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I Stooged to Conquer: The Autobiography of the Leader of the Three Stooges

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  234 ratings  ·  37 reviews
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 p ...more
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Published July 1st 2013 by Chicago Review Press (first published January 1st 2013)
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Synopsis: "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 ...more
Stanley Cramer
Jun 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
A fun read. Brought back great memories and learned a lot about theses icons of my youth.
Dave Schwensen
Jan 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Am I a knucklehead for enjoying this book? Soy-tan-lee…NOT! Moe Howard (Moses Horwitz), the head Stooge with the pre-Beatles haircut, completed this autobiography just before he passed away in 1977. It's a loving and informative journey recalling his private life and career that took him from Vaudeville and Broadway to films and unexpected superstardom (yes, it's true fans) when the baby boomer generation went slapstick crazy over the trio when their short films were featured on kid's television ...more
Thiago S.
Jul 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Since Im going to start a couple of WWII books scheduled to arrive next week, this weekend I decided Id read something light and non-related to war and politics, so I got to read this ebook which I had downloaded several months ago.

When I was a kid I remember watching the 3 Stooges with my father and brother. A few years later as a pre-teen I spent most of the day alone at home, and one of the most awaited moments of the day was at 5:00 PM when the local channel would show two episodes of the St
Reza Amiri Praramadhan
May 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-ebooks
Before reading this book, I've always known Moses 'Moe' Howard as the meanie of the Three Stooges, the one who punched, slapped, poked and kicked more than the other two. But now, I get to see the other side of him, the real him, the one who refuse to cut his curls (yes, can you imagine? He is the curly one, not 'Curly') and went down fighting with other children because he saw that curling his hair was his mother's favorite activity, the one who faked a photo in order to get a job in a boathous ...more
Mar 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Loved this book. As a raving Three Stooges fan it was great to read about the behind the scenes workings and how ideas began. From Moe's childhood up to his last TV appearances; Moe tells it like it is in his own words. The book is a fairly quick read and just gets to what the reader needs to know and moves on. Books like this are great to read - especially biographies - because they just give the reader the main details about what they want to read and don't trail off. The only issue is I wish ...more
Jan 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is about one-third a picture book, but the remaining is all a personal account of the life of Moe Howard (Moses Horowitz). I found the book a fascinating read, even though I was only a passing fan of the show when I was a younger boy. I find that stories that show that anyone, even delinquent dropouts, can rise to fame are worth the time to read. I couldn't have imagined facing the trials that they had in order to get to stardom.

I pretty much read this in a day. If the subjects interes
Dave Antoine
Nov 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: biographies
A fun read. Head stooge Moe Howard fills this book with many pictures of his past and his life in front of the camera, written with simple down to earth prose. Overall, it strikes you that Howard was a pretty humble guy from Brooklyn with a good family life and proud of raising a family and creating a body of work with the Stooges. Definitely recommended for any Stooge fan as it shows the man behind the mask.
Zach Opsitnick
Jan 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bookshelf
As a lifelong Three Stooges fan, it was really an eye-opener to get a look behind the curtain to see what really went on in those old days of Hollywood. Full of behind-the-scenes trivia and lots of pictures, definitely a must read for the Stooges fan.
Derek Solomon
Aug 09, 2017 rated it liked it
great look at the behind scenes world of vaudville, early movies and t.v. from someone who was there.
Oct 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my favorite biography about the Stooges. Moe tells his story, and it’s fascinating!
Nov 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A great read into the life of the greatest comedy teams ever to exist, the Stooges. They still make me laugh today.
Sep 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shemp punching poultry in the face
Newfound Respect for the Stooges

An avid Three Stooges fan, I just recently stumbled upon Moe's autobiography. I found his book's recollections to be not only hilarious, as would be expected, but also touching and heart-felt. I especially enjoyed reading about the Howard brothers' upbringing and earlier years in show business.

A must-read for hard-core Stooges fans!

Aug 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
What a story! If it's more about Moe's life than about the Stooges, that seems reasonable enough for an autobiography, which the author did not live to see finished and in print. Moe's life certainly did not begin with the Three Stooges, although clearly, much of the best of his life was spent with them. He seems to have been more of a softie on the inside than most people perceived, due largely to his abrasive character as a Stooge, and not least of all because of his rather harsh childhood, an ...more
Oct 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Great read for diehard fans of the Three Stooges. Moe Howard—the leading Stooge, and usually known as "the mean one"—reveals the story behind the most popular slapstick act of all times, including childhood stories of himself and his two "stooge" brothers, Shemp and Curly, and Larry Fine who completed the trio. The autobiography includes some interesting trivia about many of the antics often seen in their comedy, and also includes the heartbreaking details of the tragic and untimely deaths of Cu ...more
Nov 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I Loved this book. Moe takes you through the early days from before they began their careers and when they were vaudeville stage performers. There are a lot of anecdotes about people met along the way, especially Ted Healy, whom some credit as giving the Stooges their start. Much of the book is just a great romp through Stooge history, and some is very somber--surrounding that very dark time when Moe lost his brother Curly and his brother Shemp in the span of a few years.

