The Three Stooges - Books

Many, many books have been authored about the Three Stooges. Autobiographies, biographies, historical accounts, collectible guides, trivia, and cultural analysis are but a few of the many subjects that have been penned.

See the Book-Ography for a comprehensive list of all books that have been published.

Just Released Oct 99' - The Three Stooges An Illustrated History, from Amalgamated Morons to American Icons (By: Michael Flemming)
More people today can name the members of the Three Stooges than can name three justices of the Supreme Court. The Stooges are comedy icons whose enduring appeal and slapstick legacy have made them one of the most famous and beloved comedy troupes in the world.   A juggernaut of wise guys, headlocks, and unforgettable insults, this book tells the whole history of the Stooges, starting with their origins in the golden years of vaudeville, when the boys from Brooklyn honed their craft. Moe, Curly, and Shemp Howard were born Moses, Jerome, and Samuel Horwitz--and were believed for many years to be the three least accomplished sons of their Lithuanian immigrant parents. Ultimately, of course, the Three Stooges reinvented the rules of slapstick comedy: never be caught unprepared in a pie fight, never slap one wise guy in the face if you can slap three in a row, and never underestimate the value of a good poke in the eye.Michael Fleming's The Three StoogesTM is the first complete, authorized biography of the men who made pie fights part of our national cultural heritage.   Check out Books@Random for more details. 

Of all the books published, these two are the most cherished and sought after by Stooge collectors. "Stroke of Luck", pictured left, is the memoirs of Larry Fine first published in 1973, and is the most rare and valuable of all Stooge books. Pictured right is Moe's autobiography, completed in 1977 by his daughter Joan. (Book Review)

The Stooge Chronicles, published in 1981, is the history of the Three Stooges, commemorating their golden anniversary as a comedy team. It is the story of a show business legend . . . the story of a comedy team that made more movies than any other in film history. The book is lavishly illustrated with more than 50 rare photographs, most never before published. (Book Review)


Published in 1982, "The Three Stooges Scrapbook" is the official, authorized book on the history of the Three Stooges comedy team and on all aspects of their career. Most of the data contained in the book took over 10 years to compile, and serves to correct many erroneous accounts that have appeared in other publications. Also features the most comprehensive filmography ever compiled, and an extensive history of Stooge merchandise. In 1994, a re-covered version of the same book was produced (right).

Many a book has been produced to challenge the readers knowledge of the Three Stooges. These one-of-a-kind books of little known facts and figures, guaranteed to fascinate and inform even the most knowledgeable Stooge fan. These will answer the questions you never thought to ask: "How often did Curly clip his hair to keep it Stoogical?". The answers to these and more Stooge stumpers are included in these zany books.

This book includes hundreds of Stooges-related collectible items, from comic books to Shemp's own cufflinks, shown with photos, a handy price guide to help you measure your fortune, and the addresses to help you find even the most obscure Stooges memorabilia. You'll find the lyrics and dance steps to "The Curly Shuffle", and even an exclusive reprint of an authentic Stooges script - written years ago but never filmed.

From his start playing the violin at amateur night in 1915, to his death in 1975, this book provides a chronological account of the life of Larry Fine, as told by his older brother Morris (Moe) Fineberg.

The autobiography of the last surviving member of the world famous comedy team, the Three Stooges, was published in 1984. Dishing out laughs in front of audiences now for more than half a century, this is more than a show business autobiography, it is a sentimental and entertaining journey through every phase of show business history with this popular sissy-talking comedian as readers' self-appointed tour guide. At right is the same book re-released in 1988, with a new cover, title, and some updated information.

The Book of Scripts presents the actual film scripts of three popular shorts - "You Nazty Spy", "Three Little Pigskins", and "Men in Black". It includes illustrations with actual frame blowups from the films, and notes and sidelights about the filmings of each script. The choices for the second volume included "Restless Knights", "We Want Our Mummy", and "Yes We have No Bonanza". Also, a special added chapter about the 1962 Columbia feature, "The Three Stooges Meet Hercules".

In 1977, upon completion of her father's book, "Moe Howard and the Three Stooges", a thought came to Joan Maurer that a book should be written about her Uncle Curly, everyone's favorite Stooge. She collected bits and pieces of information about him, and eight years later completed this book - the first in-depth illustrated biography of this elfin enigma who has become the cult figure of the eighties. (Book Review)

A look at the influence of the Three Stooges on twentieth-century culture. The time has come to give Curly, Larry, and Moe their rightful position in all our history books. The time has come to reveal what we all have somehow always sensed - that the only logical explanation for this twentieth-century world of ours is...the Three Stooges!. These books do it.

The fifty never-before-released Stooge adventures. Lost Episodes is intended as a guidebook to assist Stoogemaniacs in getting their hands on the "lost" stuff that is now available. In addition, the authors have included a filmography that lists the lost episodes of the Three Stooges - both collectively and individually.

Now the knuckleheads are back in these collections of their classic comic misadventures. Includes several stories from the original St. John, Dell and Gold Key comics. The existence of these books is yet another reminder that the public has never lost its fascination with the Three Stooges.

Illustrated with over 80 black and white photographs of their antics on and off the set, The Wacky World of the Three Stooges is a book fans will adore.

A series of hardback books that contain six of the Stooge shorts as originally authored by Del Lord and Elwood Ullman. The series features "Phony Express", "A Gem of a Jam", "I can Hardly Wait", "Dizzy Pilots", "Busy Buddies", and "How High is up". Several photos from the shorts are presented as the story progresses.

This is a 'don't miss' book for any Stooge fan...covering all phases of the White Brothers, whose careers virtually span the entire life of the two-reel comedy short in America. For people who can't get enough reading about the Stooges, for those who care about how the shorts department of a major studio functioned, and for a look at B-filmmaking from men who were in the thick of it, this is must reading.

An in depth look at the 97 shorts made with Larry, Curly, and Moe at Columbia Studios from 1934 to 1947. Self published by Daniel Volk. First publication was in 1988. The 1994 edition was exclusively distributed by "STOOGESTORE".

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