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George S. Kaufman (book)
Morrie Ryskind (adapted by)
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Release Date:
3 August 1929 (USA) See more »
Paramount's All Talking-Singing Musical Comedy Hit! See more »
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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  (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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96 min | USA:140 min (preview) | Spain:89 min (DVD edition)
Aspect Ratio:
1.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric System)
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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The only Irving Berlin musical that did not spawn a "hit" song.See more »
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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Referenced in To Each His Own Cinema (2007)See more »


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20 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
I liked it. It was nice., 6 December 1999
Author: Jon Brian Waugh ( from Stanford, CA

The Marx Brothers first motion picture and Paramount's first "all talking, all singing, all dancing" musical will delight fans of the Marx Brothers, musicals and early cinema alike. While dated and somewhat stagey, after all it *was* basically a filmed version of their hit Broadway show, it holds up better than many films of its day. Kaufman and Ryskind, who also wrote the stage show, wrote the screenplay with an eye to making the Marx Brothers wit appear spontaneous and natural. I remember how shocked I was when I first realized the boys were using a script!

The movie is laced with classics of Marxian comedy. The famous "Why a duck?" scene with Groucho and Chico (remember - it's pronounced Chick-o, not Cheek-o, because he was such a womanizer), Groucho answering the telephone at the hotel's front desk (Ice water? Ice water? Peel some onions. That'll make your eyes water.) and Harpo shaking hands with the house detective while all of the hotel silverware falls out of his coat pockets.

Margaret Dumont is priceless as the clueless matron. She claimed in later years it wasn't an act; she really had no idea what the brothers were doing. Regardless, she is the ideal foil for the boys as they tear into "polite" society.

Take a look at The Cocoanuts. You'll see the wellspring from which all that Marx madness flows.

Jon Brian Waugh

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