Fun and informative Three Stooges articles
Fun and informative Three Stooges articles
July 4th will always be remembered and celebrated as Independence Day. There are some other interesting happenings on that date in history, including some births worth mentioning and some notable Three Stooges events. Among those born on the Fourth of July:
• Author Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804). Among his works: “House of Seven Gables” and “The Scarlet Letter.”
• President Calvin Coolidge (1872). The 29th President served from 1923-29.
• Movie mogul Louis B. Mayer (1885). Merged with Metro and Goldwyn to form MGM.
• Columnist twins Abigail Van Buren (Dear Abby) and Ann Landers (1918).
• Playwright Neil Simon (1927). His works include the “Odd Couple,” “Plaza Suite” and “Biloxi Blues.”
While the adoption of The Declaration of Independence is the big news of the day, here are some other notable happenings that occurred on July 4th:
• City of Providence, Rhode Island forms in 1636.
• The United States Military Academy officially opens at West Point, New York in 1802.
• Construction on the Erie Canal begins in 1817.
• 1st edition of Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland” in 1865.
• Statue of Liberty presented to the United States in Paris in 1884.
• Independence National Historical Park established in Philadelphia in 1956.
• America’s new 49-star flag honoring Alaska statehood unfurled in 1959.
• America’s new 50-star flag honoring Hawaii statehood unfurled in 1960.
• Three Loan Wolves with Larry, Moe and Curly released in 1946. This was supporting player Harold Brauer’s first appearance with The Boys and he, along with Emil Sitka, was the only supporting cast member to work with all four iterations of The Three Stooges.
• Gents In A Jam with Larry, Moe and Shemp released in 1952. This was the last Stooges short for producer Hugh McCollum and writer/director Edward Bernds.
• Bernds would come back to direct Larry, Moe and Curly Joe in the 1962 feature film The Three Stooges Meet Hercules and The Three Stooges In Orbit, released July 4, 1962.
We hope you all celebrate our nation’s birthday with family & friends to enjoy the fireworks and festivities that will take place in every city and town across the country!
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 enjoying some alone-time, binge-watching, planning an at-home family fun Stooge Fest, or looking for summer activity tips, grab a cold Wise Guy Root Beer 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!
Moe Howard’s birthday is June 19th. His daughter Joan shares personal memories of her Father.
Can you imagine Moe without the mayhem – Moe putting pen to paper rather than fingers into Curly’s eyes, writing down loving thoughts instead of growling, “I’LL MOIDA YA”? Yet that was exactly what he did to stay apart of our family while spending lonely nights in strange hotels “on the road,” thousands of miles away from everything that was most meaningful to him.
Moe, in his autobiography – although painting a very compelling picture of his life as a comedian onstage, in films, and on television – failed to include important details of his softer side: the romantic, who, while in London, hired a singer to serenade his wife five thousand miles away on their anniversary; the selfless man who played Santa to cerebral-palsied children.
In addition to his love, Moe had a drive to share his good luck with others. His poem “My Wish,” written to my mother in the 1920’s, is a perfect example of the lesser known side of my father.
The talents which the Lord gave me,
Not great or many are
But what he gave I know I’ll save,
By spreading them afar.
And should great riches come to me,
At some bright future hour,
T’would be my call with man to share,
My fortune and my power.
I could not be a happy man,
Nor have a peaceful soul,
Should I retain each thing I gain,
Within my small control.
If fame a distant happy goal,
Should ever be my fate,
The golden crown would bear me down,
Should I not share its weight.
My wish is ever to divide,
The good things that I gain,
Could I not give, I would not live,
I could not stand the pain.
If I should have a king’s great power,
I’d have to share my throne,
I’d give you most, no idle boast,
Of everything I own.
Good health has blessed me all my life,
So conscious of that gift,
I’ll use that strength throughout life’s length,
My sweetheart’s cares to lift.
Memory from Moe’s daughter, Joan Howard Maurer
Okay, you called Mom on Mother’s Day. You did, right? Good. So now we turn to Dad and his day. Here’s a bit about how this special day came about to honor those very special guys we call Dad.
Sonora Dodd of Washington is credited by many as the person who brought about the national observance of Father’s Day when she decided to honor her father in 1910. Her father was a widowed Civil War veteran and raised Sonora and her five siblings as a single parent in rural eastern Washington State.
While Dr. Robert Webb conducted what is believed to be the first Father’s Day service at the Central Church of Fairmont in West Virginia in 1908, Sonora Dodd’s continuing efforts led to the eventual national observance.
President Calvin Coolidge supported the idea in 1924 and 1926 the National Father’s Day Committee met in New York City.
Congress passed a Joint Resolution in 1956 recognizing the observance of Father’s Day and President Lyndon Johnson signed a presidential proclamation declaring Father’s Day an official national holiday.
President Richard Nixon made it permanent in 1972 by signing into law a U.S. Father’s Day to be observed on the third Sunday of June.
This year, Dad’s special day falls on June 17th. If your Dad’s a golfer, celebrating Father’s Day is easy because the final round of the U.S. Open is played on Father’s Day. Slip him a sleeve of Three Stooges golf balls along with a card, keep everyone away from the TV (Unless you’re watching The Three Stooges) and let him watch it in peace with his favorite snacks and libations and you’ve made his day.
If golf’s not his game, there will be NBA playoff action, racing, and baseball around the dial. Or he can tune in several of the home improvement shows if he’s a fix-it kind of guy like The Three Stooges! Nyuk! Nyuk! Nyuk!
Then maybe he could just relax with a good book, which in this day and age is a real treat for any Dad because who has the time? Just ask Mom if you’re not sure about this.
Father’s Day is a good day to cook Dad his favorite meal or to tear up the ‘honey do’ list (at least for this particular weekend), give him unlimited access to the telephone, let him play on the computer and have some other family member walk the dog.
Just remember this: Tell Dad you love him. That’s all a Father needs to make this or any day special.
Of the 190 Three Stooges films, writer Ellwood Ullman was credited with writing nearly 100 of them.
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.
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.
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.
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|
In honor of Red Nose Day, we remember the charitable compassion of The Three Stooges.
Red Nose Day is a campaign dedicated to raising money for children and young people living in poverty by simply having fun and making people laugh. Learn more about the fun-raising and good works at rednoseday.org.
Since its launch in 2015, Red Nose Day in the U.S. has raised over $100 million and has sold 30 million of the campaign’s iconic Red Noses, positively impacting the lives of more than 8.3 million children living in poverty.
Charity, especially the well-being of children, was always important to The Three Stooges. Their habit of helping guided Larry, Moe, Curly, Shemp, Joe Besser and Joe DeRita to give throughout their careers. The Three Stooges could always be counted on for an appearance for charity, good causes, and visits to hospitals, in particular for children.
In addition to supporting numerous kids’ charities, they would often make appearances unannounced and unpublicized, by themselves wherever they went and whenever they were needed.
The Three Stooges have an inherent appeal to children. From 1958 and into the 1970s, masses of kids raced home after school to watch their short films, woke up early on Saturday for The Three Stooges Animated TV series, and ventured to movie theaters to enjoy their feature films.
So here’s a salute to Larry, Moe, Curly, Shemp, Joe and Curly Joe for all the years of laughter and all the years of sharing and caring.
Today, we encourage you to give your time and resources to a child in need; enrich their lives for the better so they can experience the joy of laughter.
Since we are all kids at heart, let’s ‘strike’ up the laughter by enjoying this cartoon from The Three Stooges Animated series.