Celebrate National Golf Month with our new stooge shirt!
We all know The Three Stooges look good in shorts… film shorts that is. Now that summer is in full swing, take advantage of the long days and let Larry, Moe, and Curly bring the sunshine. Whether you are trying to find some alone-time, binge-watching TV, or looking for summer activity tips, everyone can agree to chill out and slap on some shorts!
1. RESTLESS KNIGHTS – The first stop is the beach. West Coast, East Coast, Gulf Coast; everywhere the sea meets the sand means summertime fun. Whether you are swimming, surfing, or building sand castles, the beach requires the appropriate attire. For soaking up the sun in style watch Restless Knights. Believe us; you’ll stand out from the crowd!
Enjoy the clip from Restless Knights and see summer fashion and wrestling at its finest.
2. THREE LITTLE PIGSKINS – NFL training camps are opening so football fans across the land will be watching the rosters. Lots of you will be looking for the edge for your Fantasy Football League so get some moves from Larry, Moe and Curly from Three Little Pigskins, especially for that all-important kicking game.
3. WHOOPS, I’M AN INDIAN – Summer is a good time to get outdoors, especially to all those fishing spots that were snowed over in the winter. With the spring thaw come and gone, now is the perfect time to take some fishing lessons from Whoops, I’m An Indian. Break out the canoe and use The Three Stooges unique angler attitude at your favorite lake! Skunk-skin cap optional.
4. THREE LITTLE BEERS – Perhaps golf’s your game. If so, The Three Stooges will demonstrate how to ‘shoot golfs’ to find those elusive birdies and eagles! Get some tips for your address and learn to line up putts the unique Larry, Moe and Curly way from Three Little Beers. Of course, you’ll want to look your best on the first tee so the same short will give you some new ideas for your golf wardrobe! Take note: Here we have the vertical stripe look to complement the horizontal stripes from the aforementioned beachwear. Wow, we can almost build a whole wardrobe with these guys!
5. WE WANT OUR MUMMY – Road trip! Summer is a good time to travel so get Larry, Moe and Curly’s take on travel togs and transportation essentials from We Want Our Mummy if you decide to visit the more exotic locales.
6. NUTTY BUT NICE – If your plan to visit closer to home, how about a trip to the Grand Canyon to check out your echo skills like The Boys in Nutty But Nice.
7. AN ACHE IN EVERY STAKE – We all love snow cones and ice to beat the heat. This clip from An Ache In Every Stake gives new meaning to the term ‘shaved ice.’
8. LOCO BOY MAKES GOOD – Summer music fun. Always nice to entertain friends and guests at barbecues or poolside with our vocal and musical talents like The Boys do in Loco Boy Makes Good.
9. IDIOTS DELUXE another showcase for The Boys musical talent is Idiots Deluxe. Testify!
10. By overwhelming response, the fan favorite summer short is Disorder in the Court. Watch out for tarantulas this summer!
Birth Place: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Birth Date: July 12, 1909
Date of Passing: July 3, 1993
Buried: Valhalla Memorial Park Cemetery, Los Angeles, CA
Height: 5′ 4″
Joe DeRita’s real name was Joseph Wardell. He was born July 12, 1909, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Joe was the only one of the Stooges to come from a showbiz family. His mother, Florenz DeRita, was a dancer and his father, Frank Wardell, was a stage technician. Joe was in show business from the age of seven. Joe’s roles included the title role in the stage version of “Peck’s Bad Boy” with his mother and father.
In 1921 Joe went into burlesque because vaudeville was just about gone. Joe’s film debut was in “The Doughgirls” in 1944 with Ann Sheridan for Warner Brothers. During the war, Joe worked with the USO and traveled extensively overseas with many Hollywood stars including his friend, Randolph Scott. He made several tours with Bing Crosby to entertain servicemen in England and France. After the war, Joe made guest appearances on radio shows including Burns & Allen and guest appearances in films and television shows such as The Desilu Playhouse, This is Alice and Bachelor Father.
Joe appeared in Columbia shorts such as “Slappily Married” and “The Good Bad Egg,” these shorts featured some of the same supporting actors who were in the Stooge Shorts. In 1958 the Columbia short subjects department was disbanded, and The Three Stooges no longer had a contract with Columbia. Joe Besser did not want to travel with the act so Moe and Larry needed a third stooge. Joe DeRita was asked to join the act, and at this time the Stooges formed Comedy III Productions, Inc., a company which still holds The Three Stooges rights and manages their affairs.
