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Animal Crackers
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Writers:
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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Hooray for Animal Crackers! See more (78 total) »

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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)
 
Sound Department
Ernest Zatorsky .... sound (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
97 min | Argentina:98 min
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Finland:S | 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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In 1957, Paramount forgot to renew the soundtrack rights which reverted back to the authors of the play (the studio did renew the picture rights, though). As a result the film could not legally be seen in the USA until 1974, when Universal, which had since purchased Paramount's film library, was persuaded by fan requests to re-release it.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: 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:
[Jamison finishes reading the letter that Spaulding dictated to him]
Horatio Jamison:[reading] "Quotes, unquotes, and quotes."
Capt. Spaulding:That's three quotes?
Horatio Jamison:Yes, sir.
Capt. Spaulding:Add another quote and make it a gallon. How much is it a gallon, Jamison?
Horatio Jamison:Regards.
Capt. Spaulding:Regards. That's a fine letter, Jamison, that's an epic. That's dandy. Now, I want you to make two carbon copies of that letter and throw the original away. And when you get through with that, throw the carbon copies away. Just send a stamp, airmail, that's all. You may go, Jamison. I may go too.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in At the Circus (1939)See more »
Soundtrack:
Hooray for Captain SpauldingSee more »

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27 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
Hooray for Animal Crackers!, 13 November 2004
Author: director1616 from Los Angeles, California, USA

Animal Crackers is one of the best films ever done by the 4 Marx Brothers. For a start, the comedy completely works on screen, especially considering that the film was adapted from the musical stage play. And although Zeppo's comedy has always been underrated and underplayed in the five films that the 4 Marx Brothers did for Paramount Pictures, he proves in this film, as well as the four other movies he appeared with Groucho, Chico, and Harpo, that the 4 Marx Brothers made better films when the four of them worked together; as opposed to when it was just Groucho, Chico and Harpo. All the Marx Brothers films which included Zeppo were zanier films and, to me, the best of their work. Verbally, Groucho is at his razor-sharp best in Animal Crackers, with almost every one-liner dripping with comedic insults and sarcasm. Chico and Harpo perfectly add to the mayhem. The direction by Victor Heerman showed the type of skill needed to professionally control the 4 Marx Brothers to make Animal Crackers the tremendous success that it was. Though the Great Depression was taking hold on the American psyche in 1930, Animal Crackers was the perfect comedy which allowed ordinary Americans to enjoy the spoofing of America's 'Hoi Polloi'.

Though the 4 Marx Brothers' succeeding films (Monkey Business, Horse Feathers, and Duck Soup) were even more of the Hollywood film-style comedy successes which crystalized their zaniness and on-screen craziness, one should not underestimate the cinematography of George Folsey, Sr., who made the film look like a movie written especially for the screen. The look of the film (specifically the sets) makes one feel like he or she wished they had been invited to Mrs. Rittenhouse's party in honor of Captain Spaulding. Lillian Roth never looked better, and the best song in the film is her musical number with Hal Thompson, "Why Am I So Romantic?" - which was the theme music for the entire movie. Animal Crackers is one of my favorite films that the 4 Marx Brothers did for Paramount Pictures - although all five films made at Paramount are absolute gems. I strongly suggest getting the Marx Brothers' Silver Screen Collection, which is now on DVD. They are a must for your film library!

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