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Moe Howard handwritten description of ''Our Regular Vaudeville Act'', signed multiple times throughout, recounting the early theatrical shows of Howard, Fine & Howard from the late 1920s. Moe Howard writes the three page document for ''Matt'', in either late 1952 or early 1953, asking him for help in replacing the underlined gags, because ''we have been using them for quite a number of years. We are to open at the Sahara - Las Vegas - 2 weeks starting Feb 10, 1953''. He closes the manuscript by sending New Years greetings to Matt and ''Gert'', likely Matt's wife. Composed on three pages of two sheets measuring 8.5'' x 11'' of stationery from ''The Spastic Children's Guild'', one of Moe's favorite charities. Folds, else near fine, with bold, legible handwriting.

Transcript of manuscript follows. Note that Moe uses the word "(bus)" as short for "business", to indicate comedic action.

"Our Regular Vaudeville act (1)

open in High Hats + Tails - Singing Song - We went to Yale!
at finish of which we make quick change into stooge outfits and
comb hair down -
Shemp + Larry sing a double talk lyric - In the middle of
which Shemp hollers - Hey Hey - Moe smashes cigar in Shemps face,
(which he had in his mouth from the start)
(Moe) yells off stage 'Hey Eddie shut that alley door everythings
walking in here', -- (Shemp + Larry continue to sing) - Moe speaks talking
to Larry) - Hey you with the Tony Home permanent - (Larry comes over) 'you
talking to me? -- (Moe) you'll do - Who are you guys? (Larry) - we're
technocrats - (Moe) what dyah mean technocrats - (Larry) we technocrat from
nobody (bus.[iness]) (Moe) where are you lads from? (Shemp + Larry) - We're from the
South, Hallalujah, Amen, Peace on you brother - Moe) Are you guys
really from the south? (Larry) - yeah man Hallalujah (Larry to Shemp) - Show
that man those Dixie Cups - (Moe) Wait a minute, Did you boys ever
Hear of Abraham Lincoln (Shemp) Glad to meet you stranger (they put hands
out for handshake) (Moe slaps him) (Moe) What do you guys do? (Shemp)
Comedy, singing, dancing, songwriting, park your car, get you a couple of
broads! (Moe) oh sort of versatile hey (Shemp) no that's my natural
smell (bus)(Moe) And you're also song writers? (Shemp) yeah, here's a little
song we whipped up this morning (hand Moe song) (Moe) Whipped it up, looks
like you beat the hell out of it. (Shemp takes music away turns to piano player
asks for a keynote, which he gets - He sings a lousy notes with the words - 'I
Have' - (Moe) Boy I'll say you have' - whats the matter with the vocal chord
(Shemp) I've got a frog in my throat (Moe) The Frog sings better than you do.
(Shemp) (to piano player) Give me another chord (he gets it) (Larry + Shemp sing)
'I have a girl named Nellie' (Moe joins them) (In the middle of song Larry belches)
(Shemp)(To Larry) you must have taken that Serutan sideways (Moe taking song
from Shemp) I'll show you hoe to sing this number (Larry) Do you know the
Lyrics (Shemp) And the rythme (Moe) No I'll sing my own arrangement on
this (Moe sings) Last night Nellie wore a brand new dress (Pointing down saying)
Basso, Basso (Larry taking music) youre singing it wrong you old - - - basso,
(Larry sings) Last night Nellie wore a brand new dress (singing the word dress very high)
(Moe) I'd like to hear that last note again (Larry sings the high dress note again)
(Moe punches Larrys cheek and says) I just wanted to make sure (Pansylike) (Larry
Kisses Moe on cheek) (Shemp) Hey do you two guys go steady (smack) (Moe takes
music back and sings) Last night Nellie wore a brand new - - (Moe Grabs Larrys mouth
to keep him from singing the note on dress - so Shemp steals the note singing an off key
low note)(Moe to Shemp) Hey onion head do you gargle with dutch cleanser?
You know your voice reminds me of a statue in Egypt (Shemp) you mean sphynx
(Moe) Thats close enough (Moe looking at Larry) You know son you look like

