1984

by Shel Dorf

Magazine:  0 pages
Publisher:  Krause Publications (1984)
In Print?  No

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An interview with comic book artist, writer, editor Norman Maurer, son-in-law of Moe Howard.  (The CBG was a weekly, newsprint magazine.)

Portions of this interview were reprinted in the hardcover book "The Best of The Three Stooges Comicbooks  Volume 2."

Complete Three Stooges, The
The Official Filmography and Three Stooges Companion
by Jon Solomon

Paperback:  562 pages
Publisher:  Comedy III Productions Inc (2002)
In Print?  No

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The Three Stooges are the greatest comedy team of all time. Their great body of work spanned almost forty years and includes over 200 films. This book pays tribute to the great comedy genius of The Three Stooges with a detailed study and analysis of all of their films. This is the definitive source book from respected Stooge expert Professor Jon Solomon. This is a one of a kind book. The 562 page book presents all of the film work of The Three Stooges from their beginning in 1930 to their last in 1970. Each film is meticulously analyzed and added to the chapters are anecdotes and information regarding the film itself, the supporting players, directors and producers. There is no book quite like this. It is a Stooge fans dream, but it is also informative and quite entertaining for non-stooge fans who are interested in entertainment.

Computer Play
The Complete Guide to Computer Games
August 1988

by Roy Wagner

Magazine:  64 pages
Publisher:  Computer Play Magazine Corp. (1988)
In Print?  No

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Description and favorable review of Cinemaware's "The Three Stooges" interactive computer game. Nyuk, Nyuk, Nyuk, 2 pages.

Conservative in Spite of Himself, The
A Reluctant Right-Winger's Thoughts on Life, Law and The Three Stooges
by Maximilian Longley

Paperback:  332 pages
Publisher:  Monograph Publishers (2007)
In Print?  No

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The author uses a series of essays to chart his transition from liberalism to conservatism, including a review of THE THREE STOOGES MEET HERCULES (1962).

Coors Original Sports Nuts
April 1988

Magazine:  1 pages
In Print?  No

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Coors complemented its Three Stooges Original Sports Nuts campaign with a T-shirt. Featuring Coors' campaign logo, the T-shirt was promoted via this ad in national magazines; available via UPC proof-of-purchase from Coors cases, directly from retailers with a $15 purchase of Coors Original Sports Nuts sporting goods, or with a mail-in coupon and $5.95. This page is from the April 7, 1988 issue of "Rolling Stone."

Coronet
February 1950
by Len Oehmen

Magazine:  174 pages
Publisher:  Esquire, Inc. (1950)
In Print?  No

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Born on Broadway is an 8-page presentation of artwork, adapted from promotional photographs. Featured are popular stars of screen, TV and stage, depicted during their Broadway beginnings.

Ted Healy and His Stooges (Moe, Larry & Curly) are shown circa 1932, notable for its image of Curly still wearing a moustache. Others depicted include W. C. Fields, Eddie Cantor, Bert Wheeler, Gallagher & Shean, Frank Fay and Bill Robinson.

Cracked
Sept. 86 # 222
by Bob Fingerman

Magazine:  54 pages
Publisher:  Globe Communications Corp. (1986)
In Print?  No

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Messed Up By Modern Times!, 6 pages, takes a look at classic comedy films if they had been produced by current day [1986] standards... Chaplin's Little Tramp imaged as a homeless bum and his silence traded for audible profanity, "Our Gang" in the tradition of PORKY'S and SIXTEEN CANDLES, and the Three Stooges as CUCKOO COMMANDOES ala RAMBO.

Crazy Magazine
August 1974
by Steve Gerber (writer) & Marie Severin (artist)

Magazine:  52 pages
Publisher:  Marvel Comics Group (1974)
In Print?  No

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Steve Gerber & Marie Severin present a 6-page satire Man, Myrth & Magic, "a monumental effort to reduce these things [supernatural] to objects of boredom." In a 1/2-page cartoon, Moe, Larry & Curly are Krishna, Shiva & Vishna, depicting Stooge-attitude toward the modern Krishna movement ("... despite your love for the Universe, you will find yourself snarling nastily at the ones who don't give you change.")
 

Crazy Quilt
Shubert Apollo Theater

Magazine:  16 pages
Publisher:  Apollo Theater (1931)
In Print?  No

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October 4, 1931 (week of) playbill for the Apollo Theater in Chicago, this one being for BILLY ROSE'S CRAZY QUILT.  Starring Fanny Brice, Phil Baker and Ted Healy, with his stooges Mousie Garner, Jack Wolf, Dick Hakins; [Marion] Bonnie Bonnell is listed as a chorus lady. Act/Scene rundowns of the show and cast information appear over several pages.

CRAZY QUILT's Broadway run was May 19 - July 25, 1931; afterward, until early May 1932, the show toured nationally.  This appearance at Chicago's Apollo ran over 2 months, October 4 - December 19, 1931. 

Cult Movies
# 17, 1996
by Lee Harris

Magazine:  90 pages
Publisher:  Cult Movies (1996)
In Print?  No

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In Recede, Porcupine!, Lee Harris looks at the life and career of Larry Fine, and his vital contribution as the third spoke in the wheel of The Three Stooges.

Cult Movies
# 20, 1996
by Lee Harris

Magazine:  90 pages
Publisher:  Cult Movies (1996)
In Print?  No

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Moe Howard is discussed in 3 articles... It's Moe (4 pages) looks at his life and career, And Moe Begat Joanie: A Conversation With Joan Howard Maurer (2 pages) is a candid talk with Joan about her father, and A Moe Howard Curiosity (1 page) is a look at Moe's cameo in GIVE A MAN A JOB (1933 MGM), a 2-minute PSA for the National Recovery Administration.
 

Cult Movies
# 23, 1997
by Lee Harris

Magazine:  90 pages
Publisher:  Cult Movies (1997)
In Print?  No

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Curly, the Royalty of Stoogedom, a 4-page overview of Jerome Horwitz's life and legacy as the popular star of The Three Stooges.  (A well-intentioned write-up, but it unfortunately has some glaring errors, notably misspelling the family's Horwitz surname throughout the article.)

Cult Movies
# 25, 1998
by Coco Klyonaga & Buddy Barnett

Magazine:  90 pages
Publisher:  Cult Movies (1998)
In Print?  No

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Directing the Madness: Ed Bernds & The 3 Stooges is a 6-page interview with Ed Bernds, primarily focused on the years he spent directing The Three Stooges.

Also of interest is Abbott & Candido: The Untold Story by Joe Wallison, 2 pages looking at Bud Abbott's early 1960s teaming with Candy Candido.

Cult Movies
# 29, 1999
by J. J. Reishek

Magazine:  90 pages
Publisher:  Cult Movies (1999)
In Print?  No

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The Three Stooges in Kook's Tour, a 1-page, pull-no-punches review of the Stooges' final film, and the home video release.

Cult Movies
# 34, 2000
by Buddy Barnett

Magazine:  98 pages
Publisher:  Cult Movies Inc. (2000)
In Print?  No

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Barnett looks at Universal Studios' attempt to team Lon Chaney Jr. and Shemp Howard as a comedy duo, in the films SAN ANTONIO ROSE and TOO MANY BLONDES... Chaney & Shemp, 2 pages.

Cult TV
A Viewer's Guide to the Shows America Can't Live Without
by John Javna

Paperback:  256 pages
Publisher:  St. Martin's Press (1986)
ISBN:  0312178484
In Print?  No

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The Three Stooges receive a 4-page chapter examining the release of the shorts to television, plus a brief history of the comedy team, mini-bios of all six, favorite quotes, names, gags, Stooge-violence and trivia.

From the back cover...

"At last! Here's the book you've been waiting for to fill those idle moments while you're waiting for THE MARY TYLER MOORE SHOW, STAR TREK or GET SMART to come on the air.  Cult TV includes the unknown tales of the shows' origins, the truth about how the stars got their roles (and where they are now), important episodes, fan club information, and more trivia than even the most crazed connoisseur of repeat viewing could ever need!  Here, in one volume, is more than you've ever dreamed of knowing about Hymie the Robot, the Batmobile, Dr. Miguelito Loveless, Super Chicken, Barney Fife, and the rest of the weird and wonderful features immortalized in over 75 cult television programs!  Are M*A*S*H and I LOVE LUCY over for the day?  Don't despair... Cult TV will whisk you right back to Rerun Heaven!  Yes, now you can visit FOREVER with Rob and Laura, Batman and Robin, Gomez and Morticia, Rocky and Bullwinkle, Darrin and Samantha!"

 

Curly
An Illustrated Biography of the SuperStooge
by Joan Howard Maurer

Hardback:  224 pages
Publisher:  Citadel Press (1985)
In Print?  No

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(9.00 - 2 votes - Last rating: 2009-02-14 17:00:51)

Moe's daughter Joan explores a loving biography of her Uncle Jerome (Curly) Howard. A personal history of Curly, rather than a professional one, Joan visited numerous cousins and Curly-in-laws to examine and understand the extremely private and introverted man. The youngest Howard brother, who became an extroverted and hilariously energetic comic in front of the camera. Her Uncle Curly, whose personal issues led to a debilitating illness and early death.

Illustrated with photos from the Howard family archives, plus artwork from Joan's brother Paul Howard, who also provided a Howard/Horwitz family tree. Many members of the extended Howard family revisited and/or mended family ties due to Joan's efforts on this book... Curly's two daughters met each other for the first time in 1988 at a Three Stooges Convention in Philadelphia, largely due to the contacts made for this book.

A family affair for the Howards, and a love affair for fans of Curly Howard of The Three Stooges.

Curly
An Illustrated Biography of the SuperStooge
by Joan Howard Maurer

Paperback:  224 pages
Publisher:  Citadel Press (1985)
In Print?  No

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(7.50 - 2 votes - Last rating: 2010-03-24 17:24:41)

Several reissues of a softcover version were printed from 1985 - early 1990s, with no editorial changes from its initial 1985 publication.

Curly
An Illustrated Biography of the SuperStooge
by Joan Howard Maurer

Paperback:  216 pages
Publisher:  Chicago Review Press (2013)
In Print?  Yes

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Revised reissue of the original 1985 edition, with layout changes and a new Afterword by Joan.  Updated text is limited to several footnotes.

 

Curran Theatre
1928 June 24
A Night in Spain
Curran Theatre

Magazine:  16 pages
Publisher:  The Curran Theatre (1928)
In Print?  No

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June 24, 1928 edition of Curran Theatre, this one being the opening night program for A NIGHT IN SPAIN at San Francisco's Curran Theatre.  Co-starring Ted Healy, his stooges listed throughout the program are Larry Fine, Sam "Moody" Braun, and Bobby Pinkus. Act/Scene rundowns of the show and cast information appear over 6 pages.

Deadspawn
The New Magazine of Fandom
July 1975 # 1

Magazine:  20 pages
Publisher:  Concept / Design (1975)
In Print?  No

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Featuring Moe Howard, a 1-page memorial tribute to the leader of The Three Stooges, who died shortly before this magazine's publication.

Dedicados al Arte de Hacer Reir
Una Recena de 97 Comedias de la Major Formacion Integrada por Los Tres Chiflados
by Leonardo Mauricio Greco

Paperback:  359 pages
Publisher:  Mastroianni Ediciones (2009)
ISBN:  9870578363
In Print?  No

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Published in Argentina

Comprehensive and detailed synopsis on the first 97 Three Stooges shorts with Curly, in 14 chapters.  It contains plot, supporting players, screenwriter, director and release date; along with curiousities, data, errors and song lyrics.  The book concludes with a Bibliography.

(information provided by Diego Puglisi)

Delta Dental
1986

Magazine:  1 pages
In Print?  No

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1986, Delta Dental Insurance ran an advertising campaign entitled Give Your Employees More Than a Do-It-Yourself Dental Plan featuring you-know-who. The Stooge ads ran in numerous national and regional magazines.

Disneyclub
1964 June 26 # 6

Magazine:  48 pages
Publisher:  Editorial Abril S.A. (1964)
In Print?  No

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The Boys appear in a 1-page color poster from THE THREE STOOGES GO AROUND THE WORLD IN A DAZE (1963) in this magazine from Argentina.

(Index information courtesy of Diego Puglisi and "El Chifladoseo," the Three Stooges museum in Buenos Aires, Argentina.)

Disorder in the Court
A Stooges Film Story Book
by Greg Lenburg

Paperback:  24 pages
Publisher:  CreateSpace (2015)
ISBN:  1507849508
In Print?  Yes

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Self-published picture book.  Enjoy the actual film instead.

From the back cover...

"For nearly 50 years, the Three Stooges brought laughter to millions.  Among their legacy is an amazing 190 short subjects which they starred in from 1934 to 1959 for Columbia Pictures.  One of those shorts is the classic DISORDER IN THE COURT (1936) starring the most popular Stooges, Moe, Larry and Curly.  DISORDER IN THE COURT casts the Stooges as main defense witnesses in a murder trial.  Naturally, the Stooges can't testify without causing a riot... a laugh riot.  In the tradition of “The Three Stooges in Orbit Film Story” comic book of 1962, the "Disorder in the Court: A Stooges Film Story Book" tells the movie story, from the beginning to end, with photos and text.  To tell the story, more than 60 never-before-published, high quality images taken directly from the film are used.  Each page captures the humor and essence of this long-time favorite of Stooges fans."

Dynamite
For the 1980s Kid
1983 May, Vol. 6 No. 11

by Chip Lovitt

Magazine:  40 pages
Publisher:  Scholastic, Inc. (1983)
In Print?  No

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In this pop culture magazine for pre & young teens, Movie Comedy's Top Screen Teams is a 3 page article discussing Laurel & Hardy, Abbott & Costello, The Marx Brothers and The Three Stooges.  An image of the boys from CACTUS MAKES PERFECT (1942) appears in the article.

Also in this issue is a 3 page article about "Our Gang" (aka The Little Rascals), one on silent film comedy, plus puzzles & artwork based on classic film comedy.  A fold-out poster of Charlie Chaplin is included.

Encyclopedia of Vaudeville, The
by Anthony Slide

Hardback:  656 pages
Publisher:  Greenwood Publishing Group (1994)
ISBN:  0313280274
In Print?  No

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The extensive research book includes a 2-page entry for Ted Healy, and a 1-page entry for Fred Sanborn.

Promotional blurb...

"For a relatively short period of time, from the mid to late 1800s through the early 1930s, vaudeville was an American institution, as important in its day as radio, the motion picture, and television. This book is the first attempt to provide an encyclopedic guide to vaudeville. Included are entries not only on the performers, but also on individuals active behind the scenes in various administrative capacities, major theatres, genres, historical terms, vaudeville houses in individual cities, and much, much more. In addition to biographical data, entries on vaudevillians may include contemporary criticism, a sampling of an act's various routines, commentary by the performers, and an appraisal of the performer's place in vaudeville history. Bibliographies for entries are included where appropriate, and the volume concludes with a guide to vaudeville resources and a general bibliography."

 

In 2012, the book was republished, an expanded and revised edition, by University Press of Mississippi.

(Refreshing the page will alternate the editions pictured.)

Entertainment Cards
Cards, Collectibles, Phone Cards & Price Guide
March 14, 1997

Magazine:  42 pages
Publisher:  Entertainment Cards (1997)
In Print?  No

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The new [1997] Three Stooges trading card series from DuoCards is promoted on the front cover, and in the supplement's "New Products" section. Also, the magazine's review of 1996 trading card releases talks about DuoCards' Abbott & Costello set.

Entertainment Weekly
1991 November 22
by George Pelletier

Magazine:  100 pages
Publisher:  Time Inc. (1991)
In Print?  No

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The weekly magazine's 1-page "Encore" feature pays tribute to Shemp Howard on the 36th anniversary of his death on Nov. 22, 1955... All the World's a Stooge.

Entertainment Weekly
1999 October 16

Magazine:  88 pages
Publisher:  Time, Inc. (1999)
In Print?  No

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A 2 pg. trivia quiz, "Was Who Really on First?," focuses on classic comedians and comics.  The Three Stooges are represented by a match-name-to-photo quiz with Curly, Shemp, Joe B., Joe D. and Emil Sitka.

Essential Mickey Rooney, The
by James L. Neibaur

Hardback:  312 pages
Publisher:  Rowman & Littlefield (2016)
ISBN:  1442260955
In Print?  Yes

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Opening with a career overview of Mickey Rooney, the author mentions an early live appearance by the child actor in Cleveland OH at the RKO Palace... the same bill that featured the premiere of Curly Howard in the act Ted Healy & His Stooges on August 27, 1932.  The book's examination of Rooney's key films includes a chapter on LOVE IS A HEADACHE (1938), costarring Ted Healy.  Also featured is a chapter for IT'S A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD WORLD (1963), which included a gag cameo by The Three Stooges.

Publisher's promotional release...

“Mickey Rooney is a cinematic icon whose career lasted from the silent era into the twenty-first century. From the shorts he made as Mickey McGuire to supporting roles in such films as Night at the Museum, Rooney had more than 300 film appearances to his credit. Mickey Rooney was not just a movie star, he was the most popular film performer for several years in a row in the 1930s. In addition to his four Academy Award nominations, Rooney received two special Oscars, including an honorary award for his variety of memorable performances spanning several decades.

In The Essential Mickey Rooney, James L. Neibaur examines more than sixty feature films in which the actor appeared, from starring roles in Boys Town, Babes in Arms, and The Human Comedy to acclaimed supporting performances in The Bold and the Brave and The Black Stallion. In addition to familiar works like the Andy Hardy comedies or musicals opposite Judy Garland, lesser known films like Quicksand and Drive a Crooked Road are discussed as examples of the masterful performances he offered again and again.

An actor of rare talent and unrestrained exuberance, Rooney appeared so often on film that it probably is impossible to view every performance of his career—one that lasted longer than any other actor in Hollywood. While minor roles are not discussed here, all of his vintage works are, making The Essential Mickey Rooney an indispensable resource for anyone wanting to learn more about the best work of this film icon.”

Evening With Johnny Mathis, An

Magazine:  24 pages
Publisher:  Johnny Mathis (1965)
In Print?  No

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Souvenir book distributed to concert goers during Johnny Mathis' 1965 tour.  Biographical information plus scores of photographs from his career.  Includes a full-page photograph of the cast of SUNDAY SHOWCASE: "The Frances Langford Show Mothers Day Special" (5/1/60 NBC)... The Three Stooges, Hermione Gingold, Johnny Mathis, Frances Langford, Robert Cummings, Mary Costa, Don Ameche and Hermes Pan.

Exhibitor
1952 December 24

Magazine:  58 pages
Publisher:  Jay Emanuel Publications (1952)
In Print?  No

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The 2 pg. photo display 1952 Draws to a Close includes a picture of Moe, Larry & Shemp with their "Best Two-Reel Comedies” Exhibitor Award.

Exhibitors Herald World Film Buyer
1930 August 23

Magazine:  24 pages
Publisher:  Quigley Publishing (1930)
In Print?  No

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Supplement magazine to The Motion Picture Herald, Fox's upcoming SOUP TO NUTS (1930) was promoted in a full page booking ad on this issue's back cover.

The ad could also be found similar trade papers and magazines available at this time.

Famous Monsters of Filmland
March 1976
by Dale B. Meyler

Magazine:  80 pages
Publisher:  Warren Publishing Co. (1976)
In Print?  No

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Features the 7-page article When Creatures Cringed: Monsters vs. Stooges, looking at the spook/suspense/scifi themed films of The Three Stooges 1930s - 1960s.

Fantastic Monsters of the Films
1962 Volume 1 Number 3
by Ray Haydock

Magazine:  70 pages
Publisher:  Black Shield Publications (1962)
In Print?  No

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3 Stooges Meet the Martians, 4 pgs., looks at the Stooges' feature film THE THREE STOOGES IN ORBIT (1962).

Film Daily, The
1935 October 4

Magazine:  12 pages
Publisher:  Wid's Films and Film Folk (1935)
In Print?  No

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This issue of the trade newspaper reported on Vitaphone's acquiring the license (Sept. 25, 1935) to produce "Joe Palooka" short subjects.  Pictured at the contract signing are Shemp Howard (series star as 'Knobby Walsh'), Lloyd French (Vitaphone director), Sam Sax (Vitaphone Exec. Producer/GM) and Ham Fisher ("Palooka" comic strip creator/writer/artist).

The news item and photo could be found in similar trade papers and magazines available at this time.

Film Daily, The
1936 June 22

Magazine:  12 pages
Publisher:  Wid's Films and Film Folk (1936)
In Print?  No

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The daily trade paper featured a 2-page booking advertisement for two of Vitaphone's current short subject releases, including Shemp Howard's latest "Joe Palooka" comedy HERE'S HOWE (1936).

The ad could be found in similar trade papers and magazines available at this time.

Film Daily, The
1938 May 6

Magazine:  16 pages
Publisher:  Wid's Films and Film Folk (1938)
In Print?  No

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Columbia's Shorts Are Good Mixers in Any Company!, a full-page ad promoting Columbia's line-up of short subjects appeared in this issue.  A small booking ad for the Stooge's latest short HEALTHY, WEALTHY AND DUMB (1938) also appeared.

These ads could be found in similar trade papers and magazines available at this time.

Film Daily, The
1944 August 25

Magazine:  4 pages
Publisher:  Wid's Films and Film Folk (1944)
In Print?  No

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A 1/2-page advertisement for the Stooges' short GENTS WITHOUT CENTS (1944) appeared.

The ad could be found in similar trade papers and magazines available at this time.

Film Daily, The
1944 February 16

Magazine:  8 pages
Publisher:  Wid's Films and Film Folk (1944)
In Print?  No

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This edition of the daily trade featured a full-page back cover ad for the Joe Besser & Ann Miller musical-comedy feature HEY, ROOKIE! (1944).

The ad could be found in similar trade papers and magazines available at this time.

Film Daily, The
1944 July 25

Magazine:  24 pages
Publisher:  Wid's Films and Film Folk (1944)
In Print?  No

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A 2-page booking ad from Universal Studios features a promotion for MOONLIGHT AND CACTUS (1944), costarring Shemp Howard, appeared in this edition of the daily trade.  (This was Shemp's final project during his 3 year contract at Universal, 1940 - 1943.)

The ad could be found in similar trade papers and magazines available at this time.

Film Daily, The
1945 January 8

Magazine:  16 pages
Publisher:  Wid's Films and Film Folk (1945)
In Print?  No

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The daily trade newsmagazine featured a full-page ad for the Joe Besser & Ann Miller musical-comedy feature EADIE WAS A LADY (1945).

The ad could be found in similar trade papers and magazines available at this time.

Film Fan Monthly
1968 March, # 81
by Leonard Maltin

Magazine:  24 pages
Publisher:  Film Fan Monthly (1968)
In Print?  No

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The 3 Stooges," 6 pages, provides a career and film overview of the comedy trio, including a filmography.

"Film Fan Monthly" was Leonard Maltin's fan/critical publication, from his earlier NJ days.

Film Fan Monthly
1969 February, # 92
by Jules White

Magazine:  24 pages
In Print?  No

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In The Comedy Business, 3 pages, Jules White addresses issue # 81's article about the Stooges and discusses his work, the stars, and coworkers during his three decades at Columbia's short subjects department.

'Film Fan Monthly" was Leonard Maltin's fan/critical publication, from his earliest NJ days.

Film Fan Monthly
1970 July - August, # 109 - 110
by Leonard Maltin

Magazine:  44 pages
Publisher:  Film Fan Monthly (1970)
In Print?  No

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Leon Errol presents a 23-page profile and filmography of the comic film actor and vaudeville & Broadway stage veteran.  His brief time as Columbia's first shorts star in 1933 is discussed.  Joe Besser is pictured in a production still with Errol from JOE PALOOKA MEETS HUMPHREY (1950).

"Film Fan Monthly" was Leonard Maltin's fan/critical publication, from his early NJ days.

Film Fan Monthly
1971 October, # 124
by Elwood Ullman

Magazine:  32 pages
Publisher:  Film Fan Monthly (1971)
In Print?  No

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Columbia short subject screenwriter Elwood Ullman talks about Writing For Laughs: Creating Two-Reel Comedies, 3 pages.

"Film Fan Monthly" was Leonard Maltin's fan/critical publication, from his earliest NJ days.
 

Film Fan Monthly
1972 April, # 130
by Leonard Maltin

Magazine:  32 pages
Publisher:  Film Fan Monthly (1972)
In Print?  No

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A 1-page promo for Maltin's new book The Great Movie Shorts includes an image of The Three Stooges from a YOU NAZTY SPY! (1940) trade ad.

"Film Fan Monthly" was Leonard Maltin's fan/critical publication, from his early days in NJ.

Film Fan Monthly
1972 December, # 138
by Edward Bernds

Magazine:  32 pages
Publisher:  Film Fan Monthly (1972)
In Print?  No

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Ed Bernds discusses his Sound Thoughts, 4 pages, looking back on his days as a Columbia sound engineer for Frank Capra, short subjects, etc.

"Film Fan Monthly" was Leonard Maltin's fan/critical publication, from his earlier NJ days.

 

Film Fan Monthly
1975 February, # 164
by Leonard Maltin

Magazine:  32 pages
Publisher:  Film Fan Monthly (1975)
In Print?  No

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Leonard Maltin pays memorial tribute to Larry Fine with 3 pages of photographs.

"Film Fan Monthly" was Leonard Maltin's fan/critical publication, from his earliest NJ days.

Film Fan Monthly
1975 May, # 167
by Leonard Maltin

Magazine:  32 pages
Publisher:  Film Fan Monthly (1975)
In Print?  No

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Leonard Maltin pays a memorial tribute to Moe Howard with 2 pages of photographs.

"Film Fan Monthly" was Leonard Maltin's fan/critical publication, from his earlier NJ days.

 

Film Fun
1934 June

Magazine:  64 pages
Publisher:  Dell Publishing (1934)
In Print?  No

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The inside front cover features a full-page ad for HOLLYWOOD PARTY (1934), with Ted Healy among the caricatured cast members.

Film Fun
1934 March

Magazine:  64 pages
Publisher:  Dell Publishing (1934)
In Print?  No

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This issue features a publicity photo of Ted Healy & His Stooges from MEET THE BARON (1933 MGM).

Film Fun
1934 October

Magazine:  64 pages
Publisher:  Dell Publishing (1934)
In Print?  No

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A 2 page layout titled A Study in Bloke and White, with 4 publicity photos featuring Marjorie White and The Three Stooges from WOMAN HATERS (1934).

Film Fun
1935 April

Magazine:  64 pages
Publisher:  Dell Publishing (1935)
In Print?  No

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Moe, Larry & Curly appear on p. 31 with Jeannie Roberts, in a publicity still from MEN IN BLACK (1934).

Film Fun
1935 August

Magazine:  64 pages
Publisher:  Dell Publishing (1935)
In Print?  No

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The Three Stooges clown with Pauline High in a publicity still from PARDON MY SCOTCH (1935) on pg. 36, a photo of themselves from the same short on pg. 41, plus ths Stooges with bit players in a POP GOES THE EASEL (1935) still on pg. 51.

Film Fun
1935 July

Magazine:  64 pages
Publisher:  Dell Publishing (1935)
In Print?  No

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In a photo array, The Three Stooges are featured in a publicity still from HORSES' COLLARS (1935).

Film Fun
1935 June

Magazine:  64 pages
Publisher:  Dell Publishing (1935)
In Print?  No

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This issue includes a publicity still from POP GOES THE EASEL (1935) on pg. 49 with the Stooges and Phyllis Crane.

Film Fun
1935 March

Magazine:  64 pages
Publisher:  Dell Publishing Company (1935)
In Print?  No

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A publicity still of Larry and Lucille Ball from THREE LITTLE PIGSKINS (1934) appears on pg. 13, a shot of the Stooges from THE CAPTAIN HATES THE SEA (1934) on pg. 25, and Moe and Alex 'little Moe' Hirschfield from a THREE LITTLE PIGSKINS deleted sequence is on pg. 65.

Film Fun
1935 May

Magazine:  64 pages
Publisher:  Dell Publishing (1935)
In Print?  No

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Publicity stills with the Three Stooges appear on four pages in this issue... pg. 8 RESTLESS KNIGHTS (1935), pg. 13 HORSES' COLLARS (1935), pg. 16 THREE LITTLE PIGSKINS (1934), and pg. 44 on the dancefloor with other cast members in a scene from HORSES' COLLARS (1935).

Film Fun
1935 November

Magazine:  64 pages
Publisher:  Dell Publishing (1935)
In Print?  No

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Ted Healy appear on pg. 12 with Ted Lewis and girls, in a publicity still from HERE COMES THE BAND (1935). Ted also appear on pg. 58 along with Nat Pendleton, from the same film.

Film Fun
1935 September

Magazine:  64 pages
Publisher:  Dell Publishing (1935)
In Print?  No

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Pg. 41, Bud Jamison and the Stooges appear in a publicity still from UNCIVIL WARRIORS (1935).

Film Fun
1936 November

Magazine:  80 pages
Publisher:  Dell Publishing (1936)
In Print?  No

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Curly poses with Hilda Title and Gail Arnold in a publicity shot from A PAIN IN THE PULLMAN (1936) on pg. 14, Ted Healy is on pg. 49 in a candid shot taken during a filming break from SAN FRANCISCO (1936), and on the same page is Moe, Larry, Curly and Joe the monkey in a still from A PAIN IN THE PULLMAN (1936).

Film Fun
1936 September

Magazine:  80 pages
Publisher:  Dell Publishing (1936)
In Print?  No

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A 2-page spread titled Stooge Frights! presents publicity stills of the Stooges from THREE LITTLE BEERS (1935) with Ninette Crawford, Althea Henly and Eve Reynolds; and stills from MOVIE MANIACS (1936) with costars Eve Reynolds, Althea Henley, Lois Lindsey, Harry Semels, Hilda Title and others.

Film Fun
1937 August

Magazine:  80 pages
Publisher:  Dell Publishing (1937)
In Print?  No

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Curly Howard and Lucille Lund are featured on pg. 49, in a publicity still from 3 DUMB CLUCKS (1937).

Film Fun
1937 February

Magazine:  80 pages
Publisher:  Dell Publishing (1936)
In Print?  No

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Moe and Hilda Title appear on p. 79 in a publicity still from SLIPPERY SILKS (1936).

Film Fun
1937 March

Magazine:  80 pages
Publisher:  Dell Publishing (1937)
In Print?  No

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Curly and the actresses who played the salesgirls appear in a publicity still from SLIPPERY SILKS (1936), captioned "Displays the Thing."

Film Fun
1937 November

Magazine:  80 pages
Publisher:  Dell Publishing (1937)
In Print?  No

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Shemp Howard and an unidentified female actress appear in a publicity still on pg. 4, from one of Vitaphone's "Joe Palooka" short comedies.

Film Fun
1938 May

Magazine:  80 pages
Publisher:  Dell Publishing (1938)
In Print?  No

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Pg. 38 features a publicity still from HEADIN' EAST (1937), with Shemp Howard and Elaine Arden.

Filmfax
The Magazine of Unusual Film & Television
# 1, Jan/Feb 1986

by Ted Okuda

Magazine:  66 pages
Publisher:  Filmfax Inc. (1985)
In Print?  No

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Ted Okuda talks with Edward Bernds about the three years (1953 – 1955) he spent at Allied Artists (aka Monogram) in Director Edward Bernds Remembers the Bowery Boys, 8 pages. Although only briefly touching on his work with the Three Stooges, the interview is a revealing and entertaining visit with one of their best directors.

Reprinted, with very minor editorial changes, in "FilmFax" # 9 (Feb/Mar 1988).

Filmfax
The Magazine of Unusual Film & Television
# 8, Oct/Nov 1987

by Mike Valerio

Magazine:  66 pages
Publisher:  Filmfax Inc. (1987)
In Print?  No

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Over 5 pages, Mike Valerio talks with director Edward Bernds in a detailed discussion of the background and production of THE THREE STOOGES IN ORBIT (1962)... Director Ed Bernds Steers the Stooges Off the Beaten Orbit to New Heights of Lowbrow Burlesque.

Filmfax
The Magazine of Unusual Film & Television
# 9, Feb/Mar 1988

by Ted Okuda

Magazine:  98 pages
Publisher:  Filmfax Inc. (1988)
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Ted Okuda talks with Edward Bernds about the three years (1953 – 1955) he spent at Allied Artists in Director Edward Bernds Remembers the Bowery Boys, 8 pages.  Although only briefly touching on his work with the Three Stooges, the interview is a revealing and entertaining visit with one of their best directors.

Reprinted, with very minor editorial changes, from "FilmFax" # 1 (Jan/Feb 1986).

Filmfax
The Magazine of Unusual Film & Television
# 11, July 1988

by Ted Okuda

Magazine:  66 pages
Publisher:  Filmfax Inc. (1988)
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Author Ted Okuda talks with Moe's daughter in Joan Howard Maurer Remembers Growing Up With the Stooges, 4 pages. Then, Ted spends 4 pages with the Stooges' favorite director in Director Ed Bernds Recalls the Three, Four, Five, Three Stooges.

Filmfax
The Magazine of Unusual Film & Television
# 40, Aug/Sept 1993

Magazine:  98 pages
Publisher:  Filmfax Inc. (1993)
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This issue's back cover displays a full-page image of the Three Stooges, a publicity still of Moe, Larry & Curly Joe with Ogg (George N. Neise) & Zogg (Rayford Barnes) from THE THREE STOOGES IN ORBIT (1962).

Filmfax
The Magazine of Unusual Film & Television
# 50, May/June 1995

by Frank Cali

Magazine:  98 pages
Publisher:  Filmfax Inc. (1995)
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For 3 pages, Frank Cali presents his interview with Emil Sitka in Emil Sitka: A Stooge Among Stooges.

Filmfax
The Magazine of Unusual Film & Television
# 51, July/Aug 1995

by Bill Cappello, with Ted Okuda

Magazine:  98 pages
Publisher:  Filmfax Inc. (1995)
In Print?  No

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In this special issue dedicated to B-film actresses, Bill Cappello contributes the 3-pager Christine McIntyre: Quintessential Queen of the Comedy Shorts, looking at her total career as well as Mr. Cappello's recollections of meeting her in the early 1980s.

Also of Stooge interest are Ted Okuda's 10-page article/interview with Jeanne Carmen (A MERRY MIX-UP 1957), Jeanne Carmen: Beauty Meets the Beast of Piedras Blancas, and Stuart Galbraith's 4-page look at the life and career of Patrica Medina (SNOW WHITE AND THE THREE STOOGES 1961), Patricia Medina: From Phantom Apes to Abbott & Costello and Orson Welles.

