The Ritz Brothers cause chaos in a bankrupt hotel.



(story) (as Art Jarrett), (story)


Complete credited cast:
Al Ritz ...
Al - Hotel House Detective (as The Three Ritz Brothers)
Harry Ritz ...
Harry - Hotel Manager (as The Three Ritz Brothers)
Jimmy Ritz ...
Jimmy - Hotel Bellboy (as The Three Ritz Brothers)
Doris Hill ...
Miss Whitney - Hotel Owner
Robert Middlemass ...
Mr. Kane - Potential Buyet
Harry Short ...
E. L. Pierce - Potntial Buyet
Eddie Roberts ...
Sucidal Hotel Guest


Miss Whitney's bankrupt hotel is for sale; she hires the Ritz Brothers to keep guests in for appearance's sake. They do so and manipulate rival bidders in slapstick fashion. Written by Rod Crawford <>

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Comedy | Short






Release Date:

13 April 1934 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Wide Range Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Mediocre Imitation of the Marx Brothers
11 January 2002 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

In "Hotel Anchovy", the Ritz brothers do their best to imitate the zany style of the Marx brothers, and while their antics do provide a couple of laughs, it's not anywhere near the level of even an average Marx brothers comedy. Watching a mediocre imitation like this helps you to see just how much skill it takes to create really quality comedy.

The setting and activity have several similarities to "The Cocoanuts", whether intentional or not, with the Ritz trio doing their best to run a hotel. Al, Harry, and Jimmy are not short on energy by any means, bringing chaos and non-stop chatter everywhere they go, and they do deliver an occasional good gag or funny line.

But there is too much chaos for chaos's sake, without the restraint or timing that would have helped to make some of the better gags stand out. So, although it does have a couple of good moments, most of it doesn't just work all that well.

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