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19 September 1931 (USA) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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The Marx Brothers (as The Four Marx Brothers)

Groucho Marx ... Groucho

Harpo Marx ... Harpo

Chico Marx ... Chico
Zeppo Marx ... Zeppo
Rockliffe Fellowes ... Joe Helton (as Rockcliffe Fellowes)
Harry Woods ... Briggs

Thelma Todd ... Lucille
Ruth Hall ... Mary Helton
Tom Kennedy ... Gibson
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Eddie Baker ... Ship's Officer (uncredited)

Bobby Barber ... Hoarse Barber Customer (uncredited)

Billy Barty ... (uncredited)

Billy Bletcher ... Man in Deck Chair (uncredited)
Eddie Borden ... Joe (uncredited)
James Bradbury Jr. ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Maxine Castle ... Opera Singer at Party (uncredited)

Maurice Chevalier ... Singer (voice) (uncredited)
Davison Clark ... Passport Official (uncredited)
Cecil Cunningham ... Madame Swempski (uncredited)
Bobby Dunn ... Gangster (uncredited)
Al Flosso ... Punch and Judy Puppeteer (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Indian's Wife at Party (uncredited)
Otto Fries ... Ship's 2nd Officer (uncredited)
Sherry Hall ... Reporter (uncredited)
Pat Harmon ... Indian at Party (uncredited)
Ethan Laidlaw ... Cabbie at Barn (uncredited)
Wilfred Lucas ... Extra (uncredited)
Sam Marx ... Boat Passenger / Man at Quayside at Arrival (uncredited)
Charlotte Mineau ... Emily (uncredited)
Harold Minjir ... Emily's Lover (uncredited)
William H. O'Brien ... Waiter (uncredited)
Evelyn Pierce ... Manicurist (uncredited)
Cyril Ring ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Constantine Romanoff ... Butch (uncredited)
Rolfe Sedan ... Barber #2 (uncredited)
Frederick Sullivan ... Pickpocket Victim #1 (uncredited)
Ben Taggart ... Capt. Corcoran (uncredited)
Leo White ... Barber #1 (uncredited)
Leo Willis ... Gangster (uncredited)
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Directed by
Norman Z. McLeod  (as Norman McLeod)
 
Writing credits
S.J. Perelman (by) and
Will B. Johnstone (by)

Arthur Sheekman (additional dialogue by)

J. Carver Pusey  contributing writer (uncredited)
Al Shean  contributing writer (uncredited)

Produced by
Herman J. Mankiewicz .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
John Leipold (uncredited)
Ralph Rainger (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Arthur L. Todd (photographed by)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Charles Barton .... first assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Harry Caplan .... props (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Harvey Parry .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Daniel L. Fapp .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Al Flosso .... puppeteer: "Punch" and "Judy" (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
77 min
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)
Certification:
Australia:G | Finland:S (1976) | Finland:K-16 (1932) | Spain:T | UK:U | USA:Unrated | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #2720-R, 26 September 1936)

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Trivia:
The first Marx Brothers film to be produced in Hollywood.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Groucho's position on the bed changes, when he 'shysters' a shyster layer.See more »
Quotes:
Lucille:You can't stay in that closet.
Groucho:[emerging behind her] Oh, I can't, can I? That's what they said to Thomas Edison, mighty inventor; Thomas Lindbergh, mighty flier; and Tomashevsky, mighty like a rose. Just remember, my little cabbage, that if there weren't any closets, there wouldn't be any hooks, and if there weren't any hooks, there wouldn't be any fish, and that would suit me fine.
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12 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
One of the best Marx Brothers films, 14 January 2005
Author: Elgroovio from Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

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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