 

Filmfax
The Magazine of Unusual Film & Television
# 57, Aug/Sept 1996

by Scott MacGillivray

Magazine:  82 pages
Publisher:  Filmfax Inc. (1996)
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A special issue dedicated to reviews of 50 classic sci-fi, horror, comedy, etc. genre films. Laurel & Hardy historian and author Scott MacGillivray provides 2 pages in looking at The Three Stooges' HAVE ROCKET -- WILL TRAVEL (1959). Other films of comedy interest covered in this issue include ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN (1948), UTOPIA (1951), BELA LUGOSI MEETS A BROOKLYN GORILLA (1952) and ZOMBIES ON BROADWAY (1945).

Filmfax
The Magazine of Unusual Film & Television
# 72, April/May 1999

by Ken R. Deutsch and John Rossi

Magazine:  88 pages
Publisher:  Filmfax Inc. (1999)
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Ken Deutsch's Moe Than a Stooge: A Lost Interview With Moe Howard transcribes 2 live radio interviews on WOHO Toledo OH (1971) and WBGU-FM Bowling Green OH (1972), running 7 pages. In addition, John Rossi's 2-page Lord of the Flies... Or How a Pie-Eyed Fan Got His Wish talks about his love and respect for Moe Howard, and the art of Moe's pie-throwing.

Filmfax
The Magazine of Unusual Film, Television & Retro Pop Culture
# 108 Oct/Dec 2005

by Jan Alan Henderson

Magazine:  146 pages
Publisher:  Filmfax Inc. (2005)
In Print?  No

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Dian Fauntelle:  Life With the Stooges, Ida Lupino and Roland Reed Productions, a 6-page interview with actress Dian Fauntelle covering her life and career.  Discusses her brief moment as a Stooges supporting actress (bit role in 1947's ALL GUMMED UP, scene deleted), with accompanying publicity still of Dian with Moe, Larry & Shemp.

Filmfax
The Magazine of Unusual Film, Television & Retro Pop Culture
# 109, Jan/Mar 2006

by Michael Barnum

Magazine:  146 pages
Publisher:  Filmfax Inc. (2006)
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A 7-page interview with Three Stooges supporting actress Diana Darrin, Diana Darrin - One Journey After Another: An Eclectic Career From The Three Stooges to Jack Nicholson.

Filmfax
The Magazine of Unusual Film, Television & Retro Pop Culture
# 111, Jul/Aug 2006

by Michael Barnum

Magazine:  146 pages
Publisher:  Filmfax Inc. (2006)
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4 pgs. Samson Burke Meets The Three Stooges presents a career profile and interview with the wrestler turned actor and costar of THE THREE STOOGES MEET HERCULES (1962).

Filmfax
The Magazine of Unusual Film, Television & Retro Pop Culture
# 124, Summer 2010

by Ken R. Deutch

Magazine:  130 pages
Publisher:  Filmfax Inc. (2010)
In Print?  No

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Johnny Ginger Just Kidding Around!: Laughing, Falling, Goofing-Off With Soupy Sales, Sammy Davis & The Three Stooges!, 4 pages. The Detroit children's show host reminisces about his career, and costarring with Moe, Larry & Curly Joe in THE OUTLAWS IS COMING (1965).

Filmfax
The Magazine of Unusual Film, Television & Retro Pop Culture
# 141 July/Sept 2015

by Paul Amundsen

Magazine:  110 pages
Publisher:  Filmfax Inc. (2015)
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Author Paul Amundsen covers SNOW WHITE AND THE THREE STOOGES (1961) in two articles...

  • SNOW WHITE AND THE 3 STOOGES, or, It's a Stooge, Stooge, Stooge, Stooges World! presents a detailed history of the movie, covering its concept, pre-production, production, release and studio promotion; 12 pages
  • Carol Heiss:  The Three Stooges' Ice Princess is a biographical & career overview of the Olympic skater, with an interview; 5 pages

Of additional interest to Stooges fans is a 9-page interview with artist Drew Friedman, who is known for his caricatures of the Stooges and Ted Healy in his books, as well as supplying artwork for the books "Nobody's Stooge: Ted Healy" and "Vernon Dent: Stooge Heavy."

Films in Review
1975 August - September
by Stephen E. Bowles

Magazine:  64 pages
Publisher:  National Board of Review of Motion Pictures (1975)
In Print?  No

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Bowles provides a 15-page history and cinema analysis in The Three Stooges: A Brief Pathology. Also included is a filmography of the team and solo movies (based on known 1975 data).

Films in Review
1990 June - July
by James L. Neibaur

Magazine:  64 pages
Publisher:  National Board of Review of Motion Pictures (1990)
In Print?  No

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Emil Sitka, 4 pages, presents a career overview of the popular Three Stooges costar and shares his observations of working with them, as well as Andy Clyde, Hugh Herbert, Vera Ralston, Jack Carson and others.

Films of the Stooges, The
Larry, Curly & Moe... The Columbia Shorts
by Daniel Volk

Paperback:  134 pages
Publisher:  Daniel Volk (1988)
In Print?  No

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From the back cover...

"Did you ever wonder in what films Larry, Curly and Moe rode a bicycle built for three? Or slept in a triple bunk bed? What were the names of their racehorses? Their restaurants? Their wives and girlfriends? In what short did they sing the song "We Just Droppped in to Say Hello"? It's all here and more, The Films of the Stooges: Larry, Curly & Moe... The Columbia Shorts, an indepth look at the 97 shorts made with Larry, Curly & Moe at Columbia Studios from 1934 to 1947."

A 2nd edition, with a photo cover of the Stooges, was published in 1994.

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Films of Yesteryear, The
No. 4, June 1978
by Walt Mitchell

Magazine:  86 pages
Publisher:  The World of Yesterday (1978)
In Print?  No

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Through the Years With The Three Stooges, an 11-page cover story, takes a pictorial approach in its examination of the comedy team's film career.  "The Films of Yesteryear" was a self-published magazine, with a relatively large fandom circulation. 

Fine Art of Boxing, The
No Stooge in the Ring
by Geoff Dale

237 pages
Publisher:  Geoff Dale (2013)
In Print?  Yes

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Primarily fiction, the book relates what may have happened if Larry Fine had taken his early, amateur boxing to a professional level, rather than follow the real-life entry into show business.

Publisher's blurb...

"For more than 80 years Larry Fine has been known throughout the world as the frizzy-haired middle man of The Three Stooges. While known for his comedic skills, few realized that he was a very good amateur boxer and a talented violinist who appeared destined for classical circles. This book, with some facts along with real people and incidents, is largely fiction.  It is a 'what if" account of what might happened to his life had he chosen a different career path. It covers his life from the early years in the Jewish Quarter of South Philadelphia as Louis Feinberg, through the early part of the 20th Century, into the Roaring Twenties and up until the month before the global Great Depression hit. It is an affectionate, humorous and hopefully touching look at Larry Fine - a little truth buoyed by a lot of fiction. He was a true Renaissance Man of his times."

Available as a Kindle.  At one point, the author self-published a limited supply print version.

Fixers, The
Eddie Mannix, Howard Strickling and the MGM Publicity Machine
by E. J. Fleming

Paperback:  325 pages
Publisher:  McFarland & Company (2004)
In Print?  No

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Reader beware... this book deals extensively in National Enquirer style journalism, using basic information about Mr. Mannix and Mr. Strickland, and applying and exaggerating it to many unproven and false myths in Hollywood... the untrue Wallace-Beery-killed-Ted-Healy tale among them.

From the back cover...

"Eddie Mannix and Howard Strickling are virtually unknown outside of Hollywood and little-remembered even there, but as General Manager and Head of Publicity for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, they lorded over all the stars in Hollywood's golden age from the 1920s through the 1940s -- including legends like Garbo, Dietrich, Gable and Garland. When MGM stars found themselves in trouble, it was Eddie and Howard who took care of them -- solved their problems, hid their crimes, and kept their secrets. They were "The Fixers." At a time when image meant everything and the stars were worth millions to the studios that owned them, Mannix and Strickling were the most important men at MGM. Through a complex web of contacts in every arena, from reporters and doctors to corrupt police and district attorneys, they covered up some of the most notorious crimes and scandals in Hollywood history, keeping stars out of jail and, more importantly, their names out of the papers. They handled problems as diverse as the murder of Paul Bern (husband of MGM's biggest star, Jean Harlow), the studio-directed drug addictions of Judy Garland, the murder of Ted Healy (creator of The Three Stooges) at the hands of Wallace Beery, and arranging for an unmarried Loretta Young to adopt her own child -- a child fathered by a married Clark Gable.

Through exhaustive research and interviews with contemporaries, this is the never-before-told story of Eddie Mannix and Howard Strickling. The dual biography describes how a mob-related New Jersey laborer and the quiet son of a grocer became the most powerful men at the biggest studio in the world."

Flask of Fields, A
Verbal and Visual Gems From the Films of W. C. Fields
by Richard J. Anobile (Editor)

Hardback:  272 pages
Publisher:  Darien House / Bonanza Books (1972)
In Print?  No

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Screen images from W. C. Fields' films are combined with captioned dialogue to recreate many of his classic comedy routines. Shemp Howard appears on several pages, as the book recreates "Black Pussy Cafe" scenes from THE BANK DICK (1940).

Other recreated comedy sketches are taken from TILLIE AND GUS (1933), INTERNATIONAL HOUSE (1933), YOU'RE TELLING ME (1934), IT'S A GIFT (1933), MAN ON THE FLYING TRAPEZE (1934), THE OLD FASHIONED WAY (1935), MY LITTLE CHICKADEE (1940), YOU CAN'T CHEAT AN HONEST MAN (1939) and NEVER GIVE A SUCKER AN EVEN BREAK (1941).

 

Two variant covers appeared on the 1972 hardcover edition... first with a more plain white color design, and then it added some red color to the image.  Printed in a softbound edition in 1973 by Avon Books.  (Refreshing the page will alternate the editions pictured.

Funniest Comedy Icons of the 20th Century, The
Volume 1
by John Stanley

Hardback:  366 pages
Publisher:  Bear Manor Media (2016)
ISBN:  1593939094
In Print?  Yes

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The author's meetings and conversations with Moe Howard provide readers with an 11-page chapter on The Three Stooges, focusing on Moe Howard's role in that classic comedy team.

From the back cover...

"Journey into a world of comedy featuring some of the best comedians and comediennes of a different time and place. Dozens of encounters, each based on a one-on-one interview, some dating as far back as the 1960s, recalled by John Stanley, for thirty-three years an entertainment writer for the San Francisco Chronicle's Dateook. Stanley specialized in exclusive moments with stars and up-and-coming stars, searching for how and why they had succeeded or were trying to succeed with comedy in the worlds of night clubs, television, and motion pictures. Enter the lives of such historic show biz personalities as: Sid Caesar, Imogene Coca, Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Kathryn Grant Crosby, George Burns, Lucille Ball, Art Carney, Jackie Gleason, Audrey Meadows, Milton Berle, Jack Benny, Dennis Day, Sheldon Leonard, Mel Blanc, Hilliard Marks, Rodney Dangerfield, Joan Rivers, Woody Allen, Donald O'Connor, Mae West, Jimmy Durante, Liberace, Peter Sellers, Henry Mancini, Moe Howard, Wally Cox, Greg Garrison, Frank Gorshin, Rich Little, Elliott Gould (MASH), Donald Sutherland (MASH), Alan Alda (M*A*S*H), Loretta Swit (M*A*S*H), Harry Morgan (M*A*S*H), Mike Farrell (M*A*S*H), Larry Linville (M*A*S*H), Sally Kellerman (MASH)."

Also published in a softbound edition.

Funny Business
1982 Winter, No. 1
The Magazine of Movie Merriment

by Chuck McCleary

Magazine:  30 pages
Publisher:  Serial World Publishers (1982)
In Print?  No

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The Hilarious Hijinks of The Three Stooges, a 3-page overview of the team's film career.

Funny Business
1983 Fall, No. 4
by Thomas Abdo

Magazine:  68 pages
Publisher:  Serial World Publishers (1983)
In Print?  No

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  • The Cute Stooge - Joe Besser, 2 pages, provides an overview of Besser's career and work with the Stooges.
  • A 1-page article announcing the August 1983 Hollywood Walk of Fame honor, in Stooges Finally Get a Star in Hollywood.
  • 2 pages (including a letter from Joan Howard Maurer), requesting donations to The City of Hope to help fund a cancer unit dedicated to the memory of Moe & Helen Howard; in return, donors will receive a canceled Moe check and other bits of memorabilia.
     

Funny Business
1983 Spring, Issue # 2
The Comedy Is King Magazine

Magazine:  30 pages
Publisher:  Serial World Publishers (1983)
In Print?  No

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  • More Stooge Madness (and More to Come), a full-page still from GENTS WITHOUT CENTS
  • Back cover, a title card image from KEEP ‘EM SLUGGING (1943), featuring Shemp

Funny Business
1983 Summer, No. 3

Magazine:  68 pages
Publisher:  Serial World Publishers (1983)
In Print?  No

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"New Stooge Book," a 1 pg. promotion and review of The Three Stooges Scrapbook.

Funny Men of the Movies
by Edward Edelson

Hardback:  128 pages
Publisher:  Doubleday & Company (1976)
ISBN:  0385096887
In Print?  No

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In Chapter 10 "Selected Short Subjects," the author acknowledges and credits the success of the The Three Stooges, and their ability to make people laugh.  Unfortunately, his personal taste takes over as he discusses why they shouldn't be funny.  A brief overview of their history from Healy thru the 1960s is also included.

Promotional blurb...

"Lots of laughs!  What makes you laugh?  A pie in the face?  A good joke?  A funny costume?  The great funny men of films have different ways of making us laugh.  Here is a survey of humor in the movies, from the slapstick comedy of the Keystone Kops, to the goofy comedy of Jerry Lewis and the zaniness of Woody Allen.  This book reveals the props and camera tricks that helped create humorous special effects.  And it gives you a behind-the-scenes look at the costuming, makeup, style and wit of the Marx Brothers, Charlie Chaplin, the Little Rascals, W. C. Fields, Laurel and Hardy, Abbott and Costello and many more."

 

1980, a mass market paperback edition was published by Pocket Books (Simon & Schuster).

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Funny Parts, The
A History of Film History Routines and Gags
by Anthony Balducci

Paperback:  314 pages
Publisher:  McFarland Publ. (2011)
ISBN:  0786465131
In Print?  No

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The Three Stooges are mentioned throughout the book, in reference to their connection to the scores of film routines and gags that received a Stooges-spin in their shorts and features.

Publisher's promotional copy...

"Classic comedy routines and individual gags have been around for many hundreds of years, probably thousands; the best of these ribticklers make their merry way through theater, circus, film and television. The challenge to comedians has always been to adapt familiar material in a way that emphasizes their personal style and outlook. The many routines and gags cited in this illustrated history are lovingly deconstructed to show how they have been shaped to suit different eras and performers.

These tried and true laugh-provokers are indestructible. Through all the remakes, revivals, recycles and revamps, they have survived robustly to the present day. As these timeless comedy gems are traced to their beginnings and followed through the years, readers are taken on a mirthful journey from Keystone to Zombieland."

Funsters, The
by James Robert Parish & William T. Leonard, with Gregory W. Mank & Charles Hoyt

Hardback:  752 pages
Publisher:  Arlington House (1979)
In Print?  No

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The Three Stooges receive a 10-page chapter in the author’s extensive text examining hundreds of movie comedians and comics.  Although not a particular fan of the boys, Parish is respectful and objectively discusses their contributions and legacy to movie comedy.

From the dust cover:

"They could pop up in any movie, as plumbers or secretaries or bank tellers; as wives or husbands or (would-be) lovers. They could be pompous or scatterbrained. What they all shared in common was a genius for making funny faces at life. They made us laugh at our world, and ourselves. They are The Hollywood Funsters: the comics, the clowns, and the jesters of the Silver Screen.

Their ranks include Charles Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Lucille Ball, Milton Berle, Bob Hope, Jack Benny, Phyllis Diller, Woody Allen, Jimmy Durante, The Three Stooges, and dozens more. Now the funniest men and women the world has ever known have a reference volume worthy of their outsized talents."

Gag Man, The
Clyde Bruckman and the Birth of Film Comedy
by Matthew Dessem

Hardback:  362 pages
Publisher:  Thomas Elrod Publ. (2015)
ISBN:  1941629199
In Print?  Yes

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Clyde Bruckman's work with The Three Stooges is discussed in the section of the book detailing Bruckman's time working in the Columbia Studios Short Subjects Dept.

From a publicity release...

"Though today he is barely remembered, Clyde Bruckman was a key figure in early film comedy, collaborating with icons like Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd, W.C. Fields, Laurel & Hardy, and the Three Stooges. Working while screenwriting was still in its infancy, Bruckman helped shape many influential shorts and films, developed the gags that made them legendary, and eventually became a director himself. But Bruckman’s own life was filled with tragedy and disappointment, from alcoholism to accusations of plagiarism, and over time his story has been relegated to little more than a footnote.  The Gag Man, will be the first book-length biography of this fascinating but elusive figure. Drawing on archives, court documents, and of course the films themselves, Dessem brings Bruckman’s story to life and shines a light on an important corner of Hollywood history."

Game Player's Buyer's Guide
1989, Vol. 2 # 5

Magazine:  160 pages
Publisher:  Signal Research, Inc. (1989)
In Print?  No

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The 3 Stooges a Great Game?  Why, Soitainly! presents a detailed 4-page review of the Nintendo version of Cinemaware's "The Three Stooges" video game (earlier released 1987 - 1988 for Amiga, Commodore, Atari, PC and Apple).

Golpes, Sopapos y Pasteles
La Desopilante Historia de Los Tres Chiflados
by Leonel Contreras

Paperback:  111 pages
Publisher:  Editorial Dunken (2005)
ISBN:  9870211208
In Print?  No

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Published in Argentina

A Spanish biography on The Three Stooges in 7 chapters.  It also includes a Stooges Anthology with verbal gags from the Curly shorts, a Filmography and a Bibliography.

(information provided by Diego Puglisi)

Got Milk?
Fall / Winter 1999

Magazine:  1 pages
In Print?  No

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The National Milk Promotion Board's Got Milk? campaign featured Curly Howard in this iconic print ad. It appeared in numerous national & regional magazines. This particular image is from the back cover of "Entertainment Weekly" # 510 (Winter 1999).

GQ
Gentlemen's Quarterly
December 1998

by Ted Fishman

Magazine:  310 pages
Publisher:  Conde Nast Publications, Inc. (1998)
In Print?  No

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The Three Stooges Meet the Son of Dracula, a 5-page feature of The Three Stooges, and particularly Comedy III. Providing a brief history of the comedy team, the article then delves into the activities and business models of C3, beginning with the DeRita & Fine vs. Howard lawsuit of 1994. Legal counsel Bela Lugosi Jr. [who BTW, left C3 in 1999] is the focal point of a project that was intended by C3 as a PR piece for themselves, but the author also addresses fan-animosity generated by C3.

Recommended reading.

 

Great Movie Comedians, The
From Charlie Chaplin to Woody Allen
by Leonard Maltin

Hardback:  238 pages
Publisher:  Crown Publishers (1978)
In Print?  No

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From the dust jacket...

Since the birth of motion pictures, audiences around the world have looked to the great movie comedians for the welcome laughter and the comic view of life their films provide. Today a new generation is discovering the same films that made people laugh forty, fifty, even sixty years ago, learning that great comedy is timeless.

Now film historian Leonard Maltin, whose earlier subjects have ranged from Walt Disney to Our Gang, provides fascinating new insights to the great movie comedians... what made each unique, how their careers developed, which films stand out among their work and why. His cogent essays are spiced with memorable incidents from the films and fresh anecdotes and observations on their creation. Each critique is accompanied by an exhaustive filmography and a gallery of rare photographs, many of which have never appeared in print before.  The book examines not only the classic clowns --- Chaplin, Keaton, Lloyd, Langdon, Laurel & Hardy --- but also some of the neglected figures of film history: Mabel Normand, the screen's first great comedienne; Charley Chase, comedy's unsung hero; Raymond Griffith, the comedian's comedian; the scandal-plagued Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle; and Will Rogers, whose reputation as a homespun philosopher has tended to obscure his long and interesting film career.  From the sound era Maltin takes a look at such luminaries as W. C. Fields, Mae West, The Marx Brothers, Joe E. Brown, Danny Kaye, the new "talking" comics such as Bob Hope and Red Skelton, as well as the combined slapstick and verbal mayhem of comedy teams like The Three Stooges and Abbott & Costello. Here too are the great movie comedians of our own time: Jerry Lewis, who almost single-handedly carried the banner of film comedy through the 1960s, when television drained the screen of comic talent; and Woody Allen, the movies' latest comedy superstar who, in the tradition of the earlier comedians, writes and directs as well as stars in his own films.  Perhaps more than anything else, The Great Movie Comedians points up the continuity in screen comedy, the progression that has nurtured new ideas and welcomed individual talents, while building upon the foundations of the past. This fresh, thoughtful, and appreciative look at the great funny men of the last half century will be of immense interest to all film buffs.

 

Reissued 2015 by Amazon/CreateSpace/Digital as print-on-demand Softbound and Kindle editions, with some expanded information.

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Great Movie Shorts, The
Those Wonderful One-and-Two-Reelers of the Thirties and Forties
by Leonard Maltin

Hardback:  236 pages
Publisher:  Bonanza Books (1972)
In Print?  No

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The Three Stooges and their Columbia Pictures shorts are prominently featured, with a full chapter, in this necessary reference tool for any serious film historian and fan.

From the book jacket...

" "Time was," says Pete Smith in his foreword to this book, "when an exhibitor would no more think of omitting one or more shorts and a newsreel from his program than he would have kept his theatre closed on New Years Eve." Well, times have changed, and the day when going to the movies meant seeing a cartoon, a comedy or a musical, and a newsreel is gone forever. But this book brings that exciting era alive again in an informative and nostalgic look at the great short subjects of the 1930s and 1940s [and 1950s] --- the wonderful "Our Gang" comedies, Robert Benchley's tongue-in-cheek lectures, the bedroom farces of Leon Errol, the fascinating exposes of "Crime Does Not Pay" and many, many more. The biggest names in show business were part of this wonderful world --- Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Laurel & Hardy, W. C. Fields, Buster Keaton, Harry Langdon, Ruth Etting. And the field created its own stars as well: Edgar Kennedy, Andy Clyde, Thelma Todd and Patsy Kelly, John Nesbitt, Pete Smith and Charley Chase.

They're all here, in pictures and words, as Leonard Maltin tells the story of these dedicated people who did more with ten or twenty minutes on the screen than many people could do with ninety.

The Great Movies Shorts is an invaluable reference work with complete data (cast, director, release date, studio, synopsis) of over 1,000 short subjects --- in large part, material that has never appeared in print. With the proliferation of talent in front of and behind the camera, these filmographies will be of great use to film scholars, students and buffs. From slapstick to newsreels, from musicals to travelogues, The Great Movie Shorts tells the whole story of a bygone era of moviemaking that grows more fascinating with every passing year."

 

Hail, Columbia!
by Rochelle Larkin

Hardback:  445 pages
Publisher:  Arlington House (1975)
In Print?  No

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The short subjects of Columbia barely receive a mention, with the Stooges' contribution to the studio mostly restricted to their mention in feature film synopses. But the history of Columbia remains interesting, and the book presents a detailed history of their home studio's history and heritage.

From the book jacket...

"In this overdue tribute to the most underrated of all studios, entertainment historian Rochelle Larkin recalls all the great movies and stars that came from there; nutty comedies like 20th CENTURY; social dramas like DEATH OF A SALESMAN and THE LAST HURRAH; neat little melodramas starring Ralph Bellamy, Richard Dix and Jack Holt; outstanding film biographies; Frank Capra's classics IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT, MR. DEEDS GOES TO TOWN and LOST HORIZON; and recent influential movies like FIVE EASY PIECES and EASY RIDER that have sparked new film trends.

Whether recalling the origins of Columbia, or analyzing the special magic of Oscar winners like ALL THE KING'S MEN, this anniversary volume is a profusely illustrated blend of nostalgia, movie lore and witty reporting. With 12 appendices, including an alphabetical listing of more than 1600 Columbia movies."

 

Hanna-Barbera's Christmas Gathering
1978 Calendar

15 pages
Publisher:  Hanna-Barbera Productions, Inc. (1977)
In Print?  No

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1978 calendar, a promotional tie-in to the December 1977 TV movie A CHRISTMAS GATHERING.

  • July 1978 features the characters of LAFF-A-LYMPICS, including Joe Besser's 'Babu the Genie.'
  • Bonus January 1979 page features THE ROBONIC STOOGES

Happy Holidays Hanna-Barbera
1979 Calendar

15 pages
Publisher:  Hanna-Barbera Productions, Inc. (1978)
In Print?  No

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1979 calendar featuring Hanna-Barbera's roster of 1978 - 1979 TV cartoon stars.  

Joe Besser's cartoon character 'Scare Bear' from YOGI'S SPACE RACE and THE GALAXY GOOF-UPS is seen on the January and April calendars.  Also on January's page, the Curly Howard-based 'Jabberjaw' appears.

Haunted Smile, The
The Story of Jewish Comedians in America
by Lawrence J. Epstein

Hardback:  382 pages
Publisher:  Public Affairs Books (2001)
In Print?  No

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The Three Stooges are discussed several times, covering... their distinct physical style of comedy, their verbal talents, the use of Jewish humor like Yiddish references, and the lampooning of the Nazis, particularly Moe's depiction of Adolf Hitler.

From the back cover...

"For the past century and more, American comedy has drawn its strengths and soul from the comic genius of Jewish performers and writers. An incomplete listings of names makes the point... The Marx Brothers, Jack Benny, Fanny Brice, George Burns, Milton Berle, Jackie Mason, Joan Rivers, Rodney Dangerfield, Sid Caesar, Mel Brooks, Alan King, Mort Sahl, Buddy Hackett, Woody Allen, Lenny Bruce, Andy Kaufman, Richard Belzer, Jerry Seinfeld. These men and women, among others, form the canon of Jewish American comedy, and in The Haunted Smile Epstein offers us a deep and subtle understanding of how Jewish culture and American openness gave birth to a new style of entertainment."

 

A softbound edition, with new cover art, was published in 2002.

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Heavy Metal
1983 July
by Drew Friedman

Magazine:  100 pages
Publisher:  HM Communications, Inc. (1983)
In Print?  No

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In this comics magazine of sci-fi and fantasy, Attack of the 50 Foot Stinky is a 1-page spoof of Joe Besser's popular character from THE ABBOTT AND COSTELLO SHOW.

Heavy Metal
1984 July
by Drew Friedman

Magazine:  100 pages
Publisher:  HM Communications, Inc. (1984)
In Print?  No

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In this comics magazine of sci-fi and fantasy, Joe DeRita of the Apes is a 1-page spoof featuring Joe DeRita, aka Curly Joe.

Heavy Metal
1985 March
by Drew Friedman

Magazine:  100 pages
Publisher:  HM Communications, Inc. (1985)
In Print?  No

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In this comics magazine of sci-fi and fantasy, More Laugh Makers is a 1-page spoof that features Shemp Howard, along with Wally Cox, Richard Deacon, Edgar Buchanan, Junior Samples and Joe E. Ross.

Hi There, Boys and Girls!
America's Local Children's TV Programs
by Tim Hollis

Paperback:  376 pages
Publisher:  University Press of Mississippi (2001)
ISBN:  1578063965
In Print?  No

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The Three Stooges receive mention throughout the book, as it examines all the shows and hosts that screened their short subjects during the late 1950s - early 1970s heyday of local children's programming.  Notably, the hosts that costarred in THE OUTLAWS IS COMING! (1965) are covered in detail.

From the back cover...

"Whatever happened to Bozo the Clown, to Aunt Norma, to Solomon C. Whiskers, those television celebrities who hammed it up between cartoons and contests during local kids' shows?  In Hi There, Boys and Girls! America's Local Children's TV Programs, Tim Hollis tracks down the story of every known local children's TV show from markets across the United States.  There have been many books about children's television on the networks, and such shows as CAPTAIN KANGAROO, HOWDY DOODY, and SESAME STREET are legends in broadcasting.  However, the local branch of children's programming has received much less attention.  For every performer on the scale of a Captain Kangaroo of a Buffalo Bob, there were five or six local personalities who were just as beloved by their viewers --  and sometimes even more so --  since these local stars could be counted on for appearances at stores, children's hospitals, and shopping centers, where kids could meet them face-to-face.  Includes a capsule history of this programming from the earliest days of radio to the early 1970s, when a combination of social changes and broadcast regulations sent most of the hosts into retirement.  Walt Disney once observed that while there is very little adult in a child, there is a lot of child in every adult.  This book will bring back a flood of long-submerged memories for anyone who was a child during this golden era."

(Also published in a cloth-bound 'hardcover' edition.)

Highway to Hollywood
The Hard Way
by Maury Dexter

162 pages
Publisher:  Maury Dexter (2012)
In Print?  Yes

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Self-published memoir of film and TV director Maury Dexter (LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE, HIGHWAY TO HEAVEN), a former actor who worked with The Three Stooges in UNCIVIL WAR BIRDS (1946) and Shemp Howard in ONE EXCITING WEEK (1946).  Mr. Dexter discusses his work with them in chapter 10.

This autobiography was released as a free, downloaded .pdf file, not thru regular publishing outlets.

Hollywood and Crime
Original Crime Stories Set During the History of Hollywood
by Robert J. Randisi (Editor), Max Allan Collins

Hardback:  352 pages
Publisher:  Pegasus Books (2007)
In Print?  No

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Unfortunately, the book's Stooges-related chapter involves the mystery of Ted Healy's death and buys into the untrue accounts alleged against Wallace Beery.  Although the tale by "Dick Tracy" comic strip writer Max Allan Collins is a nice narrative, readers are advised that its underlying "facts" are fiction.

Publishers Weekly (June 2007)...

"The 14 stories in this entertaining anthology from Shamus Award-founder Randisi span Tinsel Town history from the 1930s to the present and intersect, literally, at Hollywood and Vine. Top billing should go to Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch story, "Suicide Run," and to Lee Goldberg's "Jack Webb's Star;" the former for the detection and the latter for biggest laughs. Other highlights include Max Allan Collins and Matthew V. Clemens's reinvention of one of the Three Stooges, Moe Howard, as a detective in their clever "Murderlized," about the 1937 death of the Stooges' mentor, vaudevillian Ted Healy.  Robert S. Levinson delivers a wicked portrait of gossip columnist Hedda Hopper in "And the Winner Is...," which turns on her lackey's efforts to stop a Nazi sharpshooter at the 1960 Academy Awards. From Harry Bosch's visit to a photographer at Hollywood & Vine Studios to Moe's meeting at a coffee shop at that intersection, all the tales pay homage to the storied Hollywood street corner."

Reissued in paperbook and Kindle formats in 2015 by publisher Perfect Crime Books.  (Refreshing the page will alternate the editions pictured.)

Hollywood Studio Magazine
1978 September
by Scott Orbach

Magazine:  46 pages
Publisher:  Dorothy Denny Publ. (1978)
In Print?  No

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The Three Stooges:  From Soup to Nuts, a 3-page overview of the comedy team's history.

Hollywood Studio Magazine
1981 June
by Jeff Lenburg

Magazine:  50 pages
Publisher:  Dorothy Denny Publ. (1981)
In Print?  No

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Still "Besser" Than Ever, 3 pgs., presents a career overview of Joe Besser by his biographer Jeff Lenburg, and covers his [then] current work focus in animation voiceovers.

Hollywood Studio Magazine
The National Film & Collectors Magazine
1984 November

by Ralph Schiller

Magazine:  51 pages
Publisher:  R. B. Productions (1984)
In Print?  No

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"Ed Bernds: The Stooge Director" looks at Bernds' career as a director for the Stooges, "Blondie," "The Bowery Boys" and more; 3 pages.

Also, George Hadley-Garcia's 1-page review of "The Three Stooges Scrapbook."

Note: Ralph Schiller was the founder of the The Three Stooges Fan Club in 1975, before turning it over to Larry Fine's brother Moe Feinberg in 1980.

 

Hollywood, the Movie Factory
The Inside Story of the Golden Age of Movies by the Great Talents Who Made Them Shine
by Leonard Maltin (Editor)

Paperback:  288 pages
Publisher:  Popular Library (1976)
In Print?  No

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A collection of articles and interviews from Leonard Maltin's 1960s/1970s magazine Film Fan Monthly.  Included are:

  • Writing For Laughs: Creating Two-Reel Comedies, a discussion with Three Stooges screenwriter Elwood Ullman; originally published in the October 1971 issue.
  • Edward Bernds discusses his Sound Thoughts, looking back on his days as a Columbia sound engineer for Frank Capra, the short subjects department (and The Three Stooges), etc.; originally published in the December 1972 issue.

From the back cover...

"Hollywood Dreams For Sale.  Dreams have always been Hollywood's product --  and how that magnificent artistic assembly line turned them out in the 1930s and the '40s!  Now at last we have the inside story of that wild, wonderful, whacky era, by the men and women who made so many unforgettable celluloid dreams come truer than life on the screen.  Here are the laughter and tears, the successes and scandals, the great stars and the little known key figures.  Here are these crazy years when anything went --  just as long as it was box office.  There was never a place like Hollywood in the golden years --  and never a book as vivid and revealing as this one."

I Am Lucille Ball
Ordinary People Change the World
by Brad Meltzer & Christopher Eliopoulos (Illustrator)

Hardback:  40 pages
Publisher:  Dial Books (2015)
ISBN:  0525428550
In Print?  Yes

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Children's book series (ages 5 - 8).  The book's life of Lucille Ball includes a 2-page spread covering her THREE LITTLE PIGSKINS (1934) work with The Three Stooges.

Publisher's promotional blurb...

" "Kids always search for heroes, so we might as well have a say in it," Brad Meltzer realized, and so he envisioned this friendly, fun approach to biography—for his own kids, and for yours. Each book tells the story of one of America’s icons in a vivacious, conversational way that works well for the youngest nonfiction readers, those who aren’t quite ready for the Who Was biography series. Each book focuses on a particular character trait that made that role model heroic. For example, Lucille Ball could make any situation funny. By making people around the world laugh, she proved that humor can take on anything."

I Stooged to Conquer
The Autobiography of the Leader of The Three Stooges
by Moe Howard

Paperback:  241 pages
Publisher:  Chicago Review Press (2013)
In Print?  Yes

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Reissued edition of "Moe Howard and the Three Stooges." Refer to that title [below] for details.

