‘Stooges Among Us’ contributor Scott Reboul traces his journey to the hysterically funny trio

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Retired Savannah River Site radiochemist Scott Reboul spent priceless moments with the Three Stooges and grants a thorough walk down memory lane honoring the all-time gods of comedy who mastered timing and physical pratfalls. Oh boy, wait ’til the government gets a load of this: The cover of the July 1967 issue of the Three Stooges’ Gold Key comic book finds loopy artist Moe Howard applying greasy kids’ paint to ecstatic Native American Larry Fine as fellow brave Curly Joe DeRita eggs him on. The original caption reads, “Yip! Yip! Yippeee! Chief Crazy-Nose and His Unbrave Braves Don War Paint to Become Fine Feathered Fugitives.” Image Credit: The Bristol Board / Tumblr / C3 Entertainment

The Scott Reboul Interview, Part One

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“To Scott…Sincerely Larry:” Scott Reboul took a bus trip from the East Coast with his dad Theophile Todd Reboul and finally met his pen pal Larry Fine of the Three Stooges at the Motion Picture Country Home in Woodland Hills, California, on April 16, 1974. A version without the authentic green ink Fine autograph appears in Steve Cox and Jim Terry’s 2006 coffee table tome, “One Fine Stooge: Larry Fine’s Frizzy Life in Pictures.” An interesting coincidence which may have factored in Fine’s empathy for the young man is that Reboul was born on Stooge ringleader Moe Howard’s 60th birthday — June 19, 1957. “When I first met Moe in 1973, I was 16 and he was 76, slightly less than five times my age,” says Reboul. “On my most recent birthday, I was 61 and Moe was 121, slightly less than twice my age. So I’m catching up to Moe!” Photography by T. Todd Reboul / The Scott Reboul Collection
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Hey fellas! Stop the car! Mischievous door to door “catfish” salesmen Curly Howard, Larry Fine, and Moe Howard are searching for their big break in director Del Lord’s “Booby Dupes,” the Three Stooges’ 84th short issued on March 17, 1945. Image Credit: Sony Pictures Entertainment / MPTV Images
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“The Stooges Bubble Over with Riotous Fun!” Published in Autumn 2001, the front and back cover of Saxon Sitka’s since-defunct newsletter “The Fourth Stooge” highlights one of the Three Stooges’ most dependable supporting players in his father, Emil Sitka. Portraying crotchety, decidedly over the hill Amos Flint, “All Gummed Up” was Emil’s fourth collaboration with the Three Stooges upon its December 18, 1947, release. Debuting as a stiff-necked butler in Curly Howard’s final Stooges short filmed in May 1946 — “Half-Wits Holiday” — Emil remained part of the comedy trio’s onscreen family through the never-completed “Kook’s Tour” television pilot nearly 25 years later. Image Credit: Design by Saxon Sitka / Sony Pictures Entertainment / The Scott Reboul Collection
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What’s the idea? This is all your fault! Larry Fine, Curly Howard, and Moe Howard are frustrated bush-league actors in director Jules White’s “Gents Without Cents”, a Columbia short filmed between June 14–16, 1944, that is best known for the hilarious Niagara Falls routine. A genuine Moe autograph reads, “To our friend Scott — Sincerely the 3 Stooges.” Scott Reboul remembers, “The signatures, all signed by Moe, are not particularly dark as they were signed using a Flair pen as opposed to a permanent marker. This particular picture was a reproduction of the publicity still featured under the word ‘comedy’ in the World Book Encyclopedia.” Image Credit: The Scott Reboul Collection / Sony Pictures Entertainment
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Here’s the mixer! Presenting a publicity still from “All Gummed Up,” the Three Stooges’ 103rd Columbia short subject distributed on December 18, 1947, just the sixth short to feature Shemp Howard replacing improvisational ball of energy-younger brother Curly Howard. Image Credit: Sony Pictures Entertainment / The Scott Reboul Collection
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Married since May 7, 1988, to Three Stooges expert Scott Reboul, Debbi Reboul holds a bouquet of beautiful yellow roses while posing next to a Drew Friedman framed print of perpetual Three Stooges underdog Shemp Howard. Scott admits, “I took this picture because I liked the contrast between her looks and Shemp’s. And I thought the flowers were a good touch. People say, ‘Oh, is your wife a big Shemp fan?’ The honest answer is no!” Photography by Scott Reboul
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Nine months before his death from further stroke complications, 71-year-old founding Three Stooges alumnus Larry Fine is seen on a sunny Southern California afternoon casually observing 16-year-old “very patient and loyal fan” Scott Reboul and his father Theophile Todd Reboul departing from the Motion Picture Country Home parking lot in Woodland Hills, California, on April 16, 1974. The photo was first published without attribution in Larry’s brother Morris “Moe” Feinberg’s 1984 biography, “Larry: The Stooge in the Middle,” and has appeared in many television documentaries over the years, always uncredited. Amazingly, Scott’s dad, a research physicist for DuPont and RCA in their glory days, lived to be 97 years old [October 3, 1922 — July 6, 2020]. Photography by T. Todd Reboul / The Scott Reboul Collection
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A promising oil painting by none other than frizzy-haired original Three Stooges member Larry Fine finds a majestic bald eagle tending to her fledglings. Completed just prior to Stooges aficionado Scott Reboul’s visit to the Motion Picture Country Home in Woodland Hills, California, on April 16, 1974, another shot exists where Larry is seen holding the painting while seated in his wheelchair. Artwork by Larry Fine / The Scott Reboul Collection

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