Disorder in the Court (1936)- Three Stooges

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Hello All! Fresh off my own wonderfully successful blogathon, I’m back for more- this time as a participant for the Order in the Court Blogathon hosted by CineMaven’s Essays From The Couch and Second Sight Cinema.

Because I was a little bit late to the Jury, I decided to do something a bit different, and write about a Three Stooges short- called Disorder in the Court (1936) (one of my favorites- but my all time favorite short is Mutts To You).


Growing up I probably saw this episode multiple times, as The Three Stooges are my Dad’s favorite (I’m talkin’ all time favorite) and my sister and I would watch with him. So before I go any further, this post is for you Daddy! 

Starring Moe, Larry, and Curly Disorder in the Court (1936) is the 15th short the Stooges made together under the brand of “The Three Stooges”. Moe, Larry, and Shemp had made previous shorts together as “Ted Healy’s Stooges”, but the classic shorts we all know and love didn’t begin until 1934 with the short Woman’s Haters.

In the short, the boys find themselves in a serious situation- having to defend their friend, a dancer, Gail Temptest as she is suspected of killing a man called Kirk Robin. Up first to the stand is Curly, but in true Curly fashion, he’s playing both Jacks and Tick Tack Toe in the hallway with Moe and Larry.

The Court is, of course growing impatient, but when they are told Gail’s life hangs in the balance, they rush back- as my Dad always says “those funny men- always looking for a girlfriend!”

With the boys back in the court room, the crazy antics then set in. Music and Dance numbers, mistaken toupee-for-tarantella incidents, a parrot flying out of its cage, and an out of control fire hose are just some of the events happening in the court room (remember this short is only 15 minutes!)

I personally have always enjoyed the music and dance number- gotta love it any time Larry plays the violin! Gail really gets to show off some great moves. The number does lead to Moe getting annoyed- but would a Stooge episode be without Curly being on the receiving some of Moe’s frustrations?

In the end, the boys DO find out who is guilty but not without causing some chaos- still-all’s well that ends well!

TO FIND OUT THE VERDICT OF THIS CASE CLICK HERE TO WATCH!  (its only 15 min of your time!!)

*Pictures from Wikipedia

And with that this Court is Adjourned! Cinemaven- thanks so much for inviting me- I had fun and am looking forward to reading more cases! 








13 thoughts on “Disorder in the Court (1936)- Three Stooges

  1. I have never ever seen a Three Stooges movie! Nor a Marx Brothers one! There’re still so many things waiting for me, as I’ve passed some of the most famous American comedians by! 🙂 Your review is lovely, it made me conscious of this absence in my life!


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  3. We’ve had parties at our place where the Stooges play continually in the background and “Disorder in the Court” is one of the movies where we all sit and pay attention. I’m a sucker for musical interludes and when three guys are doing their darndest to get my laughs, they also get my heart.

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  4. I really enjoyed your review and am so glad you brought the Three Stooges to our blogathon! I grew up on them, both before *and* after school, and except for a couple of teenaged years when I was a bit earnest and lost my Stooges sense of humor, I have loved them always. Weirdly I cannot conjure this one up in my mind, so when I get a chance I will go and watch it again.

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  5. It’s a great short, one of their best. One of the funniest skits is when Curly has to take the stand. It’s amazing how much is packed into fifteen minutes. There is not a second wasted. I know a lot of people think they’re nothing more than slap stick with little to show but finger pokes, face slapping and a perfunctory, woooo wooooo wooooo woooo. “Disorder in the Court,” is a classic, example of professionals with years of experience plying their craft.

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    1. The Flapper Dame

      FAVORITE SHORT IS MUTTS TO YOU! I called it “the dog washing episode” and my dad would call me and say “Emily its the dog washing episode” and Id come running over to the TV cause I love it!


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