29 Facts About The Three Stooges


Three Stooges was an American vaudeville and comedy team active from 1922 until 1970, best remembered for their 190 short subject films by Columbia Pictures.

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Six Stooges appeared over the act's run : Moe Howard and Larry Fine were mainstays throughout the ensemble's nearly 50-year run and the pivotal "third stooge" was played by Shemp Howard, Curly Howard, Shemp Howard again, Joe Besser, and "Curly Joe" DeRita.

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Screen Gems then syndicated the shorts to television, whereupon the The Three Stooges became one of the most popular comedy acts of the early 1960s.

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Three Stooges began in 1922 as part of a raucous vaudeville act called "Ted Healy and His Stooges".

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The film was not a critical success, but the The Three Stooges' performances were singled out as memorable, leading Fox to offer the trio a contract, minus Healy.

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Healy and the The Three Stooges appeared together in Myrt and Marge for Universal Pictures.

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In 1934, the trio—now officially named "The Three Stooges"—contracted to Columbia Pictures for a series of two-reel comedy short subjects.

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Moe wrote in his autobiography that they each received $600 per week on a one-year contract with a renewable option; in the Ted Okuda–Edward Watz book The Columbia Comedy Shorts, the The Three Stooges are said to have received $1,000 among them for their first Columbia effort, Woman Haters, and then signed a term contract for $7,500 per film, to be divided among the trio.

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The The Three Stooges thought that their days were numbered and would sweat it out each year, with Cohn renewing their contract at the last moment.

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The The Three Stooges appeared in 190 film shorts and five features while at Columbia, outlasting every one of their contemporaries employed in the short-film genre.

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The highlight of the film features the The Three Stooges engaging in nonsensical gymnastics for a skeptical group of enemy agents.

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The The Three Stooges lost some of their charm and inherent appeal to children after Curly retired, but some excellent films were produced with Shemp, an accomplished solo comedian who often performed best when allowed to improvise on his own.

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Several days later, the The Three Stooges were unceremoniously fired from Columbia Pictures after 24 years of employment.

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The The Three Stooges appeared in live-action color footage, which preceded and followed each animated adventure in which they voiced their respective characters.

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In late 1969, Howard, Fine and DeRita began production on another half-hour pilot, this time for a syndicated 39-episode TV series titled Kook's Tour, a combination travelogue-sitcom that had the "retired" The Three Stooges traveling to various parts of the world with the episodes filmed on location.

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The Ritz Brothers, Harry and Jimmy, replaced the The Three Stooges and performed much of their own schtick, including the precision dance routine first seen in Sing, Baby, Sing, co-starring original Stooge leader Ted Healy.

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Aesthetically, the The Three Stooges violated every rule that constitutes "good" comedic style.

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Three Stooges were among hundreds of artists whose material was destroyed in the 2008 Universal fire.

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Language used by the Three Stooges was more slang-laden than that of typical feature films of the period and deliberately affected a lower class status with use of crude terms, ethnic mannerisms and inside jokes.

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Much of the seeming "gibberish" that the The Three Stooges sometimes spoke was actually the Yiddish language of their Jewish ancestry.

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The "The Three Stooges" shorts were best known in Chicago as a part of a half-hour, late-afternoon show on WGN-TV hosted by Bob Bell as "Andy Starr" in the 1960s.

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The set contains shorts from the first three years the Stooges worked at Columbia Pictures, marking the first time ever that all 19 shorts were released in their original theatrical order to DVD.

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Three Stooges Fun-o-Rama was an all-Stooges show capitalizing on their TV fame, again with shorts chosen at random for individual theaters.

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Sirius XM Radio aired a special about the The Three Stooges hosted by Tom Bergeron on Friday, July 31,2009, at 2:00PM on the Sirius Howard 101 channel.

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The New Three Stooges became the only regularly scheduled television show in history for the Stooges.

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Unlike other films shorts that aired on television, like the Looney Tunes, Tom and Jerry, and Popeye, the film shorts of the The Three Stooges never had a regularly scheduled national television program to air in.

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Three Stooges make a brief cameo appearance as airport firemen in the 1963 film It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World.

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Three Stooges have a slot game adaptation created by Realtime Gaming.

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In most other languages, the Three Stooges are known by some corresponding variant of their English name.

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