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Horse Feathers (1932)

Passed  |   |  Comedy, Musical, Romance  |  19 August 1932 (USA)
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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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The Maddest Comics of the Screen!


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In the last half of the movie Chico Marx is limping. During the making of the movie, Chico was in a car accident and his kneecap was shattered. See more »

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During the "I'm against it" number, Wagstaff kicks a stack of papers off the desk, and we see them landing on the floor. The papers can be seen on the desk in subsequent shots. See more »

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Football Coach: [sees Wagstaff lying in the middle of the field with a cigar] What are you doing with that cigar in your mouth?
Professor Wagstaff: Why? Do you know another way to smoke it?
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Music by Richard A. Whiting
Lyrics by Leo Robin and Sam Coslow
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Three great Marx brothers and a spare
15 August 2015 | by See all my reviews

Professor Quincy Adams Wagstaff (Groucho Marx) is installed as the new president of Huxley College. His son Frank (Zeppo) is a womanizing college man fooling around with college widow Connie Bailey. Frank convinces his father to recruit football players at the speakeasy. Baravelli (Chico) and dogcatcher Pinky (Harpo) are "icemen" who deliver booze. Quincy owes them money and he makes them college men mistaking them for the star players. Connie is actually working for gangsters who are betting against Huxley in the big football game.

Groucho does the verbal and Harpo does the physical. Chico is great. Zeppo is a rather boring straight man. Time spent with him is a waste. He's actually an unnecessary character. This is classic Marx brothers hilarity. I love the guys (minus Zeppo).


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