The Three Stooges

The Three Stooges

An Illustrated History : From Amalgamated Morons to American Icons

Book - 1999 | 1st ed.
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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 StoogesTM 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.
Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Doubleday, 1999.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780385488808
0385488807
Branch Call Number: 791.43028092273 Three -F 3583uc 1
Characteristics: xiv, 299 p. : ill.

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ManMachine
Sep 09, 2015

When it comes to The Three Stooges' style of slapstick comedy, always remember these 3 golden rules -

(1) Never be caught unprepared in a pie fight.

(2) Never slap one wise guy in the face if you can slap 3 in a row.

(3) Never underestimate the value of a good poke in the eye.

Due to their universally enduring appeal, The Three Stooges have rightfully earned the reputation of being one of the most famous, beloved and imitated comedy troupes of all time.

Through Michael Fleming's informative, well-researched book, the reader learns all about the Stooges - From their humble beginnings, to movie stardom, to comedy legends, and beyond.

Featuring over 200 photographs, there's certainly something here for every level of fan, be they folks who watched them on TV as a kid, to Stooge scholars, to even certified "knuckleheads".

Believe me, this book is a real treasure of fun... Nyuk! Nyuk! Nyuk!

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Derringer
May 23, 2015

Yep. The Three Stooges will always be my all-time favourite comedy team in the entire history of Hollywood filmdom, bar none. Believe me - When these three guys were good, they were very, very good. (Be sure to watch video)

When it came to delivering their signature trademarks of face slaps, eye pokes and insults, nobody else, in my books, can compare to the outrageously hilarious antics of The Three Stooges.

This informative book, featuring over 200 photographs, gives the reader a first-rate history of this classic comedy trio. Author Michael Fleming carefully traces the rise of these physical-comedy specialists from vaudeville to film to TV stardom to their unique position as American, pop culture icons that has made them one of the most beloved comedy troupes of all.

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