Ten Valuable The Three Stooges Movie Collectibles

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Valuable Three Stooges enterainment memorabilia includes movie posters, lobby cards, autographs, publicity stills, gum cards and comic books. Some vintage film posters can bring thousands of dollars.

The Three Stooges are one of Hollywood's greatest comedy teams. Their illustrious ranks through the years were comprised of Moe Howard (1897-1975), Shemp Howard (1895-1955), Curly Howard (1903-1952), Larry Fine (1902-1975), Joe Besser (1907-1988) and Curly Joe DeRita (1909-1993). The Stooges' numerous short films are now considered classics, encompassing such fare as Woman Haters (1934), Disorder in the Court (1936), You Natzy Spy! (1940), Phony Express (1943) and All Gummed Up (1947).

The Three Stooges – "soitenly!" – are always big with movie memorabilia collectors. Here are ten valuable collectibles from Stoogemania. Oh, yeah, in the immortal words of Curly, "N'yuk, n'yuk, n'yuk..."

Calling All Curs (1939) One Sheet Movie Poster

In this 1939 Columbia Pictures short directed by Jules White, Moe, Larry and Curly run a pet hospital where they are entrusted with the care of a prized poodle. The boys' expensive charge becomes the target of vicious dognappers! A standard one sheet poster (27x41-inches) in very good condition and preserved on linen sold for $6,572.50.

One sheet movie poster: Calling All Curs (1939) - $6,572.50

I Can Hardly Wait (1943) One Sheet Movie Poster

The Stooges head to the dentist after Curly breaks a tooth while eating a hambone. A curvaceous and uncredited Adele Mara sports a tight-fitting uniform as a dental secretary. A standard duotone one sheet poster (27x41-inches) in fine+ condition and mounted on linen for preservation purposes brought a top bid of $5,676.25.

One sheet movie poster: I Can Hardly Wait (1943) - $5,676.25

The Three Stooges 1961 Dell Four Color Comic Book #1170

Dell/Gold Key published a line of The Three Stooges comic books from 1959-72. A file copy of Dell Four Color #1170 from May 1961 in graded/certified near mint+ 9.6 condition fetched $358.50 at auction.

The Three Stooges Meet Hercules (1962) Lobby Card Set

Moe Howard, Larry Fine and Curly Joe DeRita hitch a ride on Schuyler Davis' (Quinn K. Redeker) time machine, heading back to ancient Greece where they encounter legendary strongman Hercules (Samson Burke). A complete set of eight lobby cards in near mint/mint condition sold for $358.50.

Lobby card set: The Three Stooges Meet Hercules (1962) - $358.50

Monkey Businessmen (1946) Lobby Card

Moe (the "brains" of the outfit), Larry and Curly play bumbling electricians, whose haywire antics lead to unemployment and a subsequent stay at Mallard's Rest Home in order to ease their nerves. A single duotone lobby card (11x14-inches) in very fine- condition brought $1,553.50.

Three Little Pigskins (1934) Publicity Still

In this Columbia short, Moe, Larry and Curly are mistaken for famous football players – the "Three Horsemen of Boulder Dam." Lucille Ball plays Daisy Simms, with Alex Hirschfield as Young Moe, Joe Levine as Young Larry and Billy Wolfstone as Young Curly. An original Culver Pictures/Columbia 8x10 publicity still featuring the boys and their young doppelgangers in very fine- condition sold for $310.70.

Publicity still: Three Little Pigskins (1934) - $310.70

Fleer 1959 The Three Stooges Card #42

In 1959 Fleer produced a handsome 97-card set for The Three Stooges. Card #42, "A Hair Raising Experience," in graded PSA Mint 9 condition brought $478 at auction.

Fleer non-sport card: #42 "A Hair Raising Experience" - $478

I'll Never Heil Again (1941) Publicity Still

In this spoof of Nazi Germany, the boys have taken over the country of Moronica, where Moe is Hailstone the Dictator, Larry the Minister of Propaganda and Curly Field Marshal Herring. This short is a sequel of sorts to You Natzy Spy! (1940). An original 8x10 Columbia Pictures publicity still in very fine/near mint condition showing the wannabe dictators stuffed and mounted on a wall sold for $262.90.

Flagpole Jitters (1956) One Sheet Movie Poster

In this remake of an earlier Columbia short Hokus Pokus (1949), Moe, Larry and Shemp try to raise money for a friend's operation by flagpole sitting. The boys, however, are hypnotized when performing their feat, and soon come out of their trance right in the middle of a robbery. A duotone one sheet movie poster (27x41-inches) in very fine- condition brought $507.88.

The Three Stooges Autograph Photo Display

Three Stooges autographs are always in demand by collectors. A photo display of Moe and Curly with a matted autograph album page bearing their signatures in excellent condition sold for $597.50.

Autograph display: Matted signatures of Moe and Curly Howard - $597.50

Ten More Classic The Three Stooges Movie Memorabilia

  • Moe Howard signed canceled check dated September 27, 1974, and made out to his daughter Joan Maurer - $298.75
  • Keybook publicity still from Dutiful but Dumb (1941) - $507.88
  • The Three Stooges in Orbit (1962) one sheet movie poster - $84
  • Seven publicity stills from The Outlaws Is Coming (1965) - $86.04
  • The Three Stooges Go Around the World in a Daze (1963) one sheet movie poster - $32
  • Publicity still from Three Pests in a Mess (1945) taken by Hollywood photographer Shirley V. Martin - $334.60
  • Snow White and the Three Stooges (1961) one sheet movie poster - $34
  • The Three Stooges Follies (1974) one sheet movie poster - $51
  • The Three Stooges Dell comic book album #18 from 1962 - $143.40
  • Lobby card from Booby Dupes (1945) - $2,629

Publicity still: Three Pests in a Mess (1945), l-r: Larry Fine, Curly Howard, Moe Howard - $334.60

Credits

  • All auction results and images courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries, Dallas, Texas
  • Top image: Publicity still, l-r: Ted Healy, Curly Howard, Moe Howard, Larry Fine in Dancing Lady (1933) - $388.38

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