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Movie Series - Three Stooges Short Films

The Three Stooges was an American vaudeville and comedy act of the early to mid 20th century best known for their numerous short subject films. Their hallmark was physical slapstick comedy punctuated by quickly-delivered one-liners, within outrageous storylines.

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1 Never Boned Still rocks.
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2 Joe Besser Shemp maintained, but after that . . .
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3 Death: Curly Howard The Heart and Soul of the Stooges
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4 Curly Joe Just Awful
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5 Enter: Shemp He Ain't no Curly!
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6 Day 1 Sucked from the start.
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1 Each third stooge brought something unique and of their own to the act. We always hear about individuality, so why should be any put downs of Shemp or Joe Besser? Shemp revived the act beautifully, but I fully agree that the four, fake Shemp shorts were terrible. I hate watching them and they are shown more than not, which isn't right. Joe Besser was only added because there was still time left on Stooges' contract with Columbia. Also, it was downright difficult to find a replacement for Shemp and Curly. So, don't expect much for Besser shorts. TV at the time was the latest and greatest technology. The Besser shorts were made on a low budget, filmed sometimes in just one day (a few hours), and with recycled footage dating back to the Curly years in some instances (eg. "Sappy Bullfighters" final, released short). Not surprisingly, the final years (production and release of the Besser shorts- 1957 to 1959) were the beginning of the end for the Stooges. The shorts department literally shut down after "Flying Saucer Daffy" was shot. Besser's wife was ailing. Harry Cohn, long time president of Columbia died in February (correct me if I'm wrong) of 1958. Not surprisingly, everything after that with Joe DeRita just wasn't as funny or the same. I could not even watch more than a few minutes of any full length movies made after 1959. The TV revival, if I am not mistaken, probably kept the Stooges going until the end of the next decade, when Larry suffered that stroke. Honestly, there were a few of the Curly shorts that I do not like, such as Rythym and Weep. Not all of the Curly shorts were comedy gold, but it looks like the vast majority like Curly the most. I want to add that 1946 was not a good year for the act. There were a few, weak shorts made before that, but much of the year consisted of bombs and flops. When you watch most of the shorts made and released that year (with Curly), you knew Curly's days were numbered with the act. Again, Shemp's availability and interest upon returning to the act gave the Stooges a much needed boost. It helped into the first half of the 1950s. Finally, in order to watch and appreciate Joe Besser, you have to learn how to make fun of his character. In a way, it encourages viewer reaction and participation. The shorts with Tiny were indeed terrible, especially when singing is involved. -- Submitted By: () on November 8, 2013, 8:12 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
2 JoeBag, I can understand that reasoning about the Stooges doing what they loved doing, but still, there comes a point where one has to realize the quality of what is being put out there is subpar to what used to be put out there. One could try to give out an argument on the Stooges boning when Curly had his stroke, and Shemp replaced him, but Shemp was a more than capable Stooge (not to mention, as others had, was an original Stooge before Curly came along), Now the Stooges boned when Shemp died, and Joe came on board. Yeah, they had a contract, but Joe's whimpy attitude and such... ugh, made watching the Stooges unbearable. There is a reason most stations, when they air Stooge marathons, that they leave out the Moe-Larry-Joe shorts. -- Submitted By: (PYLrulz) on February 23, 2010, 3:00 am - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
3 "Joe" and "Curly Joe" were two different people. "Joe" was the one who replaced Shemp in the 1950s when Shemp passed away. He's pretty much the least liked stooge, even by the other stooges (he actually considered himself too good to take a pie in the face). Curly Joe was the third stooge for the 1960s feature length films and was better liked, by fans, the other stooges and even critics. Leonard Maltin will tell you the 1960s stooge films are all highly underrated. -- Submitted By: (dwayne) on November 18, 2009, 12:18 pm - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
4 The easiest way to avoid the bones is to look at the opening credits and plea "Say it ain't Joe!". Even though Joe Besser was billed as 'Curly Joe', I don't recall him ever being called 'Curly'-just Joe. While Jerome 'Curly'Howard (born Horowitz) was the best buffoon stooge, Shemp was okay. Just remember, if there's less than 2/3rd's Howards in ths Stooge lineup, it's a bummer! -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on July 1, 2009, 1:50 pm - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
5 I vote that the stooges never boned the fish and here is my rationale. I know that Shemp was no Curley but he was still funny. A lot of people don't realize that Shemp was actually the first 3rd stooge and was replaced by Curley. When Curley suffered his stroke and could not perform Shemp stepped up to the plate. Sure, they did remake some of the shorts with Shemp that had originally been done with Curley, but I give them props for sticking with it. When Shemp had a fatal heart attack there were still two years remaining on their contract to produce the shorts so they hired Joe Besser to fill in as the 3rd stooge. This is not boning a fish either because they had no control over it. After Joe Besser they hired Curley Joe DeRita for the movies. They were now in their 60's and had to cut down on a lot of the physical comedy they were known for. Still, I respect the fact that they stuck it out and did what they loved doing. -- Submitted By: (JoeBagODonuts) on April 25, 2009, 3:49 pm - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
6 JoebagofDonuts- I altered my reason- thanks for the heads up! -- Submitted By: (Chubby Rain) on April 24, 2009, 5:16 am - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
7 One of the reasons above is factually incorrect. It states that Shemp left and was followed by Curley Joe. Not quite. Joe Besser followed shemp (Don't hit me!) and was only a stooge for 2 years while the guys fulfilled the remaining 2 years on their contract. Curley Joe DeRita was hired immediately afterwards and only appeared in full length movies. -- Submitted By: (JoeBagODonuts) on April 24, 2009, 5:12 am - (1 votes) - Login to Vote

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