DISORDER IN THE COURT
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May 30 / Prod. No. 217 / 161/2
m / ap Jules White / d
Preston Black /
st scr Felix Adler / ph
Benjamin Kline / e
Wm. Lyon / C: Susan Karaan (Gail Tempest),
Dan Brady (Juror), Tiny Jones (Juror), Bill O' Brien (Juror), Bud Jamison
(Defense Attorney), Harry Semels (District Attorney), Edward LeSaint
(Judge), Hank Bell (Clerk), James C. Morton (Bailiff), Nick Baskovitch,
Arthur Thalasso and Ed Mull (Men in Hallway)
Kirk Robbin is found dead at the Black Bottoom Cafe,
with club dancer Gail Tempest found standing over his body holding
a gun. Did she kill him? To find the answer, Larry, Moe and Curly
are called to appear as star witnesses in the murder trial. In this
smorgasbord of Stoogism, Curly drives the judge crazy with his inability
to understand and take the oath. Larry goes nuts after mistaking a
toupee for a tarantula and stomping it to death, and Moe almost kills
poor Curly trying to reinact the events leading up to the murder by
cranking a letterpress and crushing Curly's head like a coconut. Throughout
their testimony, a trained parrot and witness keeps repeating "Find
the Letter." Finally, the Stooges break the case wide open when
they recover the letter, which is attached to the parrot's claw and
proves the dancer's innocence.
Did you know that Solomon Horwitz, the father of Moe, Shemp, and
Curly, sits in as one of the jurors in this short film?
Larry Fine's fan base grew immensely when he flew off the wall with
his Tarzan impression.
The fictional character name, Kirk Robbin, is also referred to in
the episode "So Long, Mr. Chumps."
Due to a clerical error on the part
of a Columbia Pictures employee in the licensing department, this
short film somehow was overlooked at renewal time. As a result,
it became a part of the Public Domain along with "Malice in
the Palace," "Brideless Groom" and "Sing a Song
of Six Pants". Once a film is in Public Domain, anyone, anywhere
can use it for whatever purpose they see fit. Because of the error,
the 4 short films have been sold and re-sold using numerous packaging
ideas by numerous "Mom & Pop" video & DVD labels.
Disorder in the Courtroom SD: 4
(W 4/1 to F 4/3, and M 4/6/36) FN: When
Moe demonstrates on Curly how Buck Wing shoved Kirk Robbin's skull into
a letter press, a rubber head was used to give the effect of Curly's
noggin being twisted out of shape. Curly's courtroom testimony is borrowed
from Sidewalks of New York (1931) with Buster Keaton, directed by Jules
White and Zion Myers.