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Writers:
George S. Kaufman (based on the musical play by) &
Morrie Ryskind (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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Unrefined But Lots of Fun See more (77 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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During a rehearsal a test was made for a color movie process called Multicolor (a predecessor of Cinecolor) and the result was the first known footage of the Marx Brothers in color! The clip is silent and lasts only 15 seconds. The Marx Brothers also appeared in color in the film The Story of Mankind (1957) in which they appeared separately.See more »
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Continuity: In the final scene of the movie, just as Harpo is about to drop all the cutlery from his sleeve, the camera cuts to a close up of Chico. For an instant his hat is pulled down very low, covering his eyes. However, in the scenes before and immediately after, his hat rests normally on his head.See more »
Quotes:
Capt. Spaulding:Now read me the letter, Jamison.
Horatio Jamison:[reading] "Honorable Charles H. Hungadunga..."
Capt. Spaulding:[correcting him] Hungerdunger.
[they say the "hung" syllable in unison]
Capt. Spaulding:Hoong.
Horatio Jamison:Hungerdunger.
Capt. Spaulding:That's it, Hungerdunger.
Horatio Jamison:[continues reading] "... care of Hungerdunger, Hungerdunger, Hungerdunger, and McCormick."
Capt. Spaulding:You've left out a Hungerdunger. You left out the main one, too. Thought you could slip one over on me, didn't you, eh?
[pause]
[...]
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Soundtrack:
Hooray for Captain SpauldingSee more »

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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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