Thursday, October 1, 2009

In the Alchemy/Chemistry of Stooges...Ted Healy was the Catalyst

Ted Healy was born today in 1896. A leader of men, and a bringer-together of stooges!

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.

From their vaudeville days: Larry, Moe, Shemp and Ted.

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.

Great stuff.

Thanks for bringing our favorite boys to the screen Ted. Sorry you had to leave so soon.

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