In case you just tuned in, I am using the Wikipedia entry on Wallace Beery — alleging that he was involved in the death of Ted Healy — as a way to explore Wikipedia’s fundamental problems with accuracy and delve into Hollywood myths. This is a slow, paragraph by paragraph analysis and, yes, it’s tedious. I hope the research drudges in the audience will find it interesting.
Today we are going to look at the person who appears to be a main informant for the Forrester brothers’ book “The Three Stooges” in the Wallace Beery-Ted Healy yarn. It’s a fellow named Sam/Sammy Wolfe, born Samuel Glasser, who also performed as Sammy Glasser.
IMDB lists him in two 1937 films: “The Hit Parade” and “Swing It, Professor” as a member of the Gentle Maniacs with Paul “Mousie” Garner and Richard Hakins.
Let’s investigate The Times clips. This will be tedious. Very tedious.
Dec. 24, 1937: He is listed as Sam Wolfe in a story stating that he attended Healy’s funeral, but he is misidentified as one of the original stooges.
In all the other clips he is called Sammy.
He performed at the Cafe Lamaze, according to a March 13, 1941, ad.
On Sept. 2, 1941, he was mentioned in a review of “Fun for the Money,” a revue at the Hollywood Playhouse called called “A Grade B attraction with Grade A pretensions.”
On May 31, 1944, he was listed as performing in “Surprises of ’44.”
“Sammy Wolfe’s clowning, while recalling the Main St. emporiums [a reference to the downtown Los Angeles burlesque houses] also had its points.”
Nine years later, for New Year’s Eve, 1953, he performed here:
Aug. 23, 1956:
Jan. 29, 1958:
May 24, 1958, he performs in a Ben Blue show with Buddy Lester:
June 14, 1958, still at Ben Blue’s:
Sept. 20, 1958, at Ben Blue’s:
Nov. 22, 1958:
Feb. 21, 1959:
March 12, 1959:
May 23, 1959: Hey look! It’s Ponce Ponce!
Aug. 1, 1959:
Aug; 15, 1959:
Feb. 27, 1960:
March 19, 1960:
Feb. 24, 1962:
April 24, 1966, with Billy Gray:
Aug. 28, 1975: Sammy Wolfe shows up in an audition for people who sound like Al Jolson to promote the rerelease of the 1946 film “The Jolson Story.” And no, he wasn’t a finalist.
June 29, 1977, he performed at the Mayfair in Santa Monica:
Aug. 20, 1979, he appears in “Go Like Sixty”:
May 24, 1984, in a tribute to Turk Prujan:
Aug. 28, 1984 – only $5.50 and everybody gets a free bottle of shampoo.
And that’s everything I could find in The Times on Mr. Sammy Wolfe.
To be continued.