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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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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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Trivia

The first Marx Brothers film written especially for the screen. 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

Groucho: ...Columbus was sailing along on his vessel...
Chico: On his what?
Groucho: Not on his what, on his vessel. Don't you know what vessel is?
Chico: Sure, I can vessel...
[starts whistling]
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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 M*A*S*H: They Call the Wind Korea (1978) See more »

Soundtracks

Pizzicato
(1876) (uncredited)
Written by Léo Delibes
Performed by Chico Marx on piano
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Some slow spots, but enough great jokes to kill a man!
29 December 2001 | by (Saint Paul, MN) – See all my reviews

Monkey Business contains three or four of the Marx Brothers' best sketches. Possibly the funniest Marx Brothers scene, too, where all four of the brothers take turns impersonating Maurice Chevalier, whose passport they've stolen. If you're a Zeppo fan - and, hey, who isn't - this is his biggest part (although I haven't seen Horse Feathers yet). He ends up being the leading man, if you can believe that! Well, he's still not very funny, even if he did elicit two laughs from me. That's two more than he'd ever gotten before! 9/10.


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