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Time Life Just Released The Best of Three Stooges on DVD
For over 50 years, The Three Stooges presented a brand of pie-throwing, eye-poking and head-bonking routines that cracked up multiple generations. They were the masters of mirth, merriment and mayhem that turned slapstick comedy into an art form. With a body of work including over 220 films, television, stage shows, cartoons and more – they are forever ingrained in our culture.
Now the greatest comedy team of all time is here to poke, smack, slap and bonk their way onto your screens in this exclusive collection of their work!
The Best of The Three Stooges includes over 45 hours of content:
- All 87 of the Columbia Pictures Shorts produced between 1934 and 1945
- 28 Comedy Shorts featuring the independent work of Shemp, Joe, & Curly Joe
- Four Three Stooges Feature Films
- Vintage Animated Cartoons
- FREE Memory Book
- 2 FREE DVDs featuring the “Hey Moe! Hey Dad!” 9-Part Documentary Series, including never-before-seen footage,
- Home movies and
- Rare photos
Best of all you can pay in installments. For more visit Time Life The Best of The Three Stooges
Of the 190 Three Stooges films, writer Ellwood Ullman was credited with writing nearly 100 of them.
Elwood Ullman Journalist
Ellwood Ullman (May 27, 1903 — October 11, 1985) a native of Memphis, Tennessee, chose a writing career, supplying humorous articles for magazines in the 1930s. Ullman contributed short stories to the “Saturday Evening Post,” articles to “Esquire” and “Country Gentleman” and travel pieces to several newspapers.
Elwood Ullman at Columbia Pictures
He submitted script ideas to Columbia Pictures, and the studio assigned him to the short-subject department. Producer Jules White teamed Ullman with Al Giebler, a former sight-gag writer for Mack Sennett in the silent-film days. Ullman was soon completing scripts by himself and wrote for most of Columbia’s short subject stars, including The Three Stooges, Buster Keaton, Charley Chase, Harry Langdon, and Hugh Herbert.
He also did feature comedy films, including many of the Abbott and Costello and Martin and Lewis pictures and later in his career some dramas, including Battle Flame and Tickle Me, an Elvis Presley movie.
Academy Award Snafu
Elwood Ullman worked closely with Columbia producer Hugh McCollum and writer-director Edward Bernds until McCollum and Bernds left the studio in 1952. Bernds then became a writer-director for The Bowery Boys and hired Ullman to write for the popular feature-length comedies.
Ullman and Bernds were nominated for an Oscar in 1955 for the film High Society. Unfortunately, the Academy had confused the high-budget Bing Crosby/Grace Kelly feature with Ullman’s work on a Bowery Boys movie of the same name. Ullman and Bernds declined the nomination but were permitted to keep the certificates of recognition.
Ullman continued to work with Bernds into the 1960s, contributing to several Three Stooges feature films including The Three Stooges Meet Hercules and The Three Stooges in Orbit.
Elwood Ullman died of natural causes in Hollywood, California on October 11, 1985.
Elwood Ullman Three Stooges Filmography
Of the 190 Three Stooges films, Ullman was credited with writing nearly 100 of them (including multiple credits here’s a list of 60.)
