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Horse Feathers
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Bert Kalmar (by) &
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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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Marx Brothers at their best See more (88 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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)

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)
 
Casting by
Mel Ballerino (uncredited)
Fred A. Datig (uncredited)
 
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)
 
Casting Department
Joe Egli .... casting assistant (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 (1978) | 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:
Although the present running time (68 minutes) is very close to that of the original (70 minutes), there are still a few bits and pieces and lines of dialogue missing, due to re-editing in 1935 in order to bring the film up to Production Code standards. Apparently the only surviving material also contained some splices which lop off lines of dialogue and bits of action, particularly in the sequence in Thelma Todd's apartment involving the blocks of ice. Another brief gag was cut from the speakeasy scene, in which Harpo stood up on the bar and bowled beer bottles with a grapefruit.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: In the opening scene, Prof. Wagstaff suddenly appears between shots as he is introduced.See more »
Quotes:
Professor Wagstaff:You know, this is the first time I've been out in a canoe since I saw "The American Tragedy."See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Bear Down PalhamSee more »

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11 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Marx Brothers at their best, 21 April 1999
Author: PhilN from Junction City, OR

The Marx Brothers do it again in Horse Feathers. Next to the classic Duck Soup, this is probably their best film. Their anarchist style of comedy is unleashed on Huxley College, a troubled university with a losing football team that hasn't won a game since the 1880's. The film opens with Groucho becoming president of the college, starting off with the musical sequence "Whatever it is, I'm against it." Chico and Harpo are a iceman and a dog catcher, respectivly, and Zeppo is Grouch's son, who is enrolled in the university. The story, if it can be called that, leads up to a football game with Huxley's rival, Darwin University. This has to be seen to be believed.

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