Horse Feathers (1932) Poster


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An American Tragedy (1931)
In 1932, Groucho Marx is in a canoe, being courted by Connie Bailey. He observes, "Professor Wagstaff: You know, this is the first time I've been out in a canoe since I saw The American Tragedy."

Referenced in 

Betty in Blunderland (1934) (Short)
Betty's version of "Ev'ry One Says I Love You" is yet another version of the song introduced by The Marx Brothers in the earlier film--also released by Paramount Pictures.
You Bet Your Life: Episode #4.20 (1954) (TV Episode)
Groucho reminisces over the first five Marx Brothers films, which he said were produced by Jesse L. Lasky.
You Bet Your Life: Episode #6.2 (1955) (TV Episode)
One of three Groucho Marx movies mentioned by contestant Ed Gaffney.
Help! (1965)
All in the Family: Where's Archie? (1974) (TV Episode)
One of the two films that Mike (dressed as Groucho) and Gloria (dressed as Harpo) were going out to see
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Unearthly (1991) (TV Episode)
Crow: Anything further, Father?
Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman: That Old Gang of Mine (1994) (TV Episode)
Lois guesses "swordfish" as the password to enter the illegal gambling club. The doorman replies, "I saw that Marx Brothers movie too, lady. Nice try."
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Brute Man (1996) (TV Episode)
Tom (in a scene at a football game): "Harpo!"
Everyone Says I Love You (1996)
Partygoer dressed as Groucho from the movie
The Adventures of Sam & Max: Freelance Police: The Thing That Wouldn't Stop It (1997) (TV Episode)
Quote: "What's the password? ...And if you say 'Swordfish' I'll lose it!"
The Waterboy (1998)
Harpo throws the football to an opposition player in order to tackle him, just as Adam Sandler does in 'The Waterboy'.
Swordfish (2001)
In Horse Feathers, the speakeasy password was Swordfish, which became the most famous "password" of several generations
Robot Chicken: Password: Swordfish (2006) (TV Episode)
the title referes to the bit in the film about the password "swordfish"
Metalocalypse: Dethfam (2006) (TV Episode)
Murderface references Groucho Marx's famous line, 'Why don't you bore a hole in yourself and let the sap run out?'
Valimo (2007) (Short)
A poster is shown.
Mad Men: Six Month Leave (2008) (TV Episode)
When Roger gives a $5 bill to the bouncer (at what turns out to be a casino) he says "Swordfish." This is a reference to the scene in Horse Feathers (1932) between Groucho and Chico Marx where Chico is the temporary bouncer at a speakeasy and Groucho uses the correct password "Swordfish" after Chico blabbed it to him.
A Collection of Chemicals (2009) (Short)
The herbs in the film are named after the Marx Brothers and, at one point, Si quotes directly from this film.
Psych: An Evening with Mr. Yang (2009) (TV Episode)
It is one of the movie posters seen at the drive-in theater.
Jeopardy!: Episode #26.7 (2009) (TV Episode)
Subject of an $800 clue in the category "Beastly Expressions"
Jeopardy!: 2010 Tournament of Champions Finals: Game 1 (2010) (TV Episode)
Subject of a $1,000 clue in the category "Sign of the Four"
In Our Nature (2012)
"Password: Swordfish"
El ministerio del tiempo: Tiempo de magia (2016) (TV Episode)
The password to the speakeasy is "Swordfish".

Featured in 

Hollywood: The Gift of Laughter (1982) (TV Movie)
Professor Wagstaff (Groucho Marx) addresses the class.
City Heat (1984)
Showing in the cinema where Ginny and Murphy meet
The Unknown Marx Brothers (1993) (TV Movie)
Sports on the Silver Screen (1997) (TV Movie)
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Laughs: America's Funniest Movies (2000) (TV Special)
This film is #65 on the list.
Outrun (2010) (Short)
Plays on Television
Atop the Fourth Wall: The Backstreet Project #1 (2011) (TV Episode)
Groucho guesses the password
Svengoolie: Horse Feathers (2012) (TV Episode)
The Marx Brothers: Hollywood's Kings of Chaos (2016)
Documentary references the making of this film


Spoofed in 

Inspector Lewis: And the Moonbeams Kiss the Sea (2008) (TV Episode)
When Lewis asks Hathaway to look for goose feathers, he replies "I thought that was a Marx Brothers film."

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