For over seven decades, fans have roared with laughter at the wild, two-fisted, knockabout antics of The Three Stooges performing their classic comedy mayhem in 200 comedy shorts, 25 features, and thousands of television and stage appearances.
Chronicling the success of these beloved cinematic clowns, The Three Stooges Scrapbook by Jeff Lenburg, Joan Howard Maurer - daughter of Three Stooges founder Moe Howard - and Greg Lenburg is a highly entertaining tribute to the trio's enduring popularity and lasting legacy.
This updated edition of the nationally best-selling authorized biography and team history covers the lives and careers of the Stooges like no other. Packed with personal memories, historical facts, new findings, revelations, and archived material from family collections, this meticulously researched edition has it all. Intimate biographies of each Stooge, a complete and accurately detailed team history, and the most comprehensive filmography ever compiled, including production and cast lists, synopses, release dates, working titles, production footnotes, and more from every comedy short and feature and the Stooges' solo film appearances.
Furthermore, it features exclusive interviews with the original stooges and later members of the famed comedy trio - Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Joe Besser, and Joe DeRita - and their family members and friends.
©2012 Jeff Lenburg, Joan Howard Maurer, and Greg Lenburg (P)2013 Jeff Lenburg, Joan Howard Maurer, and Greg Lenburg
Solid but get the hardcover.
Well researched and very passionate about this wonderful group of comics. But missing details on the stooges as people; their likes dislikes. Stories about their life. Books I've read on comics like the Marx brothers are chock full, these felt spares and infrequent.
Once it gets to the filmography is become a serious grind to get through. And the filmography is the last section. Make no mistake, about half of its 17 hr duration is gloried title credits. Readings of directors, producers, actors, etc for every short, movie etc. EVERY. LAST. ONE.
On paper it's fine, on audio it's a lecture.
I did appreciate commitment and will probably re-listen to the for few hours.
I've no doubt if this was a coffee table read it would be stellar but in audio format it's more trouble than it's worth.
It is a thoroughly researched history of the Stooges, correcting a number of mistakes found in other books (and even the mistakes in the previous version of this book). I recommend picking up the physical book (which I did at our local library), just to be able to page through to see the pictures in the book.
A lot of the background and “story behind the story” for a number of the shorts.
Although the Audiobook is listed at 19 hours, really it is only 10 hours, as the last half is essentially the reading of the Filmography (which in the book is in much smaller type). I mention this as the Filmography may be a bit monotonous for the casual reader, although I personally enjoyed listening to each of the synopses.
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