“Malo periculosam, libertatem quam quietam servitutem.”
That's a great picture of them. I bet they felt over-constrained within their vaudeville, like other comedians have, historically (Jackie Gleason, Tom Hanks, Bill Murray, to name a few). And I don't doubt that it's possible they could have turned their long experience with being in the cheap, gritty side of short film production into credible dramatic roles, if given the chance. That would have been interesting! You can see it in their faces here.
nobody was funnier than these three guys. this picture looks like they just found out who stole their shipment of bootleg booze and decided to off the thieves.
Moe is The Godfather
great photo of the trio..it would have been very interesting to have known them in real life..
The fat one always stole the show. They were great. Just saw a few mins of them on TV a couple nights ago.
The 'fat one'? That is Curly I'll have you know. How you could even forget that is beyond understanding. Your man card seems suspicious.
CW: Can you can dig up a similar photo of the Marx brothers.
Masters of their craft, I have a life long love affair with these three, and I am 63.
as well and close to you in age
It is interesting that Curly and Larry both died of strokes (brain bleeds) at rather early ages and Moe lived into his 70's. You have to wonder if the constant slapping and bonking of heads of these two by Moe had anything to do with it.
That, and untreated high blood pressure probably - they had no drugs for it in those days, plus I think Curly was a binge drinker.The Stooges are kind of a sad story. They were vaudevillians at heart and really didn't learn very much about the film business. They were very popular in their day, but they had no idea of the scale of their popularity. They must have had a poor agent - their handlers at Columbia did a good job of keeping them in the dark, and as a consequence they never really exercised the contractual leverage they had, but didn't know they had. They had modest, middle class lives and no sense of stardom. Too bad.
On the other hand, "it's a living." A lot of acts never got into the big time, stayed on the Vaudeville circuit until the places closed, and there they were, old, broke, and no place to find work.