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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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Before she became famous, Shirley Temple walked by the set with her parents at one point during filming. Harpo Marx reportedly approached her parents with an offer to adopt the child on the spot for $50,000. See more »

Goofs

Just before the brothers board the garbage can chariot, Groucho Marx, Chico Marx, and Zeppo Marx chase Harpo Marx as he runs the wrong way down the football field (chasing a dog). It is clear in this shot that Chico is a stand in. In the following shot, as they ride in the garbage can chariot, the Chico stand-in hides behind The Marx Brothers. See more »

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Professor: The trustees have a few suggestions they would like to submit to you.
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References An American Tragedy (1931) See more »

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Marx Brothers Mania (Groucho, Chico, Harpo & Zeppo)
6 August 2005 | by (Sacramento, CA) – See all my reviews

Horse Feathers (1932) was the third feature by the four Marx Brothers. This time around, Groucho stars as the head of a small college that's engaged with a football rivalry with a nearby school. His son (Zeppo) is having love problems whilst two local hoodlums (Chico and Harpo) wind up helping Groucho's team out just in time for the big game. The movie is padded out with several boring musical numbers (even Groucho makes note of it during one of them). Can Zeppo find true love? Will Groucho's school win the rivalry? Can Chico and Harpo become big time college football stars? You'll have to find out when you watch Horse Feathers!

A very funny film (despite the musical numbers). The best scenes are the one in the speakeasy and the big game. The four brothers made up the best version of the Marx Brothers (I know most people liked the trio but I prefer the quartet). An entertaining film but not as great as their classic film Duck Soup!

Highly recommended.


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