The Three Stooges

Around Christmas of 1956, Joe was hired to replace Shemp as the third stooge, who had died. By this time, Besser was already very popular with radio, movie, and television audiences. Besser had already made three starring features and 11 short-subjects for the studio in the 1940-1950s.  The Stooges had a two-year contract to film 16 additional short subjects to be released from 1957-1959.