Because of the badremakes that Hollywood loves to churn out I got a bit nervous when I stumbled upon The NEW Three Stooges, but as it turns out it's just that the boys did some lame new material as an intro to an animated version. Not their best work by any means but true fans might want to have a look. Even though there was a remake of sorts, The Three Stooges TV Movie was more of a docudrama than a re-imaging. It's only a matter of time till some creatively bankrupt Hollywood executive gets the bright idea to re-cast and revisit The Stooges. Let's hope that day never comes. The classic line-up MoeHoward, LarryFine, and CurlyHoward would be hard to beat. And let's not forget the under-appreciated Shemp.
The eye poke started when Shemp accused Larry of cheating in a card game, and Shemp poked him in the eyes! Moe, watching all this, laughed so hard he fell off his chair and through his patio glass door.
The Soviet government asked permission for the aging Stooges shorts to be shown on Soviet TV, and that the Stooges declined, their theory being that the Soviets planned to use the Stooges as Cold War propaganda, i.e., evidence that the American people were pathologically violent and/or stupid.
The contact point of the "eye poke" was actually the brow bone, not the eyes. The illusion looked real on television. In the 1950s, after numerous complaints by parents of children imitating the Stooges' eyepoke, they went on TV to demonstrate how exactly they did it safely.
Shemp acquired his name from his mother's attempts to pronounce his name, "Sam", in spite of her thick accent