Speak to me, kid, say a few syllables! Paging Moe Howard of the Three Stooges

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Caricaturist Paul Howard, youngest child of Three Stooges ringleader Moe Howard, examines his late father’s life beyond the archetypal Columbia comedy shorts in an exclusive interview. Look out, Moe! Here Curly Joe and Larry try their carpentry skills with very dangerous results on the May 1961 cover of their Gold Key comic book. Image Credit: DreamWorks Classics / C3 Entertainment / My Comic Shop
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It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s Moe Howard of the Three Stooges! The leader of the revered comedy trio presents a perfectly startled face sometime in the early 1960s. Image Credit: C3 Entertainment / The Steve Cox Collection

The Paul Howard Interview

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A Paul in the box? Moe Howard and son Paul gleefully mug for the camera. Paul would have been roughly 12 years old when this photo was snapped in 1947, near the time when Curly Howard suffered a debilitating stroke and had to prematurely leave the Three Stooges. Photography by Norman Maurer / Courtesy of Paul Howard
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Paul Howard lets father Moe Howard of the Three Stooges cradle newborn baby Jen — sporting the elder Howard’s wide brimmed glasses — in this precious family candid from 1969. Image Credit: Courtesy of Paul Howard
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No pipe is gonna outsmart a monkey wrench-yielding, decidedly ornery Moe Howard! In December 1939 Larry Fine, Curly Howard, and elder brother Moe of the Three Stooges film “A Plumbing We Will Go,” a Columbia short subject ultimately unleashed on April 19, 1940. Image Credit: Sony Pictures Television
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Would-be matadors should beware of this farcical still from “Gold Raiders,” a feature-length B-Western released in September 1951 starring Moe Howard, Shemp Howard, and Larry Fine of the Three Stooges.
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Circa 1950, a teenage Paul Howard is seen with homebody dad Moe Howard of the Three Stooges, unusually sporting slicked back hair. Paul autographed the candid at a 1994 Movie Maniacs convention held in Trevose, Pennsylvania, writing, “To Bill, Thanks — you’re the ‘glue’ that keeps this convention together! The best from Paul [son of Moe].” Image Credit: The Paul Howard Collection
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Caricature by Paul Howard
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Moe Howard is a nervous hypochondriac in this hilarious still from “Idiots Deluxe,” a Columbia short subject unleashed by the Three Stooges on July 20, 1945. Image Credit: Sony Pictures Entertainment
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Jen Howard [Moe Howard’s grand-daughter], super fan Ron “Curly” Hites, and Paul Howard [Moe’s son and Jen’s father] collide outside the fascinating Stoogeum Museum in Ambler, Pennsylvania, in 2008. Image Credit: The Kansas Stooge Blogspot
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Moe Howard was an incredibly brave soul — Larry Fine and Curly Joe DeRita give their leader a dangerous haircut for the December 1961 cover of the Three Stooges’ Dell comic book. The image was reused eight years later for the comedy trio’s Gold Key comic book edition. Image Credit: Dreamworks Classics / C3 Entertainment
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On hand to wow the students at Northern Illinois University’s 1983 comedy week is an Afro-sporting Paul Howard, better known as the only son of Three Stooges mastermind Moe Howard. Image Credit: The Steve Cox Collection
Tap to enter the madcap world of the Three Stooges’ “Idiots Deluxe.” Distributed on July 20, 1945, the classic Columbia short finds Moe attempting to soothe his nerves by relaxing in the Great Outdoors. Curly and Larry naturally ensure disastrous results. Video Credit: Sony Pictures Entertainment
Watch Moe Howard teach the highly trained art of pie throwing and sit down for an extended interview in a hilarious series of appearances on “The Mike Douglas Show” in 1973. Video Credit: King World Productions / CBS Television Distribution

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