This is a tough question! I actually enjoy all six stooges; I even enjoy Ted Healy, for that matter. Most people will agree that Moe, Larry, Curly, and Shemp were the best. I can understand why almost everybody says this.
Unfortunately there are practically no fans for Joe or Curly-Joe. I find both to be totally underated and skilled comics. Though the Joe shorts are somewhat lame at times, it really isn't Joe's fault. It's mostly the writers' fault. You have to remember that when Joe joined the act, Columbia was turning out the shorts so cheaply to the point that they really didn't care about the quality. Also, I don't think Columbia really ever gave Moe and Larry enough time to develop an act with Joe Besser.
Curly-Joe was more of a stock comic. When he joined, Moe and Larry were somewhat past their prime, and they needed somebody who could work at their pace. Also, because of their aging, they weren't able to perform a lot of the physical comedy that they used to in be able to perform in the old days. The Curly-Joe years were more of an attempt to give the Stooges a re-birth; another reason why they had to tone down on their violence was because it seemed to have a bad effect on children. Anyway, Joe DeRita was a skilled comic who fit in well with the act, and he was great on ad-libs (you can find some if you watch his performance closely). At the same time, however, DeRita never really developed a personality for his comedy character, despite being a very outgoing and funny guy in real life.
I have all seven of the Stooges volumes that Sony has released so far, and have enjoyed all of them! I also plan on buying the future volumes.
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Post by littlerascal4891 on Jan 27, 2010 16:51:02 GMT -5
I'm not a huge stooges fan. It's not that I disslike them, I just haven't seen very many 3 Stooges films. But out of the ones I have seen, I like Larry the best. For some reason I don't like Moe at all.
I like Moe, Larry, Shemp, Curly, and Ted Healy. I can tolerate Joe Besser in small doses. Joe DeRita, though, I usually pass on.
I hope Sony releases a volume 9 of the Three Stooges DVD Collection, that would feature the 4 Columbia feature films the boys made with Curly, and the dozen or so Shemp solo Columbia shorts. I was hoping that material would be spread out over the series as bonus features, but no such luck.
Post by mickeygubitosifan on Jan 22, 2011 2:27:05 GMT -5
Favorite Stooge, huh? Well, I've watched the films since just about as far back as I can remember, and I've always had special affection for them. In Kindergarten, I remember frequently making references to the comic pranks played by the Stooges, assuming that the other kids would be well familiar with the classic comedy of the trio, but most of the time my classmates had little idea what I was talking about.
Curly would easily be my choice for favorite. He's a masterful physical comedian able to maneuver stunts with his body that most people simply can't match. In my eyes, he sets the gold standard for physical comedy.