STOOGES AMONG US (paperback)
In this paparazzi-inundated world, it's hard to imagine that there was a time when genuine movie stars were accessible to members of the public. That was certainly the case in the 1970s with surviving members of the Three Stooges comedy team. Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Curly-Joe DeRita and Joe Besser routinely corresponded with their young admirers, invited them into their homes, and forged genuine friendships.
Stooges Among Us is a record of these unique relationships told in the words of the fans themselves. Also sharing their insights are Stooges' family members, colleagues and close personal friends. Leonard Maltin, the renowned film critic and historian, provides the foreword to this often candid, always affectionate tribute.
Here you will gain a back-stage pass to vaudeville theatres, movie sets, television studios and even a high school auditorium which featured performances by "The Boys." You will be there for touching, personal moments, as well as hilarious antics in which life mirrors the on-screen Stooge personas. Containing never-before published photographs and interviews with the Stooges, this is an unexpected treasure that will be read and re-read by classic comedy fans of all ages.
"This essential collection of essays by disparate Stoogephiles who fondly recall their close encounters of the Stooge kind with then-aged comics Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Joe Besser and Joe DeRita not only presents a vivid picture of these icons (especially Moe and Larry) in their final years but forms a fascinating Rashomon-like mosaic of alternately complementary and conflicting impressions. Stooge fans and students of human nature will not want to miss."
Author interview: Hey, Moe! Lon's talkin' about the book!