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

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Chicago Review Press, 2013 - Biography & Autobiography - 241 pages
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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.

 

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Contents

1 Childhood and the Early Years
1
2 Show Biz via Vitagraph and the Melodrama
13
3 The Showboat Sunflower
21
4 Breaking into Vaudeville with Shemp
27
5 Helen
35
6 Joining Forces with Ted Healy
37
7 My Daughter Is Born and a Brief Leave from Show Business
43
8 Back with Ted Healy
49
11 Off the Movie Set for a While and On to Broadway
119
12 Into the 40s
133
13 Domestic Wartime Interlude
149
14 Changes Among the Stooges
165
Larry Moe and CurlyJoe
189
16 A Single in the 70s and My Seventies
217
Afterword
225
A Stooges Filmography
227

9 Getting into Movies and Along Comes Curly
57
10 The Final Break with Ted Healy
87

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Moe Howard was the leader of the Three Stooges. He appeared in close to 200 comedy shorts; 25 feature films; and thousands of television, onstage, and personal appearances.

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