|1.||1937-09-03||CASH AND CARRY||Moe, Larry and Curly||Screenplay|
|2.||1937-10-15||PLAYING THE PONIES||Moe, Larry and Curly||Screenplay|
|3.||1938-01-07||TERMITES OF 1938||Moe, Larry and Curly||Story and Screenplay|
|4.||1938-04-01||TASSELS IN THE AIR||Moe, Larry and Curly||Story and Screenplay|
|5.||1938-07-02||VIOLENT IS THE WORD FOR CURLY||Moe, Larry and Curly||Story and Screenplay|
|6.||1938-10-14||MUTTS TO YOU||Moe, Larry and Curly||Story and Screenplay|
|7.||1939-02-24||WE WANT OUR MUMMY||Moe, Larry and Curly||Story and Screenplay|
|8.||1939-05-19||YES, WE HAVE NO BONANZA||Moe, Larry and Curly||Story and Screenplay|
|9.||1939-06-30||SAVED BY THE BELLE||Moe, Larry and Curly||Story and Screenplay|
|10.||1939-08-25||CALLING ALL CURS||Moe, Larry and Curly||Screenplay|
|11.||1940-04-19||A PLUMBING WE WILL GO||Moe, Larry and Curly||Story and Screenplay|
|12.||1940-05-31||BOOBS IN THE WOODS||Shemp Howard (Solo)||Screenplay|
|13.||1940-07-26||HOW HIGH IS UP?||Moe, Larry and Curly||Story and Screenplay|
|14.||1940-10-04||NO CENSUS, NO FEELING||Moe, Larry and Curly||Story and Screenplay|
|15.||1941-03-21||DUTIFUL BUT DUMB||Moe, Larry and Curly||Story and Screenplay|
|16.||1941-12-04||SOME MORE OF SAMOA||Moe, Larry and Curly||Story and Screenplay|
|17.||1942-02-26||CACTUS MAKES PERFECT||Moe, Larry and Curly||Story and Screenplay|
|18.||1942-07-02||MATRI-PHONY||Moe, Larry and Curly||Story and Screenplay|
|19.||1943-01-01||THEY STOOGE TO CONGA||Moe, Larry and Curly||Story and Screenplay|
|20.||1943-07-09||THREE LITTLE TWIRPS||Moe, Larry and Curly||Story and Screenplay|
|21.||1943-07-30||HIGHER THAN A KITE||Moe, Larry and Curly||Story and Screenplay|
|22.||1943-11-18||PHONY EXPRESS||Moe, Larry and Curly||Story and Screenplay|
|23.||1944-03-18||BUSY BUDDIES||Moe, Larry and Curly||Story and Screenplay|
|24.||1944-07-16||IDLE ROOMERS||Moe, Larry and Curly||Story and Screenplay|
|25.||1944-10-27||OPEN SEASON FOR SAPS||Shemp Howard (Solo)||Story and Screenplay|
|26.||1945-07-20||IDIOTS DELUXE||Moe, Larry and Curly||Story and Screenplay|
|27.||1946-09-16||SOCIETY MUGS||Shemp Howard (Solo)||Story and Screenplay|
|28.||1946-11-07||SLAPPILY MARRIED||Joe DeRita (Solo)||Story|
|29.||1947-03-20||THE GOOD BAD EGG||Joe DeRita (Solo)||Story|
|30.||1947-12-18||WEDLOCK DEADLOCK||Joe DeRita (Solo)||Screenplay|
|31.||1948-01-08||SHIVERING SHERLOCKS||Moe, Larry and Shemp||Story and Screenplay|
|32.||1948-07-08||THE HOT SCOTS||Moe, Larry and Shemp||Story and Screenplay|
|33.||1948-08-12||WHERE THERE’S A WILL||Moe, Larry and Shemp||Story and Screenplay|
|34.||1948-11-04||MUMMY’S DUMMIES||Moe, Larry and Shemp||Story and Screenplay|
|35.||1948-12-09||CRIME ON THEIR HANDS||Moe, Larry and Shemp||Story and Screenplay|
|36.||1949-07-07||FUELIN’ AROUND||Moe, Larry and Shemp||Story and Screenplay|
|37.||1949-09-08||WAITING IN THE LURCH||Joe Besser (Solo)||Screenplay|
|38.||1949-10-06||VAGABOND LOAFERS||Moe, Larry and Shemp||Story and Screenplay|
|39.||1950-10-05||STUDIO STOOPS||Moe, Larry and Shemp||Story and Screenplay|
|40.||1950-12-07||A SNITCH IN TIME||Moe, Larry and Shemp||Story and Screenplay|
|41.||1951-01-04||THREE ARABIAN NUTS||Moe, Larry and Shemp||Story and Screenplay|
|42.||1951-09-14||GOLD RAIDERS||Moe, Larry and Shemp||Story and Screenplay|
|43.||1952-03-06||LISTEN, JUDGE||Moe, Larry and Shemp||Story and Screenplay|
|44.||1954-09-30||THE FIRE CHASER||Joe Besser (Solo)||Screenplay, Story, stock footage|
|45.||1954-11-04||SCOTCHED IN SCOTLAND||Moe, Larry and Shemp||Screenplay, Story, stock footage|
|46.||1955-02-03||OF CASH AND HASH||Moe, Larry and Shemp||Screenplay, Story, stock footage|
|47.||1955-10-06||HOT ICE||Moe, Larry and Shemp||Screenplay, stock footage|