A new foreword by Joan Howard Maurer.  Content changes are minor compared to the original edition, with the expanded page count due to expanded typesetting, and larger photo reproductions.

 

I Won't Grow Up!
The Comic Man-Child in Film From 1901 to the Present
by Anthony Balducci

Paperback:  216 pages
Publisher:  McFarland Publ. (2015)
ISBN:  1476662088
In Print?  Yes

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In chapter 3, "I'm a Baaaad Boy!," examination and motivations of The Three Stooges' characters are discussed, and how they differ and contrast from Laurel & Hardy and Abbott & Costello.

Publisher's promotional blurb...

"A film archetype as old as film itself, the man-child has been an enduring comedy subject. Classics as diverse as Hail the Conquering Hero (1944) and The Apartment (1960) have used the immature male to drive plots and press the importance of growing up. But he was not born fully formed--it took the shifting social norms of decades to mold the atrocious behavior of the puerile buffoon we know today.

The man-child has come under scrutiny in recent years. Prominent writers, including David Denby and A.O. Scott, have criticized the modern comedian behaving in shamelessly childish ways. This book provides a comprehensive examination of the character of the man-child, from Andre Deed, who debuted on screen in 1901, to Seth Rogen. The author discusses changing cultural attitudes about maturity, what it means to be an adult, what it means to be a child and how those things are becoming increasingly confused."

Independent Film Journal, The
1959 August 1

Magazine:  32 pages
Publisher:  The Independent Film Journal (1959)
In Print?  No

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Booking ad for The Three Stooges' feature film HAVE ROCKET --  WILL TRAVEL (1959) is featured on the back cover of this industry trade magazine.

This ad could also be found in similar trade papers and magazines available at this time.

Ingram's Shaving Cream
1936

Magazine:  1 pages
In Print?  No

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Featuring caricatures of popular film and radio comedians, in 1936 Ingram's Shaving Cream ran an essay contest asking consumers to choose either Ingram's "coolness" or "economy" in the contest theme Which Is More Important to You?   The winning entry received a 1st prize of $2500, with ten runner-up awards of $100, and Rubberset shaving brushes for 2000 entrants.  The full page ad ran in national magazines such as "The Saturday Evening Post."

Ted Healy and Jimmy Durante were paired for one of these national, full page ads.

Inklings
Summer 1997
by "Emil Kabibbel, Ph.D."

Magazine:  32 pages
Publisher:  Paradox Publishing (1997)
In Print?  No

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To Heep, Woop, Nyuk or Ngaahh: A Study of the Pronounced Gender Division Over the Value of Watching The Three Stooges, 2 pages. The Denver-area arts and literary magazine presents an academic analysis of the supposed divide between males and females, regarding the essence of the Stooges' work.
 

Is Anyone Here From Brooklyn?
by Frank Bisogno

Hardback:  448 pages
Publisher:  Fradon Publishers (1990)
In Print?  No

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A collection of photographs with short biographies of famous personalities, associated with or from Brooklyn. The 448 page collection of Brooklynites, from performing artists to sports figures, is extensive and impressive.  Among the entries, the Horwitz brothers are featured.

I'll Be Right Back
Memories of TV's Greatest Talk Show
by Mike Douglas, with Thomas Kelly & Michael Heaton

Hardback:  320 pages
Publisher:  Simon and Schuster (2000)
In Print?  No

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Mike Douglas' parade of celebrity recollections includes two pages praising the professionalism and enthusiasm of Moe Howard.

From the dust jacket...

"In I'll Be Right Back, Mike Douglas shares his memories of more than 50 exciting, challenging years in show business. In a style that is as breezy, witty and intimate as the conversations that made his show so delightful, Mike delivers delicious, and occasionally mischievous, anecdotes about the exciting personalities who made his show so much fun. The list of guests and cohosts read like a virtual "who's who" of American and international celebrities."

 

Jerry Lewis Films, The
An Analytical Filmography of the Innovative Comic
by James L. Neibaur and Ted Okuda

Paperback:  295 pages
Publisher:  McFarland Publ. (2013)
ISBN:  0786475005
In Print?  Yes

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The chapter for THE ERRAND BOY (1961) includes comments by Jerry Lewis, in reference to Joe Besser's participation in the film, as well as Joe's script consultant role in CINDERFELLA (1960).

From the back cover...

"Using interviews with Jerry Lewis and many of his co-stars, this book analyzes his collaborative efforts with Dean Martin, his subsequent solo work, his writing and directorial careers, and later movies such as HARDLY WORKING (1979) and THE KING OF COMEDY (1982).

Comprehensive data are provided for each of the films, with cast and production credits, studio, release date, and running time.  Lewis's own reflections on his work are included for many of the entries."

Originally published as a 1995 hardcover edition.  

 

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Joe Franklin's Encyclopedia of Comedians
by Joe Franklin

Hardback:  384 pages
Publisher:  Lyle Stuart (1979)
ISBN:  0806505664
In Print?  No

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Well-intentioned but prone to factual errors, Franklin's book is still fun as you can almost hear his inimitable delivery and enthusiasm for the subject matter as you read along.  The Three Stooges receive three pages discussing the team's history.

From the dust jacket...

"This omnibus volume, put together with loving care by the king of nostalgic television, presents in text and photographs the men and women who from the turn of the century to the present have made America laugh.  Joe Franklin's Encyclopedia of Comedians is a wonderful collection of biographical sketches of the comedians, as well as many of the routines that made them famous.

Joe Franklin's Encyclopedia of Comedians is a book for all readers - for those who merely wish for a vastly entertaining reading, as well as for those who wish to rekindle memories and laugh again with the comedy stars of the past, or chuckle at emerging comedians of the present.  It will inform and delight anyone who appreciates the humor such gifted comedians possess."

  • Issued by the publisher in a softbound edition in 1983.
  • Bell Publishing Co. reissued a new hardbound edition in 1985.

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John Wayne
The Official Collector's Edition
Volume 10

by James Ellis, Bryn Waryan and Kelsey Pillischer (Editors)

Magazine:  100 pages
Publisher:  Topix Media (2016)
In Print?  Yes

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A ranking of John Wayne's 169 movies, 1926 - 1976, using photographs from the Wayne Estate's archive.  PITTSBURGH (1942) comes in at # 54, and the entry is illustrated with a still featuring stars Randolph Scott & John Wayne, with Shemp Howard.

Kar-Tunz
Harvey Kurtzman's...
April 1980 # 7

by Drew Friedman, James Hopkins & John Mariano

Magazine:  48 pages
Publisher:  Off-Campus Unofficial Publication by Students of Harvey Kurtzman (1980)
In Print?  No

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Drew Friedman's cover illustration of Curly Howard is accompanied by additional Stooges cartoons in the newsprint magazine, including a full-page caricature of Shemp by Drew titled "Shemp Fever... Catch It!"  Other artists with Stooge toons are James Hopkins and John Mariano.

King Cohn
The Life and Times of Harry Cohn
by Bob Thomas

Hardback:  381 pages
Publisher:  G. P. Putnam & Sons (1967)
In Print?  No

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Scant-to-zero mention is made of the short subjects department and The Three Stooges.  However, the book is a detailed and fascinating look at the life of Columbia chief Harry Cohn.

Amazon review by Scott MacGillivray (re: 2000 updated editon)..."This updated version of Bob Thomas's biography of Columbia studio chief Harry Cohn is very enjoyable reading.  Since its original publication, anonymous sources have come forward and new facts and anecdotes have been incorporated.  The brusque, outspoken Cohn appears to have been only concerned with Columbia's most important productions, and Thomas's text reflects this bias.  If you're looking for details about Columbia's bread-and-butter product, including its popular "B" pictures, westerns, short subjects, serials, and cartoons, you won't find anything here, and even some of the studio's "A" pictures receive only passing mention.  Thomas keeps the spotlight on the colorful Cohn, with some incredible stories and quotes.  A great read for movie buffs.

King Cohn
The Life and Times of Harry Cohn
by Bob Thomas

Paperback:  381 pages
Publisher:  Bantam Books (1967)
In Print?  Yes

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Paperback / Audio / Audio Download editions...

  • Originally published by Bantam Books, 1967
  • New Millennium Press edition, updated, 2000
  • New Millennium Audio edition (abridged), read by John Landis, 2000
  • Phoenix Books Audio Download edition (unabridged), read by John Landis, 2014

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Laff
The Humorous Picture Magazine
1940 July, V1 # 6

Magazine:  32 pages
Publisher:  Volitant Publishing Company (1940)
In Print?  No

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Soup to Nuts, 2 pgs., presents gag photos and captions of Moe, Larry & Curly eating in a restaurant, Stooges-style.

Larry: The Stooge in the Middle
by Morris 'Moe' Feinberg, with G. P. Skratz

Hardback:  223 pages
Publisher:  Last Gasp of San Francisco (1984)
In Print?  No

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The book was actually written by at least one ghost writer utilized by the publisher, in association with Mr. Feinberg.  Unfortunately, many accounts not witnessed by Feinberg are portrayed inaccurately by the behind-the-scenes writer(s).  For example, Feinberg's typewritten manuscript covering the Healy years is 7 pgs. of basic historical dates, with little to no background or personal account information; the book contains 50 pgs. about Healy, and many of the accounts negative to Healy were fictionalized by a ghost writer.

From the back cover (paperback edition)...

"The Stooges weren't worth a damn without Larry."  - Ed Bernds, director of many of The Three Stooges best films.

"What was it about this entertaining and funny little guy that led to five generations of fans to sidesplitting and mindless mirth?

Morris 'Moe' Feinberg, Larry's younger brother, sifts through 80 years of rich memories and tells true stories from Larry's career, such as:

  • The immortal Al Jolson shoving our hero into the bizarre world of Stoogedom.
  • The birth of the famous "poke in the eye" routine.
  • The times the Stooges narrowly escaped injury on the set.
  • The complete script of Howard, Fine & Howard's very first act as a vaudeville threesome."

 

Larry: The Stooge in the Middle
by Morris 'Moe' Feinberg, with G. P. Skratz

Paperback:  223 pages
Publisher:  Last Gasp of San Francisco (1984)
In Print?  No

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The paperback version was re-released in 2001.  One extra page was added to an appendix, and several new pictures appear throughout the book's text; otherwise, it is the same as the 1984 softcover release.

 

Last of the Moe Haircuts
The Influence of The Three Stooges on Twentieth-Century Culture
by Bill Flanagan

Paperback:  129 pages
Publisher:  Contemporary Books (1986)
In Print?  No

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From the back cover...

"Hey Moe! Hey Larry! Hey Pablo! That's right. Pablo. It's finally time for us to acknowledge the enormous debt we owe to the universal genius of The Three Stooges. To honor the great figures of the twentieth century... such as Picasso, Freud, Lennon, McCartney, the Pope, Richard Milhous Nixon... by placing them in the company of their even greater mentors. Yes, the time has come to expose the horrendous coverup that has labeled the Stooges merely players, not innovators. The time has come to give Curly, Larry and Moe their rightful position in all our history books. The time has come to reveal what we all have somehow always senses... that the only logical explanation for this twentieth century world of ours is... The Three Stooges! And this book does it.

Who but the Stooges first came up with the idea of bumbling plumbers so inept they could tape the Watergate doorlock backwards... twice! Oh, that copycat Nixon. Who but the Stooges could have translated Freud to the masses, spreading his gospel through living example, personifying the wacky id (Curly, of course), the middle-of-the-road ego (that Larry), and the ever-restraining superego (oh, that Moe!). What self-sacrifice! Could we truly understand the great Freud's theories without the Stooges? We think not. Where did the Beatles get those haircuts? Think about it. Vietnam. Gerald Ford. Professional wrestling. It's all here, scientifically proven. With pictures? Soitenly!"

 

Laugh Makers, The
A Pictorial History of American Comedians
by William Cahn
Introduction by Harold Lloyd

Hardback:  192 pages
Publisher:  Bramhall House (1957)
In Print?  No

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The Three Stooges receive scant mention, mostly for their longevity, and are represented by a HOOFS AND GOOFS (1957) studio still with Moe, Larry and Joe.  (The book was a 1957 publication, and recognizes this version as the current Three Stooges lineup.)

From the dust jacket...

"The Laugh Makers is a nostalgic and lively picture and text survey of the traditions of American comedy, the laugh makers themselves, and the forms and media that have shaped America humor. From Thomas Wignell, the first American comedian, who made George Washington laugh, to Sid Caesar of the TV age, America has evolved its own special brand of humor - a humor that lets us laugh at ourselves, which exploits our self-consciousness. The Laugh Makers examines this tradition, identifies it, and presents the men and the media which have shaped it. Also there are many sidesplitting examples of the comedy of such lights as Joe Jefferson, Harrigan & Hart, Weber & Fields, W.C. Fields, Ed Wynn, Bobby Clark, Harold Lloyd, Charlie Chaplin, Groucho Marx, Fred Allen and Jimmy Durante, and over 200 fabulous pictures show them as they were - caught in the middle of their acts. In a broad, panoramic sweep, The Laugh Makers presents this history, and gives an intimate close-up of the greats of American comedy, and of the comedy itself that has made these names national institutions."

Reissued in 1970 by Grosset & Dunlap, and retitled as A Pictorial History of the Great Comedians.  Updates expanded it to 221 pages, but the Stooges' segment remained untouched.

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Liberty
Then & Now
Spring 1976

by John Ewaniuk

Magazine:  66 pages
Publisher:  Challenge Publications Inc. (1976)
In Print?  No

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The Three Stooges: Princes of Comedy, a 7-page article by Stooges scholar John Ewaniuk. A detailed, yet concise, history of The Three Stooges.

Life
Special Report 1975
The Year in Pictures

Magazine:  98 pages
Publisher:  Time, Inc. (1976)
In Print?  No

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In the "Obituary 1975" section (5 pgs.), Moe and Larry's 1975 passings are mentioned in a single entry & they are shown together in a photo.

Life and Times of Mickey Rooney, The
by Richard A. Lertzman and William J. Birnes

Hardback:  624 pages
Publisher:  Gallery Books (2015)
ISBN:  1501100963
In Print?  Yes

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Rooney's lifetime career intersected with Ted Healy and The Three Stooges on several occasions, most notably when Mick was still known as 'Mickey McGuire' and he shared a live appearance bill with Ted Healy, Moe, Larry and Curly, August 27, 1932 in Cleveland OH.  That appearance was Curly Howard's debut as a member of Healy's act!  That and other Healy & His Stooges accounts can be found in Lertzman's book.

Promotional blurb...

“A definitive biography of the iconic actor and Hollywood legend Mickey Rooney (1920-2014) and his extravagant, sometimes tawdry life, drawing on exclusive interviews, and with those who knew him best, including his heretofore unknown mistress of sixty years.  “I lived like a rock star,” said Mickey Rooney. “I had all I ever wanted, from Lana Turner and Joan Crawford to every starlet in Hollywood, and then some. They were mine to have. Ava [Gardner] was the best. I screwed up my life. I pissed away millions. I was #1, the biggest star in the world.”

Mickey Rooney began his career almost a century ago as a one-year-old performer in burlesque and stamped his mark in vaudeville, silent films, talking films, Broadway, and television. He acted in his final motion picture just weeks before he died at age ninety-three. He was an iconic presence in movies, the poster boy for American youth in the idyllic small-town 1930s. Yet, by World War II, Mickey Rooney had become frozen in time. A perpetual teenager in an aging body, he was an anachronism by the time he hit his forties. His child-star status haunted him as the gilded safety net of Hollywood fell away, and he was forced to find support anywhere he could, including affairs with beautiful women, multiple marriages, alcohol, and drugs.

In The Life and Times of Mickey Rooney, authors Richard A. Lertzman and William J. Birnes present Mickey’s nearly century-long career within the context of America's changing entertainment and social landscape. They chronicle his life story using little-known interviews with the star himself, his children, his former coauthor Roger Kahn, collaborator Arthur Marx, and costar Margaret O’Brien. This Old Hollywood biography presents Mickey Rooney from every angle, revealing the man Laurence Olivier once dubbed “the best there has ever been.”

Also available in a Kindle edition.

Living Large
Wilna Hervey and Nan Mason
by Joseph P. Eckhardt

Hardback:  200 pages
Publisher:  Woodstock Arts (2015)
ISBN:  0967926882
In Print?  Yes

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The Three Stooges are discussed in the "California" chapter, when Wilna hoped to restart her film career and was cast as the burly train passenger in A PAIN IN THE PULLMAN (1936).

Excerpt from the publisher's promo...

"Living Large: Wilna Hervey and Nan Mason, by noted silent film historian Joseph P. Eckhardt, is by turns a rollicking dual biography and a sweet love story. Wilna Hervey—a six-foot-three-inch, three-hundred-pound heiress—won the role of "The Powerful Katrinka" in the Toonerville Trolley comedies of the early nineteen-twenties through her impressive size. Her evocation of Katrinka was so successful that it became a permanent part of her identity. 

Wilna's movie work brought her something else that would long endure—a partner for life. While filming on location in the Philadelphia suburbs, Wilna Hervey met Nan Mason, the surprisingly tall daughter of her Toonerville co-star, Dan Mason. Wilna and Nan became close friends and ultimately life partners."

Lobby Cards: The Classic Comedies
The Michael Hawks Collection: Volume II
by Kathryn Leigh Scott

Hardback:  176 pages
Publisher:  Pomegranate Press, Ltd. (1988)
In Print?  No

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Actress Kathryn Leigh Scott (DARK SHADOWS' "Maggie Evans" and "Josette Collins") collects a 2nd volume of hundreds of lobby cards, in this coffee-table hardcover treasury, focusing on Hollywood comedies of 1916 - 1949.

The Three Stooges are represented with HOI POLLOI (1935) and HALF-SHOT SHOOTERS (1936), and Shemp Howard can be found on a page dedicated to Abbott & Costello's BUCK PRIVATES (1941).

Location Filming in Los Angeles
Images of America
by Karie Bible, Marc Wanamaker and Harry Medved

Paperback:  127 pages
Publisher:  Arcadia Publishing (2011)
In Print?  Yes

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This pictorial history includes numerous images from the classic comedies, including location shots with Chaplin, Keaton, Laurel & Hardy, Harold Lloyd, and many others. The Three Stooges are seen in a section devoted to Bronson Canyon, where some of HAVE ROCKET -- WILL TRAVEL (1959) was shot.

From the back cover...

"Los Angeles has reigned for more than a century as the world capital of the film industry, a unique and ever-changing city that has been remolded and recast thousands of times through the artistic visions and cinematic dreams of Hollywood's elite. As early as 1907, filmmakers migrated west to avoid lengthy eastern winters. In Los Angeles, they discovered an ideal world of abundant and diverse locales, blessed with a mild and sunny climate ideal for filming. Location Filming in Los Angeles provides a historic view of the diversity of locations that supplied the backdrop for Hollywood's greatest films, from the silent era to the modern age."

 

Logitech
1990

Paperback:  1 pages
In Print?  No

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1990, desktop publisher Logitech used The Three Stooges to promote its products, Our Foolproof Desktop Tools Make Anyone Look Smart. The ads appeared nationally in business, technical and other niche market periodicals.

Lou's on First
by Chris Costello, with Raymond Strait

Hardback:  272 pages
Publisher:  St. Martin's Press (1981)
ISBN:  0312499132
In Print?  No

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Shemp Howard and Joe Besser are discussed in passages related to AFRICA SCREAMS (1949) and radio's and television's THE ABBOTT AND COSTELLO SHOW.

From the dust jacket...

"Here at last is the hilarious, affectionate, and definitive biography of the nice Italian kid from Paterson, New Jersey, who rose to become America's favorite comedian for twenty-five years.  He started out on the burlesque circuit, where he met Bud Abbott, graduated to night clubs, then to radio, and finally made the big jump to movies and international stardom.

Filled with fascinating interviews with those who knew Costello throughout his life, punctuated with excerpts from some of Abbott and Costello's funniest acts, Lou's on First is a lively and intimate portrait of one of America's great comic geniuses and a sparkling portrait of Hollywood in its heyday.  Chris Costello reveals the family side of things with grace and wit and brings her father to life as the engaging clown and reluctant adult whom the whole world loved."

  • 1982 softcover edition from St. Martin's featured the same content and cover.
  • Re-released in 2000 by Cooper Square Press, with a slightly higher 288-page count and new cover art.
  • Available in a Kindle edition from Crossroad Press in May 2016, with new cover art.

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Love Those Stooges
Trivia Challenge and Reference Guide
by Tom DeMichael

Paperback:  54 pages
Publisher:  Superior Promotions (1993)
In Print?  No

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Booklet, published in conjunction with the video of LOVE THOSE STOOGES, a retitled re-release of 50 YEARS WITH THE FUNNIEST GUYS IN THE WORLD (1983). It features trivia questions about the Stooges and their shorts, and a Columbia short subject filmography.

Mad
1960 April # 54
by Larry Siegel (writer) and Joe Orlando (artist)

Magazine:  52 pages
Publisher:  E. C. Publications Inc. (1960)
In Print?  No

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Movie Land Magazine,” 5 pgs., spoofs celebrity movie magazines.  In the faux letter column “Dear Sheldon,” it’s reported that Moe, Larry and Curly Joe will star in THE SUPREME COURT STORY.

Reprinted in More Trash From Mad: The Fourth Annual Edition (1961).

Mad
1963 October # 82
by Larry Siegel (writer) and George Woodbridge (artist)

Magazine:  52 pages
Publisher:  E. C. Publications Inc. (1963)
In Print?  No

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What If Hollywood Were to Follow the Trend Toward Long and Pretentious Titles For TV Dramas, 2 pgs., presents an ad spoof for a re-release of THE THREE STOOGES MEET HERCULES.

Mad
1964 October # 90
by Al Jaffee (writer) & Mort Drucker (artist)

Magazine:  52 pages
Publisher:  E. C. Publications Inc. (1964)
In Print?  No

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Misleading TV Titles,” 4 pgs., takes a look at what viewers might have expected to see based on TV show titles.  Case in point, MY THREE SONS featuring Moe, Larry and Curly?

Mad
1966 September # 105
by Larry Siegel (writer) & Jack Rickard (artist)

Magazine:  52 pages
Publisher:  E. C. Publications Inc. (1966)
In Print?  No

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Jackie-of-All-Trades Dept.: If Other Publications Used Those Sensational Movie Mag Cover Gimmicks, 3 pages, spoofing America's fascination with the post-1st Lady life of Jackie Kennedy. The artist/writer give us the "cover" to Movieville Magazine... "An Open Letter to Jackie Kennedy: You'd Be a Fool to Marry Moe of The Three Stooges."

This spoof can be found in "The Three Stooges Scrapbook"... pg. 204 of the original 1982 edition, and pg. 230 of the 2012 updated edition.
 

Mad Monsters
# 5 1963

Magazine:  66 pages
Publisher:  Charlton Publishing (1963)
In Print?  No

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In Fiends & Funny Men Part 2:  Three Stooges in Orbit, 2 pages, the publisher takes a look at the Stooges' most recent feature film THE THREE STOOGES IN ORBIT (1962).

Mad Monsters # 5
Limited Edition 50th Anniversary Special
April 2013

Magazine:  66 pages
Publisher:  Dennis Druktenis Publishing (2013)
In Print?  No

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Glossy paper, anniversary reprint of Mad Monsters # 5 (1963), which featured a 2-page article on THE THREE STOOGES IN ORBIT (1962).

Madonna and Other Spectacles
Fictions
by Harold Jaffe

Hardback:  141 pages
Publisher:  PAJ Publications (1988)
In Print?  No

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The author's 10 pg. Stooges chapter is a nonsensical and indecipherable mess, relating the boys' antics in a ladies room, reading a pin-up magazine in church, painting in the Wall Street Exchange and infiltrating the SS.

From the book jacket...

"Jaffe's post-modern fictions outline the savagely ironic spectacles of contemporary society whose actual and make believe characters interface in stagings of global impact... In a world play-acting at the edge of insanity, Madonna looks at the masks of power and pleasure created in this age."

 

Make 'Em Laugh
The Funny Business of America
by Michael Kantor and Laurence Maslon

Hardback:  384 pages
Publisher:  Twelve Books (2008)
In Print?  No

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"From the most popular routines and the most ingenious physical shtick to the snappiest wisecracks and the most biting satire of the last century, MAKE 'EM LAUGH illuminates who we are as a nation by exploring what makes us laugh, and why. Authors Laurence Maslon and Michael Kantor draw on countless sources to chronicle the past century of American comedy and the geniuses who created and performed it-melding biography, American history, and a lotta laughs into an exuberant, important book. Each of the six chapters focuses a different style or archetype of comedy, from the slapstick pratfalls of Buster Keaton and Lucille Ball through the wiseguy put-downs of Groucho Marx and Larry David, to the incendiary bombshells of Mae West and Richard Pryor. And at every turn the significance of these comedians-smashing social boundaries, challenging the definition of good taste, speaking the truth to the powerful-is vividly tangible. MAKE 'EM LAUGH is more than a compendium of American comic genius; it is a window onto the way comedy both reflects the world and changes it-one laugh at a time. Starting from the groundbreaking PBS series, the authors have gone deeper into the works and lives of America's great comic artists, with biographical portraits, archival materials, cultural overviews, and rare photos. Brilliantly illustrated, with insights (and jokes) from comedians, writers and producers, along with film, radio, television, and theater historians, MAKE 'EM LAUGH is an indispensable, definitive book about comedy in America."

 

Man of Rock: A Biography of Joe Kubert
by Bill Schelly

Paperback:  320 pages
Publisher:  Fantagraphics Books (2008)
In Print?  No

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In addition to Joe's legendary decades-long work at DC Comics, and acclaimed art school in Dover NJ, the book extensively covers the publishing partnership of Kubert and Norman Maurer. It includes many Stooge-related stories of those years, including production of Three Stooges comic books for St. John Publications, meeting Moe, attending Joan and Norm's wedding, and establishing the Kubert School's Norman Maurer scholarship. Recollections by Joan Howard Maurer are included.

Marjorie White: Her Life and Work
by Gary Olszewski

Paperback:  118 pages
Publisher:  Bear Manor Media (2011)
In Print?  Yes

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From the publisher's press release...

" "Marjorie White" details the life story of an actress of the '20s and '30s, a top starlet of her day, but virtually forgotten today. She was among the most talented of young comediennes of her era, and had she not died tragically at such a young age, on the very verge of top stardom, would have been among the names most highly remembered these years later, as the equal of such silver-screen luminaries as Jean Harlow, Betty Hutton, Martha Raye, and the others who achieved their own fame in that "Golden Age" of stage and cinema."

 

Media Sight
The Magazine of Popular Culture Nostalgia
Fall 1983

by William Joyce

Magazine:  75 pages
Publisher:  Media Sight Publications (1983)
In Print?  No

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Author William Joyce compares and contrasts comedy stylings in Laurel and Hardy vs. The 3 Stooges: Is There a Comparison?, 9 pages.

Merchant of Dreams
Louis B. Mayer, MGM and the Secret Hollywood
by Charles Higham

Hardback:  496 pages
Publisher:  Donald I. Fine Inc. (1993)
ISBN:  1556113455
In Print?  No

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Ted Healy receives an anecdote mention in this Mayer biography, relating a public run-in he had with Louis B. Mayer while entertaining at a studio dinner dance during the production of SAN FRANCISCO.  The author contends that, as a result of the incident, Ted suffered major stress syndromes for the last two years of his life (although that is not a documented outcome).

From the dust jacket...

"At its peak in the 1930 and 1940s, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer could boast of having "more stars than in the heavens," including Greta Garbo, John Gilbert, Jean Harlow, Clark Gable, Judy Garland, Mickey Rooney, Elizabeth Taylor, Norma Shearer, Van Johnson...  All owed their careers to mogul Louis B. Mayer, the brilliant, mercurial chief of perhaps the greatest movie studio of all time.  Now bestselling biographer Charles Higham fully reveals the character and genius of this complex "merchant of dreams."

Higham follows Mayer from his birth in a ghetto in the Ukraine, to his poor if idyllic boyhood in Canada, to his entry into show business via vaudeville.  He details Mayer's precarious early years as a pioneer in silent films, his move to Hollywood and his commitment to talking pictures (Garbo Talks!).  Among Higham's revelations:  how Mayer rescued Jews from Nazi Europe while Loew's, Inc., his parent company, was still trading with Hitler and Mussolini; how he protected Garbo while she operated as a secret agent for the Allies; how he covered separate alleged acts of manslaughter committed by Clark Gable and John Huston; and how he conducted a love/hate relationship with boy genius Irving Thalberg, who betrayed him repeatedly.  And there is the personal side:  his clashes with two headstrong daughters:  Irene (Mrs. Davis O. Selznick), who became a successful theatrical producer, and Edith (Mrs. William Goetz), one of Hollywood's legendary hostesses, and his own romantic involvements.

With the first-time cooperation of Mayer's family and surviving associates, Higham weaves a gripping account of the public successes and private agonies of the man who personified the Hollywood mogul."

 

Also published in a mass market paperback edition in 1994.

Merchant Prince of Poverty Row, The
Harry Cohn of Columbia Pictures
by Bernard F. Dick

Hardback:  218 pages
Publisher:  The University Press of Kentucky (1993)
In Print?  No

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Legend paints Harry Cohn as an ogre, perhaps the most hated man in Hollywood. Author Bernard Dick's book provides a more level assessment, of a man who was tough, sometimes feared, and yet always respected. He ran Columbia with an iron fist, and his method created and maintained a successful movie studio, transforming it from its poverty-row beginnings, to one of Hollywood's finest. If you are looking for a pure biography, be prepared to read more about the business of Columbia, and Cohn the businessman.

The Three Stooges, and short subjects, barely receive a mention, limited to a few paragraphs. However, that is more than several other Columbia Studios histories over the years.

 

The publisher released a softcover edition in 2009, with the same content and cover.

MGM Story, The
Films of MGM Described and Illustrated in Color and Black & White
by John Douglas Eames

Hardback:  400 pages
Publisher:  Crown Publishers (1975)
In Print?  No

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The MGM short subjects of Ted Healy & His Stooges barely receive a mention, with their brief two-year contribution to the studio restricted to feature film synopses. But the history of MGM (@ 1975) remains fascinating, and the book presents a detailed history of the studio's history and heritage. From the book jacket...

"For the first time in one volume, the films produced and distributed by MGM are individually covered in text and pictures. Enter the gates of the MGM Studio, and relive the glamour and nostalgia from 1924 - 1975. Meet the stars and learn the details of their careers. Meet the producers and directors, writers and photographers that donned the MGM set.

The author has drawn on his 38 years at MGM to amass the history, the legends, and the inside stories. Finally there are many previously unpublished stills among the vast collection. Here is Hollywood at your fingertips."

  • Reprinted in 1976 and 1977, and updated for the respective releases of those years, changing the film count in the book's subtitle, but otherwise kept the same cover art.
  • The 1976 edition was also published in a softbound version.
  • A 1990 reissue also updated for film releases thru that year, and revised the cover art.

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Mixed Nuts
America's Love Affair with Comedy Teams: From Burns & Allen to Belushi & Aykroyd
by Lawrence J. Epstein

Hardback:  305 pages
Publisher:  Public Affairs (2004)
In Print?  No

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From the dust jacket...

"The great American comedy teams were there for all of us during the rough years of the Twentieth Century and, as we head into a turbulent new era, they've made a surprise resurgence. Here for the first time, the complete story of America's comedy teams, revisiting some of their best-loved routines, revealing the personal stories that lay behind them, and showing how the comedians shaped and were shaped by their eras. From the rollicking twenties, to the threadbare thirties, on into the war years, and all the way through the social turmoil of the latter half of the century, Americans counted on the great comedy teams to respond to events, to make them laugh, and to show that though times might get tough, friendships and humor could always help you through.

From 19th century vaudeville to the stars of silent movies, radio and sitcoms... comedians like Burns & Allen, Laurel & Hardy, The Marx Brothers, The Three Stooges, Lucille Ball & Vivian Vance, Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis, The Smothers Brothers, the casts of "Friends" and "Seinfeld" and beyond... it was comedy teams and their witty or wild-eyed routines that have long provided wit and wisdom and created a particularly American kind of laughter. Comedy was the antidote to whatever was the problem: get a partner, create some laughs, and the whole country laughs with you."

 

Modern Screen
1938 February

Magazine:  108 pages
Publisher:  Dell Publishing (1937)
In Print?  No

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Newsstand movie magazine, featuring a 2-page spread ad for HOLLYWOOD HOTEL (1938) costarring Ted Healy.

Cover dated February 1938, this issue would have been on newsstands in December 1937.  When Ted Healy died on December 21, subsequent advertisements released by Warner Bros. removed him from the cast credits.

This ad could also be found in similar movie fan magazines available at this time.

Modern Screen
1945 February
by Maxine Arnold

Magazine:  132 pages
Publisher:  Dell Publishing (1945)
In Print?  No

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8 pages, Der Bingle discusses Bing Crosby's latest showbiz activities, notably his recent August - October 1944 USO tour in Europe, which included performing on the front lines in France.  Mentioned throughout are Crosby's USO troupe members, including comic Joe DeRita.

Moe Howard and The Three Stooges
The Pictorial Biography of the Wildest Trio in the History of American Entertainment
by Moe Howard

Hardback:  208 pages
Publisher:  Citadel Press (1977)
In Print?  No

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An important book in the Stooges' bibliography that tells an overall, fascinating story from the head Stooge's POV.  But readers should be aware that 40 years of subsequent research have revealed that Moe's recollections were prone to errors in the details as well as the occasional exaggeration.  Some examples --  We now know that Larry Fine joined Healy's act in March 1928, not 1925 as Moe recalled; Shemp did not leave Healy's act in 1932 to join the "Joe Palooka" cast at Vitaphone (a film series that did not exist until 1936); Moe was not present when Healy and Shemp approached Larry to join the act in 1928.  In the 2013 reissue edition I Stooged to Conquer, his daughter Joan Maurer wrote a new Foreword and briefly addressed the issue of Moe's memory.  This does not detract from the importance of this book, but some passages do require the proverbial "grain of salt."

From the book jacket of the 1st hardcover printing, 1977...

"In the '30s and '40s one of the most popular film comedy teams in show business was the trio variously known as "Larry, Curly and Moe," "Howard, Fine and Howard" and, more universally, "The Three Stooges." Their slapstick comedy brought howls of laughter to audiences all over the world. And their popularity, which zoomed and slipped and then zoomed again over four decades, is today undergoing a startling resurgence not only on television but in college screenings all over the country.

