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1938 The Three Stooges Violent Is The Word for Curly One-Sheet Linen-Backed Movie Poster
Starting Bid - $5,000, Sold For - $16,800
One-sheet movie poster issued for the 1938 Three Stooges short Violent Is The Word for Curly. This is one of only two examples of this poster we have ever seen. The other appeared at auction in 2007, where it realized $26,680. Violent Is The Word for Curly was the Stooges' thirty-second short for Columbia and the title is a parody of the 1936 film Valiant is the Word for Carrie. The plot involved the boys working as servicemen at a filling station who are later mistaken for professors at Mildew College. In addition to the usual slapstick fare, the film also featured the classic song number "Swinging the Alphabet." Three Stooges one-sheets dating from the team's "golden age" (1934-1947; those featuring Curly as part of the trio) are not only the most desirable of all paper from their films, but also the rarest. Prior to this extraordinary offering by REA (held over the course of three auctions), we have seen fewer than twenty different-titled Three Stooges one-sheets from this early era offered at public auction in the past fifteen years. To put that number in proper perspective, it should be noted that the Stooges starred in ninety-seven shorts during that fourteen-year period. The poster (28 x 41 inches) is linen-backed and had minor professional restoration, including airbrushing along the border areas, and repair to a number of minor tears along the fold lines and edges. Excellent to Mint in appearance. Reserve $5,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $16,800
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