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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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Entertaining - Of Course, But I Wouldn't Rank It Their Best 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 by)

Pierre Collings (continuity by)

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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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:
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:
Mrs. Rittenhouse:Oh, Captain Spaulding...
Capt. Spaulding:I'll attend to you later.
[turns back to the litter-bearers]
Capt. Spaulding:Don't try and pull that...
Mrs. Rittenhouse:Oh, Captain Spaulding...
Capt. Spaulding:[she finally succeeds in getting his attention] Why, you're one of the most beautiful women I've *ever* seen, and that's not saying much for you.
Mrs. Rittenhouse:Captain Spaulding, Rittenhouse Manor is entirely at your disposal.
Capt. Spaulding:Well, I'm certainly grateful for this magnificent washout - er, turnout. And now I'd like to say a few words.
[sings]
Capt. Spaulding:Hello, I must be going/I cannot stay, I came to say I must be going/I'm glad I came, but just the same, I must be going, la-la!
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Killer Nerd (1991)See more »
Soundtrack:
Silver Threads Among the GoldSee more »

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11 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Entertaining - Of Course, But I Wouldn't Rank It Their Best, 25 November 2006
Author: ccthemovieman-1 from United States

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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