Three Stooges, 190 short films, one new photo book

Tue Dec 18, 2012 8:16am EST
 
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By Zorianna Kit

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Slapstick trio The Three Stooges kept Americans laughing for more than 40 years - and gave fan Jim Pauley what has turned into a lifelong obsession.

After a quest of more than a decade and hours of old-fashioned sleuthing, Pauley has published "The Three Stooges: Hollywood Filming Locations," which documents hundreds of the filming sites of the 190 short Columbia Pictures films made by the comedy team between 1934 and 1958.

Pauley spoke with Reuters about his book, which shows pictures of what the locations looked like then and now, along with quotes from Three Stooges directors, supporting actors and family members of the act, whose early members were Moe Howard, Larry Fine and Curly Howard, who replaced his brother Shemp in the lineup.

The book was published by Santa Monica Press last weekend.

Q: This book takes its roots in you writing location articles for The Three Stooges Fan Club's quarterly journal. When did you decide to put together a book?

A: "The articles started getting a following. I pretty much located all the locations over a period of 12 years. Fans and family members of The Three Stooges who were reading my articles started bugging me that they wanted me to do a book.

"So I started to think about it. There have been over 40 books written on The Three Stooges, but never one about this particular subject. I felt this was needed to document part of their history."

Q: Do people really care where The Three Stooges filmed their shorts in Hollywood?   Continued...

 
Actors Moe Howard (L), Larry Fine and Curly Howard, members of the comedy team The Three Stooges, are shown in this 1946 publicity photo from their film "G.I. Wanna Home" released to Reuters December 17, 2012. After a quest of more than a decade and countless hours of old-fashioned sleuthing, Stooges fan Jim Pauley is publishing "The Three Stooges: Hollywood Filming Locations," which documents hundreds of the filming sites of the 190 short Columbia Pictures films made by Larry, Curly and Moe between 1934 and 1958. REUTERS/Columbia Pictures/Handout