January 27, 2013

'Three Stooges' a coffee table book for the low-brow

McClatchy Newspapers

Here's forehead-smacking news for anyne who can't get enough of Moe, Curly and Larry: "The Three Stooges Hollywood Filming Locations" (Santa Monica Press, $39.95), by Jim Pauley.

It's an actual grown-up book, chock full of careful research and hundreds of black-and-white photos documenting almost every cinematic move the Stooges made from 1934 to 1958 -- suitable for your coffee table, as long as you're willing to put your low-brow taste right out there for the world to see.

Most of those Stooges shorts, of course, were shot in and around Hollywood, and the maps in back of this volume show exactly where. (There's also a great photo on page 277 of Larry with a literally smoking blond starlet, a then-unknown named Lucille Ball.)

There's a passage on the site that Pauley calls "the holy grail of Stooges locations" -- a long outdoor staircase in Silver Lake where the boys shot the ice-block delivery fiasco in "An Ache in Every Stake" (1941).


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