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1934 The Three Stooges Punch Drunks Lobby Card - Originally Obtained from Moe Howard's Daughter!
Starting Bid - $2,000, Sold For - $12,000
Exceedingly rare lobby card to the 1934 Three Stooges short Punch Drunks. This is, to the best of our knowledge, the only lobby card extant from Punch Drunks, 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. Punch Drunks, which was written by the Three Stooges, was the team's second short for Columbia, making this perhaps the earliest known Three Stooges lobby card, as we have never seen a lobby card from their first Columbia short, Woman Haters. In the film, Moe is a fight manager eating at a restaurant when he discovers that his waiter (Curly) becomes enraged every time he hears the song "Pop Goes the Weasel." Realizing his potential in the ring, Moe with the help of the restaurant fiddle-player (Larry), turns Curly into a heavyweight contender. On the night of the championship fight, Larry's fiddle breaks, sending him scurrying to and fro in an attempt to find anything else playing the song. He eventually commandeers a political campaign truck blaring the song; crashing through the arena walls just in time for Curly to take out the champ. Unfortunately, the song keeps playing and Curly proceeds to knock out Moe, Larry, and everyone else as the film fades out. This is considered one of the team's best films and is the only Three Stooges short that has been selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress. The card (14 x 11 inches), which is notable for the fact that it remains in its original state, with no evidence of restoration, displays a number of light creases, as well a minor edge wear. While technically in Very Good to Excellent condition, all of the minor flaws are fairly unobtrusive and do not detract in the least from its overall Excellent appearance. This is an extraordinary early Three Stooges lobby card, both with regard to condition and historical significance. Reserve $2,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $12,000
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