It took eleven years and several dog-eared editions of the Thomas Guide map books of Los Angeles, but Jim Pauley, a self-described lifelong Three Stooges fan, has pulled off a remarkable feat: In The Three Stooges: Hollywood Filming Locations (Santa Monica Press, $39.95), the Philadelphia-based author relentlessly traces the footsteps – and car chases and bike rides – that Larry, Moe and Curly took in close to 200 comedy shorts made in the 1930s, ‘40s and ‘50s. On Friday, Jan. 11, Pauley will screen and discuss five classic Stooges shorts, and sign copies of his book, as Secret Cinema presents a Stooges night at International House.
Pauley became addicted to the eye-poking, head-slapping, pratfalling and forever punning Stooges as a kid, rushing home from school to catch Sally Starr’s Popeye Theater on (then) WFIL-TV. The Popeye ‘toons were okay, but it was the Stooges who really got Pauley going. There’s a rare, heretofore unpublished photo of Starr with Larry (and her stunt double) in the book, a behind-the-scenes shot from 1965’s The Outlaws Is Coming! Fine, of course, was also a Philadelphian, born at 3rd and South Streets, ne Louis Feinberg.
Pauley, who has addressed legions of Stooges fans at the Hollywood Heritage Museum and at the Stoogeum, the Ambler, PA., Stooges shrine, says that the exhilaration he experienced as a boy watching the Three Stooges has been shared by kids ever since.
“Every generation, it’s the same thing,” he says. “I know kids who are six-years-old right now and these kids know the titles of the shorts. And they want to watch them over and over again. One young man I know loves a particular scene in the short called “In the Sweet Pie and Pie,” where the boys have the best pie fight scene of all time…. I highly recommend that. That’ s a goodie.”