- Series: Faq Series
- Paperback: 394 pages
- Publisher: Applause Theatre & Cinema Books (September 1, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1557837880
- ISBN-13: 978-1557837882
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 34 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #851,187 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Three Stooges FAQ: Everything Left to Know About the Eye-Poking, Face-Slapping, Head-Thumping Geniuses (Faq Series) Paperback – September 1, 2011
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About the Author
David J. Hogan has written about film since 1973. He has contributed essays to numerous multiauthor books and is a prolific magazine reviewer. A onetime entertainment journalist formerly based in L.A., Hogan has worked on the editorial side of Chicago book publishing for more than 25 years, conceiving, editing, and co-writing books on history, aviation, vintage cars, popular music, the military, politics, television, and yes, movies. He lives with his family in Arlington Heights, Illinois.
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Years ago, when Columbia - or would it properly be Sony Home Video? - first put THE THREE STOOGES shorts on VHS - and then, DVD - the shorts were often grouped into categories - often with mixed results. Now, had some executive come up with the idea to hire movie historian like Leonard Maltin to put these groups of shorts into some kind of historical perspective and discuss how and why they were made, the collections might have been praised more highly by fans of Curly, Larry, Moe, etc. Fortunately, writer Dave Hogan has added the perfect supplement to the now complete collection of THREE STOOGES shorts on DVD - the THREE STOOGES FAQ book that is loaded with rare photos and information that you just won't find anywhere else!
Whenever possible, Mr. Hogan notes shooting schedules or any behind-the-scenes information on each STOOGES short and - most importantly - gives some terrific analysis on what probably influenced the storyline: The Great Depression, World War II, the "Cold War," TV shows like DRAGNET or a film like HIGH NOON, etc. Not just a vague general "blanket statement" on the era, but a detailed - yet concise - explanation of where much of the sometimes "dated" humor comes from.
Just as important, Hogan is a level-headed fan of the THREE STOOGES as well. Rather than praise the shorts with Curly and dismiss the rest, the author points out the strengths and weaknesses of the THREE STOOGES in a objective - but also hugely entertaining manner. Mr. Hogan certainly has an eye for the shapely, sexy actresses that often graced a STOOGES short and gives these lesser-known actresses the acclaim they deserve - but here too, Hogan is objective with his praise. Ditto for some of the supporting players who gave so much support to the STOOGES day in and day out - which all helps to explain why the films are still popular many decades after they were made.
For the THREE STOOGES fan who thinks he (or maybe, she) has everything good ever written about them - you will be quite surprised at the things you probably did not know. For the STOOGES fan who is just starting out, this book is also a great way to "introduce" one to the famed comedy team. Talk about getting "a good bang for your buck"! This 400 page book is just loaded with great information, high quality photo reproductions of rare movie stills, lobby cards and posters! With Amazon.com's discount, it's a steal! So, run out and BUY this book! You won't be disappointed!
There are several minor errors, concerning character names or scene details, that make this a less-than-perfect book. Having said that, I found it to be a very enjoyable read, well-written, very interesting, and educational even for a Stooges fanatic (which I am, and which is why I spotted the sorts of errors that a casual reader probably wouldn't.)
I believe I've read every book there is to read, concerning the Stooges, and I've seen every one of the shorts a minimum of fifteen or twenty times each, with some having probably reached triple figures by now. I consider my knowledge of the Stooges, and their films, at least equal to anyone outside of the actual performers, crew, or family members, but this book gave me facts and details that I never knew before, a very rare feat at this late stage of my Stooge-filled life. For that alone, I'd rank this among the top three or four books ever written concerning The Boys. "Moe Howard & The Three Stooges" and "The Three Stooges Scrapbook" are musts, but I might put this one next in line for the true hardcore fan. That's how much I enjoyed it, despite the (as I said, small) errors.
Good job, Mr. Hogan. I consider my purchase of this book to have been money well spent.