Tuesday, June 3, 2008

The Three Stooges Meet Reefer Madness

No DVD reviews this time, but a posting about an odd coincidence in film history that I noticed last night while watching the notoriously campy anti-drug movie “Reefer Madness” (1936).

During one of the film’s party scenes, a wild jazz tune is playing on a record. It’s the same tune that Moe, Larry and Curly play during their courtroom shenanigans in “Disorder in the Court”, also from 1936. It’s a different arrangement, played by a full jazz band rather than the version offered by the Stooges, but it’s the same tune. (I wish I knew the name of it and who composed it. It’s quite catchy).

And the judge in “Reefer Madness” is the same judge in “Disorder in the Court.” I looked him up on IMDB. His name is Edward LeSaint, and he specialized in playing authoritarian types like judges and college deans. He was born in 1870 and died in 1940.

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