|48.||1956-09-06||HOT STUFF||Moe, Larry and Shemp||Screenplay, Story, stock footage|
|49.||1956-10-04||SCHEMING SCHEMERS||Moe, Larry and Shemp||Screenplay, Story, stock footage|
|50.||1957-06-13||GUNS A POPPIN!||Moe, Larry and Joe||Screenplay, Story, stock footage|
|51.||1960-04-18||THE THREE STOOGES SCRAPBOOK||Moe, Larry and Curly Joe||Story and Screenplay|
|52.||1960-07-27||STOP! LOOK! AND LAUGH!||Moe, Larry and Curly||Writer, stock footage|
|53.||1961-06-21||SNOW WHITE AND THE THREE STOOGES||Moe, Larry and Curly Joe||Screenplay|
|54.||1962-01-26||THE THREE STOOGES MEET HERCULES||Moe, Larry and Curly Joe||Screenplay|
|55.||1962-07-04||THE THREE STOOGES IN ORBIT||Moe, Larry and Curly Joe||Story and Screenplay|
|56.||1963-08-21||THE THREE STOOGES GO AROUND THE WORLD IN A DAZE||Moe, Larry and Curly Joe||Screenplay|
|57.||1963-09-01||THREE STOOGES SCRAPBOOK, THE: The Spain Mutiny||Moe, Larry and Curly Joe||Story and Screenplay|
|58.||1963-09-01||THE THREE STOOGES SCRAPBOOK||Moe, Larry and Curly Joe||Story and Screenplay|
|59.||1965-01-14||THE OUTLAWS IS COMING||Moe, Larry and Curly Joe||Screenplay|
|60.||1974-11-22||THE 3 STOOGES FOLLIES||Moe, Larry and Curly Joe||Screenplay, Archive footage|
To see how Larry, Moe and Curly dealt with Mother’s Day, check out the short All The World’s A Stooge from 1941 when Mrs. Bullion wants to adopt war refugees and ends up with The Three Stooges. There’s some great social satire in this short and the guys dressed as children is a stunning visual. 1942’s Sock A Bye Baby gives somewhat of a different spin on this theme as Larry, Moe and Curly have to take care of an abandoned baby. We get to see what is so easy for any Mom become so difficult for The Three Stooges!
The classic Stooge routine, “Tell me your name so I can tell your mother,” was used in three of their film shorts: Oily to Bed, Oily to Rise, Movie Maniacs, and Cuckoo on the Choo Choo.
Here’s some information about Mother’s Day that we thought was interesting and we hope you do, too. Mother’s Day celebrations can be traced all the way back to ancient Greece and the Roman Empire. A somewhat more contemporary ancestor would be England’s ‘Mothering Sunday’ which was celebrated on the fourth Sunday of Lent. During the 1600’s, young men and women who were servants and apprentices would return home on Mothering Sunday and bring their Mothers gifts and cakes.
The first Mother’s Day in the United States was celebrated in Grafton, West Virginia, and in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on May 10, 1908. Anne M. Jarvis is credited with beginning the Mother’s Day tradition in our country as the 1908 events came about after her two-year letter-writing campaign to gain the support of influential ministers, businessmen, and congressmen in declaring a national Mother’s Day holiday.
The House of Representatives in May 1913, unanimously adopted a resolution requesting the President, his Cabinet, members of Congress, and all officials of the federal government to wear a white carnation on Mother’s Day. Congress passed another Joint Resolution May 8, 1914, designating the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day. The U.S. flag is to be displayed on government buildings and at people’s homes “as a public expression of our love and reverence for the mothers of our country.” President Woodrow Wilson issued the first proclamation making Mother’s Day an official national holiday.
Today, many countries around the world celebrate Mother’s Day with many sharing with us the second Sunday in May for this very special day to celebrate a very special person. From all of us to all of you Happy Mother’s Day.