In 1958 Columbia released the old Three Stooges shorts to television and there was an immediate resurgence of popularity of the Stooges. The Stooges with Curly Joe as the third Stooge made numerous personal appearances all around the country and made six full-length feature motion pictures. This period of time from 1958 and throughout the 60’s was described by Larry Fine as the Stooges’ golden years. While filming “Kook’s Tour” in 1970 Larry suffered a stroke which left him paralyzed on the left side of his body. There was some talk of replacing Larry with Emil Sitka, but The Three Stooges never performed together again.
Curly Joe formed an act called The New Three Stooges with Mousie Garner and Frank Mitchell, but the act only made a few appearances. Joe was just too old to do the Stooge shtick anymore. Curly-Joe married Jean DeRita in 1966 and they were married 25 years until his death. Joe DeRita died on July 3, 1993, at the Motion Picture Hospital in Los Angeles. He was the last stooge.
On Saturday, June 1st, legendary comedy troupe and masters of mirth The Three Stooges will join MeTV’s lineup of memorable entertainment television. Over 13 weeks, these specially selected and themed broadcasts will present full-length, unedited shorts without commercial interruption, packaged into an hour-long presentation that highlights the many “best of” moments from the beloved comedians. Airing Saturdays at 6pm ET/5pm CT, weekly themes include “Crème de la Curly,” “Just Say Moe,” “Shemp Cocktail,” and “Pie…I Oughta!”, featuring the classic combo of the Stooge trio – laidback Larry, hotheaded Moe, man-child Curly, along with dimwitted Shemp. (Complete schedule is below).
“In the pantheon of American comedy, the most memorable trio of them all are The Three Stooges,” said Neal Sabin, Vice Chairman of Weigel Broadcasting Co. “Moe, Larry, Curly, along with Shemp and others, brought laughter and joy to generations of fans with their world- famous short films, first in theaters and later on broadcast television. MeTV is the perfect home for the boys and their beloved brand of comedy. We look forward to reuniting Stooge fans with these classics, as well as introducing them to a new generation of viewers.”
The Boys are always prepared for any emergency with a healthy dose of laughter. But we can always use the caring touch and comedic timing of a good nurse. We celebrate the many nurses of The Three Stooges shorts.
Blanche Payson appeared in nearly 160 films between 1916 and 1946. At 6 foot 2 inches, she towered over both men and women co-stars in the many slapstick comedies in which she appeared, as a foil for such comedians as The Three Stooges, Laurel and Hardy and similar popular acts of the time. She often played brutal and dominant women, such as Oliver Hardy’s wife in Helpmates (1932) or Bobby Hutchins’ stepmother in the Our Gang comedy Dogs Is Dogs (1931). She was born in Santa Barbara, CA and died in Hollywood in 1981. Blanche also appeared in Pop Goes The Easel, Hoi Polloi, A Pain In The Pullman, Slippery Silks, Dizzy Doctors, CooKoo Cavaliers, and An Ache in Every Stake.
Poppy Wilde appeared in over 40 films including The Three Stooges shorts Hoi Polloi and All The World’s A Stooge.
Marjorie Kane appeared in several other Stooge shorts including How High is Up, No Census, No Feeling, CooKoo Cavaliers and Three Smart Saps. She appeared in 68 films between 1929 and 1951, occasionally under the name Babe Kane.
Who could forget Jeanie Roberts as the hiccuping nurse in Men In Black? This was Ms. Roberts only appearance in a Stooge short, but it was a memorable one. She appeared in approximately a dozen other films most as uncredited. In December 1936, she married Henry Moeller, Jr., a mortician. She drove from Santa Monica to San Bernardino in an undertaker’s ambulance to wed Henry. Roberts was last married to W. Gordon Garnett, a successful surgeon, sometime around 1960. As Gini Roberts Garnett, she died April 12, 1971, at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Los Angeles. She is inturned at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, CA.
A sizeable cast of nurses including Ella McKenzie, Gertrude Messenger, Elaine Waters, and Harlene Wood.
Elaine Waters appeared in 12 Three Stooges short films including Dizzy Doctors, Ants In The Pantry, Movie Maniacs, A Pain In The Pullman, False Alarms, Whoops, I’m an Indian, Slippery Silks, Grips, Grunts and Groans, 3 Dumb Clucks, Goofs and Saddles, Three Little Sew and Sews, and Nutty But Nice.
