Inproducer Art Linson started planning to make the film, which would be his directorial debut, having already produced four films.
He was named Moe when he was younger and later called himself Harry.
He loved to read as his older brother Jack recalled: They started his imaginative mind working and gave him ideas by the dozen. I think they were instrumental in putting thoughts into his head to become a person of good character and to become successful. Howard's "bowl cut" hairstyle became his trademark, despite his mother initially refusing to cut his hair in childhood, letting it grow to shoulder length.
He secretly cut his hair in his backyard shed, after being frequently teased in school. During one Houdini bowl on the Mike Douglas show in the s, he stated, "I used to fight my way to school, in school, and back home from school.
He said, "I used to stand outside the theater knowing the truant officer was looking for me. I would stand there 'til someone came along, and then ask them to buy my ticket. It was necessary for an adult to accompany a juvenile into the theater.
When I succeeded I'd give him my ten cents—that's all it cost—and I'd go up to the top of the balcony where I'd put my chin on the rail and watch, spellbound, from the first Houdini bowl to the last.
I would usually select the actor I liked the most and follow his performance throughout the play. He took an electric shop course for his parents' wishes, but quit after a few months to pursue a career in show business.
Already inhe had met a young man named Ernest Lea Nash later known as Ted Healywho was later to provide a significant boost for his career aspirations. Inthey both held a summer job working in Annette Kellerman 's aquatic act as diving "girls".
Inhe joined Ted Healy in a vaudeville routine. InMoe saw Shemp in the audience during a theater performance and yelled at him from the stage. Shemp responded by heckling Moe, and the two brothers' amusing bickering during the performance resulted in Healy immediately hiring Shemp Howard as a permanent part of the act.
Moe retired in June after his marriage to Helen Schonberger and went into real estate with his mother. After the show ended in late November, Healy signed for the Shuberts' new revue A Night in Venice and recruited Moe Howard out of retirement to rejoin the act in December In rehearsals in earlyHoward, Larry Fine, and Shemp Howard came together for the first time as a trio.
Joining the RKO vaudeville circuit, they toured for almost two years, eventually dubbing themselves as "Three Lost Souls" and taking on Jack Walsh as their straight man.
On August 19,Shemp gave his notice having not seen eye-to-eye with the hard-drinking and sometimes belligerent Healy and decided to remain with Passing which closed in September after pan reviews of its first roadshow performances in Detroit and Cincinnati.
Shemp landed at Vitaphone Studios in Brooklyn in Maywhere he stayed for almost four years. On August 20, the day after Shemp's departure, Moe suggested adding his youngest brother Jerome "Babe" to Moe and Shemp to the act; contrary to some sources, no search for a replacement was conducted.
Healy originally passed on Jerry, but Jerry was so eager to join the act that he shaved off his luxuriant auburn mustache and hair and ran on stage during Healy's routine. That finally got Healy to hire Jerry, who took the stage name Curly. Early during appearances in Los Angeles, Healy and the Stooges were hired by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer as "nut" comics to liven up feature films and short subjects with their antics.
After Healy to [ edit ] After a number of appearances in MGM films, Healy was being groomed as a solo character comedian. With Healy pursuing his own career inhis Stooges now renamed the Three Stooges signed with Columbia Pictureswhere they stayed until Decembermaking comedy shorts.
Despite his outwardly rather cruel demeanor towards his pals, Moe was also very loyal and protective of the other Stooges on film, keeping them from harm, and should it befall them, doing whatever it took to save them.
He emphasized in his book that the ill-tempered aspects of his on-screen persona did not reflect his real personality.
He also boasted of being a shrewd businessman by wisely investing the money made from his film career, but the Stooges received no subsequent royalties i. Fine indicated that the profits from the tours substantially increased their yearly take.
Columbia released its first Three Stooges short, Woman Haterswhere their stooge characters were not quite fully formed. It was not a Stooge comedy in the classic sense, but rather a romantic farce; Columbia was then making a series of two-reel "Musical Novelties" with the dialogue spoken in rhyme, and the Stooges were recruited to support comedian Marjorie White.
Only after the Stooges became established as short-subject stars were the main titles changed to give the Stooges top billing. The version seen on TV and video today is this reissue print. Their next short, Men in Black alsoa parody of the contemporary hospital drama Men in Whitewas their first and only film to be nominated for an Academy Award with the classic catchphrases "Calling Dr.
Howard" followed by their reiterated unison declaration as young doctors, "For Duty and Humanity!!
They continued making short films at a steady pace of eight per year, such as Three Little Pigskins also with a young Lucille BallPop Goes the Easeland Hoi Polloi alsoin which two professors make a bet trying to turn the Three Stooges into gentlemen.
Moe's impersonation of Adolf Hitler highlighted these shorts, the first of which preceded Charlie Chaplin 's film satire The Great Dictator by months.
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