This book tells the story of The Three Stooges as remembered by Moe Howard, the chief stooge and mentor of the trio as long as it existed. As boss of the team, with his bowl-shaped haircut and manic rages, Moe was a one-man laugh factory. Here he remembers his more than half-century in show business... his youth as a general all-around actor in a riverboat stock company; his days in vaudeville, where he experimented with routines ranging from blackface to blackouts; and his fortuitous meeting with Ted Healy, who inspired him to enlist his brother Shemp and the wild-haired Larry Fine, in the trio which became The Three Stooges.

The Stooges did not invent slapstick but they certainly established such trademarks of American humor as cream pies in the face, pratfalls on banana peels, and the fast slap across two faces.

It is all here in Moe Howard's reminiscences... a glance backward at vaudeville, musical comedy, feature films and, most important, the myriad of short movies made for Columbia Pictures. The Stooges starred in more than 70 short films. In many of them inventiveness was stretched to the utmost, since often the studio did not bother to furnish a plot but merely allowed the imagination of the stars to develop the pratfalls and mayhem constituting the action.

For this book Mr. Howard's family made available family albums containing thousands of photographs. From this wealth of material we have selected hundreds of illustrations --- pictures showing the Stooges in action in every phase of their career. Over the decades Moe Howard and Larry Fine continued with the act, though the middle stooge role was assumed at various times by Shemp and Curly Howard, Joe Besser and Joe DeRita.

Moe Howard and The Three Stooges revives a concept that has somehow almost become lost in recent years: the purpose of comedy is to make people laugh."

Moe Howard and The Three Stooges
The Pictorial Biography of the Wildest Trio in the History of American Entertainment
by Moe Howard

Paperback:  208 pages
Publisher:  Citadel Press (1977)
In Print?  No

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See Hardcover version's entry for description.

The softcover version has been reissued several times since 1977... in 1979, 1992 and 1994. Reissues contained no editorial revisions, and the front cover image remained the same.

Moe Howard Died For Our Sins
Made-to-Fit Tales For the Maladjusted
by Dale Andrew White

Paperback:  110 pages
Publisher:  Xlibris (1991)
In Print?  No

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The book has little to do with the Stooges, other than its title which is taken from one of the author’s short chapters.  Of interest only to the Stooges bibliography completist.

From the back cover...

"With humor as twisted as its stories' plots, Moe Howard Died For Our Sins takes readers on a rollicking, hilarious ride. Go to Hell, and see it as a tourist. Get lured into a pie-throwing cult. Peek backstage at the Second Coming. Encounter talking pigs, a tongue-twisting poet, levitating patients, militant tots and a song-and-dance act that's its own show-stopper. The misadventures just keep coming. Part fantasy, part satire, this collection of short fiction is totally bent."

Money Card Collector
1994 September
Volume One Number One

Magazine:  58 pages
Publisher:  Amos Press Inc. (1994)
In Print?  No

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Amerivox Releases Patsy, Beetle, Stooges, 1 page, promotes and reports on entertainment character themed prepaid telephone cards, included one for The Three Stooges.

Motion Picture Classic
1930 December

Magazine:  108 pages
Publisher:  Motion Picture Classic, Inc. (1930)
In Print?  No

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Pg. 55 features a promotional image of Ted Healy and Frances McCoy in SOUP TO NUTS (1930), referencing their past association on Broadway.

Motion Picture Daily
1935 September 18

Magazine:  12 pages
Publisher:  Quigley Publishing (1935)
In Print?  No

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The daily trade paper, associated with The Motion Picture Herald magazine, featured a 2-page Vitaphone booking ad promoting the studio's lineup of short subject comedies for the 1935 - 1936 season, "From Scoops... to Nuts."  Shemp Howard is listed and described as Vitaphone's discovery, and pictured in an image from THE OFFICER'S MESS (1935).

The ad could also be found in similar trade papers and magazines available at this time.

Motion Picture Daily
1936 March 9

Magazine:  12 pages
Publisher:  Quigley Publishing (1936)
In Print?  No

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The daily trade paper, associated with The Motion Picture Herald magazine, featured a 2-page booking advertisement for Vitaphone's "Joe Palooka" short subjects series costarring Shemp Howard.

The ad could also be found in similar trade papers and magazines available at this time.

Motion Picture Daily
1937 August 23

Magazine:  12 pages
Publisher:  Quigley Publishing (1937)
In Print?  No

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Associated with The Motion Picture Herald, the daily trade paper featured a 2-page booking ad for VARSITY SHOW (1937 WB) costarring Ted Healy.

The ad could also be found in similar trade papers and magazines available at this time.

Motion Picture Daily
1941 December 12

Magazine:  12 pages
Publisher:  Quigley Publishing (1941)
In Print?  No

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The daily trade paper, associated with The Motion Picture Herald magazine, featured a 2-page booking ad for Olsen & Johnson's HELLZAPOPPIN' (1941), with costar Shemp Howard listed in the cast.

The ad could also be found in similar trade papers and magazines available at this time.

Motion Picture Daily
1949 June 6

Magazine:  8 pages
Publisher:  Quigley Publishing (1949)
In Print?  No

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The daily trade paper, associated with The Motion Picture Herald magazine, featured a full-page booking ad for Abbott & Costello's independent feature AFRICA SCREAMS (1949) costarring Shemp Howard and Joe Besser.

The ad could also be found in similar trade papers and magazines available at this time.

Motion Picture Daily
1953 May 28

Magazine:  6 pages
Publisher:  Quigley Publishing (1953)
In Print?  No

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The daily trade paper, associated with The Motion Picture Herald magazine, featured a Columbia booking ad for SPOOKS! (1953) on its back page, highlighting the 3-D appeal.

This ad could also be found in similar trade papers and magazines available at this time.

Motion Picture Herald
1933 November 25

Magazine:  74 pages
Publisher:  Quigley Publishing (1933)
In Print?  No

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In this issue, MGM issued a 6-page section providing a summary of materials, ideas and campaigns for theatre owners and distributors to use in promoting DANCING LADY (1934), which featured Ted Healy & His Stooges in the cast.

The material could also be found in similar trade papers and magazines available at this time.

Motion Picture Herald
1933 September 2

Magazine:  74 pages
Publisher:  Quigley Publishing (1933)
In Print?  No

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Universal promoted its feature film MYRT AND MARGE (1933), costarring Ted Healy & His Stooges, with a 2-page spread ad in this issue.

The ad could also be found in similar trade papers and magazines available at this time.

Motion Picture Herald
1934 October 20

Magazine:  90 pages
Publisher:  Quigley Publishing (1934)
In Print?  No

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A 2-pg. spread advertisement for all of Columbia's shorts product (two-reelers, cartoons, etc.), with the Stooges' MEN IN BLACK (1934) featured on 1/4 of the layout.

The ad could also be found in similar trade papers and magazines available at this time.

Motion Picture Herald
1935 April 27

Magazine:  78 pages
Publisher:  Quigley Publishing (1935)
In Print?  No

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Features a full 1 pg. advertisement for UNCIVIL WARRIORS (1935).

The ad could also be found in similar trade papers and magazines available at this time.

Motion Picture Herald
1935 March 16

Magazine:  90 pages
Publisher:  Quigley Publishing (1935)
In Print?  No

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Vitaphone (Warner Bros.) took out a full page ad promoting its short subjects with Shemp Howard, To Headline the Comic Section of Your Program.  At this time, Shemp had graduated to starring in his own comedies costarring Daphne Pollard, Johnny Berkes and others.

The ad could also be found in similar trade papers and magazines available at this time.

Motion Picture Herald
1935 November 23

Magazine:  102 pages
Publisher:  Quigley Publishing (1935)
In Print?  No

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Full page ad from Vitaphone announcing the 1st release, on January 8, 1936, of its new "Joe Palooka" short subject series costarring Shemp Howard.  [Subsequently delayed, FOR THE LOVE OF PETE was released on March 14, 1936.]

The ad could also be found in similar trade papers and magazines available at this time.

 

Motion Picture Herald
1936 April 25

Magazine:  108 pages
Publisher:  Quigley Publishing (1936)
In Print?  No

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Features a full 1 pg. advertisement for ANTS IN THE PANTRY (1936).

The ad could also be found in similar trade papers and magazines available at this time.

Motion Picture Herald
1936 August 8

Magazine:  110 pages
Publisher:  Quigley Publishing (1936)
In Print?  No

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Promoting SING, BABY, SING (1936) with Ted Healy, Alice Faye, Patsy Kelly & The Ritz Brothers, 20th Century Fox took out a 4-page booking advertisement for the musical-comedy feature.

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Motion Picture Herald
1936 August 29

Magazine:  94 pages
Publisher:  Quigley Publishing (1936)
In Print?  No

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Columbia took out a 2-page spread advertisement for its short subjects, with The Three Stooges spotlighted in 1/4 of the ad, Under Exclusive Contract to Columbia!  In addition, 20th Century Fox has a 2-page spread promoting SING, BABY, SING (1936), costarring Ted Healy.

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Motion Picture Herald
1936 January 11

Magazine:  90 pages
Publisher:  Quigley Publishing (1936)
In Print?  No

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This Week in Pictures includes a photo of Ted Healy and his sister Marcia (THE SITTER DOWNERS), mentioning her recent casting in the feature film THE GREAT ZIEGFELD (1936).

Motion Picture Herald
1936 June 27

Magazine:  100 pages
Publisher:  Quigley Publishing (1936)
In Print?  No

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In this issue, MGM promoted its SAN FRANCISCO (1936) with a 9-page promotional insert for distributors.  Included in the package was a 2-page spread advertisement for the big budget feature, costarring Ted Healy.

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Motion Picture Herald
1937 December 18

Magazine:  90 pages
Publisher:  Quigley Publishing (1937)
In Print?  No

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Warner Bros.' HOLLYWOOD HOTEL (1937), costarring Ted Healy, received a 2-page spread advertisement.

The ad could also be found in similar trade papers and magazines available at this time.  After Ted Healy's death a few days later on December 21, the ad continued in various trade publications into January, but was revised to delete Ted's name in the credits (although images of him in the artwork remained).

Motion Picture Herald
1937 May 1

Magazine:  100 pages
Publisher:  Quigley Publishing (1937)
In Print?  No

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A full-page advertisement for Columbia's new 1937 line-up of short subjects, including The Three Stooges in BACK TO THE WOODS, plus Charley Chase, Polly Moran, Andy Clyde, Walter Catlett, El Brendel, Monte Collins and Tom Kennedy.

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Motion Picture Herald
1937 November 13

Magazine:  90 pages
Publisher:  Quigley Publishing (1937)
In Print?  No

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Two-page spread advertisement for the first in Columbia's new feature series of modern-day westerns starring Buck Jones, HOLLYWOOD ROUND-UP (1937).  Shemp Howard costarred in the film, which was also his first for Columbia after his move to the west coast.

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Motion Picture Herald
1938 March 5

Magazine:  76 pages
Publisher:  Quigley Publishing (1938)
In Print?  No

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Features a full 2-pg. spread advertisement for START CHEERING (1938).

The ad could also be found in similar trade papers and magazines available at this time.

Motion Picture Herald
1941 January 4

Magazine:  68 pages
Publisher:  Quigley Publishing (1941)
In Print?  No

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Includes a 1/4-pg. booking advertisement for BOOBS IN ARMS (1941).

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Motion Picture Herald
1943 July 3

Magazine:  74 pages
Publisher:  Quigley Publishing (1943)
In Print?  No

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A 1/2-pg. advertisement for Columbia short subjects, including The Three Stooges' THREE LITTLE TWIRPS (1943).

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Motion Picture Herald
1944 May 20

Magazine:  84 pages
Publisher:  Quigley Publishing (1944)
In Print?  No

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Features a 1/2-pg. advertisement for The Three Stooges newest short subject, BUSY BUDDIES (1944).

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Motion Picture Herald
1944 May 27

Magazine:  108 pages
Publisher:  Quigley Publishing (1944)
In Print?  No

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Joe Besser's in-release HEY, ROOKIE! (1944) is spotlighted in a full-page booking advertisement, appearing on the back page.

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Motion Picture Herald
1945 April 14

Magazine:  74 pages
Publisher:  Quigley Publishing (1945)
In Print?  No

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The Stooges' feature film ROCKIN' IN THE ROCKIES (1945) is promoted in a 2 pg. spread advertisement.

The ad could also be found in similar trade papers and magazines available at this time.

Motion Picture Herald
1945 November 3

Magazine:  82 pages
Publisher:  Quigley Publishing (1945)
In Print?  No

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Paramount's PEOPLE ARE FUNNY (1946) was promoted with a 2-page spread booking advertisement.  The movie featured Joe DeRita in a supporting role (pictured lower right in the ad), and was directed and produced by Sam White.

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Motion Picture Herald
1945 November 17

Magazine:  70 pages
Publisher:  Quigley Publishing (1945)
In Print?  No

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The release of MICRO-PHONIES (1945) received a 1/2-page booking advertisement in this issue.

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Motion Picture Herald
1946 March 16

Magazine:  78 pages
Publisher:  Quigley Publishing (1946)
In Print?  No

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Features a 2 pg. spread advertisement for SWING PARADE OF 1946 (Monogram 1946).

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Motion Picture Herald
1962 July 11

Magazine:  78 pages
Publisher:  Quigley Publishing (1962)
In Print?  No

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The back cover features a full page ad for the boys' feature film, THE THREE STOOGES IN ORBIT (1962).

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Motion Picture News
1930 May 31

Magazine:  168 pages
Publisher:  Motion Picture News, Inc. (1930)
In Print?  No

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Announcing SOUP TO NUTS (1930) in pre-production, Fox took out a 2-page spread advertisement for the film in this issue.  Between the May appearance of this ad and the movie's production in July and August, some cast changes were made, i.e., Stanley Smith replaced Frank Albertson, and Lucile Brown replaced Lois Moran.

The ad could also be found in similar trade papers and magazines available at this time.

Mousie Garner
Autobiography of a Vaudeville Stooge
by Paul 'Mousie' Garner

Hardback:  218 pages
Publisher:  McFarland & Company (1999)
In Print?  No

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(8.00 - 1 vote - Last rating: 2009-02-14 17:33:12)

The last surviving member (d. 2004) of Ted Healy's stooges, Paul "Mousie" Garner came close, but no cigar, to becoming one of The Three Stooges... first in 1949 for the Stooges' aborted ABC television project, and again in 1958, when he was considered to fill the third Stooge slot which eventually went to Joe DeRita.

Mousie first became a Healy stooge in 1930 after Moe, Larry & Shemp first went solo. His career encompassed vaudeville, the USO, radio, records, television and film. Never a star name, but always a professional, and always entertaining.

Juvenile actor... Healy stooge... Spike Jones musician/comic... comedic character actor on THE MUNSTERS and SURFSIDE 6... Mousie's story of a lifetime spent in the entertainment business is found in this highly recommended book.

 

Movie Action Magazine
1936 June
by Al Giebler

Magazine:  128 pages
Publisher:  Street & Smith Publications (1936)
In Print?  No

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They've Got "Ants in the Pantry" is a 14-page transcription of the shooting script for that Stooges short comedy, featuring some differences to the released film.

Also included in this issue is a 14-page story adaptation of Wheeler & Woolsey's SILLY BILLIES (1936 RKO).

Movie Classic
Latest Hollywood Happenings
March 1934

by Robert Fender

Magazine:  82 pages
Publisher:  Motion Picture Publications, Inc. (1934)
In Print?  No

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The author pays a visit to Ted Healy on the set of FUGITIVE LOVERS (1934), and attempts to get the answer to What's a Stooge?  Ted Healy Tells You!, 3 pages.  2/3 kidding, 1/3 serious, Ted provides his answer with some interruptions by the Stooges and Red Pearson.

Movie Comedians
The Complete Guide
by James L. Neibaur

Hardback:  247 pages
Publisher:  McFarland & Company (1986)
In Print?  No

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(8.00 - 1 vote - Last rating: 2011-05-06 23:30:14)

Film historian James Neibaur presents historical and critical studies on film comedians. The Three Stooges are among the comedians highlighted with their own chapter. From Jim's introduction...

"The book will take us from the turn of the century, through the silent era, the talkies, right up to today's [1986] stars. The entire evolution of the movie comedians will be examined, with each of the important links acknowledged for their contributions. Their styles, techniques, creations, discoveries, experiments and films will be analyzed to show their merits as contributors to the most important and most popular of all forms of communication."

Movie Comedy Teams
by Leonard Maltin

Paperback:  352 pages
Publisher:  Signet Books (1970)
In Print?  No

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(10.00 - 1 vote - Last rating: 2009-02-14 17:33:36)

From the back cover...

"They made you laugh! You made them immortal... Laurel & Hardy, Wheeler & Woolsey, The Ritz Brothers, Abbott & Costello, The Marx Brothers, Martin & Lewis, The Three Stooges, and many, many more...

Their names evoke a Golden Age of movie comedy, an age of slapstick and vaudeville, pratfalls and puns. In the first complete book on these famous comic teams, critic-historian Leonard Maltin tells how they got together and why they broke up, reveals their private sorrows and public triumphs, and lovingly analyzes the high (and low) points of their film careers. With a very personal introduction by veteran film comic Billy Gilbert."

  • The 1970 edition's cover photo collage features Moe, Larry and Joe Besser.
  • Reprinted by Signet in 1974, with a more colorful cover design.

(Refreshing the page will alternate the editions pictured.)

 

Movie Comedy Teams
From Laurel & Hardy, to The Three Stooges, to Abbott & Costello, Here Are the Inside Stories of Hollywood's Unforgettable Comedians
by Leonard Maltin

Paperback:  373 pages
Publisher:  Plume (1985)
In Print?  No

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(10.00 - 1 vote - Last rating: 2009-02-14 17:33:56)

Reissue edition; revised and updated with new material.

Movie Humor
Hollywood Girls and Gags!
1935 April

Magazine:  66 pages
Publisher:  Ultern Publications (1935)
In Print?  No

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Two 2-page spreads include publicity shots of the Stooges from HORSES' COLLARS (1935) and posing with Marjorie White in WOMAN HATERS (1934).

Movie Humor
Hollywood Girls and Gags!
1935 October

Magazine:  66 pages
Publisher:  Ultern Publications (1935)
In Print?  No

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The splash page, and one interior page, feature publicity stills from WOMAN HATERS (1934), The Three Stooges with Marjorie White.

Movie Humor
Hollywood Girls and Gags!
1936 February

Magazine:  66 pages
Publisher:  Ultem Publications (1935)
In Print?  No

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Pg. 30 features a publicity still from THREE LITTLE PIGSKINS (1934), the Three Stooges and unidentified girl extra.

Movie Humor
Hollywood Girls and Gags!
1936 March

by Harry Fields

Magazine:  66 pages
Publisher:  Ultem Publications (1936)
In Print?  No

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Three S(N)appy Dressers, a 3-page article relating the author's visit to the Stooges' dressing room, with a humorous discussion of their stage and screen outfits.

Pgs. 58 - 59 present two publicity stills from MOVIE MANIACS featuring Moe Howard and the three showgirl actresses Eve Reynolds, Lois Lindsey and Althea Henley.

Movie Humor
Hollywood Girls and Gags!
1937 August

Magazine:  66 pages
Publisher:  Ultern Publications (1937)
In Print?  No

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Included in a 2-page spread are portrait images of the Stooges from GOOFS AND SADDLES (1937).

Movie Merry-Go-Round
1939 April

Magazine:  48 pages
Publisher:  Periodical House (1939)
In Print?  No

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Moe, Larry & Curly appear with the extras who played the students on p. 6's collection of photos in a publicity still from VIOLENT IS THE WORD FOR CURLY (1938); on p. 28, the Stooges appear in a publicity still from WE WANT OUR MUMMY (1939).

Moviepix
1938 February

Magazine:  46 pages
Publisher:  Dell Publishing (1937)
In Print?  No

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A publicity photo of Ted Healy from HOLLYWOOD HOTEL (1938) appears in this issue.  (Note:  the magazine was on newsstands in December, before Ted's death.)

Mr. Bernds Goes to Hollywood
My Early Life and Career in Sound Recording at Columbia With Frank Capra and Others
by Edward Bernds

Hardback:  352 pages
Publisher:  Scarecrow Press (1999)
In Print?  No

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(9.00 - 1 vote - Last rating: 2009-02-14 17:14:56)

Reviewer: Scott MacGillivray (Massachusetts)

"The late writer-director Edward Bernds has become a familiar name to movie comedy fans, through his association with The Three Stooges, The Bowery Boys, the Blondie series, and a host of other comedy stars.

But Mr. Bernds made his reputation as a recording engineer during the early-talkie years, and was the number-one sound man at Columbia Pictures until he took on more creative duties.

This book chronicles Bernds' early years, from his first radio jobs through his successful association with director Frank Capra. Bernds was a stickler for accuracy, and drew upon his old diaries to confirm his excellent memory for facts and faces. He was just as careful to spell things out for the reader, explaining a technical process or a business practice to amplify the point he was making. Bernds' attention to detail makes for good, solid reading.

This writer was disappointed that the book stops when the author stopped working as a soundman. But it's understandable because Bernds, in his thoroughness, would have written a mammoth volume if his entire career were to be discussed. Joseph McBride recognizes the "missing" material by appending a more general interview with Bernds, conducted by McBride and Leonard Maltin.

Film buffs and historians will enjoy Mr. Bernds. For those who want Bernds' observations and recollections of his Three Stooges years, read The Columbia Comedy Shorts by Ted Okuda and Edward Watz."

 

My Friend Moe
... Memories of a Stoogeboomer
by Richard P. Sanner

Paperback:  74 pages
Publisher:  iUniverse, Inc. (2006)
In Print?  No

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(6.00 - 1 vote - Last rating: 2009-02-14 17:50:35)

Three Stooges Fan Club member Rich Sanner talks about growing up as a Stooges fan and shares his correspondence with Moe Howard. "There have been many books written about the Three Stooges in the past 30 years, but none quite like this one. Here, a life-long Stooges fan tells what it was like growing up watching the Stooges during the 1960's, and shares the ultimate experience of becoming friends with Moe Howard, the "beetle-browed" leader of the famous slap-happy trio!"

 

National Enquirer, The
1984 September 25
by David Duffy

Magazine:  64 pages
Publisher:  National Enquirer Inc. (1984)
In Print?  No

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Lonely and Crippled By Arthritis, 3 Stooges’ Curly Needs to Know You Care is an exploitive, ½ pg. article concerning Joe DeRita’s health problems, and a plea for fans to remember him.

New York
March 29, 1993
by Jeanie Kasindorf

Magazine:  148 pages
Publisher:  K-III Magazine Corporation (1993)
In Print?  No

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Moe, Larry and Shemp grace the cover to illustrate, Whose Post Is It Anyway?. Unfortunately, the Stooges only illustrate the tone of the story, and do not play a part in the article that covers an ownership and editorial war at The New York Post.

New Yorker, The
April 19 & 26, 2004
by Ian Parker

Magazine:  206 pages
Publisher:  Conde Nast Publications (2004)
In Print?  No

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Nyuk, Nyuk, Nyuk: Can the Farrelly Brothers Resurrect "The Three Stooges"? visits with Peter & Bobby Farrelly, and writing partner Michael Cerone, for 9 pages, to talk about their plans to produce and direct a new Three Stooges feature film, updated and recast for the 21st century. The article discusses aspects of their [bad-taste] screenplay.

Newsweek
1943 May 10

Magazine:  96 pages
Publisher:  Weekly Publications, Inc. (1943)
In Print?  No

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Besser Late Than Never is the topic in this week's "Radio" coverage.  Joe Besser's new national fame as a radio guest star with Jack Benny and Fred Allen is discussed, as well as his offer from Columbia to star in HEY ROOKIE!.

Newsweek
1975 May 19

Magazine:  96 pages
Publisher:  The Washington Post Co. (1975)
In Print?  No

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Moe Howard's passing on May 4 is noted with an obituary notice on pg. 73.

Nikon
1987

Magazine:  2 pages
In Print?  No

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In 1987 Nikon featured Moe Howard and Albert Einstein in a 2-page-spread, Nikon Has the Perfect Camera For Both. A second, similar copy also appeared, Nikon Introduces the Perfect Camera For Both.  The advertisement ran in numerous national and regional magazines.

No Applause ~ Just Throw Money
The Book That Made Vaudeville Famous
by Trav S. D.

Hardback:  344 pages
Publisher:  Faber & Faber (2005)
ISBN:  0571211925
In Print?  No

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Hundreds of performers are covered, and Ted Healy is no exception.  Several pages discuss Mr. Healy's contributions to vaudeville, and his connection to the Three Stooges.

From the back cover...

"Peeling back the curtain on vaudeville's history and impact -- past, present and future -- writer and modern-day vaudevillian Trav S. D. explores the many ways in which vaudeville's story is the story of show business in America.  He documents in detail the rich evolution of an art form that gave us performers such as Groucho Marx, Harry Houdini, Mae West and Milton Berle, while pointing up the many ways the vaudeville ethos persists today, from such acts as Penn & Teller, David Blaine and Marilyn Manson to the vast grassroots network of fire-eaters, human blockheads, burlesque performers, and corny comics intent on taking America's only indigenious theatrical style into its second century."

Also available in a softbound edition, released in 2006.

Nobody's Stooge: Ted Healy
A Biography of the Stage and Screen Star Who Gave Birth to the Act That Became "The Three Stooges"
by Bill Cassara

Hardback:  390 pages
Publisher:  Bear Manor Media (2014)
In Print?  Yes

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From the back cover.
 
"Ted Healy had a successful, if mysterious life.  Starting from the lowest rung of show business, he soon conquered the stages of vaudeville, Broadway and the silver screen.  Healy's biography also serves as the backstory to the rise of what became The Three Stooges act.  He had an eagle eye in spotting and cultivating the talents of Shemp, Moe, Larry and Curly, who served their apprenticeship in his act off and on from 1923 to 1934.  As "father" of the act, he took his stooges to Broadway and Hollywood.  Healy is the tree around which some mighty acorns fell.

Healy died at age 41, four days after his only child was born in 1937.  His passing quickly became one of the most notorious of Hollywood's celebrity death scandals.  Was it foul play or natural causes?  Author Bill Cassara, a retired law enforcement professional, explores all the possibilities."  

Includes a richly detailed biography that draws from many never before seen sources, a Filmography, photos and illustrations, Index, and a Bibliography.

Nobody's Stooge: Ted Healy
A Biography of the Stage and Screen Star Who Gave Birth to the Act That Became "The Three Stooges"
by Bill Cassara

Paperback:  390 pages
Publisher:  Bear Manor Media (2014)
In Print?  Yes

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Softcover edition

Non-Sport Update
February/March 2009
by Arnold Bailey

Magazine:  46 pages
Publisher:  Roxanne Toser Non-Sport Enterprises Inc. (2009)
In Print?  No

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They Stooge to Conquer: After Fifty Years, Fleer Still Reigns Supreme, 3 pages, looks at the popularity of Three Stooges trading cards, particularly the 1959 Fleer set and the high prices it commands on the collector market.

An inside front cover advertisement for PSA Authentication Services features three PSA-rated, 1959 Fleer Stooge cards that sold for $75.7K in a 2008 auction.

Northwest EXTRA!
1989 May
Number Five, Volume One

by Drew Friedman (art), Ivan Stang, John Black & Prof. Fred Hopkins

Magazine:  16 pages
Publisher:  Northwest EXTRA! (1989)
In Print?  No

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The Seattle based fanzine/satirical commentary newspaper spotlighted The Three Stooges, notably Shemp Howard, with this issue.

  • Drew Friedman provides a portrait of Shemp Howard for the cover, and a two-page centerfold spread portrait of Moe, Larry and Curly
  • The Three Stooges by authors Black and Hopkins, pg. 7, presents a career overview of the comedy team
  • Stang examines the personalities of the Stooges' characters, and asks the question Are You a Moe, a Curly... or Merely a Larry?

Nostalgia Digest
Autumn 2010
by Craig Gustafson

Magazine:  64 pages
Publisher:  Funny Valentine Press (2010)
In Print?  No

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Nazi Dumb as They Look, or, It's Just the Reich Thing to Do, 6 pages. The author looks at the Stooges' anti-Nazi films YOU NAZTY SPY! (1940) and I'LL NEVER HEIL AGAIN (1941).

Not Just a Stooge
The Autobiography of Hollywood's Most Prolific Third Stooge
by Joe Besser, with Jeff & Greg Lenburg

Paperback:  234 pages
Publisher:  Excelsior Books (1984)
In Print?  No

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(9.00 - 1 vote - Last rating: 2009-02-14 17:34:50)

Not Just a Stooge is the autobiography of comic Joe Besser, the sissy-talking member of The Three Stooges comedy team, who has been dishing out laughs in front of audiences for more than half a century.

Here Besser humorously recalls his heyday as a top vaudeville and Broadway comedian, as a motion picture, radio and TV star, as an overgrown brat named "Stinky" on THE ABBOTT & COSTELLO SHOW, and of course, "you crazy you-ou-ou," as a member of that screwball trio, The Three Stooges

But --- "Not so f-a-s-t!" --- there's more! Besser also reminisces about the four original Stooges (Moe, Larry, Curly and Shemp), and about his insights on such show business legends as Abbott & Costello, Ethel Merman, Olsen & Johnson, Milton Berle, Bing Crosby, Jerry Lewis, Debbie Reynolds, Jackie Gleason, Sammy Davis Jr., and others.

And, for true Besser addicts, 75 rare photographs from the comedian's personal collection are also included.

 

Official Abbott & Costello Scrapbook, The
by Stephen Cox and John Loftin

Paperback:  212 pages
Publisher:  Contemporary Books (1990)
ISBN:  0809240803
In Print?  No

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Shemp Howard and Joe Besser are discussed, and appear in some photo illustrations, in the chapter discussions involving their encounters with Bud & Lou, in the movies and on television.  Joe Besser is featured in a one-page recollection of the comedy duo.

From the back cover...

"Who's on first?"  It's Abbott & Costello, of course!  To celebrate the 50th anniversary of their very first film, here's the official scrapbook of the duo that made "Who," "What," and "I Don't Know" the most hilarious baseball-player names ever to be batted around on the silver screen.

Authors Stephen Cox and John Loftin have interviewed more than 50 of Bud Abbott's and Lou Costello's close friends, relatives, and coworkers to put together a scrapbook that features quotes and lively remembrances from family, friends, and celebrities, including Lucille Ball, Milton Berle, the Andrews Sisters and Mel Blanc.  Offering a complete filmography and packed with more than 200 photos and illustrations (many of which have never been seen before), as well as the Boys' most famous routines.  "The Official Abbott & Costello Scrapbook" is an authoritative and captivating tribute to the lives, laughs, and legend of America's best-loved comedy team."

Official Three Stooges Cookbook, The
by Robert Kurson

Paperback:  211 pages
Publisher:  Contemporary Books (1999)
In Print?  No

Avg. Member Rating:  
(8.00 - 2 votes - Last rating: 2009-02-20 08:39:02)

From the back cover...

"If you want to cook, go to the source... The Three Stooges. The Stooges are always cooking --- turkeys that squawk when carved, clams that bite, pies that fly through the air. It is impossible to watch The Three Stooges without craving burned toast and a rotten egg, or a plate full of Curly's Woo-woo-woo-woo Chinese Fondue.

The Official Three Stooges Cookbook stirs together all that is delicious in Three Stooges films. Some recipes, such as those for Cackle Soup, Roast Stooge, and Filet of Sole and Heel, are actually prepared by the Stooges in their films. Others, such as Sloppy Moes, Porcupine Potatoes, and Curly Fries, are inspired by the Stooges' hilarious, and sometimes baffling, relationship to food. No matter which, every Stooge recipe is paired with a real recipe to create something delicious and fulfilling.

In addition to more than 90 scrumptious recipes, discover the Ten Commandments of Stooge Cooking, find out Curly's weight (it will surprise you!), and learn the true art of seltzer bottle warfare.

Synthesizing all that is delightful and delicious in Three Stooges films, this cookbook contains 75 zany recipes inspired by the Stooges plus quotes and 60 original photos."

 

Official Three Stooges Encyclopedia, The
The Ultimate Knucklehead's Guide to Stoogedom -- From Amalgamated Association of Morons to Ziller, Zeller & Zoller
by Robert Kurson

Hardback:  365 pages
Publisher:  Contemporary Books (1998)
In Print?  No

Avg. Member Rating:  
(9.60 - 5 votes - Last rating: 2010-01-08 18:52:27)

From the dust jacket...

"Here at last is an exhaustive, exhilarating, and vastly entertaining compendium of all things Stooge. Inside, you'll find:

  • More than 1400 entries identifying the slapstick-happy people, places, jokes and routines immortalized by The Three Stooges. If it appeared in a Stooge film, it's in this book.
  • Film synopses, including a key gag, for each of the 190 short films and six full-length feature films The Three Stooges made between 1934 and 1965. You'll never again have to wonder why the Stooges were teaching a college classroom full of girls how to sing the alphabet!
  • More than 140 action-packed photographs and film stills (some guaranteed to make you wince!), most of which have never been published until now.
  • Biographies of each Stooge as well as notes on key supporting players such as Vernon Dent, Christine McIntyre and Emil Sitka, and an overview of the Stooges' development from touring slapstick players to worldwide sensation.
  • A handy cross-referencing system that allows you to look up every hotel the Stooges ever ransacked, every set of girlfriends they ever wooed, every crook they ever collared.
  • Sidebars revealing such Stooge tidbits as the secret to their classic sound effects and every insult Moe ever hurled at his partners. You blubberheads and mental midgets won't believe what you'll read!

Hilarious and authoritative, The Official Three Stooges Encyclopedia is every Stooge fan's bible."

 

Official Three Stooges Encyclopedia, The
The Ultimate Knucklehead's Guide to Stoogedom --- From Amalgamated Association of Morons to Ziller, Zeller & Zoller
by Robert Kurson

Paperback:  365 pages
Publisher:  Contemporary Books (1998)
In Print?  No

Avg. Member Rating:  
(9.00 - 1 vote - Last rating: 2009-02-14 17:36:20)

Softcover version; see the Hardcover edition's entry for details.

Old Jewish Comedians
A Visual Encyclopedia
by Drew Friedman

Hardback:  32 pages
Publisher:  Fantagraphics Books (2006)
In Print?  Yes

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(7.00 - 1 vote - Last rating: 2009-06-07 09:47:42)

Portraits in the book include Larry Fine, Moe Howard (back cover), Paul 'Mousie' Garner, Benny Rubin and Bud Abbott.

From Fantagraphics' webstore listing...

