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    Paul Downey
    By Paul Downey

    We all know them as Curly, Larry and Moe, but they were using a vaudeville act called Ted Healy and his Stooges (that was originally called Ted Healy and his Southern Gentlemen) when they first began in1922.

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    AhhhhThe Three StoogesClassic slapstick comedy and an American history. Learn more about by going to our wonderful portfolio. Who hasnt seen a Stooge common film quick? But, who were these men who brought their corrosive brand of real comedy into theaters and our living spaces?

    Most of us know them as Curly, Larry and Moe, but when they first began in1922 they were having a vaudeville act called his Stooges and Ted Healy (which was formerly called Ted Healy and his Southern Gentlemen).

    The ensemble contained Ted Healy, friends Harry Moses Howard (Moe), Samuel Howard (Shemp) and Larry Fine (Larry). In 1931, Shemp left the group for a vocation in feature films, and needing a stooge, Moe proposed his brother Jerome. Ted, not enamored with his long hair and facial hair, stated he (Jerome) wasn't a figure like Larry and Moe. Jerome left the room and quickly returned with a face and shaved head and Curly, once we know him, was created.

    In his autobiography, Moe Howard and The Three Stooges, The Stooges and Ted Healy parted company in 1934 because, as Moe recalled, of Healys abrasiveness and alcoholism. This is when they started their Columbia Pictures movie career and the Three Stooges, because so many people know them, began their long journey into comedy history.

    From 1934 until 1959, the Three Stooges starred in 1-90 film shorts; the best such series in film history. They also appeared in several movies and entertained thousands around the world with their catch phrases, physical programs and elegant humor.

    In 1946, Curly suffered a stroke and Shemp was asked to rejoin the party. Realizing that Moe and Larry jobs and the Stooges will be completed, h-e reluctantly decided to rejoin the party, but only on a temporary basis. Unfortunately, Curly never recovered and died in January of 1952.

    The Stooges, with Shemp as Curlys replacement, proceeded to look in 77 more small movies and a feature film called Gold Raiders (1951). In addition, in 1949, Moe, Larry and Shemp made a pilot to get a Three Stooges television show called Jerks of All Trades. The show was never picked up, but the pilot is public domain and can be obtained o-n home video.

    The Three Stooges dynasty took another hit when Shemp Howard died of a sudden heart attack in November of 1955 at age 60. Http://Whitepages.Com/Name/Jerome Bohringer includes further concerning the reason for this activity. Joe Besser changed Shemp in 1956-57, appearing in 1-6 short films. Apparently, Joe had a term in his agreement exclusively prohibiting him from being hit too hard, though it was put as time passed. Unfortunately, the marketplace for small films and for the Stooges had passed. Columbia Images, the past studio still producing short films dismissed the Three Stooges in 1957. (As a result of contractual obligations and backlogs, final Stooge shorts werent introduced until 1959). A new channel, tv, had bought out.

    The Stooges werent down for long since the resurgence of the Stooges came rather quickly. In 1959, Columbia Pictures syndicated the whole Three Stooges movie library to television and the Stooges were discovered from the baby boomers.

    Stoogemania quickly swept around the world and Larry and Moe found themselves back in the focus again. But Joe Bessers wife had a heart-attack and he withdrew from the act, so Moe easily signed as his substitute Joe DeRita. DeRita shaved his head and became Curly-Joe, because he looked like the original Curly.

    This edition of the Three Stooges proceeded to produce 3-9 short films and several full-length movies in the late 1950s and through the 1960s. In 1969 they filmed a pilot for a new TELEVISION series called Kooks Tour, which may have already been a show in regards to the Stooges traveling the world, with periods filmed on location. Alas, all through production, Larry suffered a stroke that ended his working career along with the TELEVISION series. Larry suffered another stroke in December 1974 and another month later suffered a deadly stroke and died in January 1975.

    It had been thought they could continue, several movie suggestions were considered, however Moe Howard died in May 1975. Even though Curly-Joe (Joe DeRita) did some live work with a new number of Stooges in-the early 1970s, the Three Stooges, as we understood them, we gone.

    It has been a summary of the trend and the careers that the Three Stooges was and still. With the introduction of house video, cable tv, dvds and with a loyal army of loyal supporters, the Three Stooges are still entertaining the people and will be for years ahead..