A biography of the Three Stooges, in which their careers and rise to fame is shown throughout the eyes of their leader, Moe Howard.

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In the late 1950s, Moe Howard, the leader of the Three Stooges, is at a low point of his life with his film career apparently over, and he won't earn a dime from the impending big profits when his films are shown on television. In addition, he is being pestered by a young television executive who wants his team for a live show at his city. Amidst all this, Moe can't help but think back to the past starting from the beginning of the team's career with Ted Healy and their break from him to eventually having a successful film career in shorts. Yet that can't obscure the tragedy of Jerome "Curly" Howard's stroke and death or the death of his other brother Shemp. While he reminisces, Moe must decide whether to gamble on whether there will be a new generation of fans who will let the team to enter a new phase of their career. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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When the Stooges first arrive at Columbia, a sound man shows them a sort of "magic box" on which he can push buttons to create sound effects for their act. He calls them "Foley effects". In fact, Foley recording is the technique of recording sound effects live and in real time while screening the picture, and although sound man Jack Foley was already beginning to develop this technique over at Universal, it was not yet known by his name. See more »

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[first lines]
Young Moe: How old are you?
Young Shemp: Seventeen.
Young Moe: Come on, you're older than that.
Young Shemp: No, I got a birth certificate.
Young Moe: You couldn't get that dirty in seventeen years.
Young Moe: How 'about you, how old are you?
Young Jerome: I was seven. Three years in Sanford, Connecticut.
Young Moe: That makes you nine.
Young Jerome: Not 'til I get back to Connecticut...
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A touching look at the men behind the nyuks.
25 April 2000 | by (Costa Mesa, CA) – See all my reviews

It's a fact of life: Men think the Three Stooges are hilarious, and most women just don't get them. But women might want to give them a second chance after seeing this touching biography.

The thing that struck me most about the Three Stooges movie was its tone. This was a film made by people who genuinely cared about the Three Stooges, people who wanted to express their appreciation by giving the world a glimpse of the men behind the laughs. The Stooges were comic geniuses, but they were human and fragile, just like the rest of us. Sure it was sappy at times, and sometimes seemed to gloss over or omit certain events, but hey--you can't show thirty years in two hours without missing something. Especially poignant was the relationship between Moe and his "little" brother Curly.

Told mostly in flashbacks, The Three Stooges follows the boys from their Vaudeville days with Ted Healy to their triumphant return to the stage after the first TV showing of their two-reel shorts. The reality was that Columbia pictures was making a mint off the Stooges films, but their contract cut them out of any profit-sharing. Anxious to get back to the stage and enjoy some of the fame they've earned, Moe, Larry, and Joe "Curly Joe" DeRita agree to make the first of many personal appearances at a TV station. The final scene has Moe, Larry, and Curly Joe taking the stage for the first time in years.

I'm not ashamed to admit it: When the curtain went up and the surviving Stooges looked out at the packed house, I cried. Maybe because the Stooges are a part of my history--a good and happy part--the way they're a part of the history of every kid who grew up watching their antics.

It's not perfect, but it's the best there is. At the very least, it's a good Stooges primer and a stepping stone to further Stooge research. The Stooges will never go away, because let's face it: As long as men are men, the Three Stooges will be their comic heroes.


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