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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
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)

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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Aspect Ratio:
1.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)
Certification:
Australia:G | Finland:S (1976) | 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:
Cameo: [Sam Marx]The Marx Brothers' father is sitting on the crates behind them after they're carried off the ship.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Groucho and Chico 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:
Groucho:If this is the Captain, I'm gonna have a few words with him. My hot water's been cold for three days. And I haven't got room enough in here to swing a cat. In fact, I haven't even got a cat.See more »
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15 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
aptly titled, and wacky good fun, 22 June 2004
Author: dr_foreman from Brooklyn, NY

How does one review a plotless movie? In "Monkey Business," the Marx Brothers spend the first hour running around on a ship, then they crash a fancy party, then they fist-fight gangsters in a barn. Is there connecting material? Well, yeah - of the thinnest sort imaginable. Does the lack of a coherent plot hurt the film? Not really. Bottom line: it's hilarious. Groucho in particular steals the show with his weird combination flirting/insulting routines.

It's worth noting that, while I laughed a lot at "A Night at the Opera," I laughed even more at this movie. In fact, I was in exquisite pain by the end. Of course, "Opera" actually makes some sense, so it might still be the better movie.

Definitely the best Marx Brothers film that doesn't feature Margaret Dumont, and the strongest showcase for the brothers' talents as physical comedians.

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