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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.

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.

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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!"

 

 

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."

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.)

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).

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.

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.

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.

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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.

 

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 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.

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."

 

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.

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).

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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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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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.

 

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)

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."

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.

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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.”

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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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 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."

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)

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."

 

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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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, 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."

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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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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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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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."

 

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.

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."

 

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."

 

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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(7.75 - 4 votes - Last rating: 2010-02-21 11:10:20)

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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(8.00 - 2 votes - Last rating: 2010-02-21 11:10:52)

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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(1.00 - 1 vote - Last rating: 2009-02-14 17:26:00)

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."

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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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 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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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.

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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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Reissue edition; revised and updated with new material.

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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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!"

 

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

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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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

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(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

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(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

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(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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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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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

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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.”

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

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(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."

 

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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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."

 

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."

 

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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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.

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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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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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

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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]."

 

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."

Stooge Chronicles, The
by Jeffrey Forrester

Paperback:  111 pages
Publisher:  Triumvirate Productions (1981)
In Print?  No

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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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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

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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.

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 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 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.

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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 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
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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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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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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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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(6.00 - 2 votes - Last rating: 2009-02-14 17:40:16)

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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(6.00 - 2 votes - Last rating: 2009-02-14 17:39:10)

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."

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."

 

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.

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").

 

Vitaphone Films
A Catalogue of the Features and Shorts
by Roy Liebman

Hardback:  455 pages
Publisher:  McFarland & Company (2003)
In Print?  No

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(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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(1.50 - 2 votes - Last rating: 2009-02-14 19:14:56)

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.

 

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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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, Ronald L. Smith intersperses each biographical entry and an in-depth career history, a sprinkling of comedy from the performer, plus revealing anecdotes and quotes from contemporaries.  The book also includes revealing insights into the tragic deaths of Professor Backwards, John Belushi, Carole Lombard, Stringbean, Our Gang's Alfalfa Switzer and Thelma Todd.  With more than 70 black-and-white photos, credits for every performer in the major media (audio, books, Broadway, film and television) and three appendixes listing comedians by category, nickname and catch phrase, Who's Who in Comedy is the book comedy buffs have been waiting for."

Why, I Oughta...
Wish You a Happy Birthday: A Three Stooges Birthday Toast
by Patrick Regan

Hardback:  64 pages
Publisher:  Andrews McMeel Publishing (2002)
In Print?  No

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From the book jacket...

"Why I Oughta..., Wish You a Happy Birthday celebrates birthdays in trademark Three Stooges slapstick style. Chock full of head bonking, nose-tweeking, face-slapping fun, Why I Oughta... pairs vintage black and white photos from The Three Stooges incredible film archive with short and snappy text that's an encouraging reminder that getting older doesn't have to be painful."


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