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Disorder in the Court, starring the Three Stooges

Disorder in the Court (1936) starring the Three Stooges (Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Curly Howard)


The Three Stooges (with Bud Jamison) in a scene from Disorder in the CourtDisorder in the Court, if not the funniest short film that the Three Stooges ever made, is certainly in the top 10.  The basic plot is that the Three Stooges (Moe HowardLarry Fine and Curly Howard) are testifying for the defense in the murder trial of their friend, nightclub owner Gail Tempest (played by Suzanne Kaaren).  The Stooges proceed to destroy the courtroom proceedings, unveiling the true murderer in the process.

That’s the plot, but it’s almost secondary to the non-stop slapstick humor in this short film.  From the longer bits such as Curly being sworn in, “taking the stand”, having Moe demonstrate what he saw at the nightclub by acting it out on Curly and nearly killing him in the process, Larry trying to capture the escaped bird, the water hose routine, the scene with the Three Stooges and a “unloaded” pistol as they attempt to shoot a toupee believing it to be a tarantula, etc. it is non-stop humor from start to finish, and is highly recommended.  You may want to read some of the funny movie quotes from the Three Stooges.

Gail Tempest dancing in Disorder in the CourtDisorder in the Court is one of a handful of Three Stooges short films that fell into the public domain by accident in the 1960’s, and is available at many stores (Wal-Mart, Shopko, dollar stores, etc.) for a dollar – or you can download a copy of Disorder in the Court to your computer.  Having said that, it’s also available on The Three Stooges in Color wonderfully restored, and a superior version over the public domain copy. It’s also available on The Three Stooges Collection volume 1.

Trivia for Disorder in the Court (1936) starring the Three Stooges – Moe, Larry, Curly

  • This is one of several Three Stooge short films that fell into the public domain after the copyright was accidentally not renewed in the 1960s.
  • Curly Howard’s “raise your right hand” scene was taken almost verbatim from Buster Keaton‘s Sidewalks of New York (1931) (directed by Stooge veteran Jules White).
  • Sol Horowitz and Jenny Horwitz, the parents of Moe Howard and Curly Howard, make uncredited appearances in this film as front-row members of the court audience.

Funny movie quotes for Disorder in the Court (1936) starring the Three Stooges (Moe, Larry, and Curly)

[Judge is about to ask Curly if he swears to tell the whole truth and nothing but the truth]
Judge: Do you swear …
Curly (Curly Howard): No, but I know all the words.


Judge: Why don’t you answer him?
Curly (Curly Howard): He’s talkin’ pig Latin! I dunno what he’s sayin’!
Judge: He’s asking you if you swear…!
Curly (Curly Howard) : [cuts the judge off] No, but I know all the words!


Curly (Curly Howard): 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 Kirk Robin was inhalin’ a bottle of hooch over at a table. And a hoofer by the name of Buck Wing was gettin’ ready to shake his tootsies.
Defense attorney (Bud Jamison): Kindly speak English and drop the vernacular.
Curly (Curly Howard): [Holding his Derby hat] Vernacular? That’s a derby!
Defense attorney (Bud Jamison): Drop the vernacular!
[Curly drops his hat]
Defense attorney (Bud Jamison): No, no, not that! I mean, talk so the jury can understand!
Curly (Curly Howard): Is everybody dumb?


Moe (Moe Howard): Now Gaily’s dance was over. I stuck my head in the office door, and I saw Kirk Robin and Buck Wing arguin’ over by the parrot cage!
District Attorney: What were they arguing about?
Moe (Moe Howard): I dunno! But Buck Wing was sizzlin’ like a hot hamburger! He grabs Kirk by the neck like that, see, and drags him over to the letter press, see? [Demonstrates on Curly] Then he smacks him on the head like that! [Continues demonstration on Curly] Then he pokes his coconut into the letter press, see? Like that! Then he says, “I’ll squeeze the cider outta your Adam’s apple!” Then he gives him the works, like this! Then he keeps turnin’! And twistin’! And that, ladies and gentlemen, is the …
[the grind of the letter press suddenly starts spinning counterclockwise, flying into the air and landing on Moe’s head]


Moe (Moe Howard): I say, Jasper, what comes after seventy-five?
Larry (Larry Fine) : Seventy-six!
Moe (Moe Howard): That’s the Spirit!


