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Disorder in the Court (1936)

Unrated | | Short, Comedy, Crime | 30 May 1936 (USA)
The Three Stooges are key witnesses in a murder trial, and create havoc in the courtroom!


Jack White (as Preston Black)


Felix Adler (story and screen play)




Complete credited cast:
Curly Howard ... Curly (as Curly)
Larry Fine ... Larry (as Larry)
Moe Howard ... Moe (as Moe)


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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Short | Comedy | Crime


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"Preston Black" is the pseudonym of Jack White, the older brother of Jules White, the head of the shorts department at Columbia Pictures. See more »


The court clerk (James C. Morton) appears to open his mouth early, as Curly launches the bass bow. This is a result of the shot being shown in reverse--the bow was actually in the clerk's mouth first, then pulled away, then the film was shown in reverse. See more »


Curly: Well, me and my pals, we're musicians. We were tearin' up some hot swing music in the York Esther. Gail over there was swingin' her fans. Her sweetie Koik Robin was inhalin' a bottle of hooch at a table. And a hoofer by the name of Buck Wing was gettin' ready to shake his tootsies.
Defense attorney: Kindly speak English and drop the vernacular.
Curly: [holding his Derby hat] Vernaculah? That's a doiby!
Defense attorney: Drop the vernacular!
[Curly drops his hat]
Defense attorney: No, no, not that! Talk so the jury can understand!
Curly: Is everybody dumb?
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Alternate Versions

Not only is the 2005 Fox release of Disorder in the Court colorized, it is also the only version to feature sound effects for the eye pokes. All other versions, whether released by Columbia or public domain, never used sound effects for the eye pokes. See more »


Featured in Stoogemania (1985) See more »


Push 'em Up
Written by Howard Jackson
Dance number during in the courtroom
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Possibly their best early short
13 July 1999 | by thom-29See all my reviews

This short sets the stage for the Stooges' next 10 years of greatness. It includes a rubber head scene involving a letter press, a stunt double for Curly, a risque (for that era) dance, and some classic Stooge lines, including, "Oh, superstitious. eh?", "Take off your hat!", and, "I'm a victim of soicumstance!". Nonstop mayhem, and Bud Jamison is a riot. Finally, during a brief audience shot, Curly's and Moe's real mother and father (Mr. and Mrs. Horowitz) are sitting in their left front row!

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Release Date:

30 May 1936 (USA) See more »

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Columbia Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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