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  • Paperback: 600 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books (Sept. 27 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857682989
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857682987
  • Product Dimensions: 21.7 x 3.1 x 27.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #536,617 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Meticulous in detail and precise in facts, Professor Solomon produced a complete workfit for the kings of comedy." - Comedy III Productions, Inc

About the Author

Jon Solomon was born in Philadelphia, where he spent many hours watching the Three Stooges on television. He is currently the Robert D. Novak Professor of Western Civilization and Culture at the University of Illinois. 

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Edward J. Barczak on Jan. 18 2003
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I read this book every day, and pretty much know it by heart. Dr. Solomon's years of research have paid off handsomely, as he presents the most exhaustive and detailed reviews of the Stooges films ever written. Knowing the films as I do, I did find a few things missing and a few typos, but nevertheless this is an excellent book and highly recommended by this huge Stooge fan!!
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If you're looking for a comprehensive, somewhat scholarly examination of the entire body of film work by The Three Stooges in all their incarnations, including solo work, this is indispensable. if you're looking for an easy, light biography of the Stooges, then you may be disappointed. You will learn here a lot about them, about their professional career, about their changing skits and techniques, but you won't get much on their personal off-screen lives.

You'll also learn a lot about the careers of the many people who performed with them; who had cameo roles, who was a long-time support actor, whose career started in their shorts, about the writers, directors and producers. For film buffs, this is crucial material.

I keep my copy on the coffee table to browse through either as I watch episodes, or to select something I might not have seen. It's not the sort of book I feel I want to read cover-to-cover, although there are sections where I read through many consecutive pages..

The only complaint I have is minor: the formatting of some of the cast and production information is black text in a dark-grey box, making it difficult to read. A lighter tint of grey would have made it a lot easier. But otherwise it's a terrific resource.
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For years I've been looking for that perfect guide to Stoogedom. Did I find it? Well, kind of. Solomon's book does have its merits. It covers and analyzes ever single one of their films and cameos appearances (it is a filmography after all) in excessive detail. In some ways, that is also one of its faults, however. Much of the book's wopping size is taken up with Solomon's listing of their verbal and visual gags. A few succinct summaries or examples would've worked perfectly here - such as the first appearance of certain jokes and gags, etc. - but instead, he goes on for pages, listing much of the dialogue and which of their 190 shorts they'd previously appeared in. Unfortunately, this tendency towards "list writing" made for a very tedious read at times.
What was more effective was Solomon's "Perspective" and "Other Notes" sections where he offered up more analysis on Stooge themes and included some production details of the talent involved. But despite all Solomon's research, what his writing lacked however was a strong sense of the Stooges themselves and what went on behind the scenes. Many times I found myself frustrated when Solomon would start into a brief anecdote or personal detail and drop it very quickly. (The death of Curly during the Shemp's years comes to mind - mentioned in a couple of sentences. Or Joe Besser's decision to give up the group over his sick wife. Or a mention that Shemp had a stroke.) He also tends to refer the reader to other sources rather than including them (ie. read Moe's autobiography here to find out more about his feelings on Curly, etc.)
Admittedly, Solomon isn't writing a biography here. And doing both a filmography and biography would make for an even more massive tome!
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I recently purchased this book (along with Moe Howard's book) for Christmas. I loved both books. However, this one deals with all of the Stooges' comedy shorts for Columbia and all of their movies in the 1960's, and all of their other appearances. I also own the Stooges' Collection (all of their 190 shorts in one box set) and this book mentions all of them. Which is great because as soon as I am watching one of the shorts, I can read all it as well. Great companion piece. This book has a lot of knowledge on the Stooges, I highly recommend it, Stooges' fans. You won't be disappointed.
Thank you Amazon for the quick delivery and great price.
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