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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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The Four Marx Brothers in their newest, funniest laugh-lark. See more »

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Comedy | Musical

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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

The first The Marx Brothers film not to feature Margaret Dumont. It was felt she was not "sexy" enough for the part. See more »

Goofs

Groucho Marx position on the bed changes, when he 'shysters' a shyster layer. See more »

Quotes

Lucille: Now, listen to me, Mr. Alky Briggs. You can't keep me cooped up like this. I've played second fiddle on this ship long enough!
Alky Briggs: Now, you listen. I'm not after any dames. I'm after Joe Helton, I tell ya. And he can't get away from me on this boat.
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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

Spoofed in Oddballs (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

You Brought a New Kind of Love to Me
(1930) (uncredited)
Written by Sammy Fain, Irving Kahal and Pierre Norman
Sung by Zeppo Marx, Groucho Marx and Chico Marx
Heard when Harpo tries to convince the passport officials that he is Chevalier
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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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