The Three Stooges filmography

Last updated

Larry Fine, Curly Howard and Moe Howard in 1937 Three Stooges 1937.jpg
Larry Fine, Curly Howard and Moe Howard in 1937

This is a complete list of short subjects and feature films that featured The Three Stooges released between 1930 and 1970.

Contents

Moe, Larry and Curly left Healy in 1934 and moved to Columbia Pictures to begin their successful series of 190 shorts, with their contract extended each year until the final one expired on December 31, 1957. The final 8 of the 16 shorts with Joe Besser were released afterwards over the next 1⅓ years. It is for these 190 short films, which have appeared on television in steady rotation since 1958, that the Stooges are best known. These films appear on this list in numbered format. The Stooges would continue afterwards with Moe, Larry, and Joe DeRita (as "Curly Joe"), and make several full-length feature films between 1959 and 1970.

Key

AAN = nominated for an Academy Award
Blueribbon icon.png = utilized footage from previous Stooge films
† = currently in public domain
^ = filmed after Curly Howard's initial stroke
^^ = filmed after Shemp Howard's death (see "Fake Shemp")
§ = denotes a cameo appearance or supporting role
~ = television pilot
т = television series
⚐ = short released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer


19301933193419351936193719381939
1940194119421943194419451946194719481949
1950195119521953195419551956195719581959
196019611962196319651968
1970

Ted Healy and His Stooges

Moe, Larry and Shemp

1930

Moe, Larry and Curly

1933

1934

1964

The Three Stooges: Moe, Larry and Curly (1934–1946)

1933

1934

1935

1936

1937

1938

1939

1940

1941

1942

1943

1944

1945

1946

1947

1960

The Three Stooges: Moe, Larry and Shemp (1946–1955)

1947

1948

1949

1950

1951

1952

1953

1954

1955

1956

The Three Stooges: Moe, Larry and Joe Besser (1957–1959)

1957

1958

1959

All 190 Columbia short films were released in the DVD series The Three Stooges Collection . The series includes seven 2-disc volumes and one 3-disc volume. Volume Seven features 3D glasses for the shorts Spooks! and Pardon My Backfire .

The Three Stooges: Larry, Moe and Curly Joe (1959–1970)

Larry, Moe and Curly Joe in 1962 The Three Stooges 1962.JPG
Larry, Moe and Curly Joe in 1962

1959

1960

1961

1962

1963

1965

1968

1970

Feature films

FilmYearMoeLarryCurlyShempJoeCurly Joe
Soup to Nuts 1930Green check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg
Turn Back the Clock (cameos)1933Green check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg
Meet the Baron 1933Green check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg
Dancing Lady 1933Green check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg
Myrt and Marge 1933Green check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg
Fugitive Lovers 1934Green check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg
Hollywood Party (cameos)1934Green check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg
The Captain Hates the Sea (cameos)1934Green check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg
Start Cheering (cameos)1938Green check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg
Time Out for Rhythm 1941Green check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg
My Sister Eileen (cameos)1942Green check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg
Rockin' in the Rockies 1945Green check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg
Swing Parade of 1946 1946Green check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg
Gold Raiders 1951Green check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg
Have Rocket, Will Travel 1959Green check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg
Stop! Look! and Laugh (compilation)1960Green check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg
Snow White and the Three Stooges 1961Green check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg
The Three Stooges Meet Hercules 1962Green check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg
The Three Stooges in Orbit 1962Green check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg
The Three Stooges Go Around the World in a Daze 1963Green check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg
It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (cameos)1963Green check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg
4 for Texas (cameos)1963Green check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg
The Outlaws Is Coming 1965Green check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg
Kook's Tour (TV pilot)1970Green check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg

Joe Besser never appeared with the Stooges in a feature film.

Three feature-length Columbia releases were actually packages of older Columbia shorts. Columbia Laff Hour (introduced in 1956) was a random assortment that included the Stooges among other Columbia comedians like Andy Clyde, Hugh Herbert, and Vera Vague; the content and length varied from one theater to the next. Three Stooges Fun-o-Rama (introduced in 1959) was an all-Stooges show capitalizing on their TV fame, again with shorts chosen at random for individual theaters. The Three Stooges Follies (1974) was similar to Laff Hour, with a trio of Stooge comedies augmented by actor, comedian and filmmaker Buster Keaton and Vera Vague shorts, a Batman serial chapter, and a Kate Smith musical.

Solo work

Moe

Shemp

Curly

See also

Related Research Articles

<span class="mw-page-title-main">The Three Stooges</span> American comedy team active from 1922 until 1970

The Three Stooges was an American vaudeville and comedy team active from 1922 until 1970, best remembered for their 190 short subject films by Columbia Pictures. Their hallmark styles were physical farce and slapstick. Six Stooges appeared over the act's run : Moe Howard and Larry Fine were mainstays throughout the ensemble's nearly 50-year run and the pivotal "third stooge" was played by Shemp Howard, Curly Howard, Shemp Howard again, Joe Besser, and "Curly Joe" DeRita.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Ted Healy</span> American vaudeville performer, comedian, and actor (1896–1937)

Ted Healy was an American vaudeville performer, comedian, and actor. Though he is chiefly remembered as the creator of The Three Stooges and the style of slapstick comedy that they later made famous, he had a successful stage and film career of his own and was cited as a formative influence by several later comedy stars.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Moe Howard</span> American comedian and actor (1897–1975)

Moses Harry Horwitz, known professionally as Moe Howard, was an American comedian and actor. He is best known as the leader of The Three Stooges, the farce comedy team who starred in motion pictures and television for four decades. That group initially started out as Ted Healy and His Stooges, an act that toured the vaudeville circuit. Moe's distinctive hairstyle came about when he was a boy and cut off his curls with a pair of scissors, producing an irregular shape approximating a bowl cut.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Larry Fine</span> American comedian and actor (1902–1975)

