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Monkey Business
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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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Some slow spots, but enough great jokes to kill a man! See more (64 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
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)

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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77 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.20 : 1 See more »
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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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: During the Passport scene, when the brothers try to get off the boat by impersonating Maurice Chevalier, neither Zeppo (the first brother to try) nor Groucho (the third to try), get Chevaliers passport back from the officer in charge, yet Chico and Harpo each have it as they approach the front of the line.See more »
Quotes:
Madame Swempski:I don't like this innuendo.
Groucho:That's what I always say: love flies out the door when money comes innuendo.
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Movie Connections:
Spoofs The Big Pond (1930)See more »
Soundtrack:
When I Take My Sugar to TeaSee more »

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11 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Some slow spots, but enough great jokes to kill a man!, 29 December 2001
Author: zetes from Saint Paul, MN

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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