IMDb and TCM have Jerome Howard listed as a co-writer, along with Joe Lubin, of songs from the Doris Day movies Midnight Lace and The Glass Bottom Boat. They claim that this is the same Jerome Howard who was known as Curly Howard of the Three Stooges. Can anyone verify this? I can't find any information about another man with the same name, but I also don't see any mention of songwriting work in any articles on Curly Howard (unless it was a case of buying a copyright for a song and listing oneself as a co-writer, as several comedians apparently did in the 1940s). Are there any Stooge experts out there who have more info on this? Thanks.
"According to one of his ex-wives, he was extremely musical. He could take almost anything lying around and make music with it. She said when they went to nightclubs, he would take two spoons and play along with the club's band--in fact, there is a scene in Disorder in the Court (1936) showing him playing the spoons--or tear the tablecloth to music. Of course, they would find the cost of the tablecloth added to the bill."
"Got his first job when he was 25 years old, performing as a burlesque conductor for the Orville Knapp Orchestra."
"Older brother Moe Howard taught him how to play the ukulele."
Looks like the same person. Curly died in 1952, but a version of the Boat song was actually written earlier.
Yep .... the OP's question is whether or not there are two Jerome Howards or is the composer Jerome actually Curly ?
So far, it remains a puzzlement !
Actually, looking at it again, Curly Howard died before the other movies mentioned were made. So no, Curly was not the songwriter.
42-year-old Curly Howard had suffered a series of minor strokes several months prior to filming, and his performances in their Columbia shorts at that time were often sluggish and lethargic. By the time of Swing Parade of 1946, he had lost a considerable amount of weight, and had difficulty maintaining his trademark falsetto voice. He appears somewhat more healthy and animated in this film, however, possibly due to The Stooges' supporting roles being less strenuous than in the shorts, where Curly was in virtually every scene. He is also billed as "Jerome Howard" in the credits, for the first time in many years. Wikipedia
I did not know that. I'm not an expert on them, so I wouldn't know anyway.
Everyone once in a while I find myself going down a Stooges rabbit hole. I watched them as a kid, liked them, but am not a rabid fan. But I am somewhat fascinated by their rotating lineup, little tidbits like Curly being a musician, etc. Finding out Curly did a cameo after retiring is another example:
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