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The Stairs from the "An Ache in Every Stake" episode - 1941

Does this flight of stairs look unusually familiar to you? It should. These stairs are seen in the beginning of the "An Ache in Every Stake" episode when the Stooges are attempting to bring a block of ice to an impatient customer standing atop the stairs. The boys are furiously trying their hardest to get the ice up to the top of the stairs without having the ice melt before they can get it there. The stairs also serve as an escape route for the boys later in the film when things heat up.

The steps are located in Los Angeles, CA. between 2257 and 2258 Fair Oak View Terrace, in the dead-end "cul-de-sac" of the street. This is in the Silverlake area of Los Angeles.

Get the full "An Ache in Every Stake" synopsis and film details in the filmography HERE.

It was recently discovered by Jim Pauley (a long-time Three Stooges fan) that the stairs were still in existence today over 60 years from the filming of the "An Ache in Every Stake" short. Pauley did a story on the stairs which was published in a Three Stooges Fan Club Newsletter. Even though I've requested the story a couple of times, unfortunately, I have yet to see it. Hopefully I'll get my hands on it someday. The story itself probably provides even more valuable information on this awesome landmark.

The stairs themselves remain one of the most intriguing and perhaps one of the few remaining landmarks from the Three Stooges era that are almost un-changed. This story has peaked the interests of a few die-hard fans living in the L.A. area and I have received a few e-mails from fans who embarked on their own little research field trips. The results are below:

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An aerial photo of the cul-de-sac and stairs today (click to see larger image)

Dan, a true Stooge fan, sends these amazing aerial photos of the site today (taken March 2004). You'll notice when comparing the aerial to the other photos Dan sent, there isn't much difference in the landmark some 60+ years later. Totally Cool!!!

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Christopher over at Hollywood Blvd. "The Virtual Tour" notified me that he was also out there recently and took some beautiful color photographs of the site. Christopher was out there researching many historical Hollywood sites for his web site. Since a similar flight of stairs (in the same area of Cali) was seen and used in "The Music Box" by Laurel and Hardy, he was technically knocking out two birds with one stone. Christopher was kind enough to offer his photos for a tribute here at StoogeWord. So, without further adieu, Enjoy the photos of the stairway from "An Ache in Every Stake."

 

Looking up the stairs from Street Level.

Halfway up, Whew! No wonder Curly was winded...

 

Halfway up (looking back down)

Standing at the landing at the top looking back down


PHOTO FACTOIDS:

These very recent photographs were taken in December of 2002.
- images courtesy Christopher @ Hollywood Blvd. "The Virtual Tour"

Chris' Notes about the photos above:

Originally, there was a tall "Dead End" sign to the left of the stairs in the street level photo, which I removed. You can however, still see its shadow across the steps. I didn't want to tamper with the famous steps in trying to remove it, so I left the shadow in the picture un-retouched. There are 147 steps altogether. That's 16 more than Laurel and Hardys steps!

All pictures are original, taken by me. But you can credit them to Hollywood Boulevard - The Virtual Tour.

The pictures were taken with my Sony DSC-S70 3.3 megapixel digital camera, and originally edited by me using Paint Shop Pro 7.



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