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Ben Holmes (original screenplay) and
John Grey (original screenplay) ...
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2 August 1934 (USA) See more »
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  (in credits order)
Bobby Clark ... Blackstone (as Clark)
Paul McCullough ... Blodgett (as McCullough)
Tom Kennedy ... Plug Hardy
Helen Collins ... June Bolt - Willie's Wife
Jack Rice ... Thackery D. Ward, Attorney
Lorin Raker ... William (Willie) Bolt (as Lorrin Raker)
Gus Reed ... The Judge

Directed by
Ben Holmes 
Writing credits
Ben Holmes (original screenplay) and
John Grey (original screenplay) (as Johnny Grey)

Bobby Clark (additional dialogue)

Produced by
Lou Brock .... producer
Film Editing by
Edward Mann 

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USA:22 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
USA:Approved | USA:Passed (National Board of Review)


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3 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Rough....very, very rough., 18 March 2010
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

I know a lot about old-time comedy and have probably reviewed more early comedies than just about anyone on IMDb--or at least close to it. Yet, when I found this short starring Clark and McCullough, I have to admit that I had never heard of these guys--even though they made about a couple dozen films together. And, after seeing "Odor in the Court", I think I understand why. The biggest thing I noticed is that the act seemed very rough--and very much like a vaudeville or burlesque-style routine. Sophisticated, it ain't, but it worked fine 80-100 years ago. But today, this style of comedy is definite NOT in vogue. The closest way to describe them is that they are a less funny or polished version of Olsen and Johnson---provided you know who Olsen and Johnson are! Or, put another way, they are like a less funny version of Wheeler and Woolsey---again, provided you know who they are! This final comparison is pretty appropriate, as Woolsey and Clark played essentially the same "type"--a fast-talking guy with glasses, a goofy look and silly clothes.

This film finds the team as brand new lawyers willing to do anything to get a case. Their motto is "no case is too small, no fee is too high"! In many ways, the film reminds me of Wheeler & Woolsey film "Peach-O-Reno " (one of the team's funniest) in that they often create cases through the most dishonest means. The court scene is pretty silly--with lots of obnoxious antics and word-play--mostly the type that little kids would like and older folks would just groan at repeatedly. The only thing I liked, and I am stretching here, is the presence of a marching band in and outside the courtroom--it added a nice goofy touch to the proceedings. Otherwise, I can DEFINITELY wait to see another one of their films! Poor all around.

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