Judge: Take the stand.
Curly (Curly Howard): [picks the chair up] Where’ll I put it?
Judge: No, no, take the stand!
Curly (Curly Howard): I got it! Now what’ll I do with it?
Court clerk: [angrily sets it back down] SIDDOWN!


Curly (Curly Howard): I’m a victim of circumstance.


[Curly is taking the oath]
Court Clerk: Take off your hat.
[Curly takes off his hat with his right hand]
Court Clerk: Raise your right hand.
[With his right hand, Curly puts his hat back on, and raises the hand]
Court Clerk: [gesturing to the book he is holding] Put your left hand here.
Judge: [to Curly] Take off your hat.
[Curly does so with his right hand]
Court Clerk: [to Curly] Raise your right hand.
[Curly puts his hat back on to raise the hand]
Court Clerk: [gesturing to the book he is holding] Now, put your left hand here.
Judge: [to Curly] Please, take off your hat.
[Curly does so with his right hand]
Court Clerk: [to Curly] Raise your right hand.
[Curly repeats the process]
Court Clerk: [gesturing to the book he is holding] Now, put your left hand here.
Judge: [to Curly] Will you please take off your hat?
[Curly does so with his right hand]
Court Clerk: [angrily, to Curly] Raise your RIGHT HAND.
[Curly repeats the process]
Court Clerk: [gesturing to the book he is holding] Now, put your left hand here.
Judge: [to Curly] Take off your hat.
[Curly takes off the hat and places it on his cane, which is in his right hand]
Court Clerk: [to Curly] Raise your right hand.
[Curly raises his cane with the hat on it]
Court Clerk: [taking the hat off the cane] Get rid of that hat.
[Curly takes the hat and puts it on the court clerk’s head]
Curly (Curly Howard): [with both hands on the book] Raise YOUR right hand.
[the court clerk does so, startles, takes the hat off, and places it under the book]
Court Clerk: Raise your right hand.
[Curly does so]


Defense attorney (Bud Jamison): Mr. Howard, kindly tell the court what you know about Kirk Robbin’s murder.
Curly (Curly Howard): [to the Judge] Well, it was like this, Mr. Court …
Defense attorney (Bud Jamison): Address the judge as your honor.
Curly (Curly Howard): [to the Judge] Well, it was like this, my honor …
Defense attorney (Bud Jamison): “Your honor”. Not “My honor”.
Curly (Curly Howard): Why? Don’t you like him?


Judge: Let the testimony proceed; the court understands him.
Curly: Thanks, Courtie, you’re a pal!


Curly (Curly Howard): I’m no mule.
Moe (Moe Howard): No, your ears are too short.


[Larry shatters his violin]
Larry (Larry Fine): Oh, my Stradavarius. Oh, my beautiful Stradavarius.


[With Curly taking the oath, the court clerk is speaking rapidly]
Curly (Curly Howard): Are you trying to give me the double talk?


Judge: He’s asking you if you’ll swear to tell the truth.
Curly (Curly Howard): Truth is stranger than fiction, Judgie-Wudgie.


Moe (Moe Howard): You’re in court, not the woods, Tarzan.


Court clerk: I’ll SUE you for this.
Moe (Moe Howard): Oh, sue-perstitious eh?


Judge: Please control your killing instincts.


Moe (Moe Howard): [after Curly picks up all the jacks on one bounce of the ball] Hey! What’s the idea of spoiling the game?
Curly (Curly Howard): I was for onesies.
Moe (Moe Howard): Well here’s twosies.
[pokes Curly in eyes on “twosies”, and Curly responds in pain]
Larry (Larry Fine) : [sounding cute] He did a onesie, you give ’em two …
[stops when he sees Moe looking at him angrily]
Moe (Moe Howard) : [to Larry] Here’s fivesies.
[smacks him]

 

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