Anybody watching who wants to be a Millionaire?

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Margaret Spielbauer

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Apr 3, 2001, 9:05:00 PM4/3/01
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Sorry for the lame question but I'm a stooge amateur. How many different
stooges where there over the years?


Robert Rothman

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Apr 3, 2001, 10:00:03 PM4/3/01
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Well, I suppose somebody's got to do it.

The conventional answer, of course, is six: Moe, Larry, Curly, Shemp, Joe
Besser, and Curly-Joe DeRita. Since the Stooges were anything but
conventional, however, consider the following:

1. Since Shemp had two terms as a Stooge (before and after Curly), one
could argue that he should be counted twice.

2. I believe that, after the boys left Ted Healy, he hired three other
stooges, so I guess you could count them as three more.

3. Supposedly, when Larry was dying, Moe was going to get the act back
together with Emil Sitka playing Larry's part, so I guess you could count
him as one more.

4. I remember reading that, when both Moe and Larry were near the end,
Moe gave Emil permission to do a Stooges act with two other guys, so that's
two more.

Perhaps one of our historical experts can correct me and/or fill in the
details, but I get a total of 13 Stooges! One can just imagine 13 Stooges
sitting around a table in a haunted mansion in Scotland--the parrot inside
the turkey gets up, walks around a bit, and starts talking. . . . [fill in
the rest]


RPR

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L.S. Coker

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Apr 3, 2001, 10:07:16 PM4/3/01
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SIX..and that's my final answer! Always in 3's...


Moe Howard
Larry Fine
Jerome "Curly" Howard
Shemp Howard
Joe Besser
"Curly" Joe de Rita
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Of course the Howards were brothers. And Emil Sitka almost became a Stooge
but Moe passed away beofre that happened. He is fondly thought of by many of
his fans as "The Fourth Stooge". Emil played on many of the 3 Stooges short
subjects.

Stephen

Garystooge

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Apr 4, 2001, 9:16:32 AM4/4/01
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RPR wrote:

>>Sorry for the lame question but I'm a stooge amateur. How many different
>>stooges where there over the years?

This is one of the most loaded questions in Stoogedom. If you are only
counting members of the group known as "The Three Stooges", most people would
agree on six members. However, a case could be made to include Emil Sitka(had a
signed deal to be one of the Stooges) or Joe Palma(played Shemp's role in 4
shorts).
If you are willing to include people who were part of the Stooges' act at one
time or another, things get more difficult. Below are a list of people who
could make a legitimate claim to being part of the Stooges' act. Whether they
should be considered "Stooges" is another story.

Pre-Columbia Era:
Ted Healy
Betty Healy
Lou Warren
Kenneth Lackey
Fred Sanborn
Jack Walsh
Bonnie Bonnell

Columbia Era:
Eddie Laughton(was a regular part of the Stooges live act 1938-42)
Emil Sitka
Joe Palma

Post-Columbia Era:
Mousie Garner & Frank Mitchell(appeared as members of "The New Three Stooges"
with Joe DeRita)

I'm sure I've missed a few who others. Does anyone else have potential Stooge
candidates?
Gary


Brent Seguine

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Apr 4, 2001, 6:27:39 PM4/4/01
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>Subject: Re: Anybody watching who wants to be a Millionaire?
>From: "Robert Rothman" robro...@worldnet.att.net

> 4. I remember reading that, when both Moe and Larry were near the end,

Moe gave Emil permission to do a Stooges act with two other guys....

Not Emil...
Moe gave his blessing to Joe DeRita to tour with Mousie Garner and Frank
Mitchell (Bill in "Goof on the Roof") as the New Three Stooges. The act
performed for several months in 1974, but ended when DeRita retired due to
health (failing eyesight and obesity).

Brent

planetx

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Apr 4, 2001, 10:52:56 PM4/4/01
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It COULD be argued (aside from "stunt doubles" counting as "3 Stooges") that
Joe Palma's 4 films (where he doubled for Shemp Howard) qualifies him as the
only legitimate "7th Stooge". This is a "grey" area for sure, but one would
have to very carefully pose the criteria for "Stooge" membership to disqualify
him. He does, after all have an on screen "speaking" role as Shemp. I guess
you could say there were two "Shemps" as there were two "Curlys". Then again,
I believe I'd have to stick with the accepted six count. I'd almost say Emil
qualifies as the second "Larry", at least there IS a picture of him in the
proposed role. Does anybody know what his character name was to be?

Ted

Markshark989

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Apr 6, 2001, 9:06:27 PM4/6/01
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>He does, after all have an on screen "speaking" role as Shemp. I guess
>you could say there were two "Shemps"

Shemp-Joe?

JHaskell

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Apr 12, 2001, 2:34:55 AM4/12/01
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I remember reading that Emil's character was to be called Harry. I'm sure
Saxon could confirm this (or not - I've been wrong before).

jhaskell

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Elmer Pintar

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Apr 15, 2001, 9:11:01 AM4/15/01
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Palma is not a seventh stooge for the following reasons

1) he was never billed.
2) there were many doubles for all the Stooges throughout their tenure
at Columbia. So, in effect, we would have "countless' stooges.
3) Palma probably did more work as a Shemp double in previous shorts
when Shemp was alive; which many of us still don't contemplate.

Elmer Pintar

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Jul 26, 2018, 2:44:06 PM7/26/18
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On Tuesday, April 3, 2001 at 9:05:00 PM UTC-4, Margaret Spielbauer wrote:
> Sorry for the lame question but I'm a stooge amateur. How many different
> stooges where there over the years?

SIX SIX SIX. Shemp was first replaced by Curly. Moe and Larry were original. Joe Besser then Curly Joe DeRIta. THAT IS SIX. It was on who wants to be a millionaire. CHOP THE #1 stooge with tats to prove it.
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