I Stooged to Conquer: The Autobiography of the Leader of the Three Stooges
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Telling the full story of the head Stooge, this work reveals the life-long career of a legendary funnyman. Born into a working-class family in Brooklyn, Moe Howard transformed his real-life experiences of getting into mischief with his brother Shemp into the plots that would have millions rolling in the aisles. From childhood, Moe’s ambition was to perform—whether it was plucking a ukulele on the beach, or playing a halfwit on a Mississippi showboat. But he only found success when he joined with Shemp and Larry Fine to play, as the New York Times put it, “three of the frowziest numskulls ever assembled.” As the brains behind the Three Stooges, he went on to act in hundreds of their movies, introducing his little brother Curly into the act when Shemp departed, and, after Curly’s death, partnering with Joe Besser and finally Joe de Rita. This is Moe Howard’s self-penned, no-holds-barred story of the ups and downs of his life, ranging from personal family tragedies to tidbits about career mishaps and triumphs. It overflows with the easygoing charm, generosity, and inspired lunacy of the “wise guy” behind America’s most successful comedy trio.
subway company for six dollars a month. They had fifteen thousand of them in all, and his parents wanted him to take over the company. On another occasion, we were invited to the home of a very prominent theater executive. At coffee time, Jack started talking about his “college days,” though I don’t believe he graduated from grade school. He explained that he was studying animal husbandry and told how his mother had urged him to rush home recently. There was something terribly wrong with their
“Stooges arrive in London—Queen leaves for America.” Our first Palladium engagement was a success, and we were asked to stay on for a second. We also appeared in Blackpool, England, a summer resort, and then went on to Dublin, Ireland. We arrived in Dublin by taxi. The crowds were thick and the cars were thicker, and we suddenly found our taxi hemmed in. We couldn’t move and found ourselves in the midst of a riot. Men were hanging from lampposts with clubs in their hands and swinging at anyone
apologized, admitted they were wrong, and agreed to a settlement whereby they would be allowed to distribute Stop! Look! and Laugh! and would finance Normandy Productions’ The Three Stooges Meet Hercules. Columbia also agreed never again to put together a Stooges feature utilizing old film clips without our permission. The Three Stooges Meet Hercules was released in 1962 and was an even bigger success man Have Rocket—Will Travel. Curly-Joe, Larry, and Moe gang up to take on beefy Sampson Burke
(Monogram, 1944 feature) William Beaudine Off Again, On Again (Columbia, 1945 short) Jules White Where the Pests Begin (Columbia, 1945 short) Edward Bernds A Hit with a Miss (Columbia, 1945 short) Jules “White” Trouble Chasers (Monogram, 1945 feature) Lew Landers Mr. Noisy (Columbia, 1946 short) Edward Bernds Jiggers, My Wife (Columbia, 1946 short) Jules “White” Society Mugs (Columbia, 1946 short) Edward Bernds The Gentleman Misbehaves (Columbia, 1946 feature) George Sherman One Exciting
in the old Sunday comic strip. “Van, I want you to meet a good friend of mine,” Mr. Costello said, and then turned back to me and asked, “Uh … lad, what is your name?” Van began to laugh. “Harry,” I said. Mr. Costello spoke again. “Van, I’m sure you can find a spot for my cousin Harry in your next film.” “I’m certain I can; even if he isn’t your cousin, he has a wonderful face and would look well alongside Ken.” This man was Van Dyke Brooke, director of the film We Must Do Our Best, starring