New e-book: Larry Fine
No Stooge In The Ring
Larry Fine, the frizzy- haired, wild-eyed, middle man of the global phenomenon known as The Three Stooges looks proudly at the boxing championship belt he’s just won, one month shy of the great Depression.
Captured by Canadian writer Geoff Dale, its Larry’s moment of fistic triumph in the ring in a new book The Fine Art of Boxing No Stooge in the Ring an intriguing blend of fiction and non-fiction with a big ‘what if’ thrown in for good measure.
‘I thought it was an intriguing idea’ said Eric Lamond, Larry’s eldest grandchild. ‘The book is an interesting look at a life if Larry had pursued a different path. Lamond, director of marketing with Los Angles based C3 Entertainment, Inc. The Three Stooges® brand owner, says even though the premise is mostly fiction, it shines another light on Larry’s many talents as a gifted violinist, a versatile comic/singer/dancer that, during his vaudeville days, had the likes of the great Al Jolson laughing with delight and, of course, his rarely explored prowess in the ring as an amateur boxer.
The story covers his early life in Philadelphia as an inquisitive youngster on the look-out for the bright lights, through his years on stage and in the ring, up to the ‘fictional moment’ in September 1929 when he fought for the world championship in the Big Apple.
Some of the tale is right out of the pages of his real life, while other moments, people and scenarios are based on supposition and even downright fiction. In the end it’s all about the great Larry Fine.
Everything Left to Know About the Eye-Poking, Face-Slapping, Head-Thumping Geniuses
The Stooges may not have the youthful innocence of Stan Laurel, the physical grace of Charley Chaplin, or the glib patter of Danny Kaye, but they remain arguably the most popular and long-lived screen comics ever produced by Hollywood.
We laugh at them because they don't quite grasp the way the world works, as witness to those frequent collisions with women, cops, landlords, and even the stray dog on the corner. We relate to them because they embody many of our worst instincts, such as the desire for petty revenge. We love them because, despite personality failings, the Stooges always end up on the side of angels, whether by helping a family regain a stolen deed, struggling to become a gentleman, or (miraculously) getting the best of professional criminals.
In writing Three Stooges FAQ (Applause Books, $19.99. Three Stooges FAQ at amazon.com) author David J. Hogan rewatched every Stooges short over 150 consecutive days. In the 1970s, he also interviewed Larry Fine, though Larry was more interested in speaking with Hogan's mother, a former model. (He even sent her a letter on stationery decorated at the top by a delightful caricature of Larry playing the violin.)
Three Stooges FAQ is the ultimate guide for all Three Stooges fans. Chapters are broken down by topics such as "The Stooges Abroad" and "The Stooges Puncture High Society." The book also includes:
- Detailed production coverage for every short and film
- More than 70 stills, posters, and other images-many never published in book form!
- A full career timeline
- Personality sidebars of more than 30 recurring co-stars A comprehensive filmography
- Online Video Feature: Book trailer with author David J. Hogan
David J. Hogan has written about film since 1973. He has contributed essays to numerous multi-author books and is a prolific magazine reviewer. A onetime entertainment journalist formerly based in L.A., Hogan has worked on the editorial side of Chicago book publishing for more than 25 years, conceiving, editing, and co-writing books on history, aviation, vintage cars, popular music, the military, politics, television, and yes, movies. He lives with his family in Arlington Heights, Illinois. FInd out more about Three Stooges FAQ at amazon.com.
Get excerpts from the book and extra stories that didn't make it into the book (often personal anecdotes of the author's interactions with "the boys" during his research): http://onstageandbackstage.wordpress.com/tag/david-j-hogan/
New 3 Stooges movie
Join Larry, Moe, Shemp and Curley in a series of original comedy films are closing in on their cast for "The Three Stooges."
The studio has set Sean Penn to play Larry, and negotiations are underway with Jim Carrey to play Curly, with the actor already making plans to gain 40 pounds to approximate the physical dimensions of Jerome "Curly" Howard. The studio is zeroing in on Benicio Del Toro to play Moe.
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