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The Complete Three Stooges Paperback – Sep 27 2011


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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: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #566,398 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
Format: Paperback
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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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 found this book to be quite enjoyable. A lot of work has gone into this. There are a few mistakes, but I'm sure these can and will be corrected, in a 2nd printing. If your a Stooge fan, this book is a must. The only real complaint I have, (reason why I didn't give five stars) is that the pages are SO paper thin, you have to be careful with the book, to prevent a page from tearing. I would rather have paid $60 for a hardback copy, with top quality paper. I hope this will be considered if another edition is printed. You will enjoy this book almost GUARANTEED, but I wanted to forewarn you about the paper being telephone book style.
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