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Writers:
George S. Kaufman (book)
Morrie Ryskind (adapted by)
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Release Date:
3 August 1929 (USA) See more »
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Paramount's All Talking-Singing Musical Comedy Hit! See more »
Plot:
During the Florida land boom, the Marx brothers run a hotel, auction off some land, thwart a jewel robbery, and generally act like themselves. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Kay Francis vs the Marx Brothers ! See more (55 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

The Marx Brothers
Zeppo Marx ... Jamison

Groucho Marx ... Hammer

Harpo Marx ... Harpo

Chico Marx ... Chico
Oscar Shaw ... Bob
Mary Eaton ... Polly
Cyril Ring ... Yates

Kay Francis ... Penelope

Margaret Dumont ... Mrs. Potter
Basil Ruysdael ... Hennessy
Gamby-Hale Ballet Girls ... Dancers (as Gamby-Hale Girls)
Allan K. Foster Girls ... Dancers
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sylvan Lee ... Bell Captain (uncredited)

Barton MacLane ... Bather (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert Florey 
Joseph Santley 
 
Writing credits
George S. Kaufman (book of stage play)

Morrie Ryskind (adapted by)

Produced by
James R. Cowan .... associate producer
Jesse L. Lasky .... executive producer (uncredited)
Walter Wanger .... executive producer (uncredited)
Walter Wanger .... producer (uncredited)
Adolph Zukor .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Frank Tours (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
George J. Folsey (photographed by) (as George Folsey)
 
Film Editing by
Barney Rogan (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Joseph Ruttenberg .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Irving Berlin .... music and lyrics by
Frank Tours .... musical director
 
Other crew
Monta Bell .... originally produced on the stage by
Sam Harris .... from the stage production: originally presented by (as Sam H. Harris)
Jesse L. Lasky .... present
Adolph Zukor .... present
Allan K. Foster .... dance director (uncredited)
Erna Kay .... choreographer (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
96 min | USA:140 min (preview) | Spain:89 min (DVD edition)
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1.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric System)
Certification:
Australia:G | Finland:K-8 (1974) | Finland:S (1930) | UK:U | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:TV-G (TV rating) | USA:Approved (certificate not issued at release)

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Although Irving Berlin didn't produce a hit song for this show, it wasn't his fault. Berlin wrote his perennial classic "Always" for this score and submitted it to the show's author George S. Kaufman, who admitted he knew little about music. Kaufman commented that he disliked the opening line 'I'll be loving you, Always" given the numerous stories about men leaving their wives for younger women. He suggested that Berlin use the line "I'll be loving you, Thursday". Although the suggestion was made in jest, Berlin pulled the song and gave it to his wife as a present. The substitute song "A Little Bungalow" was not very successful.See more »
Quotes:
Mrs. Potter:My good, good friends. If I could only tell you how rosy-hued everything seems to me tonight. As I look into your faces, they're all lit with gay laughter. The whole world and everything in it is bathed in a soft, glowing luminous haze...
Hammer:The old gal is stewed to the eyebrows!
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25 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
Kay Francis vs the Marx Brothers !, 23 November 2005
Author: drednm from United States

A brilliant film debut by the Marx Brothers in this 1929 musical comedy (from Broadway) about land speculation in Florida, jewel thieves, and well the Marx Brothers. In their first film, all the familiar schtick and word play are already in place with Groucho, Chico, and Harpo all excellent.

As usual there is also a romantic young couple--Mary Eaton and Oscar Shaw--and bad guys--Kay Francis and Cyril Ring. Also making her film debut at age 40 is the wonderful and imperious Margaret Dumont. Basil Ruysdael plays the house detective. Zeppo Marx plays the desk clerk.

A blah ballad is sung to death, but The Monkey Doodle-Doo song is terrific and well sung and danced by Eaton (a Broadway star) and chorus. Oddly staged productions number with chorus in monkey suits and tourists milling about in the background. But Eaton is quite good, considering the early sound equipment. And she has great legs.

Francis is fun in her second film (she made five in 1929) but teamed with the unappealing Ring. Shaw is OK but seems too old to be playing the juvenile lead.

But while Dumont, Francis, and Eaton are fun, it's the 3 brothers who dominate the film. Several classic bits, including the viaduct gag, Chico's great piano solo, Harpo getting to steal a few scenes, and of course Groucho riding roughshod over everyone. What a treat! While Kay Francis went on to major stardom in the 30s, Mary Eaton made one disastrous film after this hit, Flo Ziegfeld's Glorifying the American Girl. That ended her starring career in Hollywood.

The more I watch the Marx Brothers the more I appreciate Chico, who was always my least favorite of the 3. Now I notice his perfect comic timing and I just love his piano solos.

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