‘Disorder In The Court’ (1936) was the 15th film made by The Three Stooges for Columbia Pictures. It was photographed from Wednesday, April 1 through Monday, April 6, 1936 and released on Saturday, May 30th of that year (the 151st day in the Gregorian Calendar). Though the script is credited to Felix Adler, the film has such a stunning lack of continuity both in story, gags and the general shape of things that I can’t help but wonder if it was more of an outline they shot from than a formal script. It’s charm is, in fact, the particular ‘disorder’ in which it traffics. Gags are seemingly brought in from nowhere, then abandoned. Gunplay, explosives, a mad parrot, toupees, a suggestive dance act by a chorine, Larry pointlessly beating his chest and howling in imitation of Tarzan–none of it makes any sense. Perhaps it was for this reason that Salvador Dali once called ‘Disorder In The Court’ one of his favorite of all films. It has the disquietingly surreal alternate reality of a nightmare. The direction by the way is credited to ‘Preston Black’ which was a pseudonym for Jack White, producer Jules White’s brother. I have no idea why he hid his identity–could anyone truly have been concerned about nepotism charges in the world of The Three Stooges? Before I go I have a confession to make. Dali never said anything like what I just claimed he said about ‘Disorder In The Court’. I doubt he ever saw it. But having just watched ‘Disorder In The Court’ I remain under its influence and saw nothing odd about making a completely false and meaningless claim. The movie works in much the same way after all and, just as the movie abandons most of the routines it sets up, I hearby abandon this post.


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