Three Stooges

The Three Stooges are back in the limelight again with a new movie that tries to re-create their zany antics for today’s audiences. I’m not sure it’s necessary, since there are so many Stooges movies around on television, but it’s a free country.

I noticed that the Stooges began their stage career in vaudeville in 1925, just at the time of my second vaudeville mystery. I didn’t include Moe, Larry, and Curly in that book, but might keep them in mind for a later one. 

Interestingly, the Three Stooges didn’t start out under that name. The act was called Ted Healy and his Stooges. I couldn’t find any remnant of it on youtube, but supposedly it was about an entertainer, Ted Healy, who tried to perform while these oddball stooges kept goofing up the act. Lots of farce and slapstick. Evidently Ted Healy was a prickly sort and an alcoholic to boot, and he and the Stooges had parted ways by 1930 when they made their first film. Not a great success. But by 1933 they had a contract with MGM and were on their way. 

So if I use them in my mysteries, I’ll have to make them unimportant and relatively unknown, which was their status in 1925. 

Published in: on April 28, 2012 at 1:31 pm  Leave a Comment  
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