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Last Three Stooges print has the last laugh

Three Stooges festival at the Alex includes the screening of a long-lost short.

November 22, 2013|By Katherine Tulich

“After 16 years of our festival this is probably the most exciting one we have held. This will be the first West Coast screening of ‘Hello Pop' in 80 years,” says Frank Gladstone, a member of the Alex Film Society, which stages the annual Stooge Fest. “When we began we did it more as a fun thing, something to do on the Thanksgiving weekend, but our event became so popular. It's amazing how many Three Stooges fans there are.”

Besides “Hello Pop,” five other shorts featuring the slapstick trio will be screened under the theme of “Stooge Family Values”: “Three Dumb Clucks” (1937), “We Want Our Mummy” (1939), “Three Smart Saps” (1942) and “Sock-A-Bye Baby” (1942).

Many remaining Stooges family members will attend the event which screens twice on Nov. 30 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. “It's sometimes hard to get people out the door, the fans love to hang around and chat,” Gladstone says with a laugh.

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“It's a wonderful theatre — a great picture palace to see the film, and the best way to see their work,” says Eric Lamond, the grandson of original Stooge Larry Fine. Lamond recalls seeing his grandfather practice many of the stunts with fellow Stooge Moe Howard as a child. “None of the family have ever seen ‘Hello Pop,' so we are so excited to be there next Saturday to watch it.”

What: The Three Stooges 16th Annual Film Festival

Where: Alex Theatre, 216 North Brand Blvd., Glendale

When: Saturday, Nov. 30; 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Tickets: $15; $11 seniors and students; $10 Alex Film Society members

More info: (818) 243-2539, alexfilmsociety.org --

KATHERINE TULICH writes about film and culture for Marquee.

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