What could be simpler? Three dopey guys who manage to bungle up anything the get they're hands on and end up hurting themsleves either on purpose or accident and others in the process.
From the mid 30's and surviving on into the late 60's had the classic troupe of The Three Stooges performing shorts, movies and even cartoons focussing on they're simple premise: The stooges need work or are performing work for someone and run afowl of the law, robbers, gangsters, or anyone unfortunate enough to meet them. Along the way face slaps, eye gouges and other forms of physical abuse come into play between the trio of troublemakers.
The stooges were led by Moe Howard the dark haired leader and often bully of the group, Larry Fine the silly haired violin playing straight man and Curly Howard the rotund goofball who became famous for his tics and other mannerisms that is often imitated and never duplicated and made him a household name. Curly's poor health made him bow out of the group and replaced by Shemp Howard to continue the shorts with the same premises as before. As funny as Shemp was and having a different kind of character then Curly, people found him not as special or innovative but he does have his followers, like me. Shemps sudden heart attack brought in Joe Besser and this is where things went south. Joe was a doey eyed dim bulb who...never got hit or performed slapstick and if this didn't water down the trio's comedy nothing would. Joe Besser was kept around to fill out a contract for shorts performed and the The Three Stooges went to full length movies in 59 with "Have Rocket Will Travel" bringing on "Curly" Joe DeRita, a big guy who with shaved head passed off as a Curly wannabe. Give him points for at least trying to measure up to the original Stooge formula and performing the physical comedy that Joe Besser shyed away from. By this time the original team of Moe and Larry were getting older and after a couple more movies and cartoons for Hanna Barbera with the less said about them the better, Larry's death had Moe calling it quits before passing on himself not too much long afterword.
The series has always had various DVD and VHS releases with but the most currant incarnation is looking to be the best with full and chronological releases of the shorts and remastered in lovely black and white, the way they should be.
Opinions vary on the Stooges for being low brow, silly and too violent. So what? Oh, what are you-a wiseguy? WOOOWOOWOWOOWOOO!!!
Born in Wausau Wisconsin. Move at an early age to Ventura California and lived for 8 years. Growing up in a big city landscape didn't prepare me for my next move: Archbold Ohio with a population of … more
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