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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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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.Read more ›
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.
Rather than go 2-reeler by 2-reeler chronologically, Hogan carves the massive pile up into themes: "The Stooges At Home," "The Stooges Abroad," "The Stooges and the Fantastical," and "The Stooges at War" are sample chapter titles. Within each chapter, we go chronologically, which has a weird "Groundhog Day" effect of perpetually heading toward Curly's eventual stroke and Shemp's eventual premature death, over and over. We learn a lot about Stooge regulars like Vernon Dent, and the many pretty ladies that acted opposite the galoots. Hogan's knowledge of the old Hollywood studio system is astounding, and a book like this can get you a toehold not only in the Stooges history, but also the history of movie production.Read more ›
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This is possibly THE BEST and most thorough resource out there for fans, outside of spending your summer vacation at The Stoogeum. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Craig A. Buxton
There are some inaccuracies scattered throughout it but it offers an interesting insight on each short that more than makes up for its flaws.Published 3 months ago by Stacey LeBlanc
A great and comprehensive encyclopedia! Completists and Stoogophiles are still suffering from emptiness without this tome!Published 9 months ago by Acoma482
Usually if the Stooges are written about, it's either to dismiss them as beneath consideration or a sanitized "official" version. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Rob G.
Endless rehashing of plots pads the book. Nothing new here, but I suppose it is hard to find something new to say about the Stooges. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Jerry Bush