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The Three Stooges (slapstick comedy shorts)

     (ABC Saturdays, from 1949;
      Syndicated, from 1959)
      
     [Moe and Jerome (Curly) Howard and Larry Fein fashioned a slapstick
      comedy team known as The Three Stooges. They appeared first on 
      vaudeville stages, and later in movie shorts -- over a period from 
      the 1920's through the 1940's -- primarily for Columbia Pictures.
      
      Although the shorts were for theatrical release, 1950's television
      stations broadcast the movie shorts in various ways, mostly as local 
      weekend shows from syndicated packages (sometimes with cartoons.)
      
      In this way the use of the "Stooges" was similar to that of "Laurel
      and Hardy" shorts in the earliest days of the medium, hungry for
      any and all visual fillers.
      
      Their brand of physical humor -- the comically stylized violence --
      the "nyuk-nyuks" and "whoop-whoop-whoops," eye-pokes, the dubbed
      sound effect slaps and head conks -- may have been a source of 
      parental disapproval during the 1920's and 1930's. But by the 
      early television era, they had been around a few decades, so 
      everyone knew the exaggerated hits were just a comic effect -- 
      in some ways very much like a "live cartoon." So most children 
      learned to view them that way. If a team of actors today tried
      that on a kids show, they would probably be seen as excessive 
      and pulled off the air.]
      


Theme 1: "Hello, Hello, Hello (from 'The Three Stooges')"

    [above title as listed in the National Music Publishers Assn.
     Harry Fox Association (HFA) "Song List"; 
     ASCAP title variations are:
     aka: "Three Stooges";
     aka: "3 Stooges Theme";
     aka: "Three Stooges Theme";

     Contributor Ellen Chiri-Bakaleinikoff, daughter-in-law of the
     writer confirmed he did compose "The Three Stooges Theme"; and
     that although some people may confuse Mischa Bakaleinikoff 
     with Vladimir Bakaleinikoff, the two are not the same person;

     To clarify this she wrote, "Vladimir was Mischa's brother, 
     and was conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and 
     Associate Conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony. Another
     musical Bakaleinikoff brother was Constantin, who was
     RKO Pictures Music Director."]

     Composer: Mischa Bakaleinikoff (ASCAP)
              [professional name of Mikhail Romanovich Bakaleinikov]

     1978 Publisher: Columbia Pict. Now S B (ASCAP)
                    [refers to Shapiro, Bernstein & Co. Inc.]

     2000 Publisher: Columbia Pict. Now S B - F D (ASCAP)
                    [refers to Shapiro, Bernstein & Co. Inc.
                     Film Division.]
                      
     2014 Publisher: Shapiro Bernstein Film Division
                       c/o Shapiro, Bernstein & Co., Inc.
                       of New York, NY

     Copyright Date:
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     Recording:


Theme 2, part A: "Listen To The Mocking Bird (incorporating 'Hickory, Dickory Dock')"

    [This THEME is verified by airchecks...only the verse theme melody
     is used, which is combined with the nursery rhyme ending tag
    "Hickory Dickory Dock" (see below); The medley may have been put
     together by Lyle ("Spuds") Murphy (see Theme #4 below)
     
     The original authors of "Listen To The Mocking Bird", from which
     the THEME was adapted, were Richard Milburn and Septimus Winner
     who used the pseudonym "Alice Hawthorne".
                  
     Publisher and copyright information for this song from the
     "Book of World Famous Music" by James Fuld]:             

     Composers: music by Richard Milburn (not affiliated),
                lyric by Alice Hawthorne (not affiliated)
                        [pseudonym of Septimus Winner], and
                adaptation by Lyle ("Spuds") Murphy (ASCAP)

     Original Publisher: Winner & Shuster (no affiliation), of
                         Philadelphia, PA

     1997 Publisher: [Public Domain]

     Copyright Date: April 17, 1855;
     Renewal   Date: 

     Recording:


Theme 2, part B (end tag): "Hickory Dickory Dock"

    [this nursery rhyme tune is interpolated as an Ending Tag after
     the theme medley with "Listen to the Mocking Bird" (see above;
     The arranger may be Lyle ("Spuds") Murphy (see Theme #4 below)]

     Composer: *Traditional* [Nursery tune]

     Original Publisher: [Public Domain]

     1997 Publisher: [Public Domain]

     Copyright Date:
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Theme 3 (Main Title circa 1947): "Three Blind Mice (Signature) [the nursery rhyme tune]"

    [ASCAP title variation: "Three Blind Mice";
     NMPA title variation: 
          "Three Blind Mice (from the 3 Stooges 'Fright Night')"...
           which was a 1947 short film (18 min. in length).
           
     Two sets of writers were credited in ASCAP with this THEME, 
     both with Ortala Le Clerc Germaine (French SACEM). The other writer
     in set #1 was John M. Leipold (ASCAP, and in set #2 the other
     writer was Edward H. Plumb. We will combine credits below.

     The National Music Publishers Assn. garbled the names, 
     crediting someone named "Leipole, Grigor"]
 
     Composers: *Traditional* [Nursery tune],
                adaptation by Ortala Le Clerc Germaine (French SACEM/ASCAP), and
                John M. Leipold (ASCAP), and/or
                Edward H. Plumb (ASCAP)

     1978 Publisher: Bourne Co. (ASCAP)

     2000 Publisher: Bourne Co. (ASCAP),
                        of New York, NY

     Copyright Date:
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     Recording:


Theme 4 (Main Title circa 1950): "Three Stooges Theme (Three Blind Mice)"

    [above is the title in the ASCAP database in 2014;
     aka: "Three Blind Mice (the nursery rhyme tune)"
     NMPA title: "Theme From 'The Three Stooges'" -- credits "Spuds Murphy";
     NMPA title variation #1: "Three Blind Mice (Trad.)"
     NMPA title variation #2: "Love At First Bite";
     
     ASCAP Title in 2014: "Three Stooges Theme (Three Blind Mice)";

     The Three Stooges film "Love At The First Bite" was
     filed for copyright in 1950; it is believed to be the source
     of this THEME.]

     Composers: *Traditional* [Nursery tune],
                adaptation by Lyle ("Spuds") Murphy (ASCAP)

     1978 Publisher: Shapiro, Bernstein & Co. Inc. (ASCAP)

     2000 Publisher: Shapiro, Bernstein & Co. Inc. (ASCAP),
                        of New York, NY
                        
     2014 Publisher: Shapiro, Bernstein & Co. Inc. (ASCAP),
                        of New York, NY
                        
     Copyright Date:
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     Recording:


















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