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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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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)  »

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Monnaie de singe  »

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.20 : 1
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Trivia

In the movie, Groucho Marx tells Thelma Todd, "You're a woman who's been getting nothing but dirty breaks. Well, we can clean and tighten your brakes, but you'll have to stay in the garage all night." Four years after making this movie, Thelma Todd died under mysterious circumstances. She was found dead in her car inside her backyard garage with the engine running. It is not known if her death from carbon monoxide poisoning was accidental, a murder, or suicide. See more »

Goofs

When Groucho Marx and Chico Marx hide under the table in the chart room (before their encounter with the Captain) Chico has a cigarette in his right hand. He didn't have it before diving under the table. See more »

Quotes

Chico: We're great, huh?
Joe Helton: You're great.
Chico: My partner?
Joe Helton: He's great.
Chico: My grandfather's great. He's a great-grandfather.
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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 Night Court: Monkey Business (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

Sweet Adeline
(1903) (uncredited)
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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Nothing Fancy, But Plenty of Fun
16 November 2001 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

Nothing fancy, but plenty of anarchic fun, "Monkey Business" won't disappoint anyone who likes the Marx Brothers. While a little less riotous than their very best movies, it features a couple of extremely funny sequences, with the favorite probably being the 'Maurice Chevalier' scene. (As you watch that scene unfold, you start wondering how Harpo is going to play it, and it's quite clever when you find out.) Harpo has another fine scene when he gets tangled up in a puppet show. Zeppo gets a little more action than usual, and the others have some great moments, too. This one certainly should not be missed by any fan of Groucho and company.


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