Larry Fine (October 5, 1902 – January 24, 1975) was an American comedian and actor, who is best-known as a member of the comedy act The Three Stooges.
Larry was born Louis Feinberg to a Jewish family in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, at the corner of 3rd and South Streets. His father, Joseph Feinberg, and mother, Fanny Lieberman, owned a watch repair and jewelry shop. The building there is now a restaurant, and it houses a small Stooge museum. When Larry was a child, he burned his arm with some of his father's acid, which was used to test whether or not gold was real, mistaking it for a cool drink (The child had the bottle to his lips when the father noticed. In a panic, the father slapped the bottle from Larry's hand, splashing the child's forearm with acid). He received violin training to help strengthen his damaged muscles. This talent would be observed in many of the Stooges' films; in fact, when all three are seen playing fiddles onscreen, only Larry is actually playing his...
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Snow White and The Three Stooges (1961) was the second feature film to star the Three Stooges after their 1959 resurgence in popularity. By this time, the trio consisted of Moe Howard, Larry Fine, and Curly Joe DeRita. Released by 20th Century Fox, Snow White and The Three Stooges was the trio's take on the classic fairy tale Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. The film was marketed with the tagline "Once Upon a Wonderful Time".Olympic gold medalist figure skater Carol Heiss starred as Snow White, who must flee her home after her stepmother wishes her to be dead. Seeking refuge in the cottage of the seven dwarfs, she accidentally meets the Stooges, who are house sitting for them while they are away.Snow White and The Three Stooges was the only 1960s Stooges feature filmed in color, as well as the only one not made by Columbia Pictures. It also became the least popular. Critics did not take kindly to the film, citing a lack of on-screen time for the trio. Even Moe Howard later commented...,
Brideless Groom is a 1947 Three Stooges short, produced by Hugh McCollum and directed by Edward Bernds. In the film, Shemp plays a music teacher who has just received an inheritance, but there is a catch: he must marry in 24 hours or he will not receive the money.
The basic plot of the film is not unique, having been used in (among others) Buster Keaton's 1925 comedy Seven Chances (remade in 1999 as The Bachelor starring Chris O'Donnell.)
The film features longtime Stooges supporting player Emil Sitka's best-remembered line "Hold hands, you lovebirds!" (The line is engraved on Sitka's headstone.)
In 1956, the plot and footage of Brideless Groom was recycled in the short Husbands Beware.
Brideless is one of four Stooge shorts that fell into the public domain after the copyright lapsed in the 1960s (the other three being Malice in the Palace, Sing a Song of Six Pants, and Disorder in the Court). As such, these four shorts frequently appear on cheaply produced video or DVD compilations....,
Hold That Lion! is a Three Stooges film that was made in 1947. It was their 100th short subject and their 3rd short with Shemp Howard.The Stooges' inheritance from their late Uncle Ambrose has been stolen by crooked investment broker Icabod Slipp (Kenneth MacDonald). The boys go over to Slipp's office to subpoena him, but he beats each of them up, rips up their subpoenas and then takes off on a train with the boys' inheritance. The Stooges then trail him to the train, and accidentally free a lion from the baggage car. Eventually, the boys capture Slipp and retrieve their inheritance money from him.Hold That Lion! is notable for a cameo appearance by former Stooge Curly Howard, younger brother of Shemp and Moe. He appears as a snoring passenger who the Stooges think is Ichabod Slipp, the man they are looking for. This was the only film that featured all three Howard brothers — Moe, Curly, and Shemp — in the same film. This also marks the first time Curly is shown on camera with a full...
Half-Wits Holiday is a short subject starring the Three Stooges. In the film, the Stooges are subjects of a "nature vs. nurture" wager between two psychologists -- one has bet the other that he can turn the boys into gentlemen through environment. (The same plot was used in an earlier Stooges film, 1935's Hoi Polloi.)
The film marked the final appearance of Curly Howard as an official member of the slapstick comedy team. During filming on May 6, 1946, Curly suffered a severe stroke and was rushed to a nearby hospital. Consequently, he was unable to appear in the final scenes of the film, which consisted of a pie fight. He was replaced thereafter as the third stooge by his (and Moe's) brother Shemp Howard (though Curly did recover sufficiently to make a gag cameo appearance in 1947's Hold That Lion!).
The film also marked the first appearance in a Stooges short of longtime supporting star Emil Sitka.
