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Disorder in the Court (1936)

Unrated | | Comedy, Short | 30 May 1936 (USA)
The stooges are witnesses at a trial where their friend, a dancer at a nightclub where they are musicians, is accused of murder. The stooges manage to disrupt the proceedings but save the ... See full summary »

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The stooges are witnesses at a trial where their friend, a dancer at a nightclub where they are musicians, is accused of murder. The stooges manage to disrupt the proceedings but save the day when they discover the real murderer's identity. Written by Mitch Shapiro <mshapiro@a.crl.com>

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Trivia

Much of the witness/bailiff and judge dialogue was actually used in the film Sidewalks of New York (1931) with Buster Keaton, which was directed by Jules White, who was the head of the Columbia Pictures shorts department and who directed many of The Three Stooges' shorts. See more »

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The clerk of court reacts twice to Gail unzipping her dress. See more »

Quotes

Court clerk: [as Curley come up to him] Take off your hat.
[Curley does with his right hand]
Court clerk: Now, raise your right hand.
[Curley put his hat back on and does]
Court clerk: [points to the Bible] Now put your left hand here.
[Curley goes to do so but can't because his cane is in that hand so he switches it to his right hand]
Judge: [to Curley] Take off your hat.
[Curley does again with his right hand]
Court clerk: Raise your right hand.
[Curley put his hat back on again and does so]
[...]
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Push 'em Up
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Written by Howard Jackson
Dance number during in the courtroom
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" --- (my mother's) favorite is Disorder In The Court --- "
3 October 2004 | by (California) – See all my reviews

Even with periods of dementia and depression, my 88-year old mother remains discriminating about which videos merit both her close attention and her laughter. Family members try to select compatible, bright-spirited films for Mom (from family situations, animal stories, musicals, comedies, and international intrigue), while weeding out offensive sex and violence. An area of trial and error has been Slapstick Comedy, which produced mixed and sometimes disappointing results -- all pies in all faces are not slam-dunk belly laughs -- or even condescending smiles. Complex, sophisticated, or subtle humor may be difficult for Mom to process at this stage in life.

Initially, she did not respond well to recent viewings of The Three Stooges -- in a lucid state, her more traditional values carry over. With earlier cultural and social restraints prevailing, she remembers the guys as silly goofs. But in current showings, she laughs openly - sometimes to a point of tears - at the zany antics of Moe, Larry, and Curly (only "Home Alone (1990)," brings out as much unrestrained laughter). It could be inferred that, when dementia erodes Mom's inhibitions of long standing, she is more relaxed and laughs easier (or, maybe she has developed a liking for The Three Stooges). Hopefully this simplistic discussion is neither insensitive nor disrepectful in suggesting that any form of happiness - free of tensions and uncertainties - is preferable to debilitating depression.

We have purchased several Three Stooges full-length and short feature DVDs, together with other slapstick comedies. "The Three Stooges Go Around The World In A Daze (1963)," a full-length parody of Jules Verne's book / Michael Todd's film, "Around The World In Eighty Days" scores high on my mother's laugh-meter; but her favorite is "Disorder In The Court (1936)," a short feature film, with Moe, Larry, and Curly at their classic best -- memorable routines of a comedy form that can only be described as, "Dear God, please don't ever let me see my children behave like that in public."

Aging is a one-way journey, often difficult; and taking The Three Stooges along with you will make it a much looser and happier ride. A slap, poke, gouge, kick, or scream from Moe, Larry, and Curly can't be all bad -- can it?


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