"Allowing Drew Friedman to induldge his fondness for wrinkles and liver spots to the hilt, this portrait gallery of Jewish comedians born before 1930 includes the famous (Milton Berle, George Burns, Groucho Marx, Jerry Lewis, Alan King, Mel Brooks, Buddy Hackett, Phil Silvers, Jack Benny, Henny Youngman), the not-so-famous (Irwin Corey, Benny Rubin, Shelly Berman, Shecky Greene) and the largely unknown (Al Kelly, Menasha Skulnik). Old Jewish Comedians traces a direct link not only to the traditions of vaudeville and burlesque but to the once-thriving international Yiddish theatre and culture. Featuring a fascinating historical introduction by none other than Leonard Maltin! This is the latest Blab! storybook, a series showcasing sequential artists from the acclaimed anthology Blab!"

 

Once a Stooge, Always a Stooge
by Joe Besser, with Jeff & Greg Lenburg

Paperback:  248 pages
Publisher:  Knightsbridge Publishing (1990)
In Print?  No

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(9.00 - 1 vote - Last rating: 2009-02-14 17:36:48)

Newsstand paperback edition of Joe Besser's autobiography, originally titled Not Just a Stooge (1984).

Once a Stooge, Always a Stooge
A Comedian's Sentimental Look at His Life in Comedy and Years With The Three Stooges
by Joe Besser, with Jeff & Greg Lenburg

Hardback:  248 pages
Publisher:  Roundtable Publishing (1988)
In Print?  No

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(9.00 - 1 vote - Last rating: 2009-02-14 17:37:18)

Hardcover edition of Joe Besser's autobiography, previously published in 1984 under its original title of Not Just a Stooge. Released subsequent to Mr. Besser's passing in March 1988.

One Fine Stooge
Larry Fine's Frizzy Life In Pictures
by Stephen Cox, Jim Terry

Hardback:  270 pages
Publisher:  Cumberland House Publishing (2006)
In Print?  Yes

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(10.00 - 1 vote - Last rating: 2009-02-14 17:41:45)

Top-notch, quality, biography of Larry Fine, the middle stooge of the 50-year entertainment comedy legacy known as The Three Stooges.

Based on Larry Fine's scrapbook and memoir archives, courtesy of co-author Jim Terry, the book is thoroughly researched, and lovingly presented without pulling any punches. Larry Fine's personal and professional life is told via insights and recollections from Fine family members, photos and memorabilia of life-long fans & researchers of the Three Stooges... and most importantly, Larry Fine's own memoirs fill the book with newly revealed stories and photos.

Cumberland House took the authors' efforts, and packaged everything into a first-class publishing effort. By far, the best written and best presented Stooge book in print today.

Author Steve Cox, who already has a long publishing resume filled with entertainment tributes to THE TONIGHT SHOW, IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE, and numerous TV sitcoms, has topped himself. If you're a fan of The Three Stooges, this book is required reading and demands a place in your library.

 

Only One Stooge
The Stooges Solo Careers
by James D. Patalon

Paperback:  266 pages
Publisher:  CreateSpace (2016)
ISBN:  1523739118
In Print?  Yes

Avg. Member Rating:   Not rated

Self-published overview of the solo [Columbia] film careers of Shemp Howard, Joe Besser and Joe DeRita, plus Curly Howard's sole, solo MGM short.  Some incorrect historical information.  Backstory events are presented with imaginative over-dramatizations of conversations between Moe, Shemp, Larry, Harry Cohn, Jules White, etc.  Spelling, typo and grammatical errors abound; e.g., Ted Healy is referenced frequently and his last name is misspelled continuously.

The author's enthusiasm and good intentions for the subject matter is apparent, but the presentation is lacking and the book is not recommended.

Author's promotional blurb...

"Only One Stooge is a unique Three Stooges Book! Not only does it chronicle the lives of four independent Stooges away from the team, it also has a humorous side created by the author. A book filled with fact, fiction, shock and surprises! A book far away removed from the usual traditional Three Stooges norm of other books. So have an open mind and prepare yourself for a wild, slapsticky ride!"

Also available in Kindle.

Only One Stooge
The Stooges Solo Careers - The Shorter Version
by James D. Patalon

Paperback:  240 pages
Publisher:  CreateSpace (2016)
ISBN:  152376807X
In Print?  Yes

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Alternate edition of the self-published "Only One Stooge."

Author's promotional blurb...

"This book chronicles the solo careers of both Shemp & Curly Howard as well as Joe Besser & Curly Joe Derita. Plus extra bonus materials. This is the shorter version of ONLY ONE STOOGE, the first edition is available in color, larger print & has a whole lot more super sized bonus materials!"

Also available in Kindle.

Opening Shots
The Unusual, Unexpected, Potentially Career-Threatening First Roles That Launched the Careers of 70 Hollywood Stars
by Damien Bona

Paperback:  409 pages
Publisher:  Workman Publishing (1994)
ISBN:  1563052792
In Print?  No

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The Three Stooges receive a chapter, with a career overview and a discussion of their film premiere with Ted Healy, SOUP TO NUTS (1930).

From the back cover…

“It’s one of Hollywood’s favorite myths:  the unknown discovered at Schwab’s who overnight becomes America’s new star.  But the reality of breaking into the movies is much chancier, and for the reader, a lot more entertaining.  There’s Jeff Goldblum rampaging for five minutes as Freak # 1 in DEATH WISH (1974).  Bette Davis playing the good sister in BAD SISTER (1931), Kevin Costner turning up in a soft-core porn drive-in special called SIZZLE BEACH U.S.A. (1978), and Melanie Griffith as a precociously sexual Beverly Hills teen in the moody classic NIGHT MOVES (1973).  In this compulsively readable book of film lore, Damien Bona chronicles the debuts of over 70 Hollywood stars --  warts and all.  It’s better than popcorn.”

Pageant
1968 January

Magazine:  104 pages
Publisher:  Macfadden-Bartel Corporation (1967)
In Print?  No

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An Affectionate Look at America’s Greatest Comedy Teams:  They’ve Made Us Laugh Until We Cried is a 14-page retrospective essay of comics and comedy teams.  Tribute is paid to The Marx Brothers, Amos & Andy, Jack Benny, Weber & Fields, The Three Stooges, Abbott & Costello, Laurel & Hardy, The Keystone Kops, Bob Hope, Dorothy Lamour & Bing Crosby, The Ritz Brothers, Jackie Gleason & Art Carney, Martin & Lewis, Lucille Ball & Desi Arnaz, and The Smothers Brothers.

Parade
November 15, 1959
by Lloyd Shearer

Magazine:  36 pages
Publisher:  Parade Publications Inc. (1959)
In Print?  No

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In the popular Sunday newspaper supplement, The Three Stooges Come Back is a 2-page article about the history of The Three Stooges, discusses their 1957 firing from Columbia Studios, and their remarkable 1959 comeback on TV and in feature films.

Parade
October 23, 1977
by Joe Besser

Magazine:  28 pages
Publisher:  Parade Publications (1977)
In Print?  No

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In the popular Sunday newspaper supplement, My Favorite Jokes is a 1-page selection of jokes presented by Joe Besser.

Passion For Winning, A
Fifty Years of Promoting Legendary People and Products
by Aaron D. Cushman

Hardback:  263 pages
Publisher:  Lighthouse Point Press (2004)
In Print?  No

Avg. Member Rating:  
(5.00 - 1 vote - Last rating: 2009-02-14 19:10:55)

The Three Stooges only receive a couple pages, but they present a rare insight into one of their early 1950s personal appearances, and the author's love and respect for them warranted a picture on the cover of his autobiography.

From the book jacket...

"Aaron D. Cushman's early years as a publicist in the world of show business recount funny, poignant, and intimate anecdotes revealing the human side of celebrities in motion pictures, television, and nightclub entertainment. He offers first hand vignettes about Jane Russell, Milton Berle, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Jimmy Durante, The Three Stooges, and other notables.

The author provides a front-row seat on his 50 year roller coaster ride in the public relations business. He established his public relations firm with a handful of small, local retail accounts, and grew his agency to provide PR services to a host of Fortune 500 clients. Mr. Cushman reveals how, through all the ups and downs, he maintained his personal "passion for winning."

 

Peek
A Humorous Look at Life
1941 January

Magazine:  34 pages
Publisher:  Bilbara Publishing (1940)
In Print?  No

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This issue included a two-page spread of five photos from YOU NAZTY SPY! (1940), titled Stooges Stage Nitwit Blitzkrieg.

Pennsylvania Heritage
Fall 2008
by William C. Kashatus

Magazine:  49 pages
Publisher:  Pennsylvania Heritage Society (2008)
In Print?  No

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Laughing With Philadelphia Stooge Larry Fine is a 10-page look at hometown boy Larry Fine. His life, career, and legacy are examined, with help from the photo archives of The Stoogeum.

People VH1 - 200 Greatest Pop Culture Icons
Special Collector's Edition
2003 September

Magazine:  144 pages
Publisher:  Time Inc. (2003)
ISBN:  193227314X
In Print?  No

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In conjunction with the VH1 cable special "200 Greatest Pop Culture Icons" that aired July 21, 2003, this collector's edition of People covered the same selections.  The Three Stooges were listed at # 167.

Cover dated September 2003, the magazine was on newsstands in July 2003 to coincide and promote the cable TV special.

People Today
1953 September 9

Magazine:  68 pages
Publisher:  Hillman Periodicals (1953)
In Print?  No

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In this pocket-sized magazine, People in Humor:  Stooges Wreck 3-D, 2 pages, discusses the Stooges’ entry into 3-D and presents a brief history of their time at Columbia.  With photos from SLAP HAPPY SLEUTHS (1950), VAGABOND LOAFERS (1949), DOPEY DICKS (1950), SCRAMBLED BRAINS (1951) and DON’T THROW THAT KNIFE (1951).

People Weekly
1984 January 23
by Linda Witt

Magazine:  100 pages
Publisher:  Time Inc. (1984)
In Print?  No

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With a Little Bit of Nyuk spends 2 pages talking about Jump 'n the Saddle Band, and their chart-topping hit The Curly Shuffle.

People Weekly
1993 July 19
by Maria Speidel

Magazine:  82 pages
Publisher:  Time Inc. (1993)
In Print?  No

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Joe DeRita receives an obituary notice (d. July 3) in "Passages," accompanied by a photo of Moe, Larry & Curly Joe from THE THREE STOOGES MEET HERCULES (1962).

People Weekly
1993 July 26
by Tim Allis and F. X. Feeney

Magazine:  158 pages
Publisher:  Time Inc. (1993)
In Print?  No

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Moe's grandson Jeffrey Scott [Maurer] is profiled in the 2-page Nyuks For Bucks. An overview of the Stooges' merchandising history is covered, as well as the [then] ongoing DeRita & Fine vs. Howard lawsuit.

People Weekly
1998 August 17

Magazine:  112 pages
Publisher:  Time Inc. (1998)
In Print?  No

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Have Some Moe, 1 page, reports on author Robert Kurson and his book "The Official Three Stooges Encyclopedia."

People Weekly
2000 April 24
by Terry Kelleher

Magazine:  156 pages
Publisher:  Time Inc. (2000)
In Print?  No

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"Picks and Pans Review:  The Three Stooges" is a deserved PAN in a 1-page review of the disappointing, inaccurate biography/dramatization movie THE THREE STOOGES (Apr. 24, 2000 ABC-TV).

Philadelphia Magazine
August 2008
by Christine Speer & April White (Editors)

Magazine:  260 pages
Publisher:  Metro Corp. (2008)
In Print?  No

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The Stoogeum is honored with a Fun & Games: Off the Beaten Path "best of" notice, in the magazine's look at the best the greater Philadelphia area has to offer in categories like Food & Drink, Shopping & Style, Fun & Games, etc.

Photoplay
1934 February

Magazine:  126 pages
Publisher:  Photoplay Publishing Co. (1934)
In Print?  No

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In Everybody's Stooging Now, 5 pgs., various Hollywood celebrities and their sidekicks (aka stooges) are discussed.  "Ted Healy, glorifier of the professional stooge" is mentioned in one paragraph with an accompanying picture of Ted & the Stooges from DANCING LADY (1933).

Photoplay
1934 June

Magazine:  132 pages
Publisher:  Photoplay Publishing Co. (1934)
In Print?  No

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A full-page advertisement for HOLLYWOOD PARTY (1934 MGM), with Ted Healy & His Stooges (Moe, Larry & Curly), appeared in this newsstand movie magazine.  A caricature of Ted is featured with others of the main cast.  Also in this issue is a 2-page photo featuring a behind-the-scenes moment during the filming of OPERATOR 13 (1934), with Ted Healy.

The HOLLYWOOD PARTY ad could be found in similar newsstand movie fan publications available at this time.

Photoplay
1938 February
by Louella O. Parsons

Magazine:  98 pages
Publisher:  Photoplay Publishing Co. (1938)
In Print?  No

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I Get In --  and Out of the Movies, 3 pgs., Hollywood gossip columnist Louella Parsons talks about her supporting role and experiences in filming HOLLYWOOD HOTEL (1938).  Included is a story about the elevator scene she did with Ted Healy.

Apparently, the article was written before Ted's death in December 1937... Ms. Parsons refers to Ted as her friend, with no hint or reference to him being deceased.

Pittsburgh
January 1996
by Jim Mueller

Magazine:  144 pages
Publisher:  WQED Pittsburgh (1996)
In Print?  No

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Pittsburgh native Emil Sitka is profiled in the 3-page feature article The Fourth Stooge.

Plan-TV
Planeta Television
March 2000

by Esteban Farfan, Adrian Belinche & Esteban de Miguel

Magazine:  38 pages
Publisher:  Planeta Television (2000)
In Print?  No

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From Argentina, the television pop culture magazine Plan-TV dedicated its March 2000 issue to The Three Stooges. Covering 14 pages, Los Tres Chiflados presents a detailed look at the lives and careers of all the Stooges and Ted Healy, as well as their costars and a 2-page poster centerfold. Argentine fans and their Stooge collectibles are featured in the 2-page La Logia Ilogica de Los Tres Chiflados.

Plant Services
The Benchmark For Successful Plant Systems & Management
2004 May

by Paul Studebaker

Magazine:  64 pages
Publisher:  Putman Media, Inc. (2004)
In Print?  No

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Not For Knuckleheads, 7 pages, uses The Three Stooges on its cover to illustrate the article's title and topic, but the trio are not actually featured in the text.  A technical industry magazine, the article discusses proper, competent procedures for implementing the latest compressed air technology.

Playbill, The
1925 September 7
Earl Carroll Vanities of 1925
Earl Carroll Theatre

Magazine:  32 pages
Publisher:  The New York Theater Program Corporation (1925)
In Print?  No

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September 7, 1925 edition of Playbill, this one being for EARL CARROLL VANITIES OF 1925 at Broadway's Earl Carroll Theatre.  Co-starring Ted & Betty Healy, the stooges listed throughout the program are Dave Chasen, Kenneth Lackey and Richard "Lou" Warren.

VANITIES with Healy ran at the Earl Carroll from July 6 - Oct. 7, 1925.  Healy left the show at that time; it continued without him until Dec. 27, 1925.

Playbill, The
1927 May 3
A Night in Spain
44th Street Theatre

Magazine:  32 pages
Publisher:  The New York Theater Program Corporation (1927)
In Print?  No

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May 3, 1927 edition of Playbill, this one being the opening [Broadway] night program for A NIGHT IN SPAIN at Broadway's 44th St. Theatre.  Co-starring Ted Healy, his stooges listed throughout the program are Shemp Howard, Sam "Moody" Braun, Lou Warren and Bobby Pinkus. Act/Scene rundowns of the show and cast information appear over 7 pages.

  • Preview tour Jan. 11 - Apr. 16, 1927
  • Broadway's 44th St. Theatre May 3 - Oct. 9, 1927
  • Broadway's Winter Garden Theatre Oct. 10 - Nov. 12, 1927
  • Chicago's 4 Cohans Grand Opera House Nov. 28, 1927 - Apr. 7, 1928
  • National tour Apr. 8 - Dec. 1, 1928

Playbill, The
1927 October 10
A Night in Spain
Winter Garden

Magazine:  32 pages
Publisher:  New York Theater Program Corporation (1927)
In Print?  No

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October 1927 edition of Playbill, this one being the opening [Broadway] night program for A NIGHT IN SPAIN at Broadway's Winter Garden Theatre.  Co-starring Ted Healy, his stooges listed throughout the program are Shemp Howard, Sam "Moody" Braun, Lou Warren and Bobby Pinkus. Act/Scene rundowns of the show and cast information appear over 7 pages.

  • Preview tour Jan. 11 - Apr. 16, 1927
  • Broadway's 44th St. Theatre May 3 - Oct. 9, 1927
  • Broadway's Winter Garden Theatre Oct. 10 - Nov. 12, 1927
  • Chicago's 4 Cohans Grand Opera House Nov. 28, 1927 - Apr. 7, 1928
  • National tour Apr. 8 - Dec. 1, 1928

Playbill, The
1929 August
A Night in Venice
Shubert Theatre

Magazine:  32 pages
Publisher:  The New York Theater Program Corporation (1929)
In Print?  No

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August 1929 edition of Playbill, this one being for A NIGHT IN VENICE at Broadway's Shubert Theatre.  Co-starring Ted Healy, his stooges listed throughout the program are Shemp Howard, Moe Howard, Larry Fine & Fred Sanborn. Act/Scene rundowns of the show and cast information appear over 9 pages.

  • Preview tour April 1 - May 18, 1929
  • Broadway's Shubert Theatre May 21 - Sept. 14, 1929
  • Broadway's Majestic Theatre Sept. 16 - Oct. 19, 1929
  • National tour until early March 1930

Playbill, The
1929 September
A Night in Venice
Majestic Theatre

Magazine:  32 pages
Publisher:  The New York Theater Program Corporation (1929)
In Print?  No

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September 1929 edition of Playbill, this one being for A NIGHT IN VENICE at Broadway's Majestic Theatre.  Co-starring Ted Healy, his stooges listed throughout the program are Shemp Howard, Moe Howard, Larry Fine & Fred Sanborn. Act/Scene rundowns of the show and cast information appear over 9 pages.

  • Preview tour April 1 - May 18, 1929
  • Broadway's Shubert Theatre May 21 - Sept. 14, 1929
  • Broadway's Majestic Theatre Sept. 16 - Oct. 19, 1929
  • National tour until early March 1930

Playbill, The
1931 February
The Gang's All Here
Imperial Theatre

Magazine:  28 pages
Publisher:  The New York Theater Program Corporation (1931)
In Print?  No

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Week of February 23, 1931 edition of Playbill for THE GANG'S ALL HERE at Broadway's Imperial Theater.  Starring Ted Healy, his stooges were Mousie Garner, Dick Hakins and Jack Wolf.  (Eddie Moran, who briefly stooged for Healy in September 1930 after Moe, Larry and Shemp went on their own, also appears in the cast in a character role.)  Act/Scene rundowns of the show and cast information appear over 5 pages.

THE GANG'S ALL HERE previewed in Philadelphia and Newark NJ for a few weeks before opening on Broadway.  Its run there was short-lived, and it closed after only 23 performances during February 18 - March 9, 1931.

Garner, Hakins and Wolf are each cast-credited as "Stooge."  This may be the first time that Healy's comics were officially billed with that familiar title.

Playbill, The
1931 July
Billy Rose's Crazy Quilt
Forty-Fourth Street Theatre

Magazine:  32 pages
Publisher:  The New York Theater Program Corporation (1931)
In Print?  No

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July 1931 edition of Playbill, this one being for BILLY ROSE'S CRAZY QUILT at Broadway's Forty-Fourth St. Theatre.  Starring Fanny Brice, Phil Baker and Ted Healy, with his stooges Mousie Garner, Jack Wolf, Dick Hakins; [Marion] Bonnie Bonnell is listed as a chorus lady. Act/Scene rundowns of the show and cast information appear over 6 pages.

CRAZY QUILT's Broadway run was May 14 - July 1, 1931; afterward, until early May 1932, the show toured nationally.

Playbill, The
1939 October
George White's Scandals of 1939
Alvin Theatre

Magazine:  36 pages
Publisher:  The New York Theater Program Corporation (1939)
In Print?  No

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October 1939 edition of Playbill, this one being the program for GEORGE WHITE'S SCANDALS at Broadway's Alvin Theatre, starring Ann Miller, Willie & Eugene Howard, Ben Blue and The Three Stooges.  A complete Act/Scene rundown of the show and cast information appears over 8 pages.

  • Northeast previews beginning Aug. 8 in Atlantic City; also Boston the week of Aug. 20
  • Broadway's Alvin Theatre Aug. 28 - Nov. 5, 1939
  • The Stooges left the show after Oct. 28's performance, and were back at Columbia filming ROCKIN' THRU THE ROCKIES on Nov. 7, 1939
  • Without the Stooges, SCANDALS continued at Broadway's Hollywood Theatre until Dec. 9, 1939

Playbill, The
1942 February
Sons O' Fun
For the Winter Garden

Magazine:  40 pages
Publisher:  The New York Theater Program Corporation (1942)
In Print?  No

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February 1942 edition of Playbill, this one being the program for SONS O' FUN at Broadway's Winter Garden Theatre, starring Ole Olsen, Chic Johnson and Carmen Miranda, with Joe Besser and his stage partner Jimmy Little.  A complete Act/Scene rundown of the show and cast information appears over 11 pages.

  • Broadway's Winter Garden Theatre, Dec. 1, 1941 - Mar. 28, 1943
  • Broadway's 46th Street Theatre, Mar. 29 - Aug. 29, 1943
  • Tour, Oct. 1943 - Jun. 3, 1944

Playbill, The
1943 June
Sons O' Fun
For the Forty-Sixth Street Theatre

Magazine:  40 pages
Publisher:  The New York Theater Program Corporation (1943)
In Print?  No

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June 1943 edition of Playbill, this one being the program for SONS O' FUN at Broadway's Forty-Sixth St. Theatre, starring Ole Olsen & Chic Johnson, with Joe Besser and his stage partner Jimmy Little.  A complete Act/Scene rundown of the show and cast information appears over 11 pages.

  • Broadway's Winter Garden Theatre, Dec. 1, 1941 - Mar. 28, 1943
  • Broadway's 46th Street Theatre, Mar. 29 - Aug. 29, 1943
  • Tour, Oct. 1943 - Jun. 3, 1944

Playbill, The
1946 December
If the Shoe Fits
For the New Century Theatre

Magazine:  40 pages
Publisher:  The New York Theater Program Corporation (1946)
In Print?  No

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December 1946 edition of Playbill, this one being the program for IF THE SHOE FITS at Broadway's New Century Theatre, starring Florence Desmond, with Joe Besser.  A complete Act/Scene rundown of the show and cast information appears over 12 pages.

The musical had a brief Broadway run, Dec. 5 - Dec. 21, 1946.  It opened roadshow previews in Detroit MI on October 24.

Playgoer, The
1927 December 26
A Night in Spain
The Magazine in the Theatre

Magazine:  32 pages
Publisher:  Clyde W. Riley Advertising (1927)
In Print?  No

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December 26, 1927 (5th Week) edition of The Playgoer, this one being for A NIGHT IN SPAIN at Chicago's 4 Cohan's.  This Chicago run of SPAIN is where Ted Healy later met and took on Larry Fine as a stooge (Mar. 24, 1928).  Co-starring Healy, his stooges listed throughout the program are Shemp Howard, Sam 'Moody' Braun, Lou Warren and Bobby Pinkus. Act/Scene rundowns of the show and cast information appear over 8 pages.  

  • Preview tour Jan. 11 - Apr. 16, 1927
  • Broadway's 44th St. Theatre May 3 - Oct. 9, 1927
  • Broadway's Winter Garden Theatre Oct. 10 - Nov. 12, 1927
  • Chicago's 4 Cohans Grand Opera House Nov. 28, 1927 - Apr. 7, 1928
  • National tour Apr. 8 - Dec. 1, 1928

Playgoer, The
1928 January 23
A Night in Spain
The Magazine in the Theatre
Published For 4 Cohans

Magazine:  32 pages
Publisher:  Clyde W. Riley Advertising System (1928)
In Print?  No

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January 23, 1928 edition of The Playgoer, this one being for A NIGHT IN SPAIN at Chicago's 4 Cohan's.  This Chicago run of SPAIN is where Ted Healy later met and took on Larry Fine as a stooge (Mar. 24, 1928).  Co-starring Healy, his stooges listed throughout the program are Shemp Howard, Sam 'Moody' Braun, Lou Warren and Bobby Pinkus. Act/Scene rundowns of the show and cast information appear over 8 pages.  

Concurrent with SPAIN's Chicago run, Ted & Betty performed a late-night song & dance act at the Hotel Sherman's College Inn; this Playgoer contains a 1-page ad for that gig.

  • Preview tour Jan. 11 - Apr. 16, 1927
  • Broadway's 44th St. Theatre May 3 - Oct. 9, 1927
  • Broadway's Winter Garden Theatre Oct. 10 - Nov. 12, 1927
  • Chicago's 4 Cohans Grand Opera House Nov. 28, 1927 - Apr. 7, 1928
  • National tour Apr. 8 - Dec. 1, 1928

Playgoer, The
1928 March 26
Good News
The Magazine in the Theatre

Magazine:  32 pages
Publisher:  Clyde W. Riley Advertising (1928)
In Print?  No

Avg. Member Rating:   Not rated

During much of the Chicago run of A NIGHT IN SPAIN at the 4 Cohan's Grand Opera House, Nov. 28, 1927 - Apr. 7, 1928, Ted & Betty Healy also starred in a nightclub act at the Hotel Sherman's College Inn.  Apparently they would finish up each night's SPAIN performance at the Cohan, and rush to the College Inn for a late evening show.  "The Playgoer," for all subject shows running in Chicago during this period, frequently carried advertisements for the Healys' song-&-dance act.  The pictured magazine is from the week of March 26, 1928 issue for the play GOOD NEWS.

Healy's A NIGHT IN SPAIN stooges in Chicago were Shemp Howard, Sam 'Moody' Braun, Bobby Pinkus and Lou Warren.  It is not believed that they made appearances with Ted & Betty at the College Inn.  While it is possible, no documentation has turned up to support that.

Playgoer, The
1928 September 9
A Night in Spain
The Magazine in the Theatre
Published For Majestic Theatre

Magazine:  26 pages
Publisher:  Clyde W. Riley Advertising System (1928)
In Print?  No

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Sept. 9, 1928 (week of) edition of The Playgoer, this one being for A NIGHT IN SPAIN at Chicago's Majestic Theatre.  This was the 2nd Chicago run of SPAIN, running from Sept. 2 - 29; the earlier Chicago run of Nov. '27 - Mar. '28 is when Ted Healy and company met and took on Larry Fine as a stooge on Mar. 24, 1928.  Co-starring Ted Healy, his stooges listed throughout the program are Shemp Howard, Larry Fine, Sam "Moody" Braun, and Bobby Pinkus. Act/Scene rundowns of the show and cast information appear over 8 pages.

  • Preview tour Jan. 11 - Apr. 16, 1927
  • Broadway's 44th St. Theatre May 3 - Oct. 9, 1927
  • Broadway's Winter Garden Theatre Oct. 10 - Nov. 12, 1927
  • Chicago's 4 Cohans Grand Opera House Nov. 28, 1927 - Apr. 7, 1928
  • National tour Apr. 8 - Dec. 1, 1928

Pop, You're "Poifect!"
A Three Stooges Salute to Dad
by Patrick Regan

Hardback:  64 pages
Publisher:  Andrews McMeel Publishing (2002)
In Print?  No

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(5.00 - 1 vote - Last rating: 2009-02-14 17:14:33)

From the book jacket...

"Pop, You're Poifect! is full of eye-poking, ear-twisting, nose-tweeking fun --- and it's the perfect way to tell Dad just how special his is! Featuring vintage black and white photos from The Three Stooges incredible archive and witty, original text for the trials kids put parents through, and words of thanks."

 

Private Screenings
16mm - 8mm News & Reviews
June 1976

by (no byline)

Magazine:  38 pages
Publisher:  Celluloid Press (1976)
In Print?  No

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Special Preview:  KOOK'S TOUR is a 2-page article discussing the release of KOOK'S TOUR on Super-8mm by Niles Films, with an historical overview of its production and review.  The issue also includes a full-page ad, 3 Stooges in KOOK'S TOUR, announcing the home release of the movies.

Private Screenings
April - May 1975, # 1
by Jeff Lenburg, and John Cawley Jr.

Magazine:  30 pages
Publisher:  Celluloid Press (1975)
In Print?  No

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The Three Stooges:  Last of the Comedy Teams, a 6-page overview of the lives and history of The Three Stooges.  The article includes Larry Fine's passing, but was written and published before Moe Howard died.

Also presented is The Stooges in Super 8 Sound, a 1-page summary/checklist of shorts on Super 8 Sound from Columbia Studios (@ early 1975), and miscellaneous releases from Niles and Walton Films.

Progressive Media
1982 November
by Andrew Edelstein

Magazine:  60 pages
Publisher:  College Media Inc. (1982)
In Print?  No

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The feature On Books, 2 pages, reviews "The Stooge Chronicles" (1981) by Jeff Forrester.

Psychotronic Video
1999 Number 30
by Justin Humphreys

Magazine:  88 pages
Publisher:  Michael J. Weldon / Psychotronic (1999)
In Print?  No

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Edward Bernds, 7 pages, examines the career of the director and former sound engineer, focusing on his work with The Three Stooges and The Bowery Boys.

Raised By the Stars
Interviews With 29 Children of Hollywood Actors
by Nick Thomas

Paperback:  241 pages
Publisher:  McFarland & Company (2011)
In Print?  No

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Chapter 15 features an interview with Moe Howard's children, Paul Howard and Joan Howard Maurer.  Other comedy-related highlights in the book are discussions with Bill & Minnie Marx (Harpo's children), Valentina Alonso (Red Skelton's daughter), and Noel Blanc (Mel's son).

From the back cover...

"This collection of interviews, all conducted by the author, focuses on the children of Hollywood legends. Each child (and in one case, grandchild) talks about the joys and difficulties of growing up in the shadow of the Hollywood spotlight. While some were significantly influenced by their famous parents and chose a career in entertainment, others felt no attraction toward the glamour of Tinseltown fame.

Among the interviewees are the offspring of such major stars as Errol Flynn, Gary Cooper, Ingrid Bergman, Jimmy Stewart and Rosalind Russell, as well as such prominent supporting players as Jack Elam, Gene Lockhart, Billy Barty and Jesse White. The collection also includes a list of books and/or websites published by the children of the actors featured."

 

Reader's Digest: Bob Hope
The Official Commemorative Issue
by Staff

Magazine:  102 pages
Publisher:  Topix Media (2014)
In Print?  No

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Commemorative issue celebrating the life and career of Bob Hope, 1903 - 2003.  Pages 34 - 35 feature a two-page spread photograph of Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Moe Howard, Larry Fine and Shemp Howard.  The photo was taken during the Stooges' appearance on the OLYMPIC FUND TELETHON, to raise funds for the Olympic athletes headed to Helsinki, Finland.  The telethon aired on June 21 - June 22, 1952, on the CBS and NBC television networks, the first nationally broadcast telethon.

Real Screen Fun
1935 April

Magazine:  64 pages
Publisher:  Tilsam Publications (1935)
In Print?  No

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Larry Fine and Lucille Ball appear on p. 20's collection of gag-captioned photos ("Gag Gems"), in a publicity still from THREE LITTLE PIGSKINS (1934).

Real Screen Fun
1935 March

Magazine:  64 pages
Publisher:  Tilsam Publications (1935)
In Print?  No

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Moe, Larry & Curly appear with Marjorie White on p. 14's collection of gag-captioned photos ("Jest Jokes"), in a publicity still from WOMAN HATERS (1934).

Real Screen Fun
1936 April

Magazine:  64 pages
Publisher:  Tilsam Publications (1936)
In Print?  No

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Several publicity photos from MOVIE MANIACS (1936) are featured in this issue... pg. 9 Moe, Larry & Curly with the three showgirl actresses, Eve Reynolds, Lois Lindsey & Althea Henley; pg. 20 Larry & Curly; pg. 25 the Stooges with costar Mildred Harris; pg. 27 Moe with supporting players Antrim Short, Bert Young, Hilda Title and Lois Lindsey; pg. 30 Moe and the three actresses as the showgirls.

Real Screen Fun
1936 August

Magazine:  64 pages
Publisher:  Tilsam Publications (1936)
In Print?  No

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On pg. 8, Larry poses with Ethelreda Leopold and Loretta Andrews in a publicity still from A PAIN IN THE PULLMAN (1936); also in stills from PULLMAN, on pg, 23, Moe and Curly pose with two unknown actresses boarding the train, and on pg. 28 Curly poses with Hilda Title and an unidentified actress.

Real Screen Fun
1936 February

Magazine:  64 pages
Publisher:  Tilsam Publications (1935)
In Print?  No

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Two publicity stills from THREE LITTLE BEERS (1935) are featured... pg. 18 The Three Stooges, and pg. 23 the Stooges with costars Ninette Crawford, Althea Henley and Eve Reynolds.

Real Screen Fun
1936 June

Magazine:  64 pages
Publisher:  Tilsam Publications (1936)
In Print?  No

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The Three Stooges and costar Clara Kimball Young appear on pg. 9 in a publicity still from ANTS IN THE PANTRY (1936).

Real Screen Fun
1936 October

Magazine:  64 pages
Publisher:  Tilsam Publications (1936)
In Print?  No

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On pg. 11 Moe and Hilda Title appear in a publicity still from SLIPPERY SILKS (1936), Curly, Beatrice Blinn and an unidentified actress on pg. 14 in another from SLIPPERY SILKS, and Moe and Larry appear on pg. 24 in a photo from WHOOPS, I'M AN INDIAN! (1936).

Real Screen Fun
1936 September

Magazine:  64 pages
Publisher:  Tilsam Publications (1936)
In Print?  No

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Moe, Larry & Curly appear on p. 18's collection of gag-captioned photos ("Fun Fare"), in a publicity still from HORSES' COLLARS (1935).

Real Screen Fun
1938 January

Magazine:  64 pages
Publisher:  Tilsam Publications (1937)
In Print?  No

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In a publicity still from START CHEERING (1938), The Three Stooges appear on pg. 8.

Real Screen Fun
1938 October

Magazine:  64 pages
Publisher:  Tilsam Publications (1938)
In Print?  No

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Moe, Larry & Curly appear with Bud Jamison on p. 21's collection of gag-captioned photos, in a publicity still from MUTTS TO YOU (1938).

Real Stars, The
The Movie Buff's Bible of Hollywood's Greatest Character Actors
by Leonard Maltin (Editor)

Paperback:  320 pages
Publisher:  Curtis Books (1973)
In Print?  No

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A collection of articles and interviews from Leonard Maltin's 1960s/1970s magazine Film Fan Monthly.  Included are chapters featuring Stooges supporting players Bess Flowers ("Queen of the Hollywood Extras"), Billy Gilbert and Dorothy Granger.

Promotional blurb for the 2015 Kindle edition...

"Everyone knows Humphrey Bogart and Jean Harlow…but the stars of Hollywood’s greatest era might not have shone as brightly if they weren’t backed up by talented character actors and supporting players. This collection of profiles and interviews turns the spotlight on those unsung heroes, whose faces were often better known than their names. Maltin’s engaging conversations with such notables as Billy Gilbert, Gale Sondergaard, Hans Conried and Una Merkel evoke a bygone era as we see what life was like for these versatile players. Looking for anecdotes about W.C. Fields or Clark Gable? This book is for you. You’ll also learn about Bess Flowers, “the queen of the dress extras” and Rex Ingram, the black actor whose imposing presence eclipsed the stereotyping of the period. This well-illustrated e-book edition features a brand-new introduction by Leonard Maltin."

 

Reissued in 1979 by Popular Library with new cover art.  2015, Amazon Digital released it in a Kindle edition with expanded information.  

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Reel Humor
1939 March

Magazine:  48 pages
Publisher:  Periodical House Inc. (1939)
In Print?  No

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The Three Stooges and Jane Hamilton appear in a publicity still from THREE MISSING LINKS (1938) on p. 23.

Regal Theater and Black Culture, The
by Clovis E. Semmes

Hardback:  294 pages
Publisher:  Palgrave Macmillan (2006)
ISBN:  1403971714
In Print?  Yes

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Ted Healy is discussed on pgs. 53 - 54, ref., his participation in an integrated Regal all-star benefit performance in early January 1930 while A NIGHT IN VENICE was playing in Chicago.

Promotional blurb...

"Chronicling over forty years of critical changes in African-American expressive and popular culture, covering diverse forms of music, dance, and comedy, the Regal Theater (1928-1968) was the largest and most architecturally splendid movie-stage-show venue ever constructed for a black community. In this history of that theater, Clovis E. Semmes reveals the political, economic, and business realities of cultural production and the institutional inequalities that circumscribed black life."

 

Also published in a softbound edition.

Remember
The People and News We Can't Forget
June/July 1995

by Don B. Morlan

Magazine:  64 pages
Publisher:  P. M. Publications (1995)
In Print?  No

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Seriously Funny!, 4 pages by Dr. Don Morlan of The University of Dayton, examines the Stooges in the context of his article's sub-title, "Beyond Their Pokes, Pies and Pratfalls, The Three Stooges Were Social Satirists Who Skewered Hitler and Hoity-Toity Americans."

Remember When
# 19, 1975
by John Cawley Jr.

Magazine:  32 pages
Publisher:  Donald Maris (1975)
In Print?  No

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The newsprint fanzine presented a 5-page biography, career overview and selected filmography of Joe Besser in Joe Besser: Not So F-A-S-T... But FUNNY!!!

Rocket Blast Comicollector
Parody Issue: The Contentious Journal
# 153 June 1983

by Dick Syatt and Mark Burbey

Magazine:  94 pages
Publisher:  RBCC (1983)
In Print?  No

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  • Mark Burbey’s Interview:  A Talk With Moe Howard” 11 pgs.; telephone/radio show transcription, hosted by Dick Syatt, of a Moe Howard interview circa 1972/73; includes original Stooges illustrations by Mark Burbey, Fred Hembeck, Rick Geary, Tim Fuller, others; also, a Wizard of Id comic strip reprint featuring Three Stooges characters
  • The 3 Stooges in Nuclear Knuckleheads," a 4 pg. parody by Mark Burbey (story), Grass Green (pencils) and Eddie Eddings (inks)

Scanner
The Star-Ledger
A Weekly Guide to Television
April 23 - 29, 2000

by Matt Zoller Seitz

Magazine:  68 pages
Publisher:  The Star-Ledger (NJ) (2000)
In Print?  No

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Larry, Moe, Curly and Mel, a 1-page article/promotion for the ABC-TV movie THE THREE STOOGES (Apr. 24, 2000).  Seitz provides an overview of the comedy team's history, and discusses their influence on others in TV and film, e.g., Mel Gibson.

Screen Guide
Hollywood's Only News-Picture Magazine
1938 February

by Eric Albin

Magazine:  50 pages
Publisher:  Regal Press, Inc. (1938)
In Print?  No

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In the 3 pg. photospread Baffling Movie Secrets --  Exposed!, props and gimmicks utilized to achieve onscreen effects/illusion are discussed.  The Three Stooges appear in 2 of those pages, showing how the 'finger-in-the-nose' is performed, and a demonstration of breakaway vases by Moe over Curly & Larry's heads.

Also spotlighted is HOLLYWOOD HOTEL (1938), costarring Ted Healy.  First, the musical is featured in a 2-page spread advertisement, and then a 4-page pictorial feature Photo Parade: Checking in at HOLLYWOOD HOTEL.

Screen Thrills Illustrated
1962 June, # 1
by James Warren

Magazine:  66 pages
Publisher:  Central Publications Inc. (1962)
In Print?  No

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Sister publication to Famous Monsters of Filmland, this early/mid 1960s magazine dedicated itself to the action, sci-fi, comedy, etc., films that populated Saturday matinee bills. 5 pages promote The Three Stooges' latest release THE THREE STOOGES MEET HERCULES (1962) in Strength Versus Stooge.

Screen Thrills Illustrated
1964 May, # 8
by 'Pa Jector'

Magazine:  66 pages
Publisher:  Warren Publishing Co. (1964)
In Print?  No

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Private Screening, 2 pgs., reports on the Stooges' appearance in the new "Rat Pack" feature, 4 FOR TEXAS (1963).

Screen Thrills Illustrated
1965 February, # 10
by Jim Warren

Magazine:  66 pages
Publisher:  Warren Publishing Co. (1965)
In Print?  No

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In the final issue of the title's first run, 2 pages discuss The Beatles' entry into motion pictures with A HARD DAY'S NIGHT (1964), and make a connection to the Stooges by calling the musicians' coifs "Moe Howard haircuts" in Beatles vs. Comedy Kings, 5 pgs.  

(Sister publication to Famous Monsters of Filmland, this early/mid 1960s magazine dedicated itself to the action, sci-fi, comedy, etc., films that populated Saturday matinee bills.)

Screenies
1937 April

Magazine:  48 pages
Publisher:  Screenies, Inc. (1937)
In Print?  No

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On pg. 35 the Stooges appear in a publicity still from UNCIVIL WARRIORS (1935), and on pg. 38 the Stooges are joined by Marjorie White in a still from WOMAN HATERS (1934).

Screenland
1929 August
by Morrie Ryskind

Magazine:  112 pages
Publisher:  Screenland Magazine, Inc. (1929)
In Print?  No

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In The Stage Coach:  Amusing Comments on Current Broadway Stage Plays, 2 pgs., Morrie Ryskind opens with his observations of A NIGHT IN VENICE starring Ted Healy, then playing at Broadway's Shubert Theatre.  Referring to Ted's Stooges (Moe, Larry, Shemp, Freddie), Ryskind calls them "Beau Brummels."

Screenland
1931 August
by Benjamin De Cassares

Magazine:  130 pages
Publisher:  Screenland Magazine, Inc. (1931)
In Print?  No

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The Stage in Review, 3 pgs., discusses the new 1931 season's Broadway plays.  Featured is BILLY ROSE'S CRAZY QUILT starring Ted Healy, Fannie Brice and Phil Baker, who also appear in a publicity photo from the revue.

Screenland
1945 March
by Constance Palmer

Magazine:  98 pages
Publisher:  Liberty Magazine Inc. (1945)
In Print?  No

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"Pardner" Scott, 3 pages, is a career profile of actor Randolph Scott.  The article includes discussion of Scott and sidekick Joe DeRita, who had just returned from a 2-month USO tour of Pacific bases in early 1945.

Selected Short Subjects
From Spanky to The Three Stooges
by Leonard Maltin

Paperback:  236 pages
Publisher:  Da Capo Press (1983)
In Print?  No

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(10.00 - 1 vote - Last rating: 2009-02-14 17:11:25)

Softcover edition of The Great Movie Shorts.

 

Reissued 2015 by Amazon/CreateSpace/Digital as print-on-demand Softbound and Kindle edtions, with expanded Filmography information and a new Foreword.

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Shadoplay
March 1934
by Susan Hempstead

Magazine:  82 pages
Publisher:  Macfadden Publications (1934)
In Print?  No

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Healy and His Hooligans, a 4-page profile of Ted Healy, Moe Howard, Larry Fine and Curly Howard.

Showmen's Trade Review
1940 November 23

Magazine:  40 pages
Publisher:  Showmen's Trade Review (1940)
In Print?  No

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Promoting its Christmas 1940 releases, Universal took out a 2-page spread ad which includes THE BANK DICK (1940) with Shemp Howard listed in the supporting cast credits.

The ad could also be found in similar trade papers and magazines available at this time.

Showmen's Trade Review
1941 December 20
Section Two

Magazine:  68 pages
Publisher:  Showmen's Trade Review (1941)
In Print?  No

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The industry magazine's 1941 year-in-review reports on the leading box-office performers, films and stars.  In a two-page report 1941 Leading Short Subjects, The Three Stooges are listed as the 8th most popular series in theaters and are shown in a publicity shot from the upcoming LOCO BOY MAKES GOOD (1942).

Showmen's Trade Review
1942 August 29

Magazine:  52 pages
Publisher:  Showmen's Trade Review (1942)
In Print?  No

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As part of a 12-page promotion for Universal's latest releases, one page advertised ARABIAN NIGHTS (1942), the studio's first Technicolor feature and costarring Shemp Howard.

The ad could also be found in similar trade papers and magazines available at this time.

Sick
The Magazine That Keeps America Laughing
1965 March # 35

by Jim Atkins (Writer) & Angelo Torres (Artist)

Magazine:  52 pages
Publisher:  Crestwood Publications Inc. (1965)
In Print?  No

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More Entertaining News Broadcasts, 4 pages, presents Moe, Larry & Curly Joe as network news anchors bringing a humorous edge to the day's headline stories.

Smile When the Raindrops Fall
The Story of Charley Chase
by Brian Anthony and Andy Edmonds

Hardback:  320 pages
Publisher:  Scarecrow Press (1997)
In Print?  No

Avg. Member Rating:  
(9.00 - 1 vote - Last rating: 2009-02-14 17:46:12)

Amazon.com review by Bart R. Kasper...

"This wonderfully concise and well-written bio traces the life of Charles Parrott/Chase from his early days as an entertainer on the East Coast to his move to California and his two-reel comedy career. The book also focuses on many aspects of Charley's personal life, from his protective/co-dependent relationship with his brother, comedy director James Parrott to his own bouts with alcohol. The book is also full of wonderful photos and stills from his films. My favorite parts of the book are the chapters that pertain to his career at his final comedy home, Columbia Studios, where he not only churned out some excellent comedies (THE HECKLER, THE BIG SQUIRT, THE WRONG MISS WRIGHT), but directed [and wrote for] other two-reel comedy players of the day, most notably The Three Stooges [VIOLENT IS THE WORD FOR CURLY, TASSELS IN THE AIR, FLAT FOOT STOOGES, MUTTS TO YOU, SAVED BY THE BELLE]."

 

SMR
Sports Market Report
2009 May

by Kevin Glew

Magazine:  130 pages
Publisher:  Collectors Universe, Inc. (2009)
In Print?  No

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1959 Fleer Three Stooges Set:  The Most Popular Non-Sports Set in the Hobby, 3 pgs., discusses the history, still growing popularity, and collectible characteristics of this non-sports trading cards favorite.

Song Hits
1941 August

Magazine:  34 pages
Publisher:  Song Lyrics, Inc. (1941)
In Print?  No

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Magazine with lyrics of all the songs featured in current release movies...

  • IN THE NAVY (cover featured), 3 pgs., plot synopsis and lyrics from 7 of the film's songs; Shemp Howard costarred
  • TIME OUT FOR RHYTHM, 1 pg., plot synopsis and lyrics from 4 of its songs; costarred Moe, Larry & Curly
  • TOO MANY BLONDES, 1 pg., lyrics from 5 featured songs; also includes a publicity shot featuring costar Shemp Howard

Sons O' Fun

16 pages
Publisher:  The Messrs. Shubert (1941)
In Print?  No

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Magazine-sized promotional booklet published by the Shubert brothers, announcing their new show, SONS O' FUN starring Ole Olsen and Chic Johnson.  The comedy revue costarred Joe Besser (and partner Jimmy Little), seen among a series of photographs spotlighting the featured members of the show's cast.

Sprite
Spring 1990

Magazine:  1 pages
In Print?  No

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Spring 1990, Coca-Cola ran an advertising print campaign promoting its Sprite and Diet Sprite soft drinks, utilizing The Three Stooges in Curly... Larry... No Moe. The Stooge ads ran in numerous national and regional magazines.

Spy
March/April 1996
by O. L.

Magazine:  72 pages
Publisher:  Spy Magazine LP (1996)
In Print?  No

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The satirical magazine featured a classic shot of the Stooges (from SWING PARADE OF 1946), photo-shopped to lampoon Bill Clinton and 1996 Republican hopefuls Bob Dole and Newt Gingrich. Strangely, there is no article within the magazine that matches the cover, which apparently was intended as a stand-alone joke with the caption Stooges Rule '96.

A second photo of Moe, Larry and Curly (from RHYTHM AND WEEP) appears on page 6's Editorial Nyuk-Nyuk-Nyuk, promoting articles that do appear within the magazine; again, strangely, the photo does not tie into the Editorial's content, just the title.

Steel Pier
Images of America
by Steve Liebowitz

Paperback:  128 pages
Publisher:  Arcadia Publishing (2016)
ISBN:  1467116009
In Print?  Yes

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The Three Stooges receive a few mentions in this pictorial entertainment history of Atlantic City's Steel Pier, including a 1938 picture of Moe mimicking Hitler, with vaudevillian George Mann, and a 1942 promotional ad of the team for an upcoming appearance.

From the back cover...

"Atlantic City has worn the tag of Americas Playground since its earliest days, so it is only natural that its biggest and most well-known icon, the Steel Pier, would be known as the Showplace of the Nation. Over the course of 80 years, from 1898 to 1978, Steel Pier developed from a quiet, genteel amusement that featured light classical music and cakewalks to a vast entertainment complex that offered movies, big-name vaudeville acts, exhibits, big bands, rock bands, and the Water Circus with its famed diving horse. What makes this even more compelling is that one could spend the entire day on the pier and take all of this in for one small admission."

Steel Pier
Summer 1959
A World's Fair in Itself

by Geo. A. Hamid

Magazine:  20 pages
Publisher:  Directors of The Steel Pier (1959)
In Print?  No

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Magazine formatted promotion for the Atlantic City (NJ) Steel Pier's 1959 Summer season.  The list of vaudeville & musical acts includes The Three Stooges (Moe, Larry & Curly Joe) for the week of August 9 - 15, and their photo appears in a talent collage on pg. 7.

Steel Pier
Summer 1960
An Amusement City at Sea

by Geo. A. Hamid

Magazine:  20 pages
Publisher:  Directors of The Steel Pier (1960)
In Print?  No

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Magazine formatted promotion for the Atlantic City (NJ) Steel Pier's 1960 Summer season.  The list of vaudeville & musical acts includes The Three Stooges (Moe, Larry & Curly Joe) for the week of June 26 - July 2, and their photo appears in a talent collage on pg. 7.

Stooge Chronicles, The
by Jeffrey Forrester

Paperback:  111 pages
Publisher:  Triumvirate Productions (1981)
In Print?  No

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(7.00 - 1 vote - Last rating: 2009-02-14 17:46:57)

Early version, formative basis, of Forrester's later book The Three Stooges: Triumphs and Tragedies (2003).  From the back cover...

"50 Years of Fun with America's Favorite Comedy Team. Half a century ago these men name Moe Howard, Larry Fine and Shemp Howard walked out onto a vaudeville stage for the first time as an independent comedy ensemble. Thus began the story of the most prolific comedy team of all time, The Three Stooges. And thus began a new era of comedy.

The Stooge Chronicles is the history of The Three Stooges, commemorating their golden anniversary as a comedy team. It is the story of a show business legend... the story of a comedy team that made more movies than any other in film history... that later achieved unprecedented popularity with the television generation... and eventually found itself among the most controversial comedy acts in entertainment."

 

Stooge Fan's I.Q. Test, The
The Ultimate Challenge!
by Ronald L. Smith

Paperback:  103 pages
Publisher:  Contemporary Books (1988)
In Print?  No

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(5.00 - 1 vote - Last rating: 2009-02-14 17:48:00)

From the back cover...

"Sharpen your nit wit! Flaunt your nyuk knowledge! Here's a first --- a quizbook that's full of yucks whether you know the answers or not! The Stooge Fan's I.Q. Test contains an incredible collection of photos and facts that nobody's ever seen before! Ron Smith has uncovered interviews from long-forgotten files and created comic questions based on his own correspondence with the Stooges and their relatives.

The answers to more than 400 Stooge stumpers are included in this zany book. With fill-in-the-blank, multiple choice, matching, and true-false questions, find out if you're as smart as you thought. There are plenty of wild and wacky tidbits of Stooge lore to be learned. There are even some pictures that are a sight for sorely poked eyes!

So tease your brain till it nearly falls on the floor and revolves in a circle... and try to up your Stooge I.Q.!"

 

Stooge Fans' I.Q. Test, The
by Ronald L. Smith

Paperback:  154 pages
Publisher:  SPI Books (1993)
ISBN:  1561712175
In Print?  No

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Newstand paperback version of the 1988 softcover edition.

 

Stooge Gene, The
Recollections of My Zany Jewish Family
by Judith Groudine Finkel

Paperback:  164 pages
Publisher:  Book Daze Publishing (2013)
ISBN:  0989961907
In Print?  Yes

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A family memoir, but one that would be of interest only to the author's family and friends.  Outside of acknowledging a distant cousinship, and a picture of Moe Howard on the cover, there is nothing substantial here for Stooge fans.  Loose connections to The Three Stooges are basically comprised of events in the author's life, preceded by a brief introduction referencing a similar topic from one of their films.  For example, a three-page story about her childhood dentist is introduced with passing references to MUMMY'S DUMMIES (1948) and THE TOOTH WILL OUT (1951).

From the back cover...

"In her humorous and touching memoir about her multi-generational Jewish family, Judith Groudine Finkel intersperses family lore about her cousins Moe, Shemp and Curly Howard with insights into how their films influenced her."

StoogeMania
An Extravaganza of Stooge Photos, Puzzles, Trivia, Collectibles and More
by Tom Hansen, with Jeffrey Forrester

Paperback:  149 pages
Publisher:  Contemporary Books (1984)
In Print?  No

Avg. Member Rating:  
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From the back cover...

"A made-for-the-fan guide to the Stooges, filled with the kind of nutty information you've got to know --- never-before-published photos, little-known facts, and the Ultimate Stooge Quiz, including 100 of the most challenging questions ever asked about the Stooges.

StoogeMania includes hundreds of Stooges-related collectible items, from comic books to Shemp's own cufflinks, shown with photos, a handy price guide to help you measure your fortune, and the addresses to help you find even the most obscure Stooges memorabilia. Want to join a Stooges fan club? StoogeMania tells you how. StoogeMania even takes you on a trip across the country, Stooges style! You'll find the lyrics, and dance steps, to "The Curly Shuffle," as well as the Anatomy of a Stooges fan. StoogeMania even uncovers a reprint of an authentic Stooges script, written years ago but never filmed!"

 

Stoogeology
Essays on The Three Stooges
by Peter Seely and Gail W. Pieper (editors)

Paperback:  272 pages
Publisher:  McFarland & Company (2007)
In Print?  Yes

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In the world of slapstick comedy, few are more beloved than the Three Stooges. Throughout their 190 short films, they consistently delivered physical, verbal and situational comedy in new and creative ways. Following the trio from outer space to ancient Rome, this volume provides an in-depth look at their comedy and its impact on twentieth century art, culture and thought. This analysis reveals new insights into the language, literary structure, politics, race, gender, ethnicity and even psychology of the classic shorts. It discusses the elements of surrealism within the Stooges films, exploring the many ways in which they created their own reality regardless of time and space. The portrayal of women and minorities and the role of the mistake in Stooges' works are also addressed. Moreover, the book examines the impact that the Columbia Studios style and the austerity of its Short Subjects Department had on the work of the Three Stooges, films that ironically have outlasted more costly and celebrated productions.

Stoogephile Trivia Book, The
by Jeffrey Forrester

Paperback:  132 pages
Publisher:  Contemporary Books (1982)
In Print?  No

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From the back cover...

Here, finally, is the one-of-a-king book of little-known facts and figures, guaranteed to fascinate and inform even the most knowledgeable Stooge fan. The Stoogephile Trivia Book includes a complete filmography of all the Stooge films, with dates, directors, producers, plots and starring Stooges. You will find the answers to ever-so-provocative Stooge stumpers. This book is filled with crucial information you can toss around at the next swanky society party you're invited to, for as a rule of thumb: "Tis better to toss trivia facts than custard pies. But then again, as the Stooges themselves proved time after time, rules were made to be broken..."

Stooges Among Us
by Lon & Debra Davis (Editors)

Hardback:  224 pages
Publisher:  BearManor Media (2015)
ISBN:  1593931778
In Print?  Yes

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2015 hardcover edition of the 2008 softbound original.

Stooges Among Us
by Lon & Debra Davis (Editors)

Paperback:  224 pages
Publisher:  BearManor Media (2008)
ISBN:  1593933002
In Print?  No

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From the back cover...

"In this paparazzi-inundated world, it's hard to imagine that there was a time when genuine movie stars were accessible to members of the public. That was certainly the case in the 1970's with surviving members of the Three Stooges comedy team. Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Curly-Joe DeRita and Joe Besser routinely corresponded with their young admirers, invited them into their homes, and forged genuine friendships with them. Stooges Among Us is a record of these unique relationships told in the words of the fans themselves. Also sharing their insights are Stooges' family members, colleagues and close personal friends. Leonard Maltin, the renowned film critic and historian, provides the foreword to this affectionate tribute. Containing never-before published photographs and interviews with the Stooges, this is a book that will be treasured by classic comedy fans of all ages."

 

2012 the book also became available in a Kindle edition.

Stooges' Lost Episodes, The
The Fifty Never Before Released Stooge Adventures
by Tom Forrester, with Jeff Forrester

Paperback:  128 pages
Publisher:  Contemporary Books (1988)
In Print?  No

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Before the cable television and home video explosions, few knew of The Three Stooges beyond their 190 Columbia short subjects. The authors present analyses and reviews of fifty 'rarely-seen/known-circa-1988' Three Stooges films... feature films, shorts, television pilots and solo films, for other studios as well as their home base at Columbia.

The authors added to the filmography published in 1982's The Three Stooges Scrapbook (by Jeff & Greg Lenburg, with Joan Howard Maurer). Much information is based on the authors' Chicago-based television viewing experiences. Subsequent information over the past 20+ years in new books and The Three Stooges Journal has solidified, substantially added to, and even refuted the authors' findings. As a result, this book has become largely irrelevant today, other than as an interesting collectible.

Regardless, in 1988 this book was a welcome and fascinating report of The Three Stooges' non-Columbia film credits.

 

Stoogism Anthology
by Paul F. Fericano (Editor)

Paperback:  111 pages
Publisher:  Scarecrow Books (1977)
In Print?  No

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From a promotional flyer...

"The only book that combines a Stooges tribute with the works of contemporary poets, a true first in the history of the literary arts. "Anthology" contains an excellent feature article on the Stooges by film critc Leonard Maltin, from his book "The Great Movie Shorts," along with Maltin's lively and informative filmography which provides a comprehensive listing of the Stooges' shorts for Columbia Pictures. 61 poems are represented by 47 American and international poets, with 15 of the poems directly using the Stooges as inspirational subject matter. The poems vary in style from low burlesque to high satire, and today, many of the poets in this book have become well-known in their field."

 

Stroke of Luck
by James Carone, as told by Larry Fine

Hardback:  293 pages
Publisher:  Siena Publishing Company (1973)
In Print?  No

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Larry Fine's as-told-to autobiography. Self-published by James Carone, the book did not have the benefit of a proper editor, and contains many grammatical, historical, and picture caption errors.

However, it was the first book about The Three Stooges, as told by one of the Stooges. Regardless of its problems, the book presents Larry's life and career from his personal perspective, and provided Three Stooges fans with something they wanted for years in 1973... an inside first-hand insight and account of The Three Stooges' history.

2006's One Fine Stooge contains a detailed background of this book's creation, including the story behind its infamous author, James Carone... recommended reading. Due to its self-published status and disappointing mail-order distribution, Stroke of Luck is a relatively rare collectible due to limited printings, and commands high prices in better conditions. 1976 printing copies were acquired by the Fan Club, and sold thru "The Three Stooges Journal" in the early 1980s.  Some unopened cartons of that 1976 printing were found in distributor warehouses as late as 2000.

Suncoast
Motion Picture Company
June 1996

Magazine:  12 pages
Publisher:  Suncoast Motion Picture Company (1996)
In Print?  No

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The national home video chain featured the Stooges, in a publicity image from THREE LITTLE BEERS (1935), in a June 1996 store promotion that included sale prices on Three Stooges VHS tapes, as well as licensed Stooges products (T's, mugs, etc.).

Sundial
1946 November
by Phil Kaplansky (writer) & Ray Stahl (photos)

Magazine:  48 pages
Publisher:  Ohio State University (1946)
In Print?  No

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In a live appearance tour that included Columbus OH in October 1946, the Stooges took time for a photo shoot at Ohio State University.  3 pages, B.V.D. Productions Present… The Buckeye Sportsreel, Starring The Three Stooges, the Stooges clown around on the football field with show costar Hal Leroy and the Ohio State players.  Includes photos (1 pg.) and 2 pages of satirical text telling the story as if OSU filmed the event as a newsreel.

Tel Plus
September 1985

Magazine:  1 pages
In Print?  No

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September 1985, Tel Plus Communications ran a national print ad campaign featuring The Three Stooges, using a still from GENTS WITHOUT CENTS (1944), It Doesn't Matter How Advanced a Phone System Is If the Wrong Company Installs It. The advertisement ran in financial and business magazines (attached image from "Barron's"), as well as newspapers like "The Wall Street Journal."  (some ads were formatted as a 2-page spread)

Texas Monthly
July 1985
by Paul Burka and Alison Cook

Magazine:  192 pages
Publisher:  Texas Monthly Inc. (1985)
In Print?  No

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Moe, Larry and Curly grace the cover to illustrate The Ten Best and [Groan] the Ten Worst Legislators. Unfortunately, the Stooges only illustrate the tone of the story, and do not play a part, for this article that ranks 1985 Texas legislators.

Theatre Magazine
1931 April

Magazine:  72 pages
Publisher:  Theatre Magazine Company (1931)
In Print?  No

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Mr. Ted Healy and the Vassals Known as "Stooges," 1 pg, shows Ted and his stooges Jack Wolf, Mousie Garner, Dick Hakins, Eddie Moran and one unidentified performer in a rehearsal scene for THE GANG'S ALL HERE.  (The Broadway play had a short run of February 18 - March 9, 1931 at the Imperial Theatre.)

Theatre Magazine
1931 March

Magazine:  72 pages
Publisher:  Theatre Magazine Company (1931)
In Print?  No

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Mr. Healy and Miss Keeler Try the First Steps, 2 pgs, Ted Healy and Ruby Keeler are shown demonstrating a dance step during rehearsals for THE GANG'S ALL HERE.  (The Broadway play had a short run of February 18 - March 9, 1931 at the Imperial Theatre.)

There's No Business Like Show Business... Was
by Alan Young

Paperback:  108 pages
Publisher:  Bear Manor Media (2006)
In Print?  No

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Alan Young's recollection of his friend Joe Besser is included in chapter 8, On Stage Please!

From the back cover...

"You've heard Wilbur speak of Mr. Ed. Now it's Alan Young's time to go hoarse talking about the greats of radio and early television: Paul Whiteman, Tallulah Bankhead, Zero Mostel, George Burns, Jack Benny, Peter Lorre, Clifton Webb, Jane Russell, Mickey Rooney, Jane Powell, Elizabeth Taylor, Roddy McDowall, Red Skelton, Sonja Heinie, Dinah Shore, Bing Crosby...

Plus his classic films ANDROCLES AND THE LION, THE TIME MACHINE, voicing the classic Disney character Scrooge McDuck, and much more!"

 

Three Stooges Book of Party Games, The
by Matt Kavet, Jerry King & Martin Riskin

Paperback:  64 pages
Publisher:  Boston America Corp. (1997)
In Print?  No

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From the Introduction...

"You want to have a good party? Soitenly. So, grab yourself a couple of willing goils or if you are of the feminine gender, a couple of good looking guys like us. Then pick out a few games from this here book that have been poysunally selected by the three of us. Well, maybe 2 of us: Curly don't read so good. Your party is guaranteed to be successful and full of rambunctious fun. This book may not have too many namby pamby parlor games but it's full of raucous, sexy, sloppy boisterous ones that will bring the cops and keep up your neighbors. Okay, knuckleheads, enough of the reading stupid introductions. Your guests are arriving soon, so pick out a few games to start with."

 

Three Stooges Book of Scripts, The
by Joan Howard Maurer

Hardback:  256 pages
Publisher:  Citadel Press (1984)
In Print?  No

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From the book jacket...

"What can be said about The Three Stooges, the wild and wacky comedy trio, that hasn't already been spoken on hundreds of television news shows, written about in thousands of newspaper articles, thought about by millions of their fans and published in the popular books  Moe Howard and The Three Stooges and The Three Stooges Scrapbook?

The answer is The Three Stooges Book of Scripts... Here is an invaluable memento for the collector of Stooges memorabilia that is totally different from anything published before now. This book presents three actual film scripts, complete with all the dialogue as well as all the 'business' thought up for the trio. The three scripts --- YOU NAZTY SPY!, THREE LITTLE PIGSKINS and MEN IN BLACK [and a bonus chapter featuring the Niagara Falls skit from GENTS WITHOUT CENTS] --- are illustrated with actual frame blowups from the films. Rounding out this unique concept are notes and sidelights about the filming of each script and biographical sketches of the stars, performers, writers, producers, cameramen and editors. It includes the inventive advertising campaigns, a Stooges action flip book and a comic strip of the infamous "Niagara Falls" routine.

This treasure chest of Stoogemania includes hundreds of photographs not printed in other books."

 

Three Stooges Book of Scripts, The Volume II
by Joan Howard Maurer and Norman Maurer

Hardback:  256 pages
Publisher:  Citadel Press (1987)
In Print?  No

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From the book jacket...

"Realizing that the contents of her attic, filled with Stooge memorabilia, should be shared with Stooge fans everywhere, Joan Howard Maurer, daughter of Moe Howard, put all of her creative projects on hold and has written her fourth book about her favorite comedy team, The Three Stooges. The catalyst for this decision was the same question asked by fans before she wrote The Three Stooges Book of Scripts [Volume I]: "Did the Stooges ad lib their comedies or were there actually scripts?" The Three Stooges Book of Scripts Volume II provides more answers to that question as well as to hundreds of others about this zany comedy team.

In this new book, Joan presents three more vintage film scripts with all the original, written dialogue intact. Her script choices, RESTLESS KNIGHTS, WE WANT OUR MUMMY and YES, WE HAVE NO BONANZA are compatible with the three films in Volume IX of RCA-Columbia's Three Stooges video cassette, enabling fans and collectors alike to follow a Three Stooges script at the same time they watch the completed film on their television screens.

Rounding out this unique format is a special, added chapter about the 1962 Columbia feature, THE THREE STOOGES MEET HERCULES, the most successful Stooges film in their half-century career.

The illustrations for the book are composed of both frame blow-ups from the films, and additional photos from Moe Howard's collection of 8x10 stills which have never been published in any of the previous Stooges books. Included are new biographical sketches on the stars, performers, writers, producers, cameramen and editors, as well as a chapter titled "More Respect," which contains the current highlights of the continual resurgence of these three fascinating comedians."

Three Stooges Career Guide, The
Advice For Climbing the Ladder
by Sam Stall

Hardback:  148 pages
Publisher:  Running Press (2011)
In Print?  No

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From the dust cover...

"Since their debut in 1925, The Three Stooges have become worldwide comedy legends. Their slapstick humor and physical farce have given generations of fans a million smiles and gut-busting guffaws. Now, they're back to give something more -- career advice. What? The Three Stooges offering career advice? Why soitenly!

Who better than the Boys to impart scores of classic bits of working world wisdom for the recent grad or the longtim business man and woman? If you think about it, Moe, Larry and Curly may be the poster boys for the phrase "jack of all trades, master of none." From painting to plumbing to banking to teaching to much more, The Three Stooges have dilly-dabbled in so many professions that their knowledge can be shared by just about anyone in the working world, whether you're in a blue collar, white collar, or no-collar career!"

Three Stooges Daily Desktop, The
CD-ROM Perpetual Calendar

0 pages
Publisher:  South Peak Interactive (1999)
In Print?  No

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CD-ROM perpetual daily desktop calendar & clock, with each day appearing with a photo taken from one of their films.  Additional  features include Three Stooges screen saver, wallpaper, "to do" lists, sticky notes, sound bytes, and a 'Whack-a-Moe" game.

(Not MAC compatible.)

Three Stooges FAQ
Everything Left to Know About the Eye-Poking, Face-Slapping, Head-Thumping Geniuses
by David J. Hogan

Paperback:  400 pages
Publisher:  Applause Theatre & Cinema Books (2011)
In Print?  Yes

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From the press release...

"This lively, entertaining, and informative study of the Three Stooges focuses on the nearly 200 career-making two-reel short comedies the boys made at Columbia Pictures during the years 1934-57. Violent slapstick? Of course, but these comic gems are also peerlessly crafted and enthusiastically played by vaudeville veterans Moe, Larry, Curly, Shemp, and Joe - arguably the most popular and long-lived screen comics ever produced by Hollywood. Detailed production and critical coverage is provided for every short, plus information about each film's place in the Stooges' careers, in Hollywood genre filmmaking, and in the larger fabric of American culture. From Depression-era concerns to class warfare to World War II to the cold war to rock-and-roll - the Stooges reflected them all.

Seventy-five stills, posters, and other images - many never before published in book form - bring colorful screen moments to life and help illuminate the special appeal of key shorts. Exclusive sections include a Stooges biographical and career timeline; a useful, colorful history of the structure and behind-the-camera personnel of the Columbia two-reel unit; and personality sidebars about more than 30 popular players who worked frequently with the Stooges. Also included is a filmography that covers all 190 shorts, plus a bibliography, making this the ultimate guide for all Three Stooges fans!"

 

Three Stooges Golf Cartoon and Trivia Book, The
by William Kociemba, Eric A. Kaufman and Steve Sack

Paperback:  168 pages
Publisher:  Gazelle Inc. (1999)
In Print?  No

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From the back cover...

"Since 1929 The Three Stooges' style of humor has been enjoyed by millions. These legendary comics are illustrated in this hilarious collection of over 60 different golf cartoons in full color.

In addition to the cartoons, a Three Stooges photo album along with five question and answer-trivia sections have been included. A sixth segment, "Match and Play," highlights some of the legendary golfers during the early Stooge era.

With golf and The Three Stooges' popularity at an all-time high, this fun and informative spoof book would make the "Poifect" gift for the Golf'n Stooge."

 

Three Stooges Golf Kit, The

32 pages
Publisher:  Running Press (2012)
ISBN:  0782440115
In Print?  No

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The Three Stooges Golf Kit Book is a 32-page mini-book featuring publicity still images from their films with gag & words-of-wisdom captions.  The book is packaged in the golf kit, with an "exploding" golf ball, divot repair tool, bottle opener keychain, and three ball markers.

Three Stooges Golf Spoof and Trivia Book, The
by William Kociemba, Eric A. Kaufman and Steve Sack

Paperback:  111 pages
Publisher:  Gazelle Inc. (1998)
In Print?  No

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From the back cover...

"Since 1929 The Three Stooges' style of humor has been enjoyed by millions. These "Masters of Mishaps" go at it again in this hilarious collection of over 60 different golf cartoons in full color.

In addition to the cartoons, nostalgic photos along with four question and answer-trivia sections have been included for your enjoyment. With golf and The Three Stooges popularity at an all-time high, this fun and informative spoof book would make the "Poifect" gift for the Golf'n Stooges."

Three Stooges Scrapbook, The
by Jeff Lenburg, Joan Howard Maurer, Greg Lenburg

Hardback:  288 pages
Publisher:  Citadel Press (1982)
In Print?  No

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After a 30+ years in print, this 1982 book remains the best book for Three Stooges' fans, new and old, and film comedy historians/fans in general! Co-author Joan Howard Maurer (Moe's daughter) gave primary authors Jeff & Greg Lenburg access to Howard family archives, and together they compiled the best Stooges encyclopedia in print.

The Three Stooges' biographies, history, filmography (& individual filmographies), TV appearances, records, comic books, collectibles & memorabilia, cultural impact, and so much more encompassing the team's history and contribution to entertainment, can be found in this tome.

Decades of subsequent information from Stooge family members, the authors themselves, and fan researchers have recorded appropriate corrections for history, but overall, The Three Stooges Scrapbook remains the definitive reference tool.

Three Stooges Scrapbook, The
by Joan Howard Maurer, Jeff Lenburg, Greg Lenburg

Paperback:  288 pages
Publisher:  Citadel Press (1983)
In Print?  No

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This softcover version of The Three Stooges Scrapbook was reissued several times since 1983, the latest in 1999.  Reissues contained no editorial revisions, other than a handful of updated filmography notations, and recognition of Joe Besser's 1988 death.

Softcover editions through the 1980s and early 1990s retained the original 1982 hardcover jacket design; in the early 1990s, the front cover was changed.

(Refreshing the page will alternate the editions pictured.)

 

Three Stooges Scrapbook, The
Updated Edition
by Jeff Lenburg, Joan Howard Maurer, Greg Lenburg

Paperback:  355 pages
Publisher:  Chicago Review Press (2012)
In Print?  Yes

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Revised edition of the perennial Three Stooges bible. Expanded to include almost 70 more pages, updated for Stooges history since the original's 1982 publication, filmography additions, expanded/new information and corrections, and much more.

The authors credit ThreeStooges.net several times as a source of new information. The chapter Three Stooges Impersonators utilized many entries from this website's "Film & TV Tributes" page for its expanded text.

 

Three Stooges See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil, The

32 pages
Publisher:  Running Press (2011)
ISBN:  078762440122
In Print?  No

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The Three Stooges: See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil is a 32-page mini-book featuring publicity still images from their films with gag & words-of-wisdom captions.  The book is packaged with a hard plastic mini-figurine of the Stooges in a "see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil" type pose.

Three Stooges Trivia Book, The
by William Kociemba & Eric A. Kaufman

Paperback:  32 pages
Publisher:  Gazelle Inc. (1998)
In Print?  No

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Mini-book abridgement of The Three Stooges Golf Spoof and Trivia Book (1998).  Not sold in stores, it was produced as a gift / giveaway novelty.

From the back cover...

"The Three Stooges Trivia Book consists of four informative and entertaining trivia sections.  The first segment is entitled "Name That Stooge" where you are asked to identify the correct Stooge to the question.  The second section entitled "Two Reeler Trivia" explains some of the early history of the Stooges and insight into the importance of two-reelers, or "shorts" as they were often called.  In their movies, the Stooges were accident prone.  In real life, there were many accidents and near misses that happened behind the scenes.  Real mishaps from the "Masters of Mishaps" are chronicled in this third section entitled "The Occupational Hazards of Being a Stooge."  The last section consists of the A.A.M. Local 6 7/8 (Amalgamated Association of Morons) Entrance Examination.  This intellectually challenging quiz will determine if you're a "wise guy" or a true moron... Good luck!"

Three Stooges, The
1985 Calendar

28 pages
Publisher:  Crabwalk, Inc. (1984)
ISBN:  0933996020
In Print?  No

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12-month wall calendar, softbound with a stapled binding. Each month is accompanied by a still of the Stooges from one of their Columbia films.

Three Stooges, The
1986 Calendar

28 pages
Publisher:  Crabwalk, Inc. (1985)
ISBN:  0452257832
In Print?  No

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12-month wall calendar, softbound with a stapled binding. Each month is accompanied by a still of the Stooges from one of their Columbia films.

Three Stooges, The
1987 Calendar

28 pages
Publisher:  Citadel Press (Lyle Stuart, Inc.) (1986)
ISBN:  0821643606
In Print?  No

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12-month wall calendar, softbound with a stapled binding. Each month is accompanied by a still of the Stooges from one of their Columbia films.

Three Stooges, The
1988 Calendar
A Treasure Trove of Lobby Cards

28 pages
Publisher:  Citadel Press (Lyle Stuart, Inc.) (1987)
ISBN:  0821644262
In Print?  No

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12-month wall calendar, softbound with a stapled binding. Each month is accompanied by a still of a lobby card from one of their Columbia films.

Three Stooges, The
1989 Calendar of Portraits

28 pages
Publisher:  Citadel Press (Lyle Stuart, Inc.) (1988)
ISBN:  0821644270
In Print?  No

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12-month wall calendar, softbound with a stapled binding. Each month is accompanied by a still of the Stooges from one of their Columbia films.

Three Stooges, The
1990 Calendar

28 pages
Publisher:  Landmark Calendars (1989)
ISBN:  155907082X
In Print?  No

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12-month wall calendar, softbound with a stapled binding. Each month is accompanied by a still of the Stooges from one of their Columbia films.

Three Stooges, The
1991 Calendar

28 pages
Publisher:  Landmark Calendars (1990)
ISBN:  1559074590
In Print?  No

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12-month wall calendar, softbound with a stapled binding. Each month is accompanied by a still of the Stooges from one of their Columbia films.

Three Stooges, The
1992 Calendar

28 pages
Publisher:  Landmark Calendars (1991)
ISBN:  1559077050
In Print?  No

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12-month wall calendar, softbound with a stapled binding. Each month is accompanied by a still of the Stooges from one of their Columbia films.

Three Stooges, The
1993 Calendar

28 pages
Publisher:  Landmark Calendars (1992)
ISBN:  0781900859
In Print?  No

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12-month wall calendar, softbound with a stapled binding. Each month is accompanied by a still of the Stooges from one of their Columbia films.

Three Stooges, The
1994 Calendar

28 pages
Publisher:  Landmark Calendars (1993)
ISBN:  078190434X
In Print?  No

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12-month wall calendar, softbound with a stapled binding. Each month is accompanied by a still of the Stooges from one of their Columbia films.

Three Stooges, The
1995 Calendar

28 pages
Publisher:  Landmark Calendars (1994)
ISBN:  0781907535
In Print?  No

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12-month wall calendar, softbound with a stapled binding. Each month is accompanied by a still of the Stooges from one of their Columbia films.

Three Stooges, The
1996 Calendar

28 pages
Publisher:  Landmark Calendars (1995)
ISBN:  0781912660
In Print?  No

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12-month wall calendar, softbound with a stapled binding. Each month is accompanied by a still of the Stooges from one of their Columbia films.

Three Stooges, The
1997 Calendar

28 pages
Publisher:  Landmark Calendars (1996)
ISBN:  0781915333
In Print?  No

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12-month wall calendar, softbound with a stapled binding. Each month is accompanied by a still of the Stooges from one of their Columbia films.

Three Stooges, The
1998 - Pop-Up 1998 Calendar

14 pages
Publisher:  Landmark Calendars (1997)
ISBN:  1569044325
In Print?  No

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12-month wall calendar, softbound with a stapled binding. Two months per page, accompanied by a pop-up image based on a still from one of the Stooges' Columbia films.

Three Stooges, The
1998 Appointment Calendar

Hardback:  114 pages
Publisher:  Landmark Calendars (1997)
In Print?  No

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Weekly and daily appointment calendar, hardbound with a spiral binding. Each week is accompanied by a still of Moe, Larry & Curly from one of their Columbia films.

Three Stooges, The
1998 Calendar

28 pages
Publisher:  Landmark Calendars (1997)
ISBN:  1569043604
In Print?  No

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12-month wall calendar, softbound with a stapled binding. Each month is accompanied by a still of the Stooges from one of their Columbia films.

Three Stooges, The
1998 Calendar (Jewel Case)

28 pages
Publisher:  Landmark Calendars (1997)
ISBN:  1569044678
In Print?  No

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Desktop 12-month calendar, each month on one card, with all cards in a jewel case.  Each month is accompanied by a still of the Stooges from one of their Columbia films.

Three Stooges, The
1999 - A Sixteen-Month 1999 Calendar

28 pages
Publisher:  Day Dream (At-A-Glance) (1998)
ISBN:  0768809606
In Print?  No

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16-month wall calendar, softbound with a stapled binding. Each month is accompanied by a still of the Stooges from one of their Columbia films.

Three Stooges, The
1999 Appointment Calendar

Hardback:  114 pages
Publisher:  Landmark Calendars (1998)
In Print?  No

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Weekly and daily appointment calendar, hardbound with a spiral binding. Each week is accompanied by a still of Moe, Larry & Curly from one of their Columbia films.

Three Stooges, The
1999 Calendar

28 pages
Publisher:  Hallmark (1998)
ISBN:  1501249017
In Print?  No

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12-month wall calendar, softbound with a stapled binding. Each month is accompanied by a still of the Stooges from one of their Columbia films.

Three Stooges, The
2000 - A 16-Month 2000 Calendar

28 pages
Publisher:  Day Dream (1999)
ISBN:  0768825385
In Print?  No

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16-month wall calendar, softbound with a stapled binding. Each month is accompanied by a still of the Stooges from one of their Columbia films.

Three Stooges, The
2000 - A Sixteen-Month 2000 Calendar

28 pages
Publisher:  Hometown Graphics (1999)
ISBN:  0768819393
In Print?  No

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16-month wall calendar, softbound with a stapled binding. Each month is accompanied by a still of the Stooges from one of their Columbia films.

Three Stooges, The
2000 Calendar

28 pages
Publisher:  Faces (1999)
ISBN:  0763125113
In Print?  No

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12-month wall calendar, softbound with a stapled binding. Each month is accompanied by a still of the Stooges from one of their Columbia films.

Three Stooges, The
2001

28 pages
Publisher:  Faces (2000)
ISBN:  0763134791
In Print?  No

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12-month wall calendar, softbound with a stapled binding. Each month is accompanied by a still of the Stooges from one of their Columbia films.

Three Stooges, The
2001 - A 16-Month 2001 Calendar

28 pages
Publisher:  Day Dream (2000)
ISBN:  0768832527
In Print?  No

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16-month wall calendar, softbound with a stapled binding. Each month is accompanied by a still of the Stooges from one of their Columbia films.

Three Stooges, The
2001 - A 16-Month 2001 Calendar

28 pages
Publisher:  Hometown Graphics (2000)
ISBN:  0768833531
In Print?  No

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16-month wall calendar, softbound with a stapled binding. Each month is accompanied by a still of the Stooges from one of their Columbia films.

Three Stooges, The
2002 - A Sixteen-Month 2002 Calendar

28 pages
Publisher:  Day Dream (2001)
ISBN:  0768837448
In Print?  No

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16-month wall calendar, softbound with a stapled binding. Each month is accompanied by a still of the Stooges from one of their Columbia films.

Three Stooges, The
2002 - The Cedco Daily 2002 Calendar

375 pages
Publisher:  Cedco Publishing (2001)
ISBN:  0768344662
In Print?  No

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365-day desktop calendar. Each day is accompanied by a mix of images, trivia, and background information from one of their Columbia films.

Three Stooges, The
2002 Calendar

28 pages
Publisher:  Faces (2001)
ISBN:  0763144835
In Print?  No

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16-month wall calendar, softbound with a stapled binding. Each month is accompanied by a still of the Stooges from one of their Columbia films.

Three Stooges, The
2003 - A 16-Month 2003 Calendar

28 pages
Publisher:  Day Dream (2002)
ISBN:  0768844886
In Print?  No

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16-month wall calendar, softbound with a stapled binding. Each month is accompanied by a still of the Stooges from one of their Columbia films.

Three Stooges, The
2003 - A 16-Month 2003 Wall Calendar / Un Calendrier de 16-Mois L'an 2003

28 pages
Publisher:  DateMaker (Trends Int'l) (2002)
ISBN:  189454840X
In Print?  No

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16-month wall calendar, softbound with a stapled binding. Each month is accompanied by a still of the Stooges from one of their Columbia films.

Three Stooges, The
2003 - The Cedco Daily 2003 Calendar

375 pages
Publisher:  Cedco Publishing (2002)
ISBN:  0768357780
In Print?  No

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365-day desktop calendar. Each day is accompanied by a mix of images, trivia, and background information from one of their Columbia films.

Three Stooges, The
2003 Calendar

28 pages
Publisher:  Faces (Browntrout) (2002)
ISBN:  0763157562
In Print?  No

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16-month wall calendar, softbound with a stapled binding. Each month is accompanied by a still of the Stooges from one of their Columbia films.

Three Stooges, The
2004 - A 16-Month 2004 Calendar

28 pages
Publisher:  Day Dream (MeadWestvaco) (2003)
ISBN:  0768850592
In Print?  No

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16-month wall calendar, softbound with a stapled binding. Each month is accompanied by a still of the Stooges from one of their Columbia films.

Three Stooges, The
2004 - The Cedco Daily 2004 Calendar

376 pages
Publisher:  Cedco Publishing (2003)
ISBN:  0768363756
In Print?  No

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366-day desktop calendar. Each day is accompanied by a mix of images, trivia, and background information from one of their Columbia films.

Three Stooges, The
2004 Calendar

28 pages
Publisher:  Faces (Browntrout) (2003)
ISBN:  0763169129
In Print?  Yes

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16-month wall calendar, softbound with a stapled binding. Each month is accompanied by a still of the Stooges from one of their Columbia films.

Three Stooges, The
2005 - A 16-Month 2005 Calendar

28 pages
Publisher:  Day Dream (MeadWestvaco) (2004)
ISBN:  0768858194
In Print?  No

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16-month wall calendar, softbound with a stapled binding. Each month is accompanied by a still of the Stooges from one of their Columbia films.

Three Stooges, The
2005 - The Cedco Daily 2005 Calendar

375 pages
Publisher:  Cedco Publishing (2004)
ISBN:  0768370353
In Print?  No

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365-day desktop calendar. Each day is accompanied by a mix of images, trivia, and background information from one of their Columbia films.

Three Stooges, The
2005 Calendar

28 pages
Publisher:  Graphique de France (2004)
ISBN:  0767125975
In Print?  No

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12-month mini wall calendar in English, French and German, softbound with a stapled binding. Each month is accompanied by a still of the Stooges from one of their Columbia films.

Three Stooges, The
2005 Calendar

28 pages
Publisher:  Graphique de France (2004)
ISBN:  0767123115
In Print?  No

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12-month wall calendar in English, French and German, softbound with a stapled binding. Each month is accompanied by a still of the Stooges from one of their Columbia films.

Three Stooges, The
2005 Calendar

28 pages
Publisher:  Browntrout (2004)
ISBN:  0763181153
In Print?  No

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16-month wall calendar, softbound with a stapled binding. Each month is accompanied by a still of the Stooges from one of their Columbia films.

Three Stooges, The
2006 - A 16-Month 2006 Calendar

28 pages
Publisher:  Day Dream (MeadWestvaco) (2005)
ISBN:  0768865646
In Print?  No

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16-month wall calendar, softbound with a stapled binding. Each month is accompanied by a still of the Stooges from one of their Columbia films.

Three Stooges, The
2006 Calendar

28 pages
Publisher:  Faces (Browntrout) (2005)
ISBN:  0763195952
In Print?  No

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18-month wall calendar, softbound with a stapled binding. Each month is accompanied by a still of the Stooges from one of their Columbia films.

Three Stooges, The
2007 - A 16-Month 2007 Calendar

28 pages
Publisher:  Day Dream (MeadWestvaco) (2006)
ISBN:  0768875471
In Print?  No

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16-month wall calendar, softbound with a stapled binding. Each month is accompanied by a still of the Stooges from one of their Columbia films.

Three Stooges, The
2007 Calendar

28 pages
Publisher:  Faces (Browntrout) (2006)
ISBN:  1421612267
In Print?  No

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18-month wall calendar, softbound with a stapled binding. Each month is accompanied by a still of the Stooges from one of their Columbia films.

Three Stooges, The
2007 Year-in-a-Box Calendar

375 pages
Publisher:  Year in a Box (MeadWestvaco) (2006)
ISBN:  0768878349
In Print?  No

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365-day desktop calendar. Each day is accompanied by a mix of images, trivia, and background information from one of their Columbia films.

Three Stooges, The
2008

28 pages
Publisher:  Faces (Browntrout) (2007)
ISBN:  1421628202
In Print?  No

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18-month wall calendar, softbound with a stapled binding. Each month is accompanied by a still of the Stooges from one of their Columbia films.

Three Stooges, The
2008 - A 16-Month 2008 Calendar

28 pages
Publisher:  Day Dream (MeadWestvaco) (2007)
ISBN:  0768882257
In Print?  No

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16-month wall calendar, softbound with a stapled binding. Each month is accompanied by a still of the Stooges from one of their Columbia films.

Three Stooges, The
2009 - A 16-Month 2009 Calendar

28 pages
Publisher:  Day Dream (MeadWestvaco) (2008)
ISBN:  0768887968
In Print?  No

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16-month wall calendar, softbound with a stapled binding. Each month is accompanied by a still of the Stooges from one of their Columbia films.

Three Stooges, The
2009 Calendar

28 pages
Publisher:  Faces (Browntrout) (2008)
ISBN:  1421641151
In Print?  No

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18-month wall calendar, softbound with a stapled binding. Each month is accompanied by a still of the Stooges from one of their Columbia films.

Three Stooges, The
2010 - A 16-Month 2010 Calendar

28 pages
Publisher:  Day Dream (MWV) (2009)
ISBN:  0768895146
In Print?  No

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16-month wall calendar, softbound with a stapled binding. Each month is accompanied by a still of the Stooges from one of their Columbia films.

Three Stooges, The
2010 Calendar

28 pages
Publisher:  Faces (Browntrout) (2009)
ISBN:  1421655144
In Print?  No

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18-month wall calendar, softbound with a stapled binding. Each month is accompanied by a still of the Stooges from one of their Columbia films.

Three Stooges, The
2010 Daily Calendar - A Classic Stooges Yuk-Yuk on Every Page

375 pages
Publisher:  Aquarius Images (2009)
ISBN:  1554840619
In Print?  No

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365-day desktop calendar. Each day is accompanied by a mix of images, trivia, and background information from one of their Columbia films.

Three Stooges, The
2011 - A 16-Month 2011 Calendar

28 pages
Publisher:  Day Dream (MWV) (2010)
ISBN:  1423804198
In Print?  No

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16-month wall calendar, softbound with a stapled binding. Each month is accompanied by a still of the Stooges from one of their Columbia films.

Three Stooges, The
2011 16-Month Calendar

28 pages
Publisher:  Avalon (Leap Year) (2010)
ISBN:  1608280612
In Print?  No

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16-month wall calendar, softbound with a stapled binding. Each month is accompanied by a still of the Stooges from one of their Columbia films.

Three Stooges, The
2012 - A 16-Month 2012 Calendar

28 pages
Publisher:  Day Dream (MWV) (2011)
ISBN:  1423810031
In Print?  No

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16-month wall calendar, softbound with a stapled binding. Each month is accompanied by a still of the Stooges from one of their Columbia films.

Three Stooges, The
2012 16-Month Calendar

28 pages
Publisher:  Leap Year (2011)
ISBN:  330120421105
In Print?  No

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16-month mini wall calendar, softbound with a stapled binding. Each month is accompanied by a still of the Stooges from one of their Columbia films.

Three Stooges, The
2012 16-Month Calendar

28 pages
Publisher:  Avalon (Leap Year) (2011)
ISBN:  1608281305
In Print?  No

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16-month wall calendar, softbound with a stapled binding. Each month is accompanied by a still of the Stooges from one of their Columbia films.

Three Stooges, The
2013 - A 16-Month 2013 Calendar

28 pages
Publisher:  Day Dream (MWV) (2012)
ISBN:  1423813804
In Print?  No

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16-month wall calendar, softbound with a stapled binding. Each month is accompanied by a still of the Stooges from one of their Columbia films.

Three Stooges, The
2013 16-Month Calendar

28 pages
Publisher:  Avalon (Leap Year) (2012)
ISBN:  1608281541
In Print?  No

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16-month wall calendar, softbound with a stapled binding. Each month is accompanied by a still of the Stooges from one of their Columbia films.

Three Stooges, The
2014 - A 16-Month 2014 Calendar

28 pages
Publisher:  Day Dream (Mead Products) (2013)
ISBN:  142381925X
In Print?  No

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16-month wall calendar, softbound with a stapled binding. Each month is accompanied by a still of the Stooges from one of their Columbia films.

Three Stooges, The
2015 - A 16-Month 2015 Calendar

28 pages
Publisher:  Day Dream (Acco Brands) (2014)
ISBN:  1423825950
In Print?  No

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16-month wall calendar, softbound with a stapled binding. Each month is accompanied by a still of the Stooges from one of their Columbia films.

Three Stooges, The
2016 - A 16-Month 2016 Calendar

28 pages
Publisher:  Day Dream (Acco Brands) (2015)
ISBN:  1629051721
In Print?  Yes

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16-month wall calendar, softbound with a stapled binding. Each month is accompanied by a still of the Stooges from one of their Columbia films.

Three Stooges, The
2017 - A 16-Month 2017 Calendar

28 pages
Publisher:  Day Dream (Acco Brands) (2016)
ISBN:  1629056863
In Print?  Yes

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16-month wall calendar, softbound with a stapled binding. Each month is accompanied by a still of the Stooges from one of their Columbia films.

Three Stooges, The
2018 - A 16-Month 2018 Calendar

28 pages
Publisher:  Day Dream (Acco Brands) (2017)
ISBN:  168209653X
In Print?  Yes

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16-month wall calendar, softbound with a stapled binding.  Each month is accompanied by a still of the Stooges from one of their Columbia films.

Three Stooges, The
An Illustrated History, From Amalgamated Morons to American Icons
by Michael Fleming

Hardback:  299 pages
Publisher:  Doubleday (1999)
In Print?  No

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(7.50 - 2 votes - Last rating: 2015-12-10 09:44:09)

Slickly presented in a hardcover format from a major publisher, but its content is derivative of prior books like The Three Stooges Scrapbook, Moe Howard’s memoir, etc. A work-for-hire project by Variety columnist Fleming. Beyond the packaging, the book offers little more than already-known information.

From the dust jacket...

"More people today can name the members of the Three Stooges than can name three justices of the Supreme Court. The Stooges are comedy icons whose enduring appeal and slapstick legacy have made them one of the most famous and beloved comedy troupes in the world. Michael Fleming's The Three Stooges is the first complete, authorized biography of the men who made pie fights part of our national cultural heritage.

A juggernaut of wise guys, headlocks, and unforgettable insults, this book tells the whole history of the Stooges, starting with their origins in the golden years of vaudeville, when the boys from Brooklyn honed their craft. Moe, Curly, and Shemp Howard were born Moses, Jerome, and Samuel Horwitz -- and were believed for many years to be the three least accomplished sons of their Lithuanian immigrant parents. Ultimately, of course, the Three Stooges reinvented the rules of slapstick comedy: never be caught unprepared in a pie fight, never slap one wise guy in the face if you can slap three in a row, and never underestimate the value of a good poke in the eye.

Signed in 1934 by Columbia Pictures to a renewable contract that had them making at least nine short films a year, the Stooges learned firsthand about the sharks swimming through Hollywood's early waters. And after nearly a quarter century of producing the short films for which the Stooges are so well known and loved, the studio declined to renew their contract in 1954, and the pioneering pie-throwing professionals lost their jobs. Fittingly, though, Moe & Co. were destined to have the last laugh: the advent of television revived their careers after the decline of vaudeville and Hollywood shorts, and a new generation of belly laughs was born.

From the Stooges' humble origins to movie stardom to comedy legends, there's something here for every level of fan--from folks who watched them on television as a kid to Stooge scholars and certified "knuckleheads." Featuring over two hundred photographs, many of them rare; interviews with Stooge friends and families; and a complete filmography with every "woob-woob" and crashed society cocktail party lovingly detailed, this book will be treasured by all Stoogedom."

Three Stooges, The
An Illustrated History, From Amalgamated Morons to American Icons
by Michael Fleming

Paperback:  299 pages
Publisher:  Broadway Books (2002)
In Print?  No

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(5.00 - 1 vote - Last rating: 2015-12-10 09:44:29)

Softcover version; see Hardcover edition's entry for details.

Three Stooges, The
Bed-Bugged! And Other Stories
# 1

by George Gladir, Jim Salicrup & Stan Goldberg

Hardback:  68 pages
Publisher:  Papercutz (2012)
ISBN:  1597073165
In Print?  No

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From the back cover...

"The movie was just the beginning... The Three Stooges return in the new movie by the Farrelly brothers, starring Sean Hayes, Chris Diamantopoulos and Will Sasso as Larry, Moe, and Curly, but the insanity continues here in an all-new collection of comics by George Gladir, Jim Salicrup and Stan Goldberg!"

Three Stooges, The
Bed-Bugged! And Other Stories
# 1

by George Gladir, Jim Salicrup & Stan Goldberg

Paperback:  64 pages
Publisher:  Papercutz (2012)
ISBN:  1597073158
In Print?  Yes

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Softcover edition

Three Stooges, The
Ebenezer Stooge
# 2

by Stefan Petrucha, Jim Salicrup & Stan Goldberg

Hardback:  68 pages
Publisher:  Papercutz (2012)
ISBN:  1597073370
In Print?  No

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From the back cover...

"The Kings of Slapstick Comedy Are Back!  That's what Tony Isabella from Comics Buyer's Guide said about the first Three Stooges graphic novel.  "It's a fun book and definitely worthy of The Three Stooges legacy.  The next book in the series can't come soon enough for me."  Well, here it is Tony!"

Three Stooges, The
Ebenezer Stooge
# 2

by Stefan Petrucha, Jim Salicrup & Stan Goldberg

Paperback:  64 pages
Publisher:  Papercutz (2012)
ISBN:  1597073363
In Print?  No

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Softcover edition

Three Stooges, The
In Full Color!

Paperback:  48 pages
Publisher:  Malibu Graphics (1991)
In Print?  No

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(5.00 - 1 vote - Last rating: 2009-02-14 17:37:57)

Color reprint collection of selected Three Stooges comic book stories, originally published by Western (Dell, Gold Key) between 1960 - 1967. Art by Peter Alvarado, Sparky Moore and Joe Messerli.

Three Stooges, The
Pop Culture Legends Series
by Mark and Ellen Scordato

Hardback:  111 pages
Publisher:  Chelsea House Publishers (1995)
In Print?  No

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(5.00 - 1 vote - Last rating: 2009-02-14 17:26:53)

Excerpt from the books's foreword by Leeza Gibbons...

"The books in this series examine the lives and careers of pop culture legends, and the society that places such great value on their work. Each book considers the extraordinary talent, the stubborn commitment, and the great personal sacrifice required to create work of enduring quality and influence in today's world."

Very nice little book that gets to the point in describing the history of the Three Stooges. Lots of very good pictures, some rare, and a full index. This book would be excellent for older children because of its size.

Three Stooges, The
Pop Culture Legends Series
by Mark and Ellen Scordato

Paperback:  111 pages
Publisher:  Chelsea House Publisher (1995)
In Print?  No

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(5.00 - 1 vote - Last rating: 2009-02-14 17:27:15)

Book cover and content the same as the hardcover edition.

Three Stooges, The
The Knuckleheads Return!
by Tom Mason (Editor)

Paperback:  153 pages
Publisher:  Malibu Graphics (1989)
In Print?  No

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(7.00 - 1 vote - Last rating: 2009-02-14 17:27:50)

Presenting stories from The Three Stooges comic books published in the 1950s by St. John, and the 1960s by Western (Dell, Gold Key). Artwork by Norman Maurer, Pete Alvarado, Cecil Beard, Sparky Moore and Joe Messerli.

From the back cover...
"The knuckleheads are back in this collection of their classic comic misadventures including: "Up an' Atom," an atomic laugh riot with the Stooges hot on the trail of spies and a missing atom bomb; "Bogus Takes a Beating," the Stooges swap their restaurant for a firecracker factory; "The Mark of Zero," "Ali Blah Blah and the Forty Thieves," "Knights in a Daze," and full-length adaptations of two of their hit movies, "The Three Stooges Meet Hercules" and "The Three Stooges Go Around the World in a Daze."

Three Stooges, The
The Triumphs and Tragedies of The Most Popular Comedy Team of All Time
by Jeff Forrester, Tom Forrester, Joe Wallison

Paperback:  200 pages
Publisher:  Donaldson Books (2003)
In Print?  No

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(6.50 - 2 votes - Last rating: 2015-06-27 14:38:13)

As a means for learning the history of Ted Healy's stooges, all of them, and their comings-&-goings in the act thru the years, "Triumphs and Tragedies" is a good resource.  The authors also present many rare, unusual, professional & candid photographs.  Unfortunately, the authors also chose to include dubious and fictionalized accounts to sensationalize their story, e.g., tales involving Wallace Beery, Buddy Hackett, Thelma Todd, work-caused cerebral hemorrhages, more.  That choice damaged the book's reputation and credibility.

The following promotional blurb most particularly does not represent the view of this Bibliography's administrator.  From the back cover...

"Did Stooge favorites Curly, Shemp and Larry suffer cerebral hemorrhages as a result of being repeatedly hit on the head? What role did the Stooges' creator Ted Healy play in the mysterious death of comedienne Thelma Todd? Was Healy himself fatally beaten by a group of tough guys (including Oscar-winning actor Wallace Beery and gangster Pat DiCicco) during a nightclub brawl on Hollywood's Sunset Strip? What did Beery's boss, MGM president Louis B. Mayer, do to cover up the incident? And what was the connection between the New York Mafia, Columbia Pictures rajah Harry Cohn, and the Stooges themselves? And just who were all 18 (that's right, 18) of the men who played one of the Three Stooges throughout the team's rollercoaster career in show business? These and many other fascinating questions are addressed in this authors' look at the Most Popular Comedy Team of All Time."

Three Stooges, The: Hollywood Filming Locations
by Jim Pauley

Hardback:  336 pages
Publisher:  Santa Monica Press (2012)
In Print?  Yes

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From the dust jacket...

"Exploring the film settings of one of the most popular comedy teams in American history. The Three Stooges: Hollywood Filming Locations documents the sites of the Stooges' most famous Columbia Pictures short films mad in and around Hollywood between 1934 and 1958.

These famous and hilarious shorts are covered in detail through a wealth of archival photographs, many of which are rare and previously unpublished. Also included are candid shots, contemporary photographs, aerial views, and maps detailing the various filming locations.

Featuring exclusive quotes from The Three Stooges' directors, supporting actors, and family members, this collection is a treasure trove of memorabilia for the Stooges fan and an important document in Hollywood's cinematic history."

 

Three Stooges, The: A Gem of a Jam
by Del Lord and Bob Italia

Hardback:  32 pages
Publisher:  Abdo & Daughters (1991)
In Print?  No

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(6.00 - 2 votes - Last rating: 2014-01-15 10:58:51)

Children's text and picture book adaptation of The Three Stooges' A GEM OF A JAM (1943).

 

Three Stooges, The: Busy Buddies
by Del Lord, Elwood Ullman and Bob Italia

Hardback:  32 pages
Publisher:  Abdo & Daughters (1991)
In Print?  No

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Children's text and picture book adaptation of The Three Stooges' BUSY BUDDIES (1944).

 

Three Stooges, The: Dizzy Pilots
by Clyde Bruckman and Bob Italia

Hardback:  32 pages
Publisher:  Abdo & Daughters (1991)
In Print?  No

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Children's text and picture book adaptation of The Three Stooges' DIZZY PILOTS (1943).

 

Three Stooges, The: How High Is Up?
by Elwood Ullman and Bob Italia

Hardback:  32 pages
Publisher:  Abdo & Daughters (1991)
In Print?  No

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Children's text and picture book adaptation of The Three Stooges' HOW HIGH IS UP? (1940).

 

Three Stooges, The: I Can Hardly Wait
by Clyde Bruckman and Bob Italia

Hardback:  32 pages
Publisher:  Abdo & Daughters (1991)
In Print?  No

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Children's text and picture book adaptation of The Three Stooges' I CAN HARDLY WAIT (1943).

 

Three Stooges, The: Phony Express
by Elwood Ullman, Monty Collins and Bob Italia

Hardback:  32 pages
Publisher:  Abdo & Daughters (1991)
In Print?  No

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Children's text and picture book adaptation of The Three Stooges' PHONY EXPRESS (1943).

