I've discussed the history of The Three Stooges here already in the blog here, so the importance of Healy and his role of bringing Moe, Larry, Shemp and Curly to the stage and then screen has been stated.
But Healy was a really funny guy in his own right. More than just a footnote in Stooge history.
Above: From the film "Soup to Nuts" (1930), Ted Healy (standing) with (left to right) Moe, Shemp, Larry and a fourth-almost-stooge Fred Sanborn.
Left to right: Moe, Larry, Ted and Curly.
Here's a great clip of Ted, Moe, Larry and Curly from the Clark Gable-Joan Crawford MGM musical "Dancing Lady". Great interaction between the 3 boys and their boss.
Thanks for bringing our favorite boys to the screen Ted. Sorry you had to leave so soon.