The Complete Three Stooges Paperback – Sep 27 2011
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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!Read more ›
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Most recent customer reviews
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. Read morePublished on Nov. 16 2003 by Hedley Lamarr
College professor Jon Solomon has just rehashed all the same old information in already existing Stooge books to create this new "Stooges Companion. Read morePublished on July 16 2003