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The Three Stooges Scrapbook

The Three Stooges Scrapbook
GenreSitcom
Comedy
Based onThe Three Stooges
Written byElwood Ullman
Norman Maurer
Directed bySidney Miller
Norman Maurer
StarringMoe Howard
Larry Fine
Joe DeRita
Emil Sitka
Marjorie Eaton
Edward Innes
Albert Grazier
Narrated byDon Lamond
Theme music composerGeorge Duning
Stanley Styne
Opening theme"I Want to Be a Stooge"
Ending theme"I Want to Be a Stooge"
ComposerPaul Dunlap
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of episodes3
Production
ProducerNorman Maurer
EditorChuck Gladden
Running time25 minutes
Production companiesNormandy Productions, Inc.
Original release
ReleaseUnaired (Unaired)

The Three Stooges Scrapbook is an unaired 1960 television miniseries starring The Three Stooges (Moe Howard, Larry Fine and Curly-Joe DeRita). In the opening title and Hollywood trade ads, the show's title is spelled without "The," including a promotional photograph of the Stooges holding an oversized scrapbook. The first episode featured the slapstick trio getting evicted from a rooming house for cooking in their apartment, looking for a new place to live, finding refuge in the home of a mad inventor (played by Emil Sitka). The second episode featured the trio as they presenting an animated short called The Spain Mutiny that imagines the funnymen as part of Christopher Columbus’ crew.[1] The third and final episode called Kook's Tour serves as the series finale and the last appearance of The Three Stooges, it features the trio as they're retiring and heading to the parks and lakes of Idaho and Wyoming for some fishing and camping. Before the final episode was completed, Larry suffered a severe stroke, paralyzing the left side of his body. When it became clear that Fine was not expected to recover fully from the stroke, thus leads to the cancellation of the series and the third episode was shelved.

The Three Stooges Scrapbook (first 2 episodes) was filmed in color and produced by Norman Maurer (Moe Howard’s son-in-law), who hoped to establish a weekly program for children’s television.[2] When no network wanted to pursue the project as a series, Maurer divided the pilot into two short films that were released to theaters in 1963. Maurer also reprinted the live action scenes in black-and-white and incorporated them into the 1962 feature film The Three Stooges in Orbit.[1]

To date, the first and second episodes were never been released on home media. However, the third episode was released initially through the home movie market and later on VHS and DVD.

Bradley Server, the youngest grandson of Curly Howard, had a 35 mm print transferred of the second episode, and restored in 2024. It is available on YouTube.[3]

Episodes

Episode title Directed by Written by Airdate
1"Pilot"Sidney MillerElwood UllmanUnaired (Unaired)
2"The Spain Mutiny"Sidney MillerElwood UllmanUnaired (Unaired)
3"Kook's Tour"Norman MaurerNorman MaurerUnaired (Unaired)

Cast

Credits

  • Director: Sidney Miller, Norman Maurer
  • Writer: Elwood Ullman, Norman Maurer
  • Producer: Norman Maurer
  • Starring: Larry Fine, Moe Howard, Joe DeRita
  • Featuring: Emil Sitka, Marjorie Eaton, Don Lamond, Edward Innes, Albert Grazier
  • Music Composer and Conductor: Paul Dunlap
  • Title Song: George Dunning (music) and Stanley Styne (lyrics)
  • Vocals: The Eligibles
  • Director of Photography: Hal McAlpin, James T. Flocker
  • Film Editor: Chuck Gladden, Pat Somerset
  • Assistant Director: Harry Slott
  • Associate Producer: Pat Somerset
  • Chief Electrician: Robert Petzoldt
  • Sound Recorder: Leon Leon
  • Property Master: Chick Chicetti
  • Set Decorator: Frank Lombardo
  • Script Supervisor: Joe Franklin, Lois Golemun
  • Makeup: Ted Coodley
  • Costumer: Jack Angel
  • Grip: Tex Hayes
  • Laboratory: Consolidated Film Industries
  • Sound: Glen Glenn, Audio Effects
  • Costume Designer: Sascha Brastoff
  • Production Assistant: David E. Jackson
  • Production Manager: Albert Moore
  • Second Cameraman: Michael Maurer
  • Props: Albert Anthony
  • Wardrobe: Joan Howard

Book

The Three Stooges Scrapbook is also the title of a 1982 book written by Stooge experts Jeff and Greg Lenburg and Joan Howard Maurer (Moe Howard's daughter and Norman Maurer's wife).[4]

See also

  • Kook's Tour - another unbroadcast Three Stooges pilot from 1970 that was released initially through the home movie market and later on VHS and DVD.

References

  1. ^ a b "The Three Stooges Scrapbook". The Three Stooges Online Filmography. Retrieved 2009-05-03.
  2. ^ Jeff Lenburg, Joan Howard Maurer and Greg Lenburg (1994). The Three Stooges Scrapbook. Citadel Press. p. 267. ISBN 0-8065-0946-5.
  3. ^ Curly's Grandson, "RARE Color THREE STOOGES SCRAPBOOK - Restored and Remastered", YouTube, May 24, 2024.
  4. ^ Nathan Cobb (September 26, 1986). "The 3 Stooges: More Than You Wanted to Know About Larry, Moe, Shemp and the Curlys". Boston Globe. Retrieved 2009-05-03.

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