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Three Stooges Show, The


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Tribune Broadcasting Inc.
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Characters & Voices
Host/Performer: -
The Cool Ghoul - John Zacherley (1/6/1964 to 1/31/1964)
"Officer Joe" Bolton (2/3/1964 to May 7,1970) -
"The Three Stooges": -
Moe Howard - Himself
Larry Fine - Himself
Curly Howard - Jerry Howard
Shemp Howard - Sam Howard
Joe Besser - Himself
"The Three Stooges Show" debuted on WPIX TV Ch. 11 in NYC on Monday evening January 6, 1964.

Set against the backdrop of a dungeon labortory in an old castle, horror show host/performer "The Cool Ghoul" (John Zacherley) would engage in viewers in comedy skits and interview guest performers and personalities inbetween the reruns of the films. Zacherley seemed ill suited to mc the show and he left the program following the Friday January31, 1964 broadcast of the series.

The program returned to Ch.11 on Monday evening February 3, 1964 with "Officer Joe" Bolton as the program's host/ performer.

Set against the backdrop of an inner city police station, Bolton would engage his viewers in craftmaking, hobbies, informational segments, songs and interviews with guest performers and personalities like "Big Bondy The Moonclown" (played by kids tv entertainer Ed Alberian) and film historian/ lecturer/ author and celebrity interviewer Leonard Maltin inbetween the reruns of the films.

"The Three Stooges Show" was also the first NYC based kids tv program to screen reruns of the 1957-59 "Stooge" pictures that featured Moe, Larry & Joe Besser. In December, 1968 the show's format was changed to a clubhouse backdrop to accomodate a studio audience of kids. Moe would appear on the show (Sans Larry Fine and "Curly Joe" De Rita) in April, 1967 and he made one last appearance with "Officer Joe" and his son, Art director Paul Howard, on tuesday & wednesday July 2, and 3, 1969.

"The Three Stooges Show" continued to entertain NYC's youngsters until "The ACT" and "Forum, Inc" forced the station execs at WPIX TV to remove the films from their daily schedule. "The Three Stooges Show" went off the air on Thursday May 7,1970.
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