6.8/10
3,771
43 user 23 critic

Room Service (1938)

Approved | | Comedy | 30 September 1938 (USA)
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.

Director:

Writers:

(screen play), (from the play by) | 1 more credit »
Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

At the Circus (1939)
Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The Marx Brothers try to help the owner of a circus recover some stolen funds before he finds himself out of a job.

Director: Edward Buzzell
Stars: Groucho Marx, Chico Marx, Harpo Marx
Go West (1940)
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Musical | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The Marx Brothers come to the rescue in the Wild West when a young man, trying to settle an old family feud so he can marry the girl he loves, runs afoul of crooks.

Director: Edward Buzzell
Stars: Groucho Marx, Chico Marx, Harpo Marx
The Big Store (1941)
Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A detective is hired to protect the life of a singer, who has recently inherited a department store, from the store's crooked manager.

Director: Charles Reisner
Stars: Groucho Marx, Chico Marx, Harpo Marx
Certificate: Passed Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