(2)
the reason for twin beds - - Whats your racket? (Larry) Racket? (Moe) How do
you earn money to buy that nylon shopping bag you're wearing - what are
you a [?], or an F.B.I. man (Larry) No I'm a tailor - you know I
can make you a beautiful suit with 2 pr of pants, a belt in the back and
hand stiching for four hundred and eighty five dollars (Moe) $485.00 - youre
no tailor - youre a robber (Larry) Thats me Robber Tailor (smack) (Moe to Shemp)
You know I've seen a better looking pair under a bed -- whats your
vocation-(Shemp) The last 2 weeks in August (Moe) what are you going
to do on your vocation? (Shemp) Im going fishing (Moe) Have you got
worms (Shemp) Yeh but I'm going anyhow (Moe to Shemp) now look I
mean what do you do to earn a salary (Shemp) oh I manufacture
parts out of wood (Moe) with zippers? (Shemp) No with swinging doors!
(Moe to Larry) Hey rag map! (Pointing to Shemp) Is that that your brother (Larry)
No my brother's living (Moe confidentially to Larry) whats wrong with that guy
(Larry) He's nuts - he thinks he's a chicken (Moe) Well why don't you put
him in an institution (Larry) We can't we need the eggs! (smack)
(Moe looking at Shemp says) You know you look like the sporting type
(Shemp) I am the sporting type (bus) (Moe) Do you like Baseball (Shemp)
Im nuts about baseball (Moe) Well are you a Yankee rooter (Shemp)
No I'm an Athaletic supporter (bus) - - - - (referring to song) Now - where was
I (Shemp) In Nellies Dress (bus) By the way - whats the Title of this hunk of
junk you handed me (Larry) I took my Girl to Miami now I'm going
Tampa with her. (Moe continues song) Last night Nellie wore a brand new dress
It was really very thin, Nellie asked me how I liked it so I answered
with a grin - wait 'til the sun shines Nellie (Moe tears up sheet and hits Shemp
with it) (Larry) we have another song - - (Moe) no more songs boys,
we shall now dash into the dra ama (Larry) Dash into the what-a (Moe)
I said we shall dash into the dra ama (ala English) eh what old boy (Larry to Shemp)
Get a load of this high class junk with the spitoon haircut - (to Shemp) give him
some high words (Shemp) Balloon, Elevator, Pent House (bus) (Moe) alright
we'll do the drama - a sequel to 'Grapes of wrath' - called Mad raisins
(to Shemp handing him paper) take this part (Shemp bus) not me (bus) (Moe) Hey are
you suffering from clean underwear? - - - Pick out two fingers (Shemp does)
(Moe pokes him in eye with the two he picks out) (Larry laughs + pantomimes)
(Moe to Larry) Take this part (Larry) I'll take it when I'm ready (Moe menacing)
are you ready (Larry taking paper) Yeh I'm ready (Moe) Gladys Gladys (music)
What not here she has discovered me -- she promised to meet me at the
old bridge at 10 o'clock - its now half past eight and he's not here
yet (To Shemp) Hey what does your watch say (Shemp) It don't say anything
you have to look at it. (bus) (Moe) How the wind blows. (Larry makes
sound of wind and gets a slap in the puss)

(3)
(Moe) with Gladys as my wife and those
papers in my possession I can laugh
at the world (Shemp makes a phony cackle
like laugh)(Moe) If you want to lay an egg get over in
the corner. (Shemp) How can a big guy like me lay an
egg? (Larry) There's a big basket over there (Moe) you guys
are nuts, you belong in an insane asylum (Larry) You're
alright -- can you stand a mental test (Moe) From you?
I should hope so (Larry) okay -- What would happen if
I cut off one of your ears (Moe) I wouldn't hear so
well (Larry) okay - and what would happen if I
cut off both your ears (Shemp butts in) He wouldn't see so
well (Moe to Shemp) What do you mean I wouldn't see
so well (Shemp) Your hat would slip down over you
eyes (bus) (Moe) Now for the old English (music mysterious)
(Bus.)(Moe to Shemp) Pay me the $50,000 or I'll forclose the mortgage
you rat (slap) (Larry pulls Shemp aside and says) I will not
pay you the money (and pushes him right back in front of Moe)
(This is repeated twice more with business and shemp
finally says) For God Sakes pay him the money (music,
Swanee River and phony dance to finish)

Matt
Like to have you replace those gags that I have
underlined. If you think they should be
replaced - I feel that some of them should if not all!
Most of them are good gags but we have been using
them for quite a number of years. We are to open at
the Sahara - Las Vegas - 2 weeks starting Feb 10. 1953
with an option for 2 weeks $5500.00 if only 2 weeks and
if option picked up the second two weeks at $4500.00
send gags on as quickly as possible and return this copy of
act as its the only one I have.
Helen Loves me in love + best wishes for the New-Year to both
Gert + yourself. Sincerely, Moe.

[written on side] Will send copy of Maharajah scene in the next day or two for repairs."

Moe Howard's Handwritten Signed Description of ''Our Regular Vaudeville Act'', Recounting Early Howard, Fine & Howard Theatrical Shows -- Done in Preparation for The Three Stooges 1953 Las Vegas ShowMoe Howard's Handwritten Signed Description of ''Our Regular Vaudeville Act'', Recounting Early Howard, Fine & Howard Theatrical Shows -- Done in Preparation for The Three Stooges 1953 Las Vegas ShowMoe Howard's Handwritten Signed Description of ''Our Regular Vaudeville Act'', Recounting Early Howard, Fine & Howard Theatrical Shows -- Done in Preparation for The Three Stooges 1953 Las Vegas ShowMoe Howard's Handwritten Signed Description of ''Our Regular Vaudeville Act'', Recounting Early Howard, Fine & Howard Theatrical Shows -- Done in Preparation for The Three Stooges 1953 Las Vegas Show
Moe Howard's Handwritten Signed Description of ''Our Regular Vaudeville Act'', Recounting Early Howard, Fine & Howard Theatrical Shows -- Done in Preparation for The Three Stooges 1953 Las Vegas Show
Moe Howard's Handwritten Signed Description of ''Our Regular Vaudeville Act'', Recounting Early Howard, Fine & Howard Theatrical Shows -- Done in Preparation for The Three Stooges 1953 Las Vegas Show
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