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Release Date:
19 August 1932 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
The Maddest Comics of the Screen!
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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The Marx Brothers (as The Four Marx Brothers)

Groucho Marx ... Professor Wagstaff

Harpo Marx ... Pinky

Chico Marx ... Baravelli
Zeppo Marx ... Frank Wagstaff
Thelma Todd ... Connie Bailey
David Landau ... Jennings
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Bobby Barber ... Speakeasy Patron (uncredited)
Reginald Barlow ... Retiring Collage President (uncredited)
Vince Barnett ... Speakeasy Patron (uncredited)
Sheila Bromley ... Wagstaff's Receptionist (uncredited)
E.H. Calvert ... Professor in Wagstaff's Study (uncredited)
Edgar Dearing ... Speakeasy Bartender (uncredited)
Robert Greig ... Biology Professor (uncredited)
Theresa Harris ... Laura - Connie's Maid (uncredited)
Edward LeSaint ... Professor in Wagstaff's Study (uncredited)
Florine McKinney ... Peggy Carrington (uncredited)
Nat Pendleton ... MacHardie - Darwin Player (uncredited)
James Pierce ... Ed Mullen - Darwin Player (uncredited)
Frank Rice ... Doorman at Speakeasy (uncredited)
Syd Saylor ... Speakeasy Patron at Slot Machine (uncredited)
Arthur Sheekman ... Typing Sportswriter (uncredited)
Ben Taggart ... Police Officer (uncredited)
Phil Tead ... Football Broadcaster (uncredited)
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Directed by
Norman Z. McLeod  (as Norman McLeod)
 
Writing credits
Bert Kalmar (by) &
Harry Ruby (by) &
S.J. Perelman (by) and
Will B. Johnstone (by)

Arthur Sheekman  uncredited

Produced by
Herman J. Mankiewicz .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
John Leipold (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Ray June (photographed by)
 
Makeup Department
Robert J. Schiffer .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Charles Barton .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Harry Caplan .... props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Gene Merritt .... production sound mixer (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Neal Beckner .... assistant camera (uncredited)
George Bourne .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Francis Burgess .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Daniel L. Fapp .... camera operator (uncredited)
Gordon Head .... still photographer (uncredited)
James Knott .... camera operator (uncredited)
Fred Mayer .... camera operator (uncredited)
Cliff Shirpser .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Bert Kalmar .... music and lyrics by
Harry Ruby .... music and lyrics by
 
Other crew
Adolph Zukor .... presenter
Harold Hecht .... dance director (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
68 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)
Certification:
Australia:G | Finland:S | Germany:o.Al. | Portugal:M/6 | South Korea:All | Spain:T | UK:U | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA reissue certificate no. 1713-R) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

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Trivia:
According to Groucho Marx, when Thelma Todd fell out of the boat he kept rowing as she cried for help not knowing she really couldn't swim. Crew members got her out of the water.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Pinky and Baravelli are kneeling in the center of the section of floor they're sawing, but when they fall through into the football players' room, they fall well to the left and right of the section of floor.See more »
Quotes:
Professor Wagstaff:Tomorrow we start tearing down the college.
The Professors:But, Professor, where will the students sleep?
Professor Wagstaff:Where they always sleep: in the classroom.
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Soundtrack:
Wedding MarchSee more »

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7 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
my favorite Marx Brothers movie, 6 February 2006
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

While this film ISN'T as famous as DUCK SOUP or A NIGHT AT THE OPERA, it's my personal favorite. I think it's probably because unlike these other two pictures, there isn't all the singing and dancing in HORSE FEATHERS plus it has at least as much energy as any other film they made. Plus, unlike THE COCOANUTS and ANIMAL CRACKERS, there is a real honest-to-goodness plot!!! So, it's not just one gag after another after another.

Groucho is wonderful as the incompetent and perpetually horny Professor Wagstaff at Huxley College. Plus, as idiots mistaken for professional ringers, Chico and Harpo are at their best. Oh, and I guess Zeppo is in the movie, but as in all their early Zeppo films, he is pretty much a non-entity. You can really see why he never caught on as one of the Marx Brothers (nor did his other brother, Karl, who was by far the LEAST funny Marx Brother).

About the only negative about the film is the climactic football game. Even for a Marx Brothers film, this does get a little too stupid! But, the rest of the movie is so good, you really don't mind.

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