“Oh, Wise Guy, Eh? Nyuk! Nyuk! Nyuk!”

It's that time of year again.  Very soon, the major studios and independent filmmakers will be releasing the movies they hope will lead to the Oscars.  Movies that are serious.  Movies that  challenge the mind and the heart.  But I’m not quite ready for those films.  I’m in the mood for a laugh.  A really good, long belly laugh.  The kind of laugh that can only be brought on by some classic old-fashioned slapstick.  And the kings of slapstick are The Three Stooges.

The storylines of the Three Stooges short films are pretty much the same.  The three friends are hired to do a certain job.  As they work, they make humongous mistakes, causing damage to any who come within pie-throwing distance.  The Stooges hit each other, break any number of nearby objects, and take pratfalls that would make the toughest stuntman wince.  And no matter how mad they get with each other and how the job goes and in spite of continual spills and whacks on the head, they’re still friends and have miraculously managed to avoid real harm to anyone.

There’s a mistaken belief that women don’t like the Stooges.  Of course we do!  (Okay, there may be some who don’t.)  But overall, I think the appeal of Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Curly Howard (as well as Stooges Shemp Howard, Joe Besser, and Curly Joe DeRita) is universal and timeless.  Not only are the original short films regularly broadcast on TV, there was a recent big screen version of the Three Stooges.  A modern-day take with the roles of Moe, Larry, and Curly played by actors Chris Diamantopoulos, Sean Hayes, and Will Sasso.

References to the Three Stooges are a part of our lives, in movies, TV, and even music.  Books are written about the actors who portrayed the original characters and the classic films they gave us.   But there’s nothing like watching the movies themselves.  Check out some of the titles we have available and have a good laugh.

For a look at the history and influence of the Three Stooges, check out the book The Three Stooges: Amalgamated Morons to American Icons by Michael Fleming.