Gertrude Messenger also appeared in Whoops, I’m An Indian and Slippery Silks. She starred in a total of 52 films in her career, 11 of which were westerns, for which she was best known.
Another large and lovable cast including nurses and adorable dogs. Dorothy Moore, Ethelreda Leopold, Robin Raymond, Beatrice Blinn, Beatrice Curtis.
Dorothy Moore was also in Oily To Bed, Oily to Rise.
Ethelreda Leopold Started in film as a Busby Berkely dancing girl at Warner Brothers. Worked up to the early 1990s, even appearing on an episode of Married With Children. She was in a number of Shemp solo shorts and with The Boys in Half-Shot Shooters, A Pain in The Pullman, Back To The woods, Goofs and Saddles, Wee Wee Monsieur, Nutty But Nice, All The Worlds’ A Stooge, Time Out for Rhythm, In The Sweet Pie and Pie, G.I. Wanna Go Home and Pest Man Wins.
Robin Raymond also appeared in Three Sappy People.
Beatrice Blinn has an impressive resume appearing in many popular films during her career from 1916 to 1944. she is known for Golden Boy (1939), Nothing But Pleasure (1940) and Art Trouble with Shemp (1934). She was married to Crane Wilbur. She died on March 31, 1979, in Oceanside, CA. She appeared in a number of Three Stooges shorts: False Alarms, Whoops, I’m An Indian, Slippery Silks, Termites of 1938, Violent Is the Word For Curly, Calling All Curs, and Three Sappy People.
Beatrice Curtis was also seen in False Alarms, Three Sappy People, Slippery Slicks, and the adorable bespectacled colonial ingenue in Back To The Woods.
“Somebody give me a pie!” Mary Ainslee who spoke that famous line from In The Sweet Pie and Pie, was also featured in I’ll Never Heil Again, Hokus Pokus, Pet Man Wins, He Cooked His Goose and Flagpole Jitters. She may have been the only one of our nurses to appear in a Stooge short with Joe Besser; Triple Crossed. In the mid-1980s, she suffered a stroke and never fully recovered. She died on November 1, 1991.
Evelyn Young was the only nurse in this Stooge escapade. She was also unforgettable as the beautiful woman in a turban in the doctor’s waiting room who is the object of Curly’s affection as he acts like a dog in From Nurse To Worse. She also appeared in Boobs In Arms and No Census No Feeling.
Enter Nurse Shapely. Jean Willes was a knock-out. Gorgeous and in her only short with Curly she belted him a good one. Willes appeared in solo films with Shemp and Curly Joe DeRita as well as The Stooges’ A Snitch In Time, Don’t Throw That Knife, Gypped In The Penthouse, and Hula-La-La. Willes appeared in approximately 65 films in her 38-year career. She was a favorite of director Edward Bernds. She made the transition to television easily appearing in dozens of series in varied roles and genre including Perry Mason, The Beverly Hillbillies, McHale’s Navy and Kojak. Willes portrayed Belle Starr opposite James Garner in a 1959 episode of the ABC/Warner Brothers western series Maverick entitled “Full House,” in which Joel Grey played Billy the Kid.
Thanks to all the nurses out there! We don’t know what we would do without them.
We’re well into April currently, so it’s finally time for Spring cleaning and those long put off household projects. Whether renovating a bathroom, planting flowers in the yard, or even painting a house, The Boys have excellent experience and wisdom to share with us, even to this day!
Enjoy our top picks of The Boys in action! Take note of the handy home improvement tips from Larry, Moe, and Curly (and Shemp), and get all your projects done poifectly!
1. Tassels In The Air – A coat of fresh paint freshens up everything… even Larry.
2. Monkey Businessmen – It’s shocking what a little re-wiring can do.
3. A Plumbing We Will Go – Who needs a plumber when you have Curly. If the bathtub still doesn’t’ work, you have a nice water feature in your home.
4. Spooks – Don’t be spooked to revamp an old Shemp.
5. Rip, Sew, and Stitch – Once you’ve handled all the beautification around the house, you’ll still have time for ironing.
6. Cash and Carry – Need a new addition to the house for those holiday guests. Larry can demo a wall in nothing flat. Just be sure there is extra wallpaper.
7. Loco Boy Makes Good – Don’t forget to air out the rugs. A little fresh air will even the temper.
Now, go forth and Spring clean!
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!
