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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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28 August 1930 (USA)  »

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Animal Crackers  »

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Trivia

The film was re-released to theaters before being released to television. Groucho Marx attended the premiere. See more »

Goofs

When Hives tells Mrs. Rittenhouse of Captain Spaulding's arrival, he's seen leaving with her but in the next scene, he's already at the top of the stairs introducing Spaulding's secretary Jameson. See more »

Quotes

Capt. Spaulding: Take the marriage problem. Take the foreign problem. Take Abyssinia. Say, you take Abyssinia and I'll take a hot fudge sundae on rye bread.
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Connections

Spoofed in The Milton Berle Show: Episode #2.11 (1949) 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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Entertaining - Of Course, But I Wouldn't Rank It Their Best
25 November 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Once again, this Marx Brothers film is different from most comedies in that is features a mile-a-minute gags, either verbal or sight, constant silliness and some music thrown in the mix. All of it runs the gamut from very clever to stupid. However, if it gets stupid hang around another minute or so and you'll find something to laugh at.

One problem, especially with this film, is that some of the humor is dated and/or topical, meaning what was funny back then isn't necessarily now or the subject Groucho or Chico is talking about was big news back then but unknown now.

Nonetheless, I still enjoyed this and found a lot of funny material. I enjoy the Marx Brothers clever stuff and their slapstick. I particularly appreciated Groucho apparently ad-libbing one scene. In a few others he acted like he was ad- libbing, turning his head and talking to the camera. You don't see much of that stuff, and it's funny.

Two of the three songs were instrumentals, and they seemed to take away from the pace of the story. Groucho's song, "Hooray For Captain Spaulding," is a classic.

Some consider this to be the best Marx Brothers movie but I found several others I liked a lot more, such as "Horse Feathers" and "Duck Soup," just to name two.


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