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Three Stooges FAQ: Everything Left to Know about the Eye-Poking, Face-Slapping, Head-Thumping Geniuses

3.38  ·  Rating Details  ·  21 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
(FAQ). This entertaining and informative study of the Three Stooges focuses on the nearly 190 two-reel short comedies the boys made at Columbia Pictures during the years 1934-59. Violent slapstick? Of course, but these comic gems are also peerlessly crafted and enthusiastically played by vaudeville veterans Moe, Larry, Curly, Shemp, and Joe arguably the most popular and lo ...more
Paperback, 394 pages
Published September 1st 2011 by Applause Theatre & Cinema Book Publishers
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William
Feb 06, 2012 William rated it did not like it
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I expected an FAQ to answer the Frequently Asked Questions that fans of the stooges have always wanted answered (e.g., how many injuries occurred on the set, the length of Curly's hair when he was not performing, etc.). This book mainly just summarizes the many shorts in a thematic rather than a sequential fashion. One area of interest: the sidebars honoring the many faithful character actors and actresses who also appeared in the shorts.
Rob Guernsey
Sep 24, 2015 Rob Guernsey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty decent critical look at the Columbia shorts.

Usually if the Stooges are written about, it's either to dismiss them as beneath consideration or a sanitized "official" version. This book isn't afraid to claim the Stooges importance to American filmed comedy, nor criticize when it is due. Rather than going strictly chronologically, the shorts are considered thematically, which works well I think. It makes the book easier to read and less like reference material. The only real complaint I hav
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Steve
May 05, 2012 Steve rated it it was ok
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Hard to have grown up a boy of my era without battling with parents over the need to watch the Stooges. I got this book as a gift, and I skimmed it. It's less a true FAQ of all things Stooges, and more a digest of plots. A resource, if you need it.
Chris
Apr 11, 2013 Chris rated it really liked it
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Packed like a spring-loaded boxing glove into a faux-present, "The Three Stooges FAQ" is bursting with encapsulations of every one of the Stooges' 190 (!) two-reel comedies, including breakdowns of storylines, best jokes, best violent attacks, and encyclopedically complete information on every recurring character actor, leading lady, or writer/director who ever worked with this group. I'm not the biggest Stooges fan in the world, but Hogan's book gave me a lot of interesting insight into the spa ...more
Joanne Centa
Jul 03, 2012 Joanne Centa rated it it was ok
Everything you wanted to know about the stooges.... and less.
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