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Joe Palma

Highest Rated: 97% Gilda (1946)

Lowest Rated: 60% Strangers When We Meet (1960)

Birthday: Not Available

Birthplace: Not Available

Onscreen from 1938, balding American comedian Joe Palma (sometimes billed Joseph Palma) became a fixture in Columbia Pictures short subjects, earning a reported 55 dollars a day supporting everybody from "Woo-Woo" Hugh Herbert to Vera Vague to the Three Stooges. Along with Johnny Kascier and the veteran Al Thompson, Palma played bit parts and did stunt work in virtually all the Stooges comedies of the 1940s and early '50s. When Shemp Howard died suddenly of a heart attack in November 1955, Palma doubled him in four comedies before producer/director Jules White finally settled on Joe Besser as the third Stooge. The studio kept up the charade by filming Palma, as Shemp, from the back or having him carry heavy loads of props that completely obscured his face. Joe Palma outlasted the Columbia short subject department, retiring from screen work in 1965.

Highest Rated Movies



74% The Great Race Conductor 1965
80% Good Neighbor Sam Postman 1964
75% Irma La Douce Prison Guard 1963
No Score Yet The Notorious Landlady Reporter 1962
60% Strangers When We Meet Bit 1960
88% The Sniper Man 1952
No Score Yet My Six Convicts (My 6 Convicts) Convict Driver 1952
No Score Yet The Fuller Brush Girl Cop 1950
No Score Yet Johnny Allegro Guard 1949
No Score Yet The Undercover Man Policeman 1949
70% Knock on Any Door Reporter 1949
No Score Yet The Reckless Moment Card Player 1949
82% The Lady From Shanghai Cab Driver 1948
No Score Yet A Likely Story Poker Player 1947
No Score Yet Night Editor (The Trespasser) Newsboy 1946
97% Gilda Waiter 1946
No Score Yet Two Years Before the Mast Sailor 1946
No Score Yet Boston Blackie's Rendezvous Third Cop 1945
No Score Yet Boston Blackie Booked on Suspicion Policeman 1945


No Score Yet The Three Stooges


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