No Dough Boys is a 1944 Three Stooges short film in which the Stooges are mistaken for Japanese soldiers by Nazi Spies.The stooges are dressed as Japanese soldiers for a photo shoot; their boss tells them to go on a lunch break but they have to keep their costumes on to finish the photo shoot quickly. Meanwhile in the restaurant the stooges are about to go to, the manager reads a headline in the newspaper: JAP SUB BLOWN UP SHORE, U.S. COAST GUARD DEALS DEATHS BLOW, and 3 JAPANESE SOLDIERS ESCAPE: CITIZEN WARNED TO KEEP A SHARP LOOKOUT. When the Stooges arrive the manager thinks they are the Japanese and attacks the Stooges, but they manage to escape. When they escape into the alley, they accidental activite a hidden door. When they get inside they met a Nazi spy named Hugo who mistakes them for the three Japanese, Naki (Larry), Saki (Moe), and Waki (Curly), that escaped. Just as Hugo was about to introduce them to some ladies, Curly accidentally calls them dames which makes Hugo...,
I'll Never Heil Again was the only (semi-) sequel among the Three Stooges' shorts. The movie begins, unlike You Nazty Spy with Moe Hailstone (Moe Howard) firmly ensconced as the Hitler-like dictator of Moronica. Curly Howard plays Field Marshall Herring (a dig at Hermann Göring), who has so many medals, that he wears them on both the front and back of his coat. Larry Fine plays the unnamed Minister of Propaganda (a dig at Joseph Goebbels and to some extent also Foreign Minister Joachim von Ribbentrop). The movie plays fast and loose with continuity, as Hailstone and company were eaten by lions in the prequel, "You Nazty Spy!."
The movie follows much the same pattern as the first film. It opens at the estate of King Herman the 6 7/8s, the deposed king of Moronica. Ixnay, Amscray and Umpchay, the war profiteers from the first film (although Umpchay was called "Onay" there) have decided that they have had enough of the dictator they put in power, and want to help Herman retake the...,
You Nazty Spy! (1940) is an 18-minute short subject by the Three Stooges that satirized Nazi Germany. Shot in only seven days, it was the 44th Three Stooges comedy. It was followed in 1941 by the sequel I'll Never Heil Again.
You Nazty Spy! is significant because it satirized the Nazis and helped publicize the Nazi threat in a period when America was still neutral about World War II, and isolationist sentiment was prevalent among the public. During this period, isolationist senators such as Burton Wheeler and Gerald Nye objected to Hollywood films on grounds that they were anti-Nazi propaganda vehicles designed to mobilize the American public for war. According to the Internet Movie Database, You Nazty Spy! was the first Hollywood film to spoof Hitler. It was released nine months before the more famous Charlie Chaplin film The Great Dictator.
The film and its sequel are set in the fictional country of Moronica. Moe Howard's character Moe Hailstone represented Hitler, Larry Fine's...,
Cash and Carry is a 1937 Three Stooges short, their 25th for Columbia Pictures. Involving the Stooges as miners helping a crippled orphan get money for his leg surgery, this film is notable for showing an uncharacteristically sentimental side to the comedy team.
Writer Clyde Bruckman's story was later adapted for comedian Andy Clyde in his short films A Miner Affair (1945) and Two April Fools (1954).
The film opens with the Three Stooges, as prospectors, coming home to their shack in the city dump. Finding it inhabited by a young woman and her crippled younger brother, Jimmy, they decide to help raise the $500 needed for a leg operation for the boy. They immediately find a can full of money ("canned coin," as Curly calls it), which turns out to be the $62 the boy and his sister have already saved for the operation. Two con-men cheat the Stooges out of the $62 and their car for a map they claim will lead to a treasure. Following the map, the Stooges drill into the United States...,
Uncivil Warriors is a 1935 Three Stooges short, their 8th for Columbia Studios. Known as Operators 12, 14 and 15 during production, the film has the Stooges as Northern spies behind Southern lines during the American Civil War.
Set in the Civil War, the short begins with a Northern General assigning Larry Moe and Curly (as Operators 12, 14 and 15, respectively) to sneak behind enemy lines and obtain secrets. Disguising themselves as southern officers and taking the names Lieutenant Duck, Captain Dodge and Major Hyde they insinuate themselves into the mansion of southern officer, Colonel Butts.
During preparations for a dinner party at the mansion, Curly, more interested in the Colonel's daughter, Miss Judith Butts, manages to substitute a cake with a quilted potholder, resulting in a feather-coughing scene. The short concludes with an episode in which Larry and Curly disguise themselves as, respectively, Captain Dodge's father and wife. This leads to a controversial gag in which...,
Horses' Collars (1935) is the fifth of the 190 Columbia Pictures Three Stooges short films.Moe, Larry, and Curly are detectives in the Old West. They have been sent out to recover an IOU from Double Deal Decker (Fred Kohler), who plans to take possession of a ranch that is rightfully owned by Nell (Dorothy Kent). After an unsuccessful attempt at a saloon, the Stooges head to Deckers hideout.This is the first of several Stooge shorts set in the Old West.In this short, Curly has a violent reaction to the sight of a mouse. The only cure is for someone to feed Curly cheese. This is similar to the device used in Punch Drunks.The Stooges work for Hyden Zeke Detective Agency.Double Deal's Five D Delight is a saloon that boasts Dice, Dames, Dancing, Drinking, and Dunking.Double Deal Decker has supposedly killed 117 men.Nell calls to the Stooges by saying, "Gentlemen!" The Stooges look over their shoulders, wondering who she's addressing. This would be a recurring joke in later shorts.Moe...