 

Three Stooges, The: Volume 1
by S. A. Check, James Kuhoric, Brendon & Brian Fraim, Others

Paperback:  144 pages
Publisher:  American Mythology (2017)
ISBN:  1945205067
In Print?  Yes

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Collecting issue #s 1 - 4 and ComicFest giveaway Halloween Hullababloo of American Mythology's "The Three Stooges" comic book series (2016).  Publisher's solicitation promo...

"America’s favorite funnymen are back in all new original stories featuring the classic likenesses and personalities of The Three Stooges!  70 years after the last film featuring Moe, Larry, and Curly we are proud to present hilarious new shorts with all the eye poking, face slapping, and nose pinching goodness of yesteryear.  The Stooges influenced generations of comic book creators and now lifelong fans have a chance to contribute to their legacy with these new slapstick adventures.  We cram so much Stooge into this new issue that you’ll be nyuk, nyuk, nyuking it up for weeks to come!  Timeless comedy returns to comic books with new and classic stories to tickle your funny bone. Collects “The Boys Are Back,” “Stooge-A-Palooza,” “Red White & Stooge,” and “Curse of Frankenstooge” stories."

Time
1959 May 4
The Weekly Newsmagazine

Magazine:  96 pages
Publisher:  Time, Inc. (1959)
In Print?  No

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Nightclubs:  Refinished Antiques is a 1 pg. report on The Three Stooges’ resurgence on TV and in personal appearances.

Time
1975 February 3

Magazine:  96 pages
Publisher:  Time, Inc. (1975)
In Print?  No

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Larry Fine's passing on January 24 is noted with an obituary notice on pg. 42, in Milestones.

Time
1975 May 19

Magazine:  96 pages
Publisher:  Time, Inc. (1975)
In Print?  No

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Moe Howard's passing on May 4 is noted with an obituary notice on pg. 79, in Milestones.

Tinker Bell Talks!
Tales of a Pixie Dusted Life
by Margaret Kerry

Paperback:  436 pages
Publisher:  CreateSpace (2016)
In Print?  Yes

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Margaret Kerry costarred in THE NEW 3 STOOGES (1965) in several of the live-action sequences, and provided voiceovers in approximately 1/3 of the series' 156 cartoons.  In part 5 of her memoir, Margaret talks about working with Moe, Larry and Curly Joe.  Ms. Kerry had career connections with the Disney Studios, Our Gang, and two popular episodes of THE ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW, credits that continue to make her a favorite at memorabilia and fan conventions.

Publisher's promotion...

TINKER BELL TALKS, Tales of a Pixie Dusted Life, is a memoir of Margaret Kerry ~ and the magic of being Walt Disney’s Tinker Bell ~ a Hollywood kid-performer who turns into a Hollywood grown-up entertainer and story teller ... dozens of show-biz photos (including rare ‘Little Rascals’ images) along with unique art work to keep things even more interesting. The book is a dance through a life that’s always been tempered with FAITH ~TRUST and PIXIE DUST! The book is divided into 6 parts (so the author could keep track).

  • PART ONE: A child-actress at Warner Brothers, Hal Roach, MGM ~ tap dancing ~ acting ~ growing up with a Hollywood Mother.
  • PART TWO: An eager teenager in films ~ on stage ~ learning a cockamamie view of life at dance studios ~ night clubs ~ school.
  • PART THREE: A happy-to-please teenager finding the way ~ local and network TV shows ~ RKO and Eddie Cantor and a new name.
  • PART FOUR: Courtin’ ~ married on ABC-TV ~ cast as Tinker Bell in Disney’s Peter Pan ~ Marc Davis ~ Walt Disney ~ Disneyland Traveling for Tink to London ~ aboard the Disney Magic.
  • PART FIVE: Cast as the Mermaid in Peter Pan ~ 600 voice-over jobs for cartoons ~ growing a family ~ starting a riot on campus ~ work with The 3 Stooges ~ Andy Griffith ~ George Clinton ~ The Lone Ranger ~ Public Relations exec.
  • PART SIX: At USC ~ KKLA 99.5 FM ~ finding my family ~ losing a husband and finding a new husband ~ Tink’s trips and stories ~ then ... suddenly I’m 80 and attending a birthday bash!!

Too Soon?
Famous / Infamous Faces 1995 - 2010
by Drew Friedman

Hardback:  193 pages
Publisher:  Fantagraphics Books (2010)
In Print?  Yes

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Page 107 features a full-page reproduction of Drew's portrait "The Three Stooges & Vernon Dent." (A smaller reproduction of this artwork can be found on the back cover of Bill Cassara's book "Vernon Dent: Stooge Heavy.")

From the dust cover's front leaf...

"Too Soon? you ask? It's a collection of the last 15 years' worth of Drew Friedman's illustrations, caricatures and portraits lampooning the rich, the famous, the infamous, and the never-will-be-famous. Too Soon? casts its net over the entirety of the forced-smiling-celebrity/Politico congregation, political animals on one side of the aisle, showbiz beasts on the other... and the sad, innocent victims of their crimes that languish in the middle. Too Soon? is naturally replete with liver spots, wrinkles, burst capillaries, blood, sweat and tears. No one is spared, no matter which side of the aisle he or she inhabits."

 

TV Guia
1970 July 29 # 366

Magazine:  128 pages
Publisher:  Editorial Julio Korn S.A. (1970)
In Print?  No

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This issue of the South American version of "TV Guide" contained a 1-page poster of the Three Stooges from SNOW WHITE AND THE THREE STOOGES (1961).

(Index information courtesy of Diego Puglisi and "El Chifladoseo," the Three Stooges museum in Buenos Aires, Argentina.)

TV Guide
1958, September 6 - 12

Magazine:  31 pages
Publisher:  Triangle Publications, Inc. (1958)
In Print?  No

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Wham!  They're Here! is a 1-pg. ad in this New York Metropolitan edition of "TV Guide" promoting the September 8 premiere of The Three Stooges films on WPIX-TV, hosted by 'Officer' Joe Bolton.  

Columbia/Screen Gems sold the initial package of shorts to stations during the spring and summer of 1958, and they premiered beginning the week of September 6, 1958.  Similar ads for other city edition listings could be found around this same time.

TV Guide
1959, March 21 - 27

Magazine:  31 pages
Publisher:  Triangle Publications, Inc. (1959)
In Print?  No

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Masters of Mayhem, a 3-page article spotlighting the television resurgence of The Three Stooges, features Moe Howard discussing the history of the team... from a Broadway NYC barbershop, where his trademark haircut is being trimmed.

Also, in TV Guide's news section, the Stooges are reported as upcoming guests on the April 5, 1959 THE STEVE ALLEN SHOW.
 

TV Guide
1959, June 20 - 26

Magazine:  31 pages
Publisher:  Triangle Publications, Inc. (1959)
In Print?  No

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Heroes With Wacky Hairdos, a 2-page article shows The Three Stooges entertaining children during a Saturday matinee show, at the Latin Casino in Philadelphia.

TV Guide
1962, September 15 - 21

Magazine:  36 pages
Publisher:  Triangle Publications (1962)
In Print?  No

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Someone New Has Been Added, 3 pages covering cast additions to returning TV series.  Joe Besser is pictured and mentioned related to his joining the cast of THE JOEY BISHOP SHOW.

TV Guide
1965, March 6 - 12

Magazine:  36 pages
Publisher:  Triangle Publications, Inc. (1965)
In Print?  No

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Give 'Em a Bop on the Casaba, a 3-page article talks with Moe Howard about the history of The Three Stooges, and their enduring popularity.

TV Guide
1992, August 8 - 14 (Canadian edition)
by Bill Brioux and Andrew Ryan

Magazine:  28 pages
Publisher:  Telemedia Communications Inc. (1992)
In Print?  No

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Sex Laffs: Now That We Have Your Attention, Do Men and Women Laugh at Different Things, 4 pages, brings together Bob Newhart, Joan Rivers, Jay Leno, Mike MacDonald, Judy Tenuta, Howie Mandel, Lew Schneider, Betty White, Alan Thicke, Markie Post, Bill Fagerbakke, Richard Belzer, Danny Jacobson, Diane English, Carol Burnett, Rue McClanahan, Don Knotts, Neil Patrick Harris, Max Casella and Marcy Carsey, in a Q&A on what they find funny, vs. what the opposite sex finds funny. Discussion of the Three Stooges is the focal point.

Don Knotts fans may be interested in what he had to say: "I was never really a Three Stooges fan. Laurel and Hardy... now that's funny!"

 

TV Guide
2000, April 15 - 21
by Joe Rhodes & Michael J. Nelson

Magazine:  80 pages
Publisher:  TV Guide Magazine Group (2000)
In Print?  No

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Promoting THE THREE STOOGES television bio-movie premiere on April 24, 2000, this week's issue was published with 4 variant covers: 1 each of Larry, Curly and Moe from GENTS WITHOUT CENTS (1944), and 1 with the movie's primary cast of Evan Handler (Larry), John Kassir (Shemp), Paul Ben-Victor (Moe) and Michael Chiklis (Curly).

Writer Joe Rhodes presents an 8-page article, Soitenly Stooges, discussing the history of the Stooges and the movie's take on their legacy. In the 1-page follow-up The World's a Stooge, Michael J. Nelson examines "why the boys haven't lost their edge." The issue's table of contents features a cast photo of Kassir, Chiklis, Ben-Victor and Handler.

TV Guide
2000, April 15 - 21
by Joe Rhodes & Michael J. Nelson

Magazine:  80 pages
Publisher:  TV Guide Magazine Group (2000)
In Print?  No

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Variant cover # 2

 

TV Guide
2000, April 15 - 21
by Joe Rhodes & Michael J. Nelson

Magazine:  80 pages
Publisher:  TV Guide Magazine Group (2000)
In Print?  No

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Variant cover # 3

 

TV Guide
2000, April 15 - 21
by Joe Rhodes & Michael J. Nelson

Magazine:  80 pages
Publisher:  TV Guide Magazine Group (2000)
In Print?  No

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Variant cover # 4

 

TV Guide
2000, April 15 - 21
Ultimate Cable Edition

by Joe Rhodes & Michael J. Nelson

Magazine:  80 pages
Publisher:  TV Guide Magazine Group (2000)
In Print?  No

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Ultimate Cable Edition...

As cable channels proliferated, "TV Guide" for a time distributed an alternate edition of its weekly guide that focused on that technology.  Feature articles remained the same as its regular newsstand edition.

A non-Stooges cover, this issue had the same Three Stooges articles as the regular edition, promoting the April 24 TV movie.

TV Guide
2002, June 15 - 21
by Greg Emmanuel, Michael Logan, Mark Nollinger, Joe Rhodes, Ed Weiner

Magazine:  80 pages
Publisher:  TV Guide Magazine Group (2002)
In Print?  No

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Continuing the observance of its 50th anniversary, this issue celebrated the 50 Greatest TV Guide Covers.  Among the honorees are The Three Stooges' 3 variant covers (3 of 4 variants) with Moe, Larry & Curly from the April 15 - 21, 2000 issue (which spotlighted the April 24, 2000 ABC-TV movie THE THREE STOOGES).

TV Guide
2003, February 15 - 21
by Ed Weiner

Magazine:  51 pages
Publisher:  TV Guide Magazine Group (2003)
In Print?  No

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Stooge Show, 1/2 page, promotes NBC's upcoming THE THREE STOOGES 75th ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL.  This issue was for the week of February 15, 2003, and the Stooges special was originally scheduled for the 18th but was postponed.  It eventually aired on April 29, 2003.

TV Radio Magazine
1959 February 1 - 7
by John Crosby

Magazine:  62 pages
Publisher:  New York Herald Tribune (1959)
In Print?  No

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Return of the Stooges, 2 pages, examines the resurgence in the comedy team's popularity with observations from Moe Howard.

TV Radio Mirror
August 1961
by Leon Rice

Magazine:  86 pages
Publisher:  Madfadden Publications Inc. (1961)
In Print?  No

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Bruises and Boffos: The Rib-Tickling Success Saga of The Three Stooges is a 2-page feature on the Stooges' resurgence in popularity since 1958.

TV Times
1965, June 13 Sunday - June 19
by Richard K. Shull

Magazine:  24 pages
Publisher:  The Indianapolis Times (1965)
In Print?  No

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Hal Played Stooge to The Three Stooges, 1 pg., in the Indianapolis newspaper's Sunday TV listing magazine, honors local television host Hal Fryar on his costarring role in the Stooges' THE OUTLAWS IS COMING (1965).

Although OUTLAWS opened in January 1965, the city of Indianapolis held a gala premiere in June.  The reason(s) for this are unknown, but it's guessed that this was done to accomodate the summer vacations of Hal's and the Stooges' fans.

TV Week
1961 July 15 - 21
Chicago Daily Tribune

by James Ritch

Magazine:  22 pages
Publisher:  The Chicago Tribune (1961)
In Print?  No

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Ouch!  I Visit The Three Stooges, 1 pg, is a brief interview and overview of the Three Stooges and their newfound popularity on TV and feature films.

TV Week
1984 February 26 - March 2
Chicago Tribune

Magazine:  46 pages
Publisher:  Chicago Tribune (1984)
In Print?  No

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The Chicago TV magazine features a 1-pg. ad titled Discover How Normal You Really Are, promoting THE STOOGE FOLLIES.  The 2-hour retrospective tribute to Moe, Larry and Curly was produced and hosted by Jeff Forrerster, and aired on WFLD-TV 32.

Twilight Zone Magazine, The
Rod Serling's...
June 1986

by George Zebrowski

Magazine:  102 pages
Publisher:  TZ Publications (1986)
In Print?  No

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The Three Stooges meet THE TWILIGHT ZONE in George Zebrowski's 8-page short story Stooges.

Submitted for your approval... has Curly Howard returned from the grave, or is this an alien imposter, inspired by decades of TV transmissions traveling in space? The search for the truth leads to a special TONIGHT SHOW with Johnny Carson, Carl Sagan and Robert Jastrow... a search that goes bad, and leads to a Curly-invasion of Los Angeles.

Two Joes, The
Hello It's Joe!
An Unauthorized Filmography of the Last Films Featuring the 3 Stooges

by James D. Patalon

Paperback:  172 pages
Publisher:  CreateSpace (2015)
ISBN:  1522783343
In Print?  Yes

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Self-published filmography and overview of the Joe Besser and Joe DeRita years of The Three Stooges.  Occasional historical mistakes.  Spelling, typo and grammatical errors abound; e.g. Ted Healy is referenced frequently and his last name is misspelled continuously, and almost every spelling of Joe DeRita's last name in incorrectly typed with a lower case "r."

The author's enthusiasm and good intentions for the subject matter are apparent, but the presentation is lacking and the book is not recommended.

From the back cover...

"The Two Joes is a book about the last 14 years of The Three Stooges.  A filmography that chronologically reviews and analyzes in proper order the last 16 two reelers featuring Joe Besser, as well as the last 7 starring movies featuring Curly Joe DeRita.  A book that shows how these two Joes breathed a fresh new life into the last years of The Three Stooges.  How a classic comedy team was nearly at the end of their ropes, and how two men helped to change all of that.  The Two Joes kept the laughter from dying!"

Also available in Kindle.  An earlier edition was titled simply Hello It's Joe and contained a smaller page count.

Under Western Skies
No. 6, April 1979
by Walt Mitchell

Magazine:  52 pages
Publisher:  The World of Yesterday (1979)
In Print?  No

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"Under Western Skies" was a self-published magazine, with a relatively large fandom circulation. Hi-Yo Curly! Awaaaay!, a 5-page cover story, discussing the Stooges' western-themed movies from HORSES' COLLARS (1935) to THE OUTLAWS IS COMING! (1965).

Universal Story, The
The Complete History of the Studio and Its 2,641 Films
by Clive Hirschhorn

Hardback:  400 pages
Publisher:  Crown Publishers (1983)
ISBN:  0706418735
In Print?  No

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All of the Universal films that featured Shemp Howard receive entries in this book, as does Ted Healy & His Stooges' MYRT AND MARGE (1933).

  • A softbound version was published in 1986 by publisher Octopus Books.
  • Updated hardbound edition (496 pgs.) in 2001 from Hamlyn Publishers.

(Refreshing the page will alternate the editions pictured.)

From the dust jacket…

"Universal is the most active motion picture studio in the world today and with the phenomenal success of E.T. THE EXTRATERRESTRIAL, the richest.  But it was not always so.  Founded by ‘Uncle’ Carl Laemmle in 1912, it struggled hard in those early years to compete with its rivals, finally achieving recognition in the twenties with a handful of silent films, including THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME and THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA.  With the arrival of sound, the studio gave the world two early talkie masterpieces –  the pacifist war drama ALL’S QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT and the innovative, colorful musical revue KING OF JAZZ.

Also on the agenda at that time was a definitive cycle of horror films.  But Universal then went into a decline and, despite a temporary uplift following the arrival in 1936 of a bright new star called Deanna Durbin, mislaid for a decade or more the prestige it had fought so hard to gain.  How Universal won, lost and eventually regained that prestige to become the great entertainment complex it is today is an enthralling story.  In the form of a year-by-year presentation of all the feature films, that story, spanning 70 fascinating years, is compellingly told in this handsome and lavishly illustrated book.  Clive Hirschhorn tells this story with skill, wit and infectious enthusiasm.  Formerly film critic and now theatre critic of the London Sunday Express, his previous books  in the series include “The Warner Bros. Story” and “The Hollywood Musical.”  This latest addition is another definitive volume no movie enthusiast will want to be without."

Unsung Hollywood Musicals of the Golden Era
Fifty Overlooked Stars and Their Films, 1929 - 1939
by Edwin M. Bradley

Paperback:  236 pages
Publisher:  McFarland Publishing (2016)
ISBN:  0786498331
In Print?  Yes

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One chapter highlights the seldom-seen MYRT AND MARGE (1933 Universal) costarring Ted Healy & His Stooges.

Publisher's promotional blurb...

"The most memorable Hollywood musicals of 1930s showcased the talents of stars like Fred Astaire, Jeanette MacDonald, Bing Crosby and Alice Faye. The less memorable ones didn't.  This book takes a look at the unsung songfests of the '30s--secondary or forgotten features with short-lived or unlikely stars from major studios and Poverty Row.  Through analysis of films such as Lord Byron of Broadway (1930), Shoot the Works (1934), Bottoms Up (1934), Moonlight and Pretzels(1933) and The Music Goes 'Round (1936), the author profiles such performers as Dorothy Dell, Lee Dixon, Peggy Fears, Lawrence Gray, Joe Morrison and the mother-daughter team of Myrt and Marge.  Behind-the-scenes figures are discussed, like the infamously profligate producer Lou Brock, whose flops Down to Their Last Yacht (1934) and Top of the Town (1937) cost him his career. Filmographies and production information are included, with background on key participants."

Vaudeville: Old & New
An Encyclopedia of Variety Performers in America
by Frank Cullen

Hardback:  1375 pages
Publisher:  Routledge (2006)
ISBN:  0415938538
In Print?  No

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A - Z encyclopedic look at the performers who defined vaudeville, stage revues and musical/comedy Broadway in the 20th century.  Ted Healy is featured in a 5-page entry covering his life and career, including his work with the Stooges.  The historical timeline for Ted and his Stooges is largely correct, but the author also buys into untrue myths surrounding Ted's death.  Healy is also mentioned throughout the book where his career intersected with other subject performers such as Grace Hayes (A NIGHT IN SPAIN), Phil Baker (BILLY ROSE'S CRAZY QUILT, A NIGHT IN SPAIN), Hal LeRoy (THE GANG'S ALL HERE) and Julius Tannen (EARL CARROLL VANITIES OF 1925).  

Also features a 3-page entry for Joe Besser.  

From the back cover...

"Vaudeville was more than an assembly of ragtime pantaloons, topical monologists, eccentric dancers, barrel-house songbirds, magicians, tumblers and jugglers, more than a coast-to-coast network of once-gilded theatres shambling into plaster dust. Vaudeville was a people’s culture. What has remained of vaudeville is the act — a distillation of a performer’s best material into a near-perfect performance piece: the product of personality, talent and skill — the vaudevillian’s reason for living."

Vernon Dent: Stooge Heavy
Second Banana to The Three Stooges and Other Film Comedy Greats
by Bill Cassara

Paperback:  260 pages
Publisher:  Bear Manor Media (2010)
In Print?  Yes

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(10.00 - 1 vote - Last rating: 2010-09-07 15:38:03)

From the press release...

"Vernon Dent. You may not know the name, but you've seen him in countless Three Stooges comedies, usually playing the gruff authority figure. After years of working in the shadows of Moe, Larry, Curly (and Shemp), as well as the great silent film comedian Harry Langdon, Vernon Dent is finally receiving the attention he deserves with this outstanding biography. Written by Bill Cassara (Edgar Kennedy: Master of the Slow Burn), "Vernon Dent: Stooge Heavy" contains never-before-seen photographs and a massive filmography. Vernon's story is told with the respect it deserves; it is funny, touching, and true. Once read, you'll never forget his name again."

Back cover illustration by Drew Friedman; foreword by Ed Watz ("The Columbia Comedy Shorts").

 

Video
May 1984
The # 1 Magazine of Home Video

by Ronald Smith

Magazine:  132 pages
Publisher:  Reese Communications (1984)
In Print?  No

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In Stooges? Why Soitainly!, 4 pages, the comedy team's history and presence on home video (on the RCA/Columbia label & public domain) is discussed.

Video Movies
For Movie Viewing on Tape & Disc
May 1984

by William K. Everson

Magazine:  90 pages
Publisher:  Louis Weber Publ. (1984)
In Print?  No

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In Souls of Wit: The Short Films of The Three Stooges, 6 pages, film historian William K. Everson critically examines the comedy of Moe, Larry & Curly, addressing the short subjects available thru 1984 on videotape from RCA/Columbia.

Vitaphone Films
A Catalogue of the Features and Shorts
by Roy Liebman

Hardback:  455 pages
Publisher:  McFarland & Company (2003)
In Print?  No

Avg. Member Rating:  
(9.00 - 1 vote - Last rating: 2009-02-14 17:20:53)

A comprehensive filmography of the Vitaphone short subject film library, including production data, cast, plots, and a brief history of the studio and revolutionary Vitaphone film sound technology.

Listed are the Brooklyn NY productions featuring late 1920s Broadway acts, musical novelties, and the studio's progression into comedy two-reelers starring Fatty Arbuckle, Gus Shy, Ben Blue, Edgar Bergen, Harry Gribbon, Roscoe Ates, Daphne Pollard... and Shemp Howard, including his "Joe Palooka" series.

Also covered are all the West Coast Vitaphones of the 1930s - 1960s, which include the entire Looney Tunes & Merrie Melodies libraries, Warner Brothers' two-reel specialties, the "Joe McDoakes" one-reelers, and hundreds more...

 

Reissued in 2010 in a softbound edition, same content and cover art.

 

W. C. Fields Films, The
by James L. Neibaur

Paperback:  200 pages
Publisher:  McFarland & Company, Inc. (2017)
ISBN:  1476665306
In Print?  Yes

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A chapter featuring THE BANK DICK (1940), costarring Shemp Howard, presents a detail analysis of the film plus production information.  A lobby card with Shemp is pictured.

From the back cover…

“W.C. Fields was at the top among comedians during Hollywood's Golden Era of the 1930s and 1940s and has since remained a comic icon. Despite his character's misanthropic, child-hating, alcoholic tendencies, his performances were enduringly popular and Fields became personally defined by them.

This critical study of his work provides commentary and background on each of his films, from the early silents through the cameos near the end of his life, with fresh appraisals of his well known classics. Pictures once believed to be lost that have been discovered and restored are discussed, and new information is given on some that remain lost.”

Wacky World of The 3 Stooges, The
by Annie McGarry

Hardback:  78 pages
Publisher:  Crescent Books (1992)
In Print?  No

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Amateurish effort, hiding in a nicely packaged hardcover book, large-size format with glossy paper. Carefully and adeptly just short of total plagiarism, the book freely adapted passages from A Stroke of Luck, Moe Howard and The Three Stooges, and The Three Stooges Scrapbook.

Joan Howard Maurer's review of this book was published in The Three Stooges Journal # 83, Fall 1997 issue.

 

Weird N.J.
Your Travel Guide to N.J.'s Local Legends and Best Kept Secrets
May 2009

by Bob Cropsey

Magazine:  96 pages
Publisher:  Weird N.J. Inc. (2009)
In Print?  No

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Nyukking It Up in Metuchen, 1 page with photos. A look at the headstone of James Bechtold (1956 - 2009) in Hillside Cemetery, Metuchen NJ. Carved into the granite, the Stooges' heads adorn the top of his headstone.

What Made Pistachio Nuts?
Early Sound Comedy and the Vaudeville Aesthetic
by Henry Jenkins

Paperback:  364 pages
Publisher:  Columbia University Press (1992)
ISBN:  0231078552
In Print?  No

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The chapter "Assorted Lunacy... With No Beginning and No End" includes a detailed analysis of the development and scripting of HOLLYWOOD PARTY (1934).  The role Ted Healy & His Stooges played in the film are part of that discussion.

From the back cover...

"Taking a fresh look at long-forgotten films by W. C. Fields, Wheeler & Woolsey, Eddie Cantor and George Burns & Gracie Allen, What Made Pistachio Nuts? examines anarchistic comedies of the early 1930s, the first years of the sound era.

Unjustly dismissed by critics, exuberant, zany films like DIPLOMANIACS, DUCK SOUP and HOLLYWOOD PARTY rejoiced in the creativity and impulsiveness of their protagonists, and the resultant collapse of the social order.  Jenkins shows that these films reflect Hollywood's attempt to assimilate aspects of vaudeville practice into the formal and thematic conventions of the classical film narrative.

Illustrated with 167 photographs, What Made Pistachio Nuts? includes a reconsideration of the role of female comic performers; an in-depth profile of Eddie Cantor's precarious career; a case study of the scripting of a single film, HOLLYWOOD PARTY; and a discussion of the treatment of laughter in the American popular press."

Whatever Became Of...? 2nd Annual
by Richard Lamparski

Paperback:  401 pages
Publisher:  Bantam Books (1977)
In Print?  No

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Featuring a chapter on Joe Besser.

In the nostalgia-crazy 1970s, before the internet and home video, information on the actors and actresses from Late Show movies was scant, and sometimes non-existent. The general public only knew the supporting celebrities of television and film in terms of... "whatever happened to...?" Richard Lamparski filled that information void with a series of books, featuring a couple pages each on known, still-living celebrities who had left the public eye.

Relying on a staff of assistants and minimal editorial control, Lamparski's books were often filled with errors. But in their time, were welcomed by fans who had no other source of information on their favorite actors and actresses, and the books became bestsellers as a result.

Whatever Became Of...? Eighth Series
by Richard Lamparski

Hardback:  303 pages
Publisher:  Crown Publishers (1982)
In Print?  No

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In the nostalgia-crazy 1970s, before the internet and home video, information on the actors and actresses from Late Show movies was scant, and sometimes non-existent. The general public only knew the supporting celebrities of television and film in terms of... "whatever happened to...?" Richard Lamparski filled that information void with a series of books, featuring a couple pages each on known, still-living celebrities who had left the public eye.

Relying on a staff of assistants and minimal editorial control, Lamparski's books were often filled with errors. But in their time, were welcomed by fans who had no other source of information on their favorite actors and actresses, and the books became bestsellers as a result.

This 8th volume is a mix of past, updated entries from earlier volumes, as well as new chapters. The tribute to The Three Stooges is reprinted from Volume 4 (1973).

Also published in a softbound edition.

 

Whatever Became Of...? Eleventh Series
by Richard Lamparski

Paperback:  223 pages
Publisher:  Crown Publishers (1989)
ISBN:  051757151X
In Print?  No

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Although promoted as “all new” material, there are some re-presentations.  The chapter for The Three Stooges is actually only write-ups for Joe Besser and Joe DeRita.  Curly Joe’s profile is new material, while Besser’s is an update originally published in Whatever Became Of...? 2nd Annual (1977 Bantam). 

In the nostalgia-crazy 1970s, before the internet and home video, information on the actors and actresses from Late Show movies was scant, and sometimes non-existent. The general public only knew the supporting celebrities of television and film in terms of... "whatever happened to...?" Richard Lamparski filled that information void with a series of books, featuring a couple pages each on known, still-living celebrities who had left the public eye.

Relying on a staff of assistants and minimal editorial control, Lamparski's books were often filled with errors. But in their time, were welcomed by fans who had no other source of information on their favorite actors and actresses, and the books became bestsellers as a result.

Whatever Became Of...? Fourth Series
The Story of What Has Happened to Famous Personalities of Yesteryear
by Richard Lamparski

Hardback:  207 pages
Publisher:  Crown Publishers (1973)
In Print?  No

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See THE MIKE DOUGLAS SHOW 12/21/73, in this website's "TV Guest Appearances Filmography"; Mr. Lamparski appeared to promote this edition, and Moe Howard joined him as a surprise guest.

In the nostalgia-crazy 1970s, before the internet and home video, information on the actors and actresses from Late Show movies was scant, and sometimes non-existent. The general public only knew the supporting celebrities of television and film in terms of... "whatever happened to...?" Richard Lamparski filled that information void with a series of books, featuring a couple pages each on known, still-living celebrities who had left the public eye.

Relying on a staff of assistants and minimal editorial control, Lamparski's books were often filled with errors. But in their time, were welcomed by fans who had no other source of information on their favorite actors and actresses, and the books became bestsellers as a result.

This 4th volume featured an extremely brief tribute to The Three Stooges, and in this pre-Stroke of Luck era, Stooge fans ate it up.

 

A 1975 mass market paperback edition was published by Bantam Books.

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Where & When
Pennsylvania's Travel Guide
Winter 2010

by Wendy Royal

Magazine:  54 pages
Publisher:  Engle Printing & Publishing Co. (2010)
In Print?  No

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Pennsylvania's quarterly tourist magazine, distributed free at the State's Visitor Centers, devoted 5 pages to The Stoogeum in Gettin' Your Stooge on at The Stoogeum.

White Brothers, The: Jack, Jules & Sam White
A Directors Guild of America Oral History
by David Bruskin (Interviewer)

Hardback:  479 pages
Publisher:  Scarecrow Press (1990)
In Print?  No

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"A fascinating book length collection of separate interviews with the brothers... the reader is swept up in their world --- a place peopled with talents as diverse as D. W. Griffith and George Stevens, Edward Dmytryk and Edgar Kennedy, Thelma Todd and Max Steiner... truly, the brothers' careers encompass a lot of film history." - David J. Hogan, Filmfax Magazine

"This is a don't-miss book for any Stooge fan... covering all phases of the White Brothers, whose careers virtually span the entire life of the two-reel comedy short in America." - Gary Lassin, President of The Three Stooges Fan Club

"For people who can't get enough reading about the Stooges, for those who care about how the shorts department of a major studio functioned, and for a look at B-filmmaking from men who were in the thick of it, this is must reading." - Paul Holbrook, The Big Reel

Who Were The Three Stooges?
by Pam Pollack & Meg Belviso

Hardback:  112 pages
Publisher:  Grosset & Dunlap (2016)
ISBN:  0399542442
In Print?  Yes

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Entry in the publisher's "Who Was...?" line of children's books (marketed for the 8 - 12 years range).

Publisher's promotional blurb...

"The Three Stooges were the hardworking children of immigrants and discovered a love of performing at an early age. Starting out as a vaudeville act, they soon transitioned into movies, becoming a worldwide sensation in feature films and shorts. Never the critics’ darlings, audiences loved them for their mastery of physical comedy and their willingness to do anything for a laugh. They remained popular over the years despite several personnel changes that revolved around the three Howard brothers from Brooklyn. Their comedies are still in syndication more than 50 years after they were first shown on TV and continue to delight old fans and attract new ones."

Who Were The Three Stooges?
by Pam Pollack & Meg Belviso

Paperback:  112 pages
Publisher:  Grosset & Dunlap (2016)
ISBN:  0448488660
In Print?  Yes

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Softbound edition.

Who's on First?
Verbal and Visual Gems From the Films of Abbott & Costello
by Richard J. Anobile (Editor)

Hardback:  256 pages
Publisher:  Darien House / Bonanza Books (1972)
In Print?  No

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Screen images from Abbott & Costello films are combined with captioned dialogue to recreate many of the comedy duo's classic routines.  Shemp Howard appears on pgs. 92 - 139, as the book recreates the "Lemon Bit" and "7 x 13 = 28" routines from IN THE NAVY (1941), and a few cameo shots taken from IT AIN'T HAY (1943).

Other recreated comedy sketches are taken from BUCK PRIVATES (1941), BUCK PRIVATES COME HOME (1947), KEEP 'EM FLYING (1942), IN SOCIETY (1944), HIT THE ICE (1943), HERE COME THE CO-EDS (1945), and of course, "Who's on First?" from THE NAUGHTY NINETIES (1945).

Dust jacket artwork on the U.S. edition is by Al Hirschfeld.  A paperback edition released in 1974 by Avon Books, with the same cover art.  A 1973 edition was published in the UK by Studio Vista Publishers, featuring photos of Bud & Lou on a red dust jacket; no interior differences to the American edition.

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Who's Who in Comedy
Comedians, Comics and Clowns From Vaudeville to Today's Stand-Ups
by Ronald L. Smith

Hardback:  536 pages
Publisher:  Facts on File (1992)
ISBN:  0816023387
In Print?  No

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The Three Stooges receive four pages in Smith's encyclopedia, covering their complete career from the Healy days up to the early 1970s, plus briefly going into the growing legacy they left behind.  Includes lists of their best films, plus recordings, books and some home videos.

From the dust jacket...

"From Abbott and Costello to Zeb and Zarrow, Who's Who in Comedy chronicles the lives, careers and comic styles of over four hundred of the world's most celebrated funny people.  In addition to detailing the work of recognized comedy greats such as Phyllis Diller, Danny Kaye, Buster Keaton, Eddie Murphy, Carl Reiner, Joan Rivers, Ed Wynn and countless others, the book also acknowledges the contributions of cult figures Lord Buckley, Monty Python's Flying Circus and The Three Stooges; international stars Cook and Moore, Grock and Jacques Tati; country/rural comics Homer and Jethro, Lum and Abner and Minnie Pearl; musical performers Victor Borge, Tom Lehrer and Allan Sherman; and even colorful comic characters Bob 'Bazooka' Burns, Professor Dope Kelly and Parkyakarkus.

In a breezy, humorous style that is as entertaining as the comics themselves, Ron