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Animal Crackers (1930)

Passed | | Comedy, Musical | 6 September 1930 (USA)
Mayhem and zaniness ensue when a valuable painting goes missing during a party in honor of famed African explorer Captain Spaulding.

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Captain Spaulding, the noted explorer, returns from Africa and attends a gala party held by Mrs. Rittenhouse. A painting displayed at that party is stolen, and the Marxes help recover it. Well, maybe 'help' isn't quite the word I was looking for--this is the Marx Brothers, after all... Written by Ken Yousten <kyousten@bev.net>

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Chico Marx plays his trademark song "I'm Daffy Over You" for the first time in this film. See more »

Goofs

When Ravelli and Captain Spaulding are at the table discussing Mrs. Rittenhouse's stolen Beaugard oil painting, Spaulding says "Ravelli, don't you remember Mrs. Beaugard lost a valuable Rittenhouse oil painting worth $100,000?" See more »

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Ravelli: Yeh, right there's the rooms. This is your room. This is a my room. And this is the maid's room.
Capt. Spaulding: Oh, I'd have to go through your room?
Ravelli: Ha-ha-ha-ha-ha! Ah, that's alright. I won't be in it.
Capt. Spaulding: Say, Ravelli, you, eh, you couldn't put the maid in your room, eh?
Ravelli: What makes you think I couldn't?
Capt. Spaulding: Well, there's going to be a lot of traffic in there. I can see that.
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Featured in Hollywood: The Gift of Laughter (1982) See more »

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I Represent
(1930) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Ruby
Lyrics by Bert Kalmar
Sung by Zeppo Marx and Chorus
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Unrefined But Lots of Fun
14 June 2001 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

One of the Marx Brothers' earliest films, "Animal Crackers" is not nearly as refined as some of their later comic masterpieces, but it is a lot of fun. Some of the sequences are just as good as anything in their greatest films.

As in most of their movies, the actual plot is amusing but simple, and serves mostly as an excuse to tie together the various comic bits and songs. Compared with their later movies, this one seems much more stage-bound, and there is more screen time given to the other actors, slowing things down somewhat. But when Groucho, Harpo, Chico, and Zeppo get their chance, they usually deliver.

Particularly funny in this one is a hilarious bridge game that matches Harpo and Chico against two society women. Zeppo gets a few good moments, too, as the secretary to "Captain Spaulding" (Groucho). And of course Captain Spaulding's theme song is always a favorite.

Though the Marx Brothers would later make even better movies, "Animal Crackers" is great entertainment in its own right, and well worth watching.


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