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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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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)  »

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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: How about you and I passing out on the veranda; or would you rather pass out here?
Woman at Party: Sir, you have the advantage of me.
Groucho: Not yet I haven't, but wait till I get you outside.
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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 »

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Soundtracks

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Written by Richard H. Gerard and Harry Armstrong
Sung a cappella by Chico Marx, Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, and Zeppo Marx
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One of the best Marx Brothers films
14 January 2005 | by (Luxembourg City, Luxembourg) – See all my reviews

It starts off fantastically, with the four brothers playing stowaways on a ship who are hiding in barrels and singing "Sweet Adeleide". Harpo is fantastic as he goofs in his own unique silent way, and there is a hilarious scene involving him and a Punch And Judy show. Chico is as usual on top form as the Italian who has sent for his grandfather's beard by "hair mail". And Groucho gives his classic wisecracks. Zeppo has more to do in this film than he did in other films and he isn't too bad considering that he didn't want to be in the films but had to due to his contract. Two historically funny Marx Brothers scenes in this film are one where they each in turn pretend to be Maurice Chevalier, and one where Chico and Harpo are cutting a man's mustache ("That sides-a-too short"). You must see this film; it's the Marx Brothers at their best. 10/10


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