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Horse Feathers (1932)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 19 August 1932 (USA)
Quincy Adams Wagstaff, the new president of Huxley University, hires bumblers Baravelli and Pinky to help his school win the big football game against rival Darwin University.

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Professor Quincy Adams Wagstaff has just been installed as the new president of Huxley College. His cavalier attitude toward education is not reserved for his son Frank, who is seeing the college widow, Connie Bailey. Frank influences Wagstaff to recruit two football players who hang out in a speakeasy, in order to beat rival school Darwin. Unfortunately, Wagstaff mistakenly hires the misfits Baravelli and Pinky. Finding out that Darwin has beaten him to the "real" players, Wagstaff enlists Baravelli and Pinky to kidnap them, which leads to an anarchic football finale. Written by Rick Gregory <rag.apa@email.apa.org>

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19 August 1932 (USA)  »

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Die Marx Brothers in der Uni  »

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Trivia

Zeppo played Groucho's son, but in real life, Zeppo Marx was only 11 years younger than Groucho Marx. Groucho was born in 1890, and Zeppo in 1901. See more »

Goofs

Just before they board the garbage can chariot, Wagstaff, Baravelli, and Frank chase Pinky as he runs the wrong way down the football field (chasing a dog). It is clear in this shot that Baravelli is a stand in. In the following shot, as they ride in the garbage can chariot, the stand-in hides behind the other actors. See more »

Quotes

Professor Wagstaff: Well, the human body takes many strange forms.
[Pointing at a human anatomy chart]
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Soundtracks

I Always Get My Man
(1932) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Ruby
Lyrics by Bert Kalmar
Performed by Groucho Marx, Zeppo Marx and Chorus
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Marx Brothers at their best
21 April 1999 | by (Junction City, OR) – See all my reviews

The Marx Brothers do it again in Horse Feathers. Next to the classic Duck Soup, this is probably their best film. Their anarchist style of comedy is unleashed on Huxley College, a troubled university with a losing football team that hasn't won a game since the 1880's. The film opens with Groucho becoming president of the college, starting off with the musical sequence "Whatever it is, I'm against it." Chico and Harpo are a iceman and a dog catcher, respectivly, and Zeppo is Grouch's son, who is enrolled in the university. The story, if it can be called that, leads up to a football game with Huxley's rival, Darwin University. This has to be seen to be believed.


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