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The Three Stooges and Sherlock Holmes

The Three Stooges and Sherlock Holmes

“I have been making a fool of myself”

– The Adventure of the Engineer’s Thumbi (ENGR)

Your editor grew up during a time when there were only three television networks and a handful of independent UHF television stations. Those independent stations would often show the old movie shorts featuring the slapstick of The Three Stooges. Six different actors would make up the Three Stooges over the forty years the trio was active. Moe Howard and Larry Fine were the two stalwarts, appearing in all 220 shorts and feature films. Curly Howard was the most popular of the Stooges. Shemp Howard was an original Stooge and left early in the act’s history and was replaced by Curey. After Curly’s stroke in 1946, Shemp returned to trio.

There are three shorts by the Stooges that have Sherlockian themes.

Horses’ Collars was released in January 1935 and was the fifth short film released by Columbia Pictures featuring the Three Stooges. Portraying detectives in the Old American West, there is a scene where the Three Stooges appear with deerstalker caps and pipes.

The 1939 short We Want Our Mummy once again has Moe, Larry and Curly wearing deerstalker caps and having pipes. In this film, the Three Stooges are hired as detectives to find a missing archaeologist in Cairo.

Other than the title of Shivering Sherlocks, this 1948 short has no other Sherlockian connection. Shemp has replaced Curly in the series two years earlier. In 1955, surplus footage from this short was used in the short Of Cash and Hash.

In 2016, the American Mint produced the first in a series of medals honoring the Three Stooges, this featuring Curly on the obverse. The medal was issued for $60 and can be found online for purchase. To date, no other medals in the series have been struck for the other five actors.

Hobo nickel engraver, Ben Proctor, created this set of hobo nickels featuring Moe, Curley and Larry. These coins, engraved on Buffalo nickels, were created by computer modelling, followed up by machine milling and then hand-finished.

As a closing treat, here is the 1948 Three Stooges short Shivering Sherlocks. Enjoy!

Dick Tracy, Hemlock Homes and the Cold Cash Caper

Dick Tracy, Hemlock Homes and the Cold Cash Caper

“… the efficiency of our detective police force …” – A Study In Scarlet (STUD) During the 1961 – 1962 television season, United Production Artists (UPA) created 130 episodes of The Dick Tracy Show for syndication. Each of these 5 minute episodes would start with Tracy in his office getting instruction over the intercom and then… Continue Reading

The Adventures of Curly Fu and Peanut: Episode 6

The Adventures of Curly Fu and Peanut: Episode 6

“‘You don’t seriously believe that?’” – The Adventures of The Six Napoleons (SIXN) The BBC Sherlock series is extremely popular in mainland China, where they refer to Holmes and Watson as Curly Fu and Peanut. Seriously. You can read more about that HERE. The British comedy team of Fred Turner and Dennis Gavin decided to produce a series… Continue Reading

Daffy Duck & Porky Pig in “Deduce, You Say!”

Daffy Duck & Porky Pig in “Deduce, You Say!”

“… when we had this comic interlude.” – The Adventure of The Three Gables (3GAB) Your editor has fond memories of rushing home from elementary school in order to watch the old Warner Brothers Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoons that were syndicated to a local UHF TV station. There was also the Saturday morning show that appeared on… Continue Reading

Sherlock Hemlock Featured on Two Prepaid Debit Cards

Sherlock Hemlock Featured on Two Prepaid Debit Cards

“… all were equally puppets in his hands.” – The Adventure of The Solitary Cyclist (SOLI) Your editor is of the age that he grew up with the television show Sesame Street when it first started on Public Broadcasting stations in the late 1960’s. Oscar the Grouch was my favorite character, but I do remember seeing a… Continue Reading

2016 Mark Twain Coin Designs Announced

2016 Mark Twain Coin Designs Announced

“Are you not the author of a monograph…” – The Adventure of The Resident Patient (RESI) The first of several ceremonies to unveil designs for commemorative coins honoring celebrated author Mark Twain took place November 28, 2015 at the Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum in Hannibal, Missouri. Twain is known in Sherlockian circles for his 1902… Continue Reading

Mark Twain Designs Reviewed for 2016 $1 and $5 Coins

Mark Twain Designs Reviewed for 2016 $1 and $5 Coins

“Are you not the author of a monograph…” – The Adventure of The Resident Patient (RESI) Designs for the 2016 Mark Twain silver dollar and the gold $5 half eagle were reviewed by the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) at its March 5th meeting in Portland, Oregon during the American Numismatic Association’s National Money Show.  Twain… Continue Reading

2012 Irish 10 Euro Coin Honors Creator of Chubblock Homes

2012 Irish 10 Euro Coin Honors Creator of Chubblock Homes

Holmes, however, like all great artists, lived for his art’s sake…. – The Adventure of Black Peter (BLAC) John “Jack” Butler Yeats, the famous Irish artist, was honored in 2012 as the subject of Ireland’s 10 Euro coin, which was part of the European Union’s Silver Coin Program. Each country participating in the program issued a… Continue Reading