All in all, a great rea
Mar 23, 2014 rated it really liked it

Very quick and easy read, and fairly straightforward. Moe was certainly a self-made man with a lot more patience (letting himself be taken advantage of by Ted Healy for so long) and forgiveness than you would think considering the abuse he heaped upon the other Stooges in their short films. My grandpa has some 8mm Three Stooges reels that he used to show us from time to time and it was fun getting the background on why Shemp left, Curly joined, Curly left, Shemp returned, Shemp left, different C
Dec 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
I know very little about the Three Stooges--I watched exactly one short and, true to the cliche, did not find it funny. But I can say that having read this book, I really like Moe Howard. There are times where I thought I ought to consider whether he was giving himself credit for things that weren't all his idea, but it's quite possible he was telling the truth since he does definitely seem like the brains behind the Stooges. He loves his children, his wife and his brothers, and I'm glad he had ...more
Sep 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is such a lovely story even though there was some sad times as well. It was very interesting hearing Moe's side of the story especially since he was such a legend and it was nice to hear a real stooge say the story for once, instead of reading inaccurate biographies. Even though the dates were wrong at times because of Moe's mind becoming older durning the time he wrote the book I still think it was very well written, I think this is defiantly a must have for any major stooge fan ! Over all ...more
Jan 22, 2015 rated it liked it
The three stooges hold a special place for boys from my generation and many others. The structure of this book was a little loose and was more a series of anecdotes than anything else, but still a pleasure to read. Moe and the boys worked very, very hard to achieve the success they had. Moe was more then the head stooge. He really did keep the group together and supported them emotionally and financially. He was a great husband and father. Viva La Stooges!
Vicki Cole
Aug 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Awash with incredible photographs and handed forward through the decades, the seminal act that revolved around the Howard brothers is lovingly recalled by their leader Moe Howard. Tripping and eye-poking from the early parts of the 20th Century through wartimes and into the late 1970s Howard kept the laughs and the dream alive for generation after generation of fans and this is his story.
May 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Think you know all about the Stooges? Well, I didn't and this autobiography by Moe Howard tells all the unanswered questions I had. Who knew Shemp was one of the original Three Stooges? I also knew nothing about Ted Healy and their falling out or the stories behind Curly's 'replacements'. I grew up watching & loving The Three Stooges in the 1960's and I still love them today!
Aug 06, 2013 rated it liked it
Quick and easy read. Very, very direct - the stories from Moe's life are told in about the most straightforward manner possible; Cesar would have been proud. It left me with a little bit of an impersonal feeling, as if he were recounting the facts without really relating the experience.

No faces were slapped in the writing of this review.
Brad Lucht
Oct 17, 2013 rated it it was ok
A biography, yes, but also a collection of Stooge stories, told as stories. The latter half of the book is a compilation of these stories, not particularly tied together. I believe I read he worked on this book several years before he died, never quite completing it. It does read like a collection of stories pasted together.
Apr 18, 2015 rated it liked it
I especially enjoyed reading about his childhood which had some nice fleshed out stories. But wish there had been more about family life w/ his wife and kids. The behind the scenes w/ the Stooges also offered some nice insights, especially the transitions between Curly and Shemp in their deaths.
Alejandro Bravo
Sep 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Amazing ride

This book is straight forward. Moe recalls several stories of his youth. Sadly he gives little insights about the stooges and their personal life.
It's a nice reading, thought.
maury z
May 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This was an amazing read. As a three stooges mega-fan it was great reading how the stooges began. Moe takes the reader on a rollercoaster of emotions in this book. I gladly give it 5 stars.
Michael Gayda
Dec 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Absolutely wonderful. The Three Stooges have always been a favorite of mine. I became more interested when I learned how Hollywood did their best to rob them. Moe is a very good writer and the photos in this book are amazing.
Jun 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: auto-biography
A nice walk down memory lane for fans as well as some behind the scenes information we never knew. Moe was, according to this book, a swell guy...and I must agree. He seemed like he was a genuinely nice guy. He certainly cared about his craft. This is a must read for fans of the Stooges.
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Moses Horwitz was the most active founding member of the Three Stooges comedy team. He began working with Ted Healy in vaudeville with his brother Shemp and the trio later became a foursome when they recruited violinist Larry Fine. They replaced Shemp with brother Curly and ditched Healy when they began making their famous shorts for Columbia. Moe was the driving force behind keeping the Stooges t ...more
“My Wish The talents which the Lord gave me, Not great or many are But what he gave I know I’ll save, By spreading them afar. And should great riches come to me, At some bright future hour, T’would be my call with man to share, My fortune and my power. I could not be a happy man, Nor have a peaceful soul, Should I retain each thing I gain, Within my small control. If fame a distant happy goal, Should ever be my fate, The golden crown would bear me down, Should I not share its weight. My wish is ever to divide, The good things that I gain, Could I not give, I would not live, I could not stand the pain. If I should have a king’s great power, I’d have to share my throne, I’d give you most, no idle boast, Of everything I own. Good health has blessed me all my life, So conscious of that gift, I’ll use that strength throughout life’s length, My sweetheart’s cares to lift. Mosey” 1 likes
“Curly for a couple of hours, and talked to the doctors about him. They told me that in about six months his instep and ankle bones should be broken and put in a cast so that he would be able to bend his ankle. Curly decided against this, and although it gave him much pain and he limped his way through life, he never let it interfere with his work … or, for that matter, his play.” 0 likes
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