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The Three Stooges Journal - Issue No. 81

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SPRING 1997   -   Editor: Gary Lassin

Cover Image
Shemp Howard, THE BANK DICK (1940) publicity shot
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Letters to the Editor
by Brad Hill and Manny Costa
Page(s): 2 - 3, cont. on 14
Fans speak out about the cancellation of 1997 Convention plans

News Flashes...
by Gary Lassin
Page(s): 3
  • Comedy III sues licensing agent Sony Signatures for breach of contract; Sony countersues
  • 1997 Three Stooges Convention plans cancelled after Comedy III takes no action to approve a proposal by the deadline
  • Family Channel moves the Stooges back one hour to 12AM
  • Articles about the Stooges appear in Cigar Aficionado (Winter '96), Autograph Collector (Feb '97) and a cover story of San Jose CA's Metro

Stooge Trivia
by Gary Lassin
Page(s): 3
Trivia questions

Nyu-Nyuk! Phil Hartman Yearns for Moe Role in 'Three Stooges'
by Marilyn Beck & Stacy Jenel Smith
Page(s): 4
Source: The Oregonian (Portland OR)
Actor Phil Hartman hopes to be Moe in a rumored Three Stooges feature film by producer Danny Jacobson

Injunction Hits Sony in Stooge Subterfuge
by Dan Cox
Page(s): 4
Source: Daily Variety (LA CA)
Sony Signatures receives injunction to stop licensing Three Stooges merchandise, in a breach of contract lawsuit filed by Comedy III; merchandising will now be handled in-house at Comedy III

Pardon My Backfire
by Stephen A. Lomazzo
Page(s): 4

Whatever Happened to... Billy ("Little Curly") Wolfstone?
by Brad Farrell
Page(s): 5
Personal and career overview of the child actor who played "Little Curly" in footage cut from the final release print of THREE LITTLE PIGSKINS (1934)

Book Review: The Wacky World of the 3 Stooges
by Matthew Alfs
Page(s): 6, cont. on 14
Review of Annie McGarry's 1992 book on The Three Stooges

Rare Photo
by Gary Lassin
Page(s): 7
"The boys clown around with Johnny Weissmuller who starred in the movies as 'Tarzan;' also pictured are Eleanor Holm Jarrett and Aileen Riggins in this rare photo autographed by Weissmuller"

Three Stooges Supporting Players: Mini-Biographical Profiles, The
by Ed Shifres
Page(s): 8 - 9
Milton Frome, "F" minor players

Collecting Three Stooges Give-Away Cards & Photos, Part 2
by Gary Lassin
Page(s): 10 - 12
Discussion on collecting movie studio give-aways from the late 1950s and early 1960s, and from local TV stations who aired the Stooges' shorts

For Collectors Only
by Gary Lassin
Page(s): 13
  • Columbia TriStar will release 6 new VHS on March 25, with a total of 18 shorts; with this batch, all 97 Curlys are now available on VHS
  • Newly licensed merchandise includes baseball caps, mousepads, metal signs, t-shirts, cigarette lighters, plaques, dolls, posters, lithograph, whoopee cushion, keychains, magnets, lapel pins, shot glasses, mugs, 1998 desk and wall calendars, golf club covers, lightswitch plates and a new trading card set

Bulletin Board
Page(s): 15
Fan classified advertisements

Why, I Oughtta... (Poke the Nearest Eye Here)
by Roy Teicher
Page(s): 16
Source: The Los Angeles Times
In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act, tapes of a 1952 "meeting" between the Three Stooges and Harry Tomack, VP of Columbia Pictures, have now been released

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