DISORDER IN THE COURT
Disorder in the Court is a 1936 short subject directed by Preston Black starring American slapstick comedy team The Three Stooges (Moe Howard, Larry Fine and Curly Howard). It is the 15th entry in the series released by Columbia Pictures starring the comedians, who released 190 shorts for the studio between 1934 and 1959.
Disorder in the Court was filmed over six days on April 1–6, 1936. The film title is a play on the stereotypical judge’s cry, “Order in the court!”
A colorized version of this film was released in 2006 as part of the DVD collection “Stooges on the Run.”
Sol Horwitz, the father of Moe, Curly, and Shemp Howard, makes an uncredited appearance as a member of the public audience.
MALICE IN THE PALACE
Malice in the Palace is a 1949 short subject directed by Jules White starring American slapstick comedy team The Three Stooges (Moe Howard, Larry Fine and Shemp Howard). It is the 117th entry in the series released by Columbia Pictures starring the comedians, who released 190 shorts for the studio between 1934 and 1959.
Malice in the Palace was filmed on June 8–11, 1948. It was remade in 1956 as Rumpus in the Harem, using ample stock footage from the original. Footage was reused from Wee Wee Monsieur when the Stooges arrive at a palace disguised as Santa Clauses in a sleigh being pulled by a horse wearing reindeer antlers.
According to The Three Stooges Journal, a part was written for Curly Howard after his brief cameo in 1947’s Hold That Lion!. The lobby card photo noticeably features a slim, mustachioed Curly as an angry chef. However, his illness caused his scenes to be cut (another story is that Moe Howard decided that “The Four Stooges” could not be sustained). A scene closely resembling the lobby card is in the finished film (with Hassan ben Sober in Curly’s stead); ultimately Larry assumed the role as the chef.
SING A SONG OF SIX PANTS
Sing a Song of Six Pants is a 1947 short subject directed by Jules White starring American slapstick comedy team The Three Stooges (Moe Howard, Larry Fine and Shemp Howard). It is the 102nd entry in the series released by Columbia Pictures starring the comedians.
Sing a Song of Six Pants was filmed on April 1–4, 1947. The title is a takeoff on “Sing a Song of Sixpence,” the classic English nursery rhyme. The name of the tailor shop is “Pip Boys,” a parody of the auto service chain Pep Boys originally opened in Philadelphia in 1921. Sing a Song of Six Pants was remade in 1953 as Rip, Sew and Stitch, using ample recycled footage from the original.
There is an audio goof in the film during a scene when Moe Howard is making the pancakes in the pants presser, you can hear the director Jules White yelling “Cut! right as the camera dissolves to the next scene.
Brideless Groom is a 1947 short subject directed by Edward Bernds starring American slapstick comedy team The Three Stooges (Moe Howard, Larry Fine and Shemp Howard). It is the 101st entry in the series released by Columbia Pictures starring the comedians.
Brideless Groom was filmed from March 12–13, 1947. The plot theme of Brideless Groom is not unique, having been used in (among others) Buster Keaton‘s 1925 comedy Seven Chances (remade in 1999 as The Bachelor starring Chris O’Donnell). Writer Clyde Bruckman was also partially responsible for Seven Chances.
The film features longtime Stooges supporting player Emil Sitka‘s best-remembered line “Hold hands, you lovebirds!” (the line is actually engraved on Sitka’s headstone). Brideless Groom would be recycled in the second half of 1956‘s Husbands Beware.
The version of “Voices of Spring” during Shemp and Miss Dinkelmeyer’s singing lesson was sung by frequent Stooge co-star Christine McIntyre, who appears in this short as “Miss Hopkins”. This version of “Voices of Spring”, along with McIntyre herself, were previously used in the Three Stooges short “Micro-Phonies“.
In the story, Shemp had a few hours in which to get married if he wanted to inherit his uncle’s fortune. He called on Christine McIntyre, who mistook him for her cousin (Basil), took him to her apartment and greeted him with hugs and kisses. Then the real cousin phoned and she accused Shemp of kissing her, as it were, under false pretenses. At this point, she was supposed to slap Shemp around. Lady that she was, McIntyre couldn’t do it right; she dabbed at him daintily, afraid of hurting him. After a couple of bad takes Shemp pleaded with her. “Honey,” he said, “if you want to do me a favor, cut loose and do it right. A lot of half-hearted slaps hurt more than one good one. Give it to me, Chris, and let’s get it over with”. She got up her courage and, on the next take, let Shemp have it. It wound up as a whole series of slaps — the timing was beautiful; they rang out like pistol shots. Shemp was knocked into a chair, bounced up, met another ringing slap, fell down again, scrambled up, trying to explain, only to get another stinging slap. Then Chris delivered a haymaker — a right that knocked Shemp through the door. When the take was over, Shemp was groggy, really groggy. His nose was broken. Chris put her arms around him and apologized tearfully. “It’s alright, honey,” Shemp said painfully. “I said you should cut loose and you did. You sure as hell did!”
4 STOOGES shorts in color and anaglyph 3D! includes 3D glasses. DVD-R comes packaged as shown in color DVD case, wrapped in plastic!