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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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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)
Sound Department
Ernest Zatorsky .... sound (uncredited)
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97 min | Argentina:98 min
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Finland:S | Germany:0 | 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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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. However, because of legal complications, this particular title was not included in the original television package and was not televised until the 1970's when rights were cleared.See more »
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 »
[to Mrs. Rittenhouse and Mrs. Whitehead]
Capt. Spaulding:You know, you two girls have everything. You're tall and short and slim and stout and blonde and brunette. And that's just the kind of a girl I crave.
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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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