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Room Service (1938)

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A penniless theatrical producer must outwit the hotel efficiency expert trying to evict him from his room, while securing a backer for his new play.

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The Marx Brothers try and put on a play before their landlord finds out that they have run out of money. To confuse the landlord they pretend that the play's author has contracted some terrible disease and can't be moved. Originally a stage play, the setting shows it's origins, but this is vintage Marx Brothers. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Better . . . Battier . . . Funnier Than Ever !

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Release Date:

30 September 1938 (USA)  »

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(RCA Victor System)

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Trivia

This is the first (and last) time The Marx Brothers worked with material not specially created for them. See more »

Goofs

When Gordon Miller calls to reception pretending to be Dr. Glass, he is holding the phone receiver with his right hand. Seconds later, when he is about to hang up, he is holding it with his left hand. See more »

Quotes

Leo Davis: You've been in jail?
Harry Binelli: Sure, it's'a not so bad. You behave and they make you a trustee.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits are shown on doors that flip around for each new screen of names. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Wonder Boys (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Merrily We Roll Along
(uncredited)
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A song loosely based on 'Good Night Ladies' (1847) by Edwin P. Christy
In the score during the opening credits
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Underrated Marx Brothers - one of their very best
21 December 2001 | by (Saint Paul, MN) – See all my reviews

The Paramount era was the best creatively for the Marx Brothers. Afterwards, there was a concentration on plot, which didn't lend to their insane, improvisational style. However, there is plenty to love about their post-Paramount career. Some consider A Night at the Opera to be their best film. I disagree, myself, but love A Day at the Races. But Room Service might be my favorite post-Paramount Marx Brothers. Why? Well, I usually dislike the plots of their later movies, but this one has a particularly great script. It also has spectacular supporting characters and no music. Besides the brothers, only Margaret Dumont could get laughs in their earlier films. Here, almost all of the supporting cast is hilarious. I wouldn't want to ruin a single joke. They may not be as frequent as the earlier films, but the slower pacing is excellent in the film. You really must see it. 10/10.


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