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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Thelma Todd's character "Connie" is referred to in the film as being a "college widow". This was a somewhat derogatory term at the time that referred to a young woman who remains near a college year after year to associate with male students. Such women were considered "easy". In the film, Connie is shown to be involved with each of The Marx Brothers' characters, as well as the principal antagonist Jennings. See more »
In the opening scene, Prof. Wagstaff suddenly appears between shots as he is introduced. See more »
[receptionist opens door to Wagstaff's office where he is conferring with two professors]
Oh, Professor, the Dean of Science wants to know how soon you can see him. He says he's tired of cooling his heels out here.
Tell him I'm cooling a couple of heels in here.
[receptionist leaves and re-enters fifteen seconds later]
The Dean is furious! He's waxing wroth!
Is Roth out there, too? Tell Roth to wax the Dean for awhile.
[nudges one professor]
Guess that's bad, huh?
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What the Marx Brothers do to higher education in this film is roaringly funny, from the opening song "Whatever It Is, I'm Against It" to the end, possibly the most bizarre American Football "game" not played in the XFL! Groucho was at or near his best and it's probably the best (and most significant) role Zeppo ever had. Most highly recommended.
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