Birth of the Stooges

The Three Stooges made their latest trip to the Redford Theatre on April 7 and 8, 2017. As always, the energy of their antics was matched by the many outbursts of laughter in the auditorium of this 89-year-old theater.

The short comedies made by the Three Stooges in the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s first appeared before feature films with other short subjects like cartoons, newsreels, and serial episodes.

The following pictures show advertisements for movies that used the Three Stooges and other short entertainments as opening acts. It’s fun to imagine the excitement of moviegoers as they enjoyed these creative packages of entertainment in the days before television.

The Three Stooges comedies that are advertised were shown at the Redford on April 7 and 8. Hold That Lion! included a much-applauded cameo appearance by Curly, who had retired from the Stooges because of illness and was replaced by Shemp.


Horses’ Collars

Shreveport (Louisiana) Times, May 22, 1935 (Newspapers.com)

Shreveport (Louisiana) Times, May 22, 1935 (Newspapers.com)

Altoona (Pennsylvania) Tribune, June 11, 1935 (Newspapers.com)

Altoona (Pennsylvania) Tribune, June 11, 1935 (Newspapers.com)


Slippery Silks

St. Louis Star and Times, January 29, 1937 (Newspapers.com)

St. Louis Star and Times, January 29, 1937 (Newspapers.com)

Longview (Texas) News-Journal, April 2, 1937 (Newspapers.com)

Longview (Texas) News-Journal, April 2, 1937 (Newspapers.com)


Sitter Downers

Akron Beacon Journal, March 1, 1938 (Newspapers.com)

Akron Beacon Journal, March 1, 1938 (Newspapers.com)

(Richmond, Indiana) Palladium-Item, July 29, 1938 (Newspapers.com)

(Richmond, Indiana) Palladium-Item, July 29, 1938 (Newspapers.com)


Tassels in the Air

Muncie (Indiana) Star Press, August 18, 1938 (Newspapers.com)

Muncie (Indiana) Star Press, August 18, 1938 (Newspapers.com)

Massillon (Ohio) Evening Independent, October 8, 1938 (Newspapers.com)

Massillon (Ohio) Evening Independent, October 8, 1938 (Newspapers.com)


Three Little Sew and Sews

(Sayre, Pennsylvania) Evening Times, April 7, 1939 (Newspapers.com)

(Sayre, Pennsylvania) Evening Times, April 7, 1939 (Newspapers.com)

Bristol (Pennsylvania) Daily Courier, July 7, 1939 (Newspapers.com)

Bristol (Pennsylvania) Daily Courier, July 7, 1939 (Newspapers.com)


Hold That Lion!

Burlington (Vermont) Free Press, October 11, 1947 (Newspapers.com)

Burlington (Vermont) Free Press, October 11, 1947 (Newspapers.com)

Sedalia (Missouri) Democrat, October 12, 1947 (Newspapers.com)

Sedalia (Missouri) Democrat, October 12, 1947 (Newspapers.com)


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