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The Ted Healy years (1930-1934)

Before becoming "The Three Stooges," the trio was part of a Vaudeville act with entertainer Ted Healy. Healy and the Stooges starred in a feature film for Fox and five shorts for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.

Shemp left the Stooges after Soup to Nuts and was replaced by Jerome "Curly" Howard.

The Curly years (1934-47)

The Stooges parted ways with Ted Healy and became their own act. This was the time they started officially going as "The Three Stooges."
  1. Woman Haters
  2. Punch Drunks
  3. Men in Black
  4. Three Little Pigskins
  5. Horses' Collars
  6. Restless Knights
  7. Pop Goes the Easel
  8. Uncivil Warriors
  9. Pardon My Scotch
  10. Hoi Polloi
  11. Three Little Beers
  12. Ants in the Pantry
  13. Movie Maniacs
  14. Half-Shot Shooters
  15. Disorder in the Court
  16. A Pain in the Pullman
  17. False Alarms
  18. Whoops, I'm an Indian!
  19. Slippery Silks
  20. Grips, Grunts, and Groans
  21. Dizzy Doctors
  22. 3 Dumb Clucks
  23. Back to the Woods
  24. Goofs and Saddles
  25. Cash and Carry
  26. Playing the Ponies
  27. The Sitter Downers
  28. Termites of 1938
  29. Wee Wee Monsieur
  30. Tassels in the Air
  31. Healthy, Wealthy, and Dumb
  32. Violent is the Word for Curly
  33. Three Missing Links
  34. Mutts to You
  35. Flat Foot Stooges
  36. Three Little Sew and Sews
  37. We Want Our Mummy
  38. A Ducking They Did Go
  39. Yes, We Have No Bonanza
  40. Saved by the Belle
  41. Calling All Curs
  42. Oily to Bed, Oily to Rise
  43. Three Sappy People
  44. You Nazty Spy!
  45. Rockin' Thru the Rockies
  46. A Plumbing We Will Go
  47. Nutty But Nice
  48. How High Is Up?
  49. From Nurse to Worse
  50. No Census, No Feeling
  51. Cookoo Cavaliers
  52. Boobs in Arms
  53. So Long Mr. Chumps
  54. Dutiful But Dumb
  55. All the World's a Stooge
  56. I'll Never Heil Again
  57. An Ache in Every Stake
  58. In the Sweet Pie and Pie
  59. Some More of Samoa
  60. Loco Boy Makes Good
  61. Cactus Makes Perfect
  62. What's the Matador?
  63. Matri-Phony
  64. Three Smart Saps
  65. Even as IOU
  66. Sock-a-Bye Baby
  67. They Stooge to Conga
  68. Dizzy Detectives
  69. Spook Louder
  70. Back from the Front
  71. Three Little Twerps
  72. Higher Than a Kite
  73. I Can Hardly Wait
  74. Dizzy Pilots
  75. Phony Express
  76. A Gem of a Jam
  77. Crash Goes the Hash
  78. Busy Buddies
  79. The Yoke's on Me
  80. Idle Roomers
  81. Gents Without Cents
  82. No Dough Boys
  83. Three Pests in a Mess
  84. Booby Dupes
  85. Idiots Deluxe
After Curly's first series of mild strokes, his subsequent performances (including the feature film
Swing Parade of 1946) were generally marred by slurred speech and slower timing, which new director Edward Bernds had to work around. Columbia Pictures president Harry Cohn, after hearing that Curly's absence had temporarily halted production on the shorts, possibly in January 1946, prohibited him from taking any more time off. This... didn't end well, though some people speculated that this likely didn’t happen.
  1. If a Body Meets a Body
  2. Micro-Phonies
  3. Beer Barrel Polecats
  4. A Bird in the Head
  5. Uncivil War Birds
  6. The Three Troubledoers
  7. Monkey Businessmen
  8. Three Loan Wolves
  9. G.I. Wanna Home
  10. Rhythm and Weep
  11. Three Little Pirates
  12. Half-Wits Holiday

The Shemp years (1947-56)

