would like to give credit to Jeff Lenburg, Joan Howard Maurer, and
Greg Lenburg the Authors of "The
Three Stooges Scrapbook". Much of the information in this
Filmography was found in their book The Three Stooges Scrapbook. The
Three Stooges Scrapbook is an official, authorized book on the history
of the Three Stooges comedy team and on all aspects of their career.
I have it, and would highly suggest it to any serious Stooges fan.
I have watched the shorts over the years so many times that I have
many of them memorized by heart. Therefore, I chose to write my own
synopsis sections of each short, and rate each short with a rating
system like the 5-star system used in The Three Stooges Scrapbook.
Filmography section along with the Videography section should give
a pretty good idea of which shorts are good, as well as which ones
section is a small concoction of Video releases featuring the Stooges.
As you may or may not already know, not all Stooges short-films made
it to VHS or DVD. To put it bluntly, "Some of them just plain
stink!" So, Columbia, not being the new kid on the block realized
it wouldn't really be worth their time or effort to release those
particular shorts to the public. All of the Curly short-films were
released due to his mass popularity. There were 97 shorts that featured
Curly. As far as Shemp is concerned, most of the short-films featuring
"Bangs" were released, but the bad ones and the remakes
have yet to be released. And none of the Besser short films have been
released to VHS or DVD to date.
Although many of the
Shemp and Besser shorts have never (and may NEVER) see the light of
day on VHS or DVD, they have all been aired on television at one time
or another. If you're lucky enough to have recorded them yourself,
hang onto them! Many collectors and just hard-core Stooge junkies
are dying to get their hands on a copy of all 190 short films.