Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Shemp Howard 125 -- March 11, 2020
Samuel Horwitz, better known as Shemp Howard, was born 125 years ago today, 11-March-1895.  He joined his brother Moses (Moe) and Ted Healy in a vaudeville which became known as Ted Healy and his Stooges.  In 1928, Larry Fine joined the act to make three stooges.  In 1932, Shemp left after a dispute with Healy.  Lots of people  had disputes with Healy.  Youngest Horwitz brother, Jerry, took his place and took the name Curly.
Shemp made many solo appearances in short comedies and later in features, like The Bank Dick with WC Fields.

Shemp was already appearing in Columbia two reelers when Curly had a severe stroke.  Shemp agreed to take his place in the act.  Shemp appeared with Moe and Larry until he died of a heart attack in 1955.

When I was a kid watching the Three Stooges on television, I found it confusing that the third Stooge changed from Curly to Shemp to Joe Besser.

No comments:

Post a Comment

Comment moderation is turned on. Your message will appear after it has been reviewed.