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Monkey Business (1931)

Unrated | | Comedy, Musical | 19 September 1931 (USA)
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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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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You roared at them in "The Cocoanuts". You laughed your heard off at "Animal Crackers". Now see the famous frenzied foursome in their merriest, maddest farce "Monkey Business". The whole family will enjoy it. See more »

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Comedy | Musical

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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

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. See more »

Goofs

During the Passport scene, when the brothers try to get off the boat by impersonating Maurice Chevalier, neither Zeppo Marx (the first brother to try) nor Groucho Marx (the third to try), get Chevalier's passport back from the officer in charge, yet Chico Marx and Harpo Marx each have it as they approach the front of the line. See more »

Quotes

Woman Passenger: Where's the Doctor? A doctor! I want a doctor!
Chico: Sit. Stay calm. We take care of you. Oh, she's got a chill. Cover her up.
[Harpo sits on her]
Chico: No, no, no, no. Get up. Get up. Take her pulse. Take her pulse.
[Harpo takes her purse]
Chico: No purse! Put it back. Pulse. I think you best take a temperature. That's good. Alright, we take care of you, lady. Alright. Alright. Alright.
Woman Passenger: Oh, you fools! I'm not the patient!
Chico: Well, we're not the doctor.
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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

Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Mitchell (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

O Sole Mio
Music by Eduardo Di Capua
Lyrics by Giovanni Capurro
Sung by Maxine Castle at Joe Helton's party
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Marx brothers madness continues
25 October 2002 | by (Oakland CA) – See all my reviews

The Marx brothers are on an intercontinental voyage in this film which offers more than one hilarious moment. My favorite scene involved the four brothers doing their impressions of Maurice Chevalier at customs -- one after the other!


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