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Animal Crackers (1930)

Passed  -  Comedy | Musical  -  28 August 1930 (USA)
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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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The maddest comics of them all!

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28 August 1930 (USA)  »

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Animal Crackers  »

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Trivia

Animal Crackers (1930) did not appear on television until fifty years after its release. When it finally did reach the small screen, it was via a prime-time broadcast on the CBS network in summer 1980. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where Harpo replaces the handgun for a rifle after he shoots himself in the foot, Hives can be seen in the background walking behind the column, clearly waiting to enter later in the scene. See more »

Quotes

Capt. Spaulding: Living with your folks... living with your folks... the beginning of the end... drab, dead yesterdays shutting out beautiful tomorrows... hideous, stumbling footsteps creaking along the misty corridors of time... and in those corridors I see figures... straaange figures... weeeird figures: Steel 186, Anaconda 74, American Can 138.
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Spoofed in The Milton Berle Show: Episode #2.11 (1949) See more »

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My Old Kentucky Home
(1852) (uncredited)
Written by Stephen Foster
Sung a cappella by Chico Marx, Groucho Marx and Zeppo Marx
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Hooray for Captain Spalding!
9 June 2001 | by See all my reviews

This is one of my favorite Marx Brothers movies. Just sit back and watch the mayhem come at you, and everyone else in their way. Filled with some of their reliable stock players and plots, there's nothing new about this at all- except for their astounding wit and polish and amazing routines. George Kaufman wrote the script, which is one of their strongest, and it's just sublime silliness from the first word. Watch it when you're sick, it'll lift up your spirits.


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