The Three Stooges filmography

This is a complete list of short subjects and feature films that featured The Three Stooges released between 1930 and 1970.

  • Moe Howard, Larry Fine and Shemp Howard appeared in a single feature film with Ted Healy released by Fox Film Corporation entitled Soup to Nuts (1930). Shemp departed the act in 1932 to pursue a solo career and was replaced by younger brother Curly Howard. This incarnation of the team appeared in several shorts and feature films with Healy at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1933 and 1934.
  • Moe and Shemp appeared without Larry or Healy in a 1929 Fox Movietone Newsreel.
  • Moe appeared without Larry, Curly, or Healy in the 1933 MGM PSA Give a Man a Job.
  • Moe and Curly appeared without Healy or Larry in the MGM feature film Broadway to Hollywood (1933).
  • Moe and Curly appeared without Healy or Larry in the MGM short subject Jail Birds of Paradise (1934).
  • Curly appeared in the MGM short subject Roast Beef and Movies (1934) without Healy, Moe, or Larry.
  • Larry and Healy appeared without Moe or Curly in the MGM feature Stage Mother (1933).
  • Curly and Healy appeared without Moe or Larry in the MGM feature Operator 13 (1934).

Moe, Larry and Curly left Healy in 1934 and moved to Columbia Pictures to begin their successful series of 190 shorts, with their contract extended each year until the final one expired on December 31, 1957. The final 8 of the 16 shorts with Joe Besser were released afterwards over the next 1⅓ years. It is for these 190 short films, which have appeared on television in steady rotation since 1958, that the Stooges are best known. These films appear on this list in numbered format. The Stooges would continue afterwards with Moe, Larry, and Joe DeRita (as "Curly Joe"), and make several full-length feature films between 1959 and 1970.

Key

AAN = Nominated for an Academy Award
= utilized footage from previous Stooge films
† = currently in public domain
^ = filmed after Curly Howard's initial stroke
^^ = filmed after Shemp Howard's death (see "Fake Shemp")
§ = denotes a cameo appearance or supporting role
~ = originally intended to be a television pilot
т = television series


1930 - 1933 - 1934 - 1935 - 1936 - 1937 - 1938 - 1939
1940 - 1941 - 1942 - 1943 - 1944 - 1945 - 1946 - 1947 - 1948 - 1949
1950 - 1951 - 1952 - 1953 - 1954 - 1955 - 1956 - 1957 - 1958 - 1959
1960 - 1961 - 1962 - 1963 - 1965 - 1968
1970

Ted Healy and His Stooges

Moe, Larry and Shemp

1930

Moe, Larry and Curly

1933

1934

1964

The Three Stooges: Moe, Larry and Curly

1933

1934

1935

1936

1937

1938

1939

1940

1941

1942

1943

1944

1945

1946

1947

1960

The Three Stooges: Moe, Larry and Shemp

1947

1948

1949

1950

1951

1952

1953

1954

1955

1956

The Three Stooges: Moe, Larry and Joe

1957

1958

1959

All 190 Columbia short films were released in the DVD series The Three Stooges Collection. The series includes seven 2-disc volumes and one 3-disc volume. Volume Seven features 3D glasses for the shorts Spooks! and Pardon My Backfire.

The Three Stooges: Larry, Moe and Curly Joe

1959

1960

1961

1962

1963

1965

1968

1970

Full-Length Feature Films

FilmYearMoeLarryCurlyShempJoeCurly Joe
Soup to Nuts1930YYY
Turn Back the Clock (cameos)1933YYY
Meet the Baron1933YYY
Dancing Lady1933YYY
Myrt and Marge1933YYY
Fugitive Lovers1934YYY
Hollywood Party (cameos)1934YYY
The Captain Hates the Sea (cameos)1934YYY
Start Cheering (cameos)1938YYY
Time Out for Rhythm1941YYY
My Sister Eileen (cameos)1942YYY
Rockin' in the Rockies1945YYY
Swing Parade of 19461946YYY
Gold Raiders1951YYY
Have Rocket, Will Travel1959YYY
Stop! Look! and Laugh (compilation)1960YYY
Snow White and the Three Stooges1961YYY
The Three Stooges Meet Hercules1962YYY
The Three Stooges in Orbit1962YYY
The Three Stooges Go Around the World in a Daze1963YYY
It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (cameos)1963YYY
4 for Texas (cameos)1963YYY
The Outlaws Is Coming1965YYY
Kook's Tour (TV pilot)1970YYY

Joe Besser never appeared with the Stooges in a feature film.

Three feature-length Columbia releases were actually packages of older Columbia shorts. Columbia Laff Hour (introduced in 1956) was a random assortment that included the Stooges among other Columbia comedians like Andy Clyde, Hugh Herbert, and Vera Vague; the content and length varied from one theater to the next. Three Stooges Fun-o-Rama (introduced in 1959) was an all-Stooges show capitalizing on their TV fame, again with shorts chosen at random for individual theaters. The Three Stooges Follies (1974) was similar to Laff Hour, with a trio of Stooge comedies augmented by Buster Keaton and Vera Vague shorts, a Batman serial chapter, and a Kate Smith musical.

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