Best of all you can pay in installments. For more visit Time Life The Best of The Three Stooges
Birth Place: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Birth Date: October 5, 1902
Date of Passing: January 24, 1975
Buried: Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, CA
Larry Fine was born Louis Fienberg on October 5, 1902, on the south side of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His father, Joseph Fienberg, and mother Fanny Lieberman owned a watch repair and jewelry shop. Larry had two brothers, Morris, a younger brother Phillip who died prematurely, and a sister, Lila, who became a school teacher.
As a child, Larry’s left arm was badly burned from acid used by his father in the jewelry business. Larry required immediate attention, and a skin graft was done on his arm. Larry’s doctors recommended that he be given violin lessons as a form of therapy. Playing the violin was supposed to strengthen his damaged arm muscles. Larry’s skill as a violinist became so impressive that eventually, he began to play professionally. Larry played in local theater amateur nights usually taking the top prize.
Interestingly enough, along with being a violin player he also was a boxer. Larry earned money as a lightweight fighter. Later on, he would develop an act in which he would do a Russian dance while playing the violin. It was this act that caught the attention of Ted Healy. After Shemp decided to leave Ted Healy’s act, Moe suggested that perhaps Larry could replace Shemp. The trio, Moe, Larry, and Shemp first appeared on Broadway in A Night in Venice. Larry also appeared in The Stooges first full-length motion picture, “Soup to Nuts,” in 1930 for 20th Century Fox. Of course, Larry went on with Moe and Curly to form The Three Stooges, who appeared in the Columbia shorts beginning in 1934.
Larry and his wife, Mable, lived in hotels, first in the President Hotel in Atlantic City, where his daughter Phyllis was raised, then the Knickerbocker Hotel in Hollywood. Later Larry bought an old Mediterranean style house in the Los Feliz area of Los Angeles. Larry had two children. His son, Johnny died in a tragic automobile accident on November 17, 1961, at age 24. Larry also had a daughter, Phyllis. Larry’s wife, Mabel, died on May 30, 1967. Larry has five grandchildren, Christy Lynn Clark, John Fine, Jr., Phyllis Miller, Kris Cutler, and Eric Lamond.
After 1958, Larry, Moe, and Curly Joe performed before live audiences all across the country, appeared in six full-length motion pictures, appeared on numerous television shows, and performed in other productions until Larry Fine suffered a stroke during the filming of “Kook’s Tour” in 1970. After his stroke, Larry never performed again. Larry Fine passed away on January 24, 1975.
Title: Merry Mavericks
Short Number: 133
Release Date: September 6, 1951
Running Time: 15:46
“Why don’t ya get yerself a book and read it? Improve your mind… aahh, skip it.”
To keep Red Morgan and his gang from stealing the mine payroll, the bank president and local newspaper editor fake a story that three famous lawmen are coming to clean up the town, using a “wanted for vagrancy” leaflet featuring Moe, Larry and Shemp. The three arrive in town looking for a job cleaning the saloon, and bumbling circumstances turn against Red and his henchmen, who are soon subdued by the “three famous lawmen.”
A crooked Sheriff frees the Morgan gang from jail, and they follow the newly deputized Stooges to the old Horton place, supposedly haunted by a headless Indian, and now the new hiding place for the payroll. Posing as ghosts, the crooks begin stalking our heroes.
|Directed by||Edward Bernds|
|Produced by||Hugh McCollum|
|Written by||Edward Bernds|
Don C. Harvey
|Cinematography||Allen G. Siegler|
|Edited by||Edwin H. Bryant|
Title: Three Hams on Rye
Short Number: 125
Release Date: September 7, 1950
Running Time: 15:38
“Listen to me spout Shakespeare! A rose by any other name would smell…” “And so do you!”
The Stooges are small-time actors and stage hands. Their producer, B.K. Doaks (Emil Sitka) tells them to keep out a notorious drama critic who has been trashing the company’s shows. The Stooges disguise themselves so well that Moe and Shemp mistake Larry for the critic, and they whale the tar out of him before discovering their mistake, the critic enters in the meantime.
B.K. reprimands The Boys and demands they get the props ready for the final act (a cake and a salad), but Moe remembers that he forgot to go shopping for them. Unfortunately, it is late at night and there aren’t any open stores, so The Stooges have to whip up a cake and salad from scratch. However, as they are preparing the cake, Shemp accidentally tosses a pot holder onto a cake pan, resulting in Moe unintentionally adding it into the cake. The ensuing chaos turns the melodrama into a comedy hit!
|Directed by||Jules White|
|Produced by||Jules White|
|Written by||Clyde Bruckman|
|Edited by||Edwin H. Bryant|