Disorder in the Court is a 1936 short subject directed by Preston Black starring American slapstick comedy team The Three Stooges (Moe Howard, Larry Fine and Curly Howard). It is the 15th entry in the series released by Columbia Pictures starring the comedians, who released 190 shorts for the studio between 1934 and 1959.
|Disorder in the Court|
|Directed by||Preston Black|
|Written by||Felix Adler|
|Produced by||Jules White|
James C. Morton
|Cinematography||Benjamin H. Kline|
|Edited by||William A. Lyon|
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures|
The Stooges are key witnesses at a murder trial. Their friend and colleague, Gail Tempest (Suzanne Kaaren), is a dancer at the Black Bottom cafe where the Stooges are musicians. She is accused of killing Kirk Robin (a play on "Who Killed Cock Robin?").
When the Stooges are called to the witness stand, they are nowhere to be found. The defense attorney (Bud Jamison) goes out into the hall only to find the Stooges playing jacks and tic-tac-toe simultaneously on the floor. After considerable mutual frustration, the court finally swears in Curly, who begins to describe the events that took place on the night of the murder. He offers to show the court exactly what happened. The Stooges and Tempest are part of a musical act; Tempest and the Stooges break into their musical routine to prove this, with Larry on violin, Moe on harmonica, and Curly on both spoons and upright bass while Tempest dances.
The act is interrupted when Larry unknowingly mistakes a man's toupée for a tarantula and Moe subsequently takes the guard's gun and starts shooting the toupée, causing pandemonium in the court. Moe and then Curly re-enact the actual murder (with Curly on the receiving end). Moe then looks at the parrot, who was at the murder scene, and sees a note tied to the parrot's foot. He opens the parrot cage, and the parrot flies out after it scratches Moe's finger. The Stooges eventually capture the bird by shooting water at it through a fire hose. Moe then reads the letter out loud and reveals that it is a confession from the real murderer, Buck Wing, which finally proves Tempest's innocence. The note also said that Buck Wing will disappear.
The Stooges and Gail Tempest were going to get their picture taken; however, the fire hose, which Curly tied up earlier, explodes and sprays water everywhere.
- Bud Jamison as Defense Attorney
- Harry Semels as District Attorney
- Suzanne Kaaren as Gail Tempest
- James C. Morton as Court clerk
- Edward LeSaint as Judge
- Al Thompson as Bailiff
- Eddie Laughton as Co-Counsel
- Johnny Kascier as Court recorder
- Alice Belcher as Flirting juror
- Solomon Horwitz as Gallery spectator
- Harold Kening as Gallery spectator
- Bobby Barber as Gallery spectator
- Bobby Burns as Gallery spectator
- Sam Lufkin as Gallery spectator
- Arthur Thalasso as Tall man in Hallway
A colorized version of this film was released in 2006 as part of the DVD collection "Stooges on the Run."
This is the first Stooge short in which Curly is spelled "C-U-R-L-Y" in the opening titles instead of the previous "C-U-R-L-E-Y." The title card also has the Stooges inverted reading from left to right, Curly-Larry-Moe, as opposed to Moe-Larry-Curly in previous shorts, effectively giving Curly "top billing." This change in the title card coincides with the refined and more familiar Columbia Pictures image of a torch-bearing woman, with a shimmering light instead of the primitive animation of light rays in the previous version. In addition, the "Columbia" theme now uses a more upbeat theme, featuring a brass introduction.
Disorder in the Court is one of four Columbia Stooge shorts that fell into the public domain after the copyright lapsed in the 1960s, the other three being Malice in the Palace (1949), Sing a Song of Six Pants and Brideless Groom (both 1947). As such, these four shorts frequently appear on budget VHS and DVD compilations.
In popular cultureEdit
The classic 'swearing in' ('Take off your hat!,' 'Raise your right hand,' 'Judgy Wudgy') routine was borrowed nearly verbatim from Buster Keaton's 1931 film Sidewalks of New York, directed by Stooge veteran and producer Jules White.
The short appears in the 2019 horror film 3 from Hell.
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