Kick Off The NFL Playoffs with The Three Stooges!
The Three Stooges football skills may not be NFL quality but their on field antics are definitely All Pro!
Just watch the short Three Little Pigskins from 1934 and you’ll readily see just how much fun football can be! Larry, Moe & Curly on the gridiron turn blocking and tackling into a slapstick art form.
Larry, Moe & Curly were mistaken for ‘The Three Horsemen’, a take off from Notre Dame’s fabled backfield from the 1920′s known as The Four Horsemen; a moniker that stuck when sportswriter Grantland Rice, a sportswriter for the New York Herald Tribune, penned this newspaper story lead, which became the most famous passage in sports journalism, after Notre Dame’s 13-7 victory over Army on October 24, 1924:
“Outlined against a blue, gray October sky the Four Horsemen rode again.
In dramatic lore they are known as famine, pestilence, destruction and death. These are only aliases. Their real names are: Stuhldreher, Miller, Crowley and Layden. They formed the crest of the South Bend cyclone before which another fighting Army team was swept over the precipice at the Polo Grounds this afternoon as 55,000 spectators peered down upon the bewildering panorama spread out upon the green plain below.”
First Downs…Stooge Style
The short saw the first use of Curly’s finger wave and the first time The Boys appeared in drag. It was also the first short that we see the appearance of a cast member who would go on to stardom in their own right. In this case a young Lucille Ball was a credited cast member who said later in her career ‘Working with The Three Stooges was my first training in slapstick and real physical comedy. I very much appreciated training with some real greats.’
The short was shot at Gilmore Stadium in Los Angeles and the football players used in the short were from Loyola University where the short’s director Raymond Carey played college football.
Gilmore Stadium, which was the home of the Hollywood Stars Triple A Baseball team, one of two Triple A teams in L.A. prior to the Dodgers moving to town in 1958. Later, the site became the home of the CBS Television Studios. The other AAA team in Los Angles was The Los Angeles Angels.
Wow…we got all the way from football season to baseball season in only two paragraphs! Nyuk! Nyuk! Nyuk!
What You Didn’t See
The original ending for this short included a scene with Larry, Moe & Curly plus some children look-a-likes. But the ending was changed and the scene deleted.
For those of you just returning from the outer planets and a bit out of touch on current events, Super Bowl XLVII is set for February 3rd. By the by, XLVII is Latin for 47 for those of you whose foreign language skills consist only of being able to order beer in 33 languages which makes you a handy guy or gal to have around! Nyuk! Nyuk! Nyuk!