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Lot # 1550 (of 1866)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1934 The Three Stooges Men in Black Lobby Card - Originally Obtained from Moe Howard's Daughter!

Starting Bid - $2,000, Sold For - $9,480

Exceedingly rare lobby card to the 1934 Three Stooges short Men in Black. This is, to the best of our knowledge, the only lobby card from Men in Black, and we have never seen any other paper from the film at public auction. Its provenance is equally noteworthy. Our consignor obtained this piece many years ago directly from Joan Maurer, daughter of Moe Howard. Men in Black was just the third Stooges short ever produced by Columbia, making it perhaps the earliest Stooges lobby card extant (we have never seen an original lobby card from either of the Stooges' first two shorts: Woman Haters and Punch Drunks). Considered one of their best comedies, the boys are doctors at a hospital, where they cause havoc by racing room to room whenever they hear the urgent call of "Calling Dr. Howard, Dr. Fine, Dr. Howard" over the loudspeaker. This entry was a take off of the on the film Men in White (starring Clark Gable and Myrna Loy), which was released earlier the same year. Men in Black is notable for being the only Stooges short to ever garner an Academy Award nomination (in the category of Best Live Action Short Film, Comedy). The card (14 x 11 inches) has had professional restoration to the bottom border, including repair to a small tear. A number of moderate creases are evident in the lower left corner, as are a few lesser creases throughout. A contemporary red-ink notation appears on the reverse, as does a white label that reads in part "Men In Black (Script Section)/Lobby Card/Norman Maurer Prod." This is a remarkably significant early Three Stooges lobby card. Technically in Good to Very Good condition, but with a much more attractive Excellent overall appearance. Reserve $2,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $9,480


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