Louis Feinberg, known professionally as Larry Fine, was an American comedian, actor, and musician. He is best known as a member of the comedy act the Three Stooges.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Shemp Howard</span> American comedian and actor (1895–1955)

Samuel Horwitz, known professionally as Shemp Howard, was an American comedian and actor. He was called "Shemp" because "Sam" came out that way in his mother's thick Litvak accent.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Curly Howard</span> American comedian and actor (1903–1952)

Jerome Lester Horwitz, known professionally as Curly Howard, was an American vaudevillian comedian and actor. He was best known as a member of the American comedy team the Three Stooges, which also featured his elder brothers Moe and Shemp Howard and actor Larry Fine. In early shorts, he was billed as Curley. Curly Howard was generally considered the most popular and recognizable of the Stooges. He was well known for his high-pitched voice and vocal expressions, as well as his physical comedy, improvisations, and athleticism. An untrained actor, Curly borrowed the "woob woob" from "nervous" and soft-spoken comedian Hugh Herbert. Curly's unique version of "woob-woob-woob" was firmly established by the time of the Stooges' second Columbia film, Punch Drunks (1934).

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Joe DeRita</span> American actor and comedian (1909–1993)

Joseph Wardell, known professionally as Joe DeRita, was an American actor and comedian, who is best known for his stint as a member of The Three Stooges in the persona of Curly Joe DeRita.

<i>Soup to Nuts</i> 1930 film

Soup to Nuts is a 1930 American pre-Code comedy film written by cartoonist, sculptor, author, and inventor Rube Goldberg and directed by Benjamin Stoloff. It was the film debut of the original four members who would later, minus Ted Healy, go on to become known as The Three Stooges comic trio. Goldberg made a cameo appearance in the film as himself, opening letters in a restaurant. Several other comedians are also featured.

<i>Hello Pop!</i> 1933 American short film by Jack Cummings

Hello Pop! is the third of five short films starring Ted Healy and His Stooges released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer on September 16, 1933. A musical-comedy film, the film also featured the Albertina Rasch Dancers and Bonnie Bonnell. The film was considered lost until a 35mm nitrate print was discovered in Australia in January 2013. Stooges Moe Howard, Larry Fine and Curly Howard were billed as "Howard, Fine and Howard."

<i>Hoi Polloi</i> (1935 film) 1935 American short film by Del Lord

Hoi Polloi is a 1935 short subject directed by Del Lord starring American slapstick comedy team The Three Stooges. It is the tenth entry in the series released by Columbia Pictures starring the comedians, who released 190 shorts for the studio between 1934 and 1959.

<i>A Missed Fortune</i> 1952 American short film by Edward Bernds

A Missed Fortune is a 1952 short subject directed by Jules White starring American slapstick comedy team The Three Stooges. It is the 137th entry in the series released by Columbia Pictures starring the comedians, who released 190 shorts for the studio between 1934 and 1959.

<i>Who Done It?</i> (1949 film) 1949 American film

Who Done It? is a 1949 short subject directed by Edward Bernds starring American slapstick comedy team The Three Stooges. It is the 114th entry in the series released by Columbia Pictures starring the comedians, who released 190 shorts for the studio between 1934 and 1959.

<i>Idiots Deluxe</i> 1945 film by Jules White

Idiots Deluxe is a 1945 short subject directed by Jules White starring American slapstick comedy team The Three Stooges. It is the 85th entry in the series released by Columbia Pictures starring the comedians, who released 190 shorts for the studio between 1934 and 1959.

<i>Out West</i> (1947 film) 1947 American short film by Edward Bernds

Out West is a 1947 short subject directed by Edward Bernds starring American slapstick comedy team The Three Stooges. It is the 99th entry in the series released by Columbia Pictures starring the comedians, who released 190 shorts for the studio between 1934 and 1959.

<i>Scrambled Brains</i> 1951 film by Jules White

Scrambled Brains is a 1951 short subject directed by Jules White starring American slapstick comedy team The Three Stooges. It is the 132nd entry in the series released by Columbia Pictures starring the comedians, who released 190 shorts for the studio between 1934 and 1959.

<i>Cuckoo on a Choo Choo</i> 1952 American short film by Jules White

Cuckoo on a Choo Choo is a 1952 short subject directed by Jules White starring American slapstick comedy team The Three Stooges. It is the 143rd entry in the series released by Columbia Pictures starring the comedians, who released 190 shorts for the studio between 1934 and 1959.

Hollywood on Parade (1932–1934) is a series of short subjects released by Paramount Pictures.

<i>The Big Idea</i> (1934 film) 1934 American film by William Beaudine

The Big Idea is the fifth and last of five short films starring Ted Healy and His Stooges released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer on May 12, 1934.

<i>Roast Beef and Movies</i> 1934 American film

Roast-Beef and Movies is a short subject starring George Givot, Curly Howard, Bobby Callahan, and the Albertina Rasch Dancers, released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) on February 10, 1934. The music is by Dimitri Tiomkin, who was married to Rasch at the time.

<i>The Three Stooges</i> (2000 film) 2000 biopic about the Three Stooges

The Three Stooges is an American biographical television film about the slapstick comedy team The Three Stooges directed by James Frawley. This television film was entirely shot in Sydney, Australia. It was broadcast on ABC on April 24, 2000.

References

  1. Webb, Graham (2020). Encyclopedia of American Short Films, 1926–1959. McFarland. ISBN   978-1-4766-8118-4.