During the Filming of "Half-Wits Holiday" Curly suffered a stroke that forced him to retire from performing with the Stooges. Shemp returned to the act to act as a temporary replacement, but once it was realized that Curly wasn't going to recover, Shemp permanently rejoined the Stooges. Curly made one last appearance in a cameo in "Hold That Lion!"
  1. Fright Night
  2. Out West
  3. Hold That Lion!
  4. Brideless Groom
  5. Sing a Song of Six Pants
  6. All Gummed Up
  7. Shivering Sherlocks
  8. Pardon My Clutch
  9. Squareheads of the Round Table
  10. Fiddlers Three
  11. The Hot Scots
  12. Heavenly Daze
  13. I'm a Monkey's Uncle
  14. Mummy's Dummies
  15. Crime on Their Hands
  16. The Ghost Talks
  17. Who Done It?
  18. Hokus Pokus
  19. Fuelin' Around
  20. Malice in the Palace
  21. Vagabond Loafers
  22. Jerks of All Trades
  23. Dunked in the Deep
  24. Punchy Cowpunchers
  25. Hugs and Mugs
  26. Dopey Dicks
  27. Love at First Bite
  28. Self-Made Maids
  29. Three Hams on Rye
  30. Studio Stoops
  31. Slaphappy Sleuths
  32. A Snitch in Time
  33. Three Arabian Nuts
  34. Baby Sitters Jitters
  35. Don't Throw That Knife
  36. Scrambled Brains
  37. Merry Mavericks
  38. The Tooth Will Out
  39. Hula-La-La
  40. Pest Man Wins
  41. A Missed Fortune
  42. Listen, Judge
  43. Corny Casanovas
  44. He Cooked His Goose
  45. Gents in a Jam
  46. Three Dark Horses
  47. Cuckoo on a Choo Choo
  48. Up in Daisy's Penthouse
  49. Booty and the Beast
  50. Loose Loot
  51. Tricky Dicks
  52. Spooks!
  53. Pardon My Backfire
  54. Rip, Sew and Stitch
  55. Bubble Trouble
  56. Goof on the Roof
  57. Income Tax Sappy
  58. Musty Musketeers
  59. Pals and Gals
  60. Knutzy Knights
  61. Shot in the Frontier
  62. Scotched in Scotland
  63. Fling in the Ring
  64. Of Cash and Hash
  65. Gypped in the Penthouse
  66. Bedlam in Paradise
  67. Stone Age Romeos
  68. Wham-Bam-Slam!
  69. Hot Ice
  70. Blunder Boys
  71. Husbands Beware
  72. Creeps
  73. Flagpole Jitters
  74. For Crimin' Out Loud

Following Shemp's death and the shorts which had been produced before then, subsequent shorts were remakes of Shemp-era shorts and mostly contained recycled footage; any new footage had supporting actor Joe Palma as Shemp, almost always from the back.

  1. Rumpus in the Harem
  2. Hot Stuff
  3. Scheming Schemers
  4. Commotion on the Ocean

The Joe years (1957-59)

After Shemp's death, Joe Besser was recruited as the new third Stooge. He remained with the Stooges until Columbia finally let their contract expire.
  1. Hoofs and Goofs
  2. Muscle Up a Little Closer
  3. A Merry Mix Up
  4. Space Ship Sappy
  5. Guns a Poppin!
  6. Horsing Around
  7. Rusty Romeos
  8. Outer Space Jitters
  9. Quiz Whizz
  10. Fifi Blows Her Top
  11. Pies and Guys
  12. Sweet and Hot
  13. Flying Saucer Daffy
  14. Oil's Well That Ends Well
  15. Triple Crossed
  16. Sappy Bull Fighters


The Curly-Joe years (1959-70)

"Curly Joe" DeRita was the last "third stooge", and made a number of feature-length films with Larry and Moe. This was the last incarnation of the Three Stooges before Larry Fine's stroke and Moe Howard's lung cancer diagnosis put an end to the act for good.

Supporting roles and cameos (1933-1968)

  • Turn Back the Clock
  • Broadway to Hollywood (Neither Larry nor Ted Healy appear)
  • Meet the Baron (with Ted Healy)
  • Dancing Lady
  • Myrt and Marge
  • Fugitive Lovers
  • Jailbirds of Paradise
  • Hollywood Party (with Ted Healy)
  • The Captain Hates the Sea
  • Start Cheering
  • Time Out for Rhythm
  • My Sister Eileen (1942 film version)
  • Rockin' in the Rockies (1945 hour-long film starring the Three Stooges, not to be confused with their 1940 short subject of the same name)
  • Swing Parade of 1946
  • Gold Raiders (with Shemp Howard)
  • Stop! Look! and Laugh!
  • It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (with Curly Joe DeRita)
  • 4 for Texas (with Curly Joe DeRita)
  • Star Spangled Salesman (with Curly Joe DeRita)


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