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Monkey Business (1931)

Unrated  |   |  Comedy  |  19 September 1931 (USA)
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On a transatlantic crossing, the Marx brothers get up to their usual antics and manage to annoy just about everyone on board the ship.

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Joe Helton (as Rockcliffe Fellowes)
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Storyline

While stowing away on a ship to America, the boys get involuntarily pressed into service as toughs for a pair of feuding gangsters while trying desparately to evade the ship's crew. After arriving stateside, one of the gangsters kidnaps the other's daughter - and it's up to our unlikely heroes to save the day. Written by scgary66

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19 September 1931 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Monnaie de singe  »

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.20 : 1
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Trivia

Sam Marx:  The Marx Brothers' father is sitting on the crates behind them after they're carried off the ship. See more »

Goofs

(at around 20 mins) Groucho is running down a corridor toward camera; he skids to a stop leaving skid marks in the floor from his heels. There are already two skid marks visible in the floor apparently from a previous take. See more »

Quotes

Alky Briggs: Okay, he's in there. When he comes out, plug him.
Zeppo: What do we plug him with?
Alky Briggs: [referring to guns] Didn't I give you two "gats"?
Groucho: We had to drown the "gats", but we saved you a little black "gitten".
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits are painted on the sides of barrels (In the film's opening, the Marx Brothers' characters are stow-aways on a cruise ship, hiding in barrels marked "Kippered Herring"). See more »

Connections

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Soundtracks

When I Take My Sugar to Tea
(1931) (uncredited)
Written by Sammy Fain, Irving Kahal and Pierre Norman
Performed by Chico Marx on piano
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This is where the Marx Brothers hit their stride
20 August 2005 | by (Denton, TX) – See all my reviews

Much better than the first two Marx Brothers efforts. This is the first Marx Bros. movie written directly for the screen rather than adapted from one of their Vaudeville shows. The result is a faster pace, a bigger production and a wider variety of scenes. This was exactly what the brothers needed to become more effective on screen. The supporting cast is trimmed down, with Zeppo filling the romantic lead, thus combining two non-funny characters into one. This gives more screen time to Groucho, Harpo and Chico, who are on top of their game here. The comic bits don't drag on too long, and the musical numbers don't kill the momentum; both improvements from their earlier films. The storyline and the rest of the cast are just as bad as always, but what do you expect? The point is that the movie is hilarious and entertaining from beginning to end. Monkey Business is where the Marx Brothers really began to hit their stride.


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