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George S. Kaufman (based on the musical play by) &
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Release Date:
28 August 1930 (USA) See more »
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The maddest comics of them all!
Plot:
Mayhem and zaniness ensue when a valuable painting goes missing during a party in honor of famed African explorer Captain Spaulding. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Victor Heerman 
 
Writing credits
George S. Kaufman (based on the musical play by) &
Morrie Ryskind (based on the musical play by) &
Bert Kalmar (based on the musical play by) &
Harry Ruby (based on the musical play by)

Morrie Ryskind (screen play)

Pierre Collings (continuity)

Original Music by
Max Reese (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
George J. Folsey (photographed by) (as George Folsey)
 
Art Direction by
Ernst Fegté (uncredited)
 
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Ernest Zatorsky .... sound (uncredited)
 
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97 min | Argentina:98 min
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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Germany:o.Al. | Portugal:M/6 | South Korea:All | Spain:T | UK:U | USA:G (1974 re-release) | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

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For this film, Harpo Marx switched to a lighter red wig which actually photographed as blonde. In the film, he is referred to as a redhead. He would use the lighter wig in all future Marx Brothers movies. He went back to the darker red wig for The Story of Mankind (1957) which was filmed in color.See more »
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Continuity: In the opening scenes Hives turns to speak to Mrs. Rittenhouse after his opening song, and his waistcoat is different. It continues to swap from one style to another throughout the movie.See more »
Quotes:
Ravelli:[asking Roscoe Chandler about his new identity] How did you get to be Roscoe W. Chandler?
Roscoe Chandler:Say, how did you get to be an Italian?
Ravelli:Never mind that, whose confession is this?
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14 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Unrefined But Lots of Fun, 14 June 2001
Author: Snow Leopard from Ohio

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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