The Three Stooges - Videos

190 short subjects and 10 feature length movies were produced by the Three Stooges, and the advent of videos has made it possible for us all to collect every one of them. Several different video production companies have put our boys onto video tape, and a sampling of each is presented here.

See the Video-Ography for a comprehensive list of videos that have been produced.

The Home Video department of Columbia pictures was the first to produce a series of videos. They ran thirteen volumes (Volume I thru Volume XIII) between the years 1982 and 1985. The video backs depicted a scene from each of the three shorts represented on the video, and a short 2 liner written intro for each.

Then, in 1988, Columbia/Tri-Star Home Video once again began running a series of Three Stooges videos. I call this series the "Three Star" series, because of the three stars on the front cover of the box. A total of 18 videos were produced over the course of the next three years - many representing new shorts not released in the original Columbia series, though there were however, some duplicates. The backs of these videos contained generic artwork with a short bio on each of the featured short subjects.

Columbia/Tri-Star Home Video's most recent series was just introduced back in 1993. So far, 24 videos have been released in this series of Stooges shorts, but alas including many duplicates of those that had been released in the prior two showings. Still images of scenes from the shorts were once again returned to the backs of the videos, along with short bio's and detailed supporting cast. However, as an added bonus, bits of trivia are also included, making this video run that much more entertaining.

In 1995, along with the most recent Columbia/Tri-Star run, a re-release of many of their full-length feature films was introduced. Included with this release were six films including"..Meet Hercules", "..In Orbit", "..Go Around The World In A Daze", "..Stop!, Look!, and Laugh!", "...The Outlaws is Coming!", and "..Have Rocket Will Travel". The backs include scenes from the films, and a nice bio about each movie.

NOTE: Columbia's quality control missed the boat on this series as they made a major error on the credits by stating: "Starring: Moe Howard, Larry Fine and Curly Joe Howard". Gee, I never knew Curly Joe was also Moe's brother! Needless to say, the DeRita family was not pleased. There were rumors that these videos would be pulled from the shelves due to the error, but that has not been confirmed. Get yours now while they might still be available! Sure to be a true collectible.

The video market is literally FULL of videos containing the shorts "Brideless Groom", "Sing a Song of Six Pants", "Disorder in the Court", and "Malice in the Palace". These four shorts accidentally made it into the public domain due to the expiration of a copyright or some such thing, and as a result every corner video production company has released them on their label - one such series shown here. These four shorts are more plentiful on video then there are stars in the sky.

Also making several appearances on video has been the "Three Stooges New Color Cartoons". This series of animated Stooges with clips of live action video was produced by Normandy Productions in the 1960's for the Saturday morning cartoon crowd. They have been put onto several videos by several different production companies. 155 of the 156 cartoons were released from 1984-1087 by Embassy Home Entertainment.  The cartoons are a bit more difficult to collect as they are not currently shown in syndication, so recording them from off-air is not possible. So, these occasional videos are the only known means to get them.

The one feature film not produced by Columbia was "Snow White and the Three Stooges". This film was produced by CBS/FOX entertainment company. In 1985, Playhouse Video productions released this feature film onto the video market for all us Stooge fans to enjoy. The back of the video box contains scenes from the film, along with a nice short biography.

Many a Stooge video has been produced which goes beyond the short subject material into the deeper depths of their lives. These two videos, "The Lost Stooges", and "The Stoogephile Trivia Movie" provide glimpses of the rarest of rare Stooge footage. Lost Stooges, narrated by Leonard Maltin, takes you back to the early days of the Stooges with Ted Healy, along with their first appearance in Technicolor. The Stoogephile movie, hosted by Jeff Forrester, is based on the book "The Stoogephile Trivia Book", authored by the host. It's a nice biographical walk thru time from the early 30's, up to their Walk of Fame Star in Hollywood.

A couple other biography-based videos that provide a nice view of the lives of the Stooges include these two - "The Three Stooges 60th Anniversary Special", and "The Making of The Stooges". Each chronicles the lives and times of the Stooges from their early vaudeville days, up through their short subjects with Columbia, and finally their feature films. They also include some rare footage material to make the chronological trip a bit more fun.

For four decades, the Three Stooges ran amuck in a riotous frenzy of eye-poking, ear-slapping, kicks, jabs, punches and frying pans to the cranium. Now BIOGRAPHY offers fans of the Moronic Maestros a chance to relive the Golden Age of Stoogery. Through rare recordings, exclusive interviews and out-takes of behind-the-scenes antics, The Three Stooges tells the pure, uncensored Stooge story - from the early Shemp shuffles to the shaving of Curly's head to the final days of Curly Joe, "the Forgotten Stooge". Whether you're fascinated by the unrestrained id, or just enjoy the good, clean humor of pliers applied to the nose, you'll find something to love in the in-depth look at America's most beloved madcaps! Available from The A&E Store.

This is a newly discovered 1995 video. It is titled "The Three Stooges - Jerks of All Trades", and is availalbe from GoodTimes Home Video (I got it at WalMart). The back cover reads:

With their signature brand of zany, slapstick humor, the legendary Three Stooges have made audiences laugh for over half century. Now GoodTimes is proud to present a lost classic from The Stooges early years. This newly-discovered 1949 kinescope pilot is a real treasure chest of Stooges gems, featuring hilarious footage of The Stooges as bumbling painters and paperhangers about to do a complete "wreck-over" of a hapless copules' home. Filmed live before a studio audience, then lost for decades, this riotous video is a definite "must" for collectors - or any Three Stooges Fan!


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