Three Stooges

Three Stooges

Reference number:

11967
£500.00

Description:

A rare original vintage 1939 cut autograph book page, clearly signed in pencil by all three members of the classic 1932-1946 lineup of the Stooges ; Curly Howard d1952 / Moe Howard d1975 and Larry Fine d1975.

NB ; Please read condition report below on this item prior to purchase

Certification:

The autographs are all still contained within the vintage 1930s autograph book of Stan D of Devonport Plymouth. The book contains many performers of the period including ; Jack Henry / George Young / Gus Aubrey / Albert Whelan / Bransby Williams / Ruby Morris and Will Hay Jr. The majority appear to have been collected at the Alhambra Devonport and Aquarium Brighton. Our research shows that the Three Stooges visited the UK for five weeks between June 4th to July 9th 1939, playing for two weeks at the London Palladium and then moving on to perform in many cities including Blackpool / Glasgow and Dublin. So we can conclude that these autographs were likely obtained at one of these locations during June-July 1939. AFTAL Dealer No13 and UACC RD Memorabilia UK COA.

Size:

7x6cm Sized Cut Page

11x9cm Sized Autograph Book Page

Condition:

Average. View Images. The autographs are on a cut piece of card laid down onto the autograph book page and are still contained in the autograph book. PLEASE NOTE ; After careful study we believe the signatures were originally written by the Three Stooges in a weak ink pen and then overwritten again by them at the time in pencil. Hence the low asking price on this set (less than half of normal price).

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Three Stooges

THE THREE STOOGES. American vaudeville and comedy act of the early to mid–20th century, best known for their numerous Columbia short subject films which are still syndicated on television. Their hallmark was physical farce and slapstick. In films, the Stooges were commonly known by their first names of "Moe, Larry, and Curly" or "Moe, Larry, and Shemp" (among other lineups, depending on the particular film). There were a total of six stooges over the act's run, with only three active at any given time. Moe and Larry were always present during the film era throughout the ensemble's run of more than forty years.The act began as part of a mid-1920s vaudeville comedy act, billed as "Ted Healy and his Stooges", consisting of Healy, Moe Howard, his brother Shemp Howard and Larry Fine. The four made one feature film, Soup to Nuts, before Shemp left to pursue a solo career. He was replaced by his younger brother, Jerome "Curly" Howard in 1932. Two years later, the trio left Healy and signed on to appear in their own comedies for Columbia Pictures now billed as "The Three Stooges". From 1934-1946, Moe, Larry and Curly produced over ninety short films for Columbia. It was during this period that they were at their peak popularity.Curly suffered a debilitating stroke in May 1946 and Shemp returned (reinstating the original lineup) until his death from a heart attack aged 60 in November 1955. Curly Howard died aged just 48 of a celebral hemorrhage in January 1952. Film actor Joe Palma was used as a temporary stand-in to complete four Shemp-era shorts under contract (the maneuver thereafter became known as the term of art "Fake Shemp". Columbia contract player Joe Besser joined as the third Stooge for two years (1956–57), departing in 1958 to nurse his ailing wife. Columbia terminated its shorts division and released its Stooges contractual rights to the Screen Gems production studio. Screen Gems then syndicated the shorts to television, whereupon the Stooges became one of the most popular comedy acts of the early 1960s. Comic actor Joe Derita became "Curly Joe" in 1958 (replacing Besser) for a new series of full-length theatrical films. With intense television exposure, the act regained momentum throughout the 1960s as popular kiddie fare, until Larry Fine's paralyzing stroke in January 1970. He later died in 1975 aged 72 after a further series of strokes. Attempts were made to revive the Stooges with longtime supporting actor Emil Sitka (in Larry's role in 1970) and again in 1975, but this attempt was cut short by Moe's death from lung cancer aged 77 in May 1975.

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Three Stooges

Reference number:

10995
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Description:

Two extremely rare individual original vintage circa 1939 autograph book pages, clearly signed in red ink by all three members of the classic 1932-1946 lineup of the Stooges ; Curly Howard d1952 (3 Stooges) / Moe Howard d1975 (Moe Stooge Howard) and Larry Fine d1975. PLUS the signature on the page above Curly is that of English film actor Eddie Laughton d1952 who appeared on stage and in film-shorts alongside the trio at this time playing their straight-man

A highly desirable set of vintage 1939 Three Stooges autographs (Moe & Larry more rarely signing their full names) on two pages together with the added bonus of English actor Eddie Laughton. He is a rare autograph in his own right ; appearing in over 200 films between 1935-52. He died in Hollywood of pneumonia aged just 48 on March 21st 1952. Other period autographs still contained within the original autograph book include ; Elsie & Doris Waters / Ralph Reader / Merle Oberon / Jack Hulbert x2 / Nosmo King / Charlie Kunz / Cicily Courtridge / Joe Loss / Naunton & Gold / Lili Palmer / Anton Walbrook / Richard Goolden / Nervo & Knox / Emyln Williams / Syd Seymour / Flanagan & Allan / Clifford Greenwood / Naughton & Gold / Rene Ray / Collison & Dean / Cyril Wheeler and Rex Harrison 

Certification:

The autographs are all still contained within the vintage 1930s autograph book of Sylvia Gilman of Golders Green London including many notable Music Hall / Actors and Big Band performers of the period. Our research shows that the Three Stooges visited the UK between June 4th to July 9th 1939, playing for two weeks at the London Palladium and then moving on to perform in Blackpool / Glasgow and Dublin. So we can conclude that the most likely place and date of signing is the London Palladium in June 1939. AFTAL Dealer No13 and UACC RD Memorabilia UK COA.

Size:

10x7.5cm Sized Autograph Book Pages

Condition:

Average. View Images. Book is fully intact and no pages have been removed. Some age foxing on the pages. Collectors names on each page. Overall condition 7.5/10. Signature clarity 9/10

Three Stooges

Reference number:

8787
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Description:

An extremely rare original vintage 1939 autograph book page, clearly signed in ink by all three members of the classic 1932-1946 lineup of the Stooges ; Curly Howard d1952 / Moe Howard d1975 and Larry Fine d1975.

A desirable and highly sought after set of 1939 Three Stooges autographs on a single page together.

Certification:

From a 1930-40s Blackpool United Kingdom area autograph book containing many notable Music Hall / Actors and Big Band performers of the period all obtained in person in the areas theatres by Mr SS. Our research shows that the Three Stooges visited the UK between June 4th to July 9th 1939, playing for two weeks at the London Palladium and then moving on to perform in Blackpool / Glasgow and Dublin. So we can conclude that this is the likely place and date of signing for this page of autographs. On the reverse of the page is the autograph in green ink of Leslie "Hutch" Hutchinson d1969 who was one of the worlds biggest cabaret stars of the 1920-30s. AFTAL Dealer No13 and UACC RD Memorabilia UK COA.

Size:

15x10cm Sized Autograph Book Page

16x16in >> Acid Free Mount >> Unframed

Condition:

Good. View Images. There is a smudge to the start of Curly Howards signature. There is a little age rusting to the paper page. There is minor show through from the Hutch newsprint programme picture on the reverse of the page (which can be removed). The newsprint programme pic to the side of the Stooges autographs can also be removed. AFTAL Dealer No13 and UACC RD Memorabilia UK COA. 

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