Disorder in the Court (1936)
Director: Jack White
Cast: Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Curly Howard
Synopsis: The stooges are witnesses at a trial where their friend, a dancer at a nightclub where they are musicians, is accused of murder.
Now I get it…
After watching the frankly dire Brideless Groom, I approached this Three Stooges comedy with real reservations, so I was pleasantly surprised to discover that this is actually pretty funny. Having Curly in the line-up helps considerably and he’s clearly the focus of attention in this spoof of court dramas. The trio are called upon to provide evidence in the defence of Gayle Tempest (Susan Kaaren) a club dancer accused of murdering Kirk Robin, and bring their inevitable brand of chaos to the proceedings. The slapstick here is of a typically violent nature, but there is also a lot of humour that doesn’t involve a finger in the eye or a bop on the head. The sequence in which the clerk of the court attempts to get Curly to take the oath is a classic…
(Reviewed 3rd September 2005)