Three Little Pigskins (1934) is the fourth of Columbia Pictures' 190 short subjects starring the comedy team of the Three Stooges.
This short also marked one of Lucille Ball's earliest appearances on film. This was before she dyed her hair red.
Starting out the short film as bums on the street asking pedestrians for money, the Stooges are soon mistaken for college football players known as "The Three Horsemen". They are immediately recruited by the local professional team, whose own star players had just been injured. Their first game turns into a fiasco, especially since neither Moe, Larry, nor Curly know anything about the sport. Realizing they have been swindled, the managers turn their revolvers on the Stooges, hitting them on the butt as they attempt to escape.
According to Moe Howard's autobiography, Moe Howard and the Three Stooges, this was the first time that the Stooges refused to do a stunt. In the film, during the game the boys are stopped by photographers to pose for...,
Punch Drunks is a 1934 Three Stooges short film, the second in Columbia Pictures' Stooges series.
It was written by The Three Stooges themselves (their only on-screen writing credits for the Columbia shorts) and directed by Lou Breslow.
In this short, Moe finds that Curly can be a boxing star when Larry plays "Pop Goes the Weasel" on the violin. When he hears the tune, Curly blacks out and goes crazy, hitting a lot of people, which is why Moe feels he would be such a good fighter. So the three join together and create a team. Curly succeeds as a fighter with several knockouts, leading to the world championship fight. But things go awry when, at the first round of the fight, the champion boxer hits Curly and falls to Larry out of the ring, breaking the violin in the process. He goes out and searches outside for anything playing "Pop Goes the Weasel," while poor Curly is being battered by the boxer.
Larry encounters a "cathedral" style radio playing the tune, brings it to the...,
Woman Haters (1934) is the first of Columbia Pictures' 190 short subjects starring the comedy team of the Three Stooges.The Stooges join the Woman Haters Club. They swear never to get romantically involved with a woman. That, of course, doesn't last very long. Larry finds a woman, Mary (Marjorie White), and falls in love. Moe and Curly talk him out of it, but Mary's father threatens Larry and makes him marry his daughter. Later, on a train ride, the confrontation escalates between the Stooges and Mary.Mary uses her feminine charm to woo both Curly and Moe in an attempt to make Larry jealous. Finally at the end of the film, Mary tells Moe and Curly the truth and pushes her way into bed with the trio, knocking Moe and Curly at the train window in the process. The film closes as the Stooges, now old men, finally reunite (at the now empty Woman Haters club house) sharing their hatred of women and old age.Bud Jamison: "Gentlemen, please, the meeting is called to order, and we need quiet,...,
Men in Black (1934) is the third Three Stooges short film in the Columbia Pictures series. It features the Stooges playing hapless med school graduates on their first day on the job at a hospital,and was the only Stooges short to be nominated for an Academy Award, being nominated for best Short Subject (Comedy).
Men in Black was created as a spoof on the Clark Gable and Myrna Loy movie Men in White, which was released the same year. In this short, the Stooges play med school graduates whose only credentials are that they had the highest temperatures in their class. They are hired as doctors at the "Los Arms Hospital" only because they have been in their senior class for too many years. The new graduates at the hospital are warned by the superintendent that three of them (the Stooges) are "not overly bright," but that their identities will be concealed as long as they promise to devote their lives to "the glorious cause of duty and humanity." The short consists of a series of skits in...,
Beer and Pretzels was the second short film starring Ted Healy and his Stooges, following Nertsery Rhymes. It was a musical comedy released by MGM in 1933.Ted Healy and his Stooges are entertainers. But because Healy is much more interested in women than he is in performing, they are thrown out of the Happy Hour Theatre. Unable to keep a job anywhere else, they are reduced to waiting tables at a high-class restaurant. This, of course, ends up being a disaster as the restaurant is thrown into chaos because of them. So, yet again, they are thrown back out on to the streets....
Nertsery Rhymes is the first short film starring Ted Healy and his Stooges. It was a musical comedy released by MGM in 1933. The original script was eight pages long.
The Stooges are children and Ted Healy is the father. Unable to sleep, the Stooges ask Healy to tell them a bedtime story. He proceeds to tell them of the "Ride of Paul Revere" as well as the "Old Woman who Lived in a Shoe". Briefly steering away from the slapstick, there are two musical interludes pertaining to the stories.
Larry Fine was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia County