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Photos from The Joe Besser Film Festival Yesterday in St. Louis

10 June 2013 4:03 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

“Not so haaaard!” was uttered several times yesterday as we celebrated the life and career of Joe Besser, the ‘St. Louis Stooge’ at the Esquire Theater in St. Louis. The film festival was part of a campaign to raise awareness in St. Louis that Joe Besser is one of us and to perhaps get him a star on the St. Louis Walk of Fame.

Attendance was strong at the fest yesterday with the crowd skewing older as though are the folks that remember Joe Besser who was born in 1907 and raised here, the 9th child of Morris and Fanny Besser up in Florissant. Joe Besser worked in vaudeville and Broadway and starred in his own comedy shorts for Columbia pictures before joining the Three Stooges in 1955 after Shemp Howard died suddenly. Besser would star in the last 16 Stooges shorts. After that Besser returned to films and television, most notably as »

- Tom Stockman

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The Joe Besser Film Festival This Sunday at the AMC Esquire in St. Louis

6 June 2013 6:56 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

The Joe Besser Film Festival will take place June 9th at the AMC Esquire in St. Louis from 1 to 4pm. St. Louis’ own Joe Besser is best known as a member of the Three Stooges and this is part of a campaign to raise awareness in St. Louis that Joe Besser is one of us.

Joe Besser, born in 1907 and raised here, the 9th child of Morris and Fanny Besser up in Florissant, is the only Stooge from St. Louis and it’s time to celebrate him! In 1955 Besser replaced who Shemp (who had replaced Curly in 1946), but avoided imitating Curly or Shemp and continued to play the same whiny character, a tantrum-throwing imp sometimes known as ‘Stinky’, he had developed in his earlier solo shorts and on The Abbott and Costello Television Shows. He did his own thing in sixteen Stooges shorts with Moe and Larry over two years. »

- Tom Stockman

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Africa Screams – A Look Back at 1949

30 May 2013 8:06 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

The St. Louis Globe-Democrat is a monthly newspaper run by Steve DeBellis, a well know St. Louis historian, and it’s the largest one-man newspaper in the world. The concept of The Globe is that there is an old historic headline, then all the articles in that issue are written as though it’s the year that the headline is from. It’s an unusual concept but the paper is now in its 25th successful year! Steve and I collaborated recently on an all-Vincent Price issue of The Globe in 2011 and he has asked me to write a regular monthly movie-related column. This month’s St. Louis Globe-Democrat is written as if it’s 1949, the year Joe Besser starred with Abbott and Costello in the comedy Africa Speaks. We are publishing several Joe Besser articles in this issue to help promote the upcoming Joe Besser Film Festival which will »

- Tom Stockman

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