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POST-GAZETTE, JUNE 13, 2014 Page 7 2014 NORTH END FESTIVAL DIRECTORY JUNE PADRE PIO PROCESSION June 22 Procession Only - Hanover- Prince Sts. 2 pm JULY MADONNA DEL GRAZIE July !3 Procession Only - Hanover- Prince Sts. 2 pm ST. ROCCO July 20 Procession Only - Hanover- Prince Sts. I pm AUGUST ST. AGRIPPINA Hanover & Battery Sts. Sunday Procession MADONNA DELLA CAVA Hanover & Battery Sts. Sunday Procession August 1, 2, 3 I pm August 8, 9, 10 I pm MADONNA del SOCCORSO August 14, 15, 16, 17 North, Fleet & Lewis Sts. (Fisherman's) Sunday Procession I pm ST. ANTHONY Endicott & Thacher Sts. Sunday Procession August 29, 30, 31 12 pm ST. LUCY September 1 Monday Procession - Endicott St. I pm ST. ROSALIE September 7 Procession Only - North Square I pm OCTOBER ST. JOSEPH'S FEAST Prado - Hanover St Sunday Procession October 3, 4, 5 1 pm MORE ITALIAN FESTIVALS Gloucester, MA SAINT PETER'S FESTIVAL St. Peter's Square Sunday Procession Malden, MA June 25, 26, 27, 28,29 Noon SAINT ROCCO FESTIVAL Pearl Street Sunday Procession August 8, 9, 10 1 pm Lawrence, MA FEAST OF THE THREE SAINTS August 29, 30, 31 Saints Alfio, Filadelfo and Cirino Common & Union St., Lawrence Sunday Procession 3 pm Cambridge Festival SS COSMAS AND DAMIAN September 6, 7 Warren and Cambridge St., Cambridge Sunday Procession I pm THOUGHTS BY DAN ABOUT THIS 8< THAT with Daniel A. DiCenso The Three Stooges: Celebrating 80 Years of Laughter I was a Stooge fan before I was a TV fan and, as their popularity proves 80 years after they left manager Ted Healy and became a comedy act sensation, the same is true for many new fans. The rlse of The Three Stooges is an all-American success story. With their roots in Yiddish routines, they got their start in vaudeville before joining up with Ted Healy where they started appearing in minor roles in such movies as the Joan Crawford vehicle Dancing Lady (which was also the film debut of Fred Astaire) and Hollywood Party along with many musical shorts as Nertsery Rhymes and Beer and Pretzels. For a time, Healy proved a viable manager for the Stooges and records indicate that he maintained a close friendship with Moe Howard. But, considering how quickly Healy's career deteriorated through alcoholism, it's amazing their partnership lasted as long as it did. But doors often close just so a better one can open and in 1934 Moe Howard and Larry Fine parted ways with Ted Healy while Shemp Howard continued his own career, leaving a spot open for his brother Curly to join the trio. The rest, as they say, is his- tory. Eighty years ago, The Three Stooges as the icons we have loved for generations (bowler-haired Moe, mat- tress-spring haired Larry, and bald Curly) became an official team with the Oscar nominated short Men in Black. That short remains one of their best and set the mold for the classic Stooge formula. It was A) set against av backdrop that was not inherently funny; a hospital, B) the boys were cast in a respectable profession; doc- tors, C) pure hilarity ensues. Yes, this is the episode with the classic gag of the Stooges charging out of the office first with bicycles, then with boats, and then on horse- back, each time the intercom says' "Calling Dr. Howard, Dr. Fine, Dr. Howard." Under producer Jules White at Columbia Pictures, the Stooges made some of their best films during the Curly years. Some of their very best include Three Little Pigskins (1934), where they wreck a football game with hilarious results, Uncivil Warriors (1935), one of their many "period-piece" shorts, this time the Civil War, mashed with contemporary gags and lingo, Hoi Polloi (1935), my personal favorite Three Little Beers (1935), which I love more for final chase with rolling beer bar- rels than the better-remem- bered golf game in the first half, Movie Maniacs (1936), Half Shot Shooters (1936), A Plumbing We Will Go (1940), and In the Sweet Pie and Pie (1941). The war years added new themes and new material for parodying. The Stooges became one of only two comedians (besides Charlie Chaplin) to attack Hitler through comedy before the United States even entered the war with the very funny shorts You Nazty Spy! (1940) and its sequel l'll Never Heil Again (1941). Curly's health began to take a toll on him after the war and much of his youth- ful energy (which his comic persona was based on) began to fade. In 1947, after a severe stroke, he retired from the act and was replaced by the original third Stooge, Shemp. He was no Curly, but brought his own comic wit to the trio. Shemp has suffered, unfairly I think, by the misfortune of coming in as Curly's replacement, an act no comedian could follow, but the Stooges con- tinued to make a number of marvelous shorts with Shemp, though age was beginning to take effect on all three. When the Stooges did dip was, in fact, after Shemp's death. Moe refused to let the act die out and so put it on life-support, adding Joe Besser (whose entire per- sona was a knock-off of Phil Silvers) and then Curly- Joe for their foray into fea- ture-films. But it's the Stooges in their prime that have become staples of American pop-cul- ture and whose films have become a rite of passage for a new generation of young men. Even television caught onto their appeal and their shorts, made a decade before the medium became a commodity, have now become a classic sitcom. The Stooges were never well-received by the high- brow critical establishment. They did lack the subtlety of Chaplin or Buster Keaton and they went too fast for a pay-off to build carefully con- structed gags like Laurel & Hardy. And the Marx Brothers will always reign supreme for verbal wit. But the basic style of Stooge knock-about has one advan- tage over their competitors; (Continued on Page 14) On Sale Now! THE NORTH END Where It All Began The Way It Was by Fred Langone SALE PRICE $19.95 Plus Shipping & Handling On Site at The Post-Gazette 5 Prince Street, North End, Boston, MA NEWSEUM Smithsonian Institufioa ............................... ~edy LA ~A dez ~BIJS~PCSl Proudly featured in "One Nation With News fo~ All," ,