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    Ted Healy and His Stooges in "Beer and Pretzels" Publicity Still (MGM, 1933). Stills (2) (8" X 10"). Vintage black and white, single weight, glossy stills. Although Ted Healy may be virtually forgotten as an actor and a comedian, he will always have a solid place in the history of the cinema as the man who first brought together the comedy trio that would soon gain international fame as The Three Stooges. Originally part of Healy's stage act, Moe Howard, Larry Fine, and Jerome "Curly" Howard soon proved popular enough to headline their own show, and eventually made the transition to Hollywood (brother Shemp Howard, the original third Stooge before Curly, had preceded them to the West Coast several years earlier), where, now reunited with Healy, they made a series of shorts for MGM, beginning with Soup to Nuts in 1933. By 1934, the Stooges split with Healy for the final time and were on their own again, now signed to Columbia, where they made their greatest short films and quickly shot to stardom. They remained top stars for decades, instantly recognizable to their legion of fans around the world. Offered here are a pair of stills from Beer and Pretzels, the fifth short made by Healy and the boys, offering a rare and extremely early glimpse at this classic comedy team. Healy is the gentleman in the bowler hat and overcoat; Moe, Larry, and Curly need no identification. One still has a minor corner bend in the upper left, and both have writing in pen and pencil on the back. One has the title of the short, and identification of the actors, typed at the bottom. Both are in remarkable condition, considering their age, and will make a valuable addition to any Stooge collection. Very Fine.

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