THREE STOOGES (JOE "CURLY-JOE" DE RITA) - AUTOGRAPHED INSCRIBED PHOTOGRAPH - HFSID 55286
Sale Price $680.00
THREE STOOGES: JOE De RITA
Black and white publicity photograph of Joe De Rita dressed in a striped shirt and hat.
Photograph inscribed and signed: "To../'Bill'/For the III Stooges/Curly-Joe ". B/w, 10x8 overall, image 8¼x7½ (one surface). DeRITA (1909-1993), a former vaudevillian, made his film debut in The Doughgirls (1944). He joined forces with Moe Howard and Larry Fine in 1958, when the classic comedy of the Three Stooges enjoyed a resurgence in popularity. Moe and Larry hired DeRita as the third Stooge to replace Joe Besser. DeRita was dubbed "Curly Joe" because of his resemblance to Moe's brother Curly Howard, a former Stooge. By the time DeRita joined the act, the boisterous pie-in-the-face, poke-in-the eye humor had toned down and he played a more passive third stooge. The television release of Three Stooges short films in the late 1950s however, introduced the wacky group to a new audience, spawning film projects and personal appearances. DeRita was the last surviving Stooge. Lightly creased. Otherwise, fine condition.
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