The Stooges are key witnesses at a murder trial. Their friend and colleague, Gail Tempest (Suzanne Kaaren), is a dancer at the Black Bottom cafe where the Stooges are musicians. She is accused of killing Kirk Robin (a play on "Who Killed Cock Robin?"). The Stooges harass the defense attorney (Bud Jamison) in Disorder in the Court When Curly is called to the witness stand, he is nowhere to be found. The defense attorney (Bud Jamison) goes out into the hall only to find the Stooges playing jacks and tic-tac-toe simultaneously on the floor. After considerable mutual frustration, the court finally swears in Curly, who begins to describe the events that took place on the night of the murder. He offers to show the court exactly what happened, and the Stooges break into their musical routine, with Larry on violin, Moe harmonica, and Curly on spoons. Gail Tempest shrugs off her coat and reveals her dancer costume, to the great surprise of the jury. The act ends when Larry mistakes a toupée for a tarantula; Moe subsequently takes the guard's gun and starts shooting the toupée, causing pandemonium in the court. After everything is brought under control, Moe and Curly re-enact the actual murder (with Curly on the receiving end). Moe then looks at the parrot, who was at the murder scene, and sees a note tied to the parrot's foot. He opens the parrot cage, and the parrot flies out. The Stooges eventually capture the bird by shooting water at it through a fire hose. Moe then reads the letter out loud and reveals that it is a confession from the real murderer, Buck Wing, which proves Gail's innocence. The note also said that Buck Wing will disappear. Just when they were going to get their picture taken for the front page, the water hose exploded causing everyone to get wet.
Solomon Horwitz, the father of Moe, Curly, and Shemp Howard appears in this short as a Gallery Spectator.
This short is in the public domain.
This is the first short to feature in the opening sequence to have the stooges in a different order, as Curly, Larry, and Moe, when in the previous shorts it was ordered, Moe, Larry, and Curly. This is also the first short to have a different Columbia torch lady. It is also the first short to have the spelling C-U-R-L-Y on the opening titles.
- When Curly falls off the chair, you can see a small double of him.
- Moe Howard as Moe
- Larry Fine as Larry
- Curly Howard as Curly
- Bud Jamison as Defense Attorney
- James C. Morton as Court Clerk
- Suzanne Kaaren as Gail Tempest
- Solomon Horwitz as Gallery spectator