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One Fine Stooge: Larry Fine's Frizzy Life In Pictures Hardcover – March 15, 2006


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Cumberland House Publishing (March 15, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581823630
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581823639
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 8.3 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #868,040 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Certain to intrigue and delight any Stoogephile...a surprising and engaging volume. Remarkable." -- Leonard Maltin, www.leonardmaltin.com, April 2006

"Perhaps the definitive book on any of the Stooges' lives...the perfect book on the trio...most passionate recommendation." -- Roguecinema.com April, 2006

Definitive in its scope and scrupulous in detail... -- Reader Views, August 2006

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The Three Stooges defied nearly every law of show business there was. In a career that spanned forty years, they made more than two hundred films, entertained generations of fans, and ultimately became an integral part of American popular culture. "One Fine Stooge," the poignant life story of Larry Fine offers a behind the scenes look at these manic high prests of low comedy.

Discovered and dusted off thirty years after Larry Fine's death, his personal notes, clippings, interviews, and career memorabilia provide a portrait of his life and the lives of the other Stooges. The result is an unparalleled visual history of the most prolific comedy trio in entertainment annals.


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I sincerely thank the authors for such devotion to the boys.
J. Iio
The book features excellent research by the authors, it beautifully illustrated with many never before published photos and interviews.
Frank Cali
One of the best books out there for Stooges fans and Larry Fine fans in particular.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Emil Sitka Fan on April 4, 2006
Format: Hardcover
From ROGUECINEMA.COM

"Back in the early 1970s, Larry Fine was the first stooge to come out with a biography. Some interesting photos were placed in a text that was rife with errors, both grammatical and historical. Few copies sold, it quietly left the market, and is now a bizarre and costly collector's item. Larry remained very unhappy with the project, and until his death in 1975, would gather material for a proposed new autobiography.

Film and television historian Steve Cox gained access to this material thru co-author Jim Terry, and for the past several years they worked to produce perhaps the definitive book on any of the Stooges' lives.

One Fine Stooge is indeed mostly about the quietly endearing man in the middle, but it includes a wealth of information about the Stooges and their careers on stage, in films, and on television not found in other biographies, including Moe Howard's 1977 autobiography, the rather ghastly biography of Curly published in the 1980s (which has a Foreword by Michael Jackson -- a real portent for the bizarre psycho babble that fills the rest of the text), and Joe Besser's thoughtful autobiography from that same period. This latest look at the Stooges is, quite frankly, the best biographical piece on them yet.

Rare photos (including a couple of interesting color shots from the Shemp years), are now placed in a text that is enlightening, informative, and revealing. Even the staunchest stoogephiles will be pleased with such information as the fact that Shemp actually went on stage in place of Curly for many dates as early as 1945 before officially replacing him in 1946, or that two of the most reviled Stooges comedies (Cuckoo on a Choo Choo and Sweet and Hot) were among Larry's favorites.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By MARKEV on November 21, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Do you know alot about the Stooges? Strike that. NOW, you do know alot about the Stooges once you pick up this book. Find out things that you never knew about Larry and the other Stooges. Jam packed with info, stories, memories and pictures that you will find in here are just INCREDIBLE. Everything from all aspects of their career, plus pages of excellect rare COLOR photos. Even if you are not a Stooge fan you will find this book a great read. Cox and Terry take you back for some wonderful memories as if you were a little fly upon the wall(ain't you got no clothes at all). There has not been a better Stooge book ever written as I see it. Moe Howard's book is a great book thru the eyes of Moe's memories but seeing the boys career thru Larry's percpective is quite refreshing, as he seemed like the most subdued of the Stooges and might not have much to say. You have got to read this book for the historical value of comedy teams and the lasting power that these boys have tested over time. Also the entertainment value of this book gives you a behind the scenes look at how they would operate. Thanks to the authors for the time and effort recreating Larry's life for us and to see a glimpse of comedic history in the making. I have waited for a book like this with these kind of photos forever. A must for your library, you WON'T be sorry.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Trent Reeve on December 4, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Here it is, the story of Larry Fine. These 241 pages provide a portrait of the life of Larry Fine as a member of the Three Stooges comedy team. They also provide much more then just a glimpse into Mr. Fine the family man. Research for the book included newspaper clippings, personal notes and letters as well as a huge library of photographs, mostly unpublished until now. This is the story Larry wanted to tell, the true story of his successful career including the ups and downs of his personal life and many mishaps while working for Columbia Pictures. After reading this book I felt like I had lived this life with Mr. Fine. Steve Cox and Jim Terry should feel proud of what they have unleashed to the world. This book covers all angles of what life was like as a member of the Three Stooges comedy team. Unlike the book Larry was not proud of "Stroke Of Luck" this book is a keeper, a real fantastic addition to my collection. Larry said he was going to write another book and I feel the authors have done it here for him, this is the book Larry would have been proud to promote and call his own. Roll over "Stroke Of Luck" you have been replaced, your now only worth the paper your printed on. I know fans of the Three Stooges and film fans in general will love this book. This has been one fine read for sure. Another fantastic book is "Larry, the Stooge in the Middle" written by Larry Fine's brother Moe Feinberg.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Drew Friedman on December 3, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Steve Cox's "One Fine Stooge" is not only the "finest" biography of Larry, (the thinking man's Stooge), ever, it is also the best Three Stooges book ever! Cox presents a fascinating, affectionate history, and readers will get the privileged feeling they're perusing Larry Fine's personal scrapbook! A wonderful treat for all true Stooge fans, (you know who you are.). Bravo!

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Anyechka on September 27, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This book does an absolutely marvelous job at delving into the life of Larry Fine, finally going beyond old urban myths, stereotypes, and the general perception that he was just the Stooge in the middle, some guy who got lucky but who wasn't as accomplished or funny as his partners. His character truly comes to life in this book, starting in his childhood days in Philadelphia, going to his early days in vaudeville with his future wife Mabel and her sister Loretta, to his 25 years of making shorts at Columbia, to the unexpected revival and mass popularity the Stooges received in the late Fifties and through the Sixties (when unfortunately they had to seriously tone down their trademark violent antics to please the parents of the children they were being almost exclusively marketed to), and finally to Larry's final years in the Motion Picture Country Home and Hospital, after he'd had a stroke. Though some sections of the book do read like a standard bio of the Stooges, only with the emphasis on Larry, the majority of the book goes so much deeper.Read more ›
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