Forever the Boys
in One Sentence
Chariots of Fire meets Chaplin
Forever the Boys is a biographical motion
picture on the most beloved comedy team in the history of the motion
picture industry: Moe Howard and the Three Stooges™. Referred to as "the
Boys" by the film professionals who worked with them, Moe Howard, Larry
Fine, Jerry "Curly" Howard and Shemp Howard created a comedy style that
remains as popular today as it was in the 1930s when they began their
record-breaking 25-year association with Columbia Pictures.
Forever the Boys is not a
comedy. Forever the Boys is a drama with all the emotional
impact you come to expect from an expertly-crafted feature-length
biographical film. The picture opens with our beloved Curly dying from the
effects of an alcoholism-induced stroke and then moves to a pie fight on a
sound stage at Columbia. From there we take the audience on an emotional
roller coaster ride as we reprise the career of Moe Howard and how he came
to form the team that became known as the Three Stooges.
Our story begins with a flashback to 1909 as Moe
Howard, then known by his real name of Harry Moses Horwitz, begins
performing for neighborhood audiences, all to the distress of his "old
country" Jewish parents. Young Moe meets a local boy and the relationship
changes his life. Later known by the stage name of Ted Healy, the man goes
on to become one of the most successful Vaudeville and Broadway performers
of the day.
But young Ted Healy has a character flaw: he only wants
fame and fortune. Moe, on the other hand, is obsessed with perfection.
He’ll never a miss a performance, not even one, in his entire 60 year
career. But Moe pays a price for his obsession: when Ted later dies in a
bar fight outside the Trocadero Nightclub on Sunset Strip, Moe never
attends the funeral of the man who hired him, Larry Fine, and "Curly" to
be his "stooges" on stage. Moe never stays to comfort his family after the
funeral of his older brother. And he never attends the funeral of his own
mother, pushing his brother "Curly" deeper into alcoholism and despair at
the height of their on-screen career. Our picture ends on the set of the
only film in which Moe, Curly and Shemp appear together: Hold That Lion,
Along the way, from 1909 to 1947, we will meet some of
the greatest names in Broadway and the hey-day of the entertainment
industry. Some key supporting roles include J. J. Shubert (the legendary
showman), Busby Berkeley (the equally legendary musical director), Louis
Mayer of MGM, Clark Gable, Abbott and Costello, Harry Cohn (president of
Columbia Pictures and arguably the most feared, loved, and hated man in
the history of the movie business), and directors Jules White, Del Lord,
and Raymond McCarey (who directed many of the Stooge shorts).
Forever the Boys is a celebration of success
and failure, of triumph and tragedy, of obsession and reward. And more
than this, along the way we’ll see not just our characters change and
grow, we will see our nation change and grow. Our story is set in the
background of first five decades of the 20th century: the
1900s, the 1910s, the 1920s, the 1930s and the 1940s. Through the eyes of
our characters, we’ll see the times of the War to End All Wars, the
Roaring Twenties, the Great Depression, and World War II. Even our music
will reflect the times of each decade as the film progresses.
Forever the Boys will be the biographical film of our generation,
maybe even of the century.