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
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During the scene on the lake, with Wagstaff and the "college widow" in the boat (towing a decoy duck), when she goes into her "baby talk" routine, Groucho snaps at her with something like "keep that up and I'll knock your teeth down your throat". His voice changes slightly, what seems to be away from the Wagstaff voice to the real Groucho. It's also the only really violent line in the movie. Her lines were most likely ad-libbed, and he seems really annoyed. And maybe that added to his failure to jump after her when she fell in the water. See more »
In the opening scene, Prof. Wagstaff suddenly appears between shots as he is introduced. See more »
One of the better Marx Brothers movies. This one came right in the middle of their prime, between Monkey Business and Duck Soup (probably their two best films). While Horse Feathers isn't quite as funny as either of those, it still has plenty of laughs. The Marx Brothers were still young, but they knew what they were doing now. Again they take advantage of the film medium to do things they never could have done on stage, like the wild football finale. The involvement of the supporting cast is also kept to a minimum, which is always a good thing in Marx Bros. films. They do go back to relying on too many musical numbers. Groucho's opening song "Whatever it is, I'm Against it" seems awkwardly out of place, but it's interesting to see all four brothers do their own version of "Everyone Says I Love you." It's not their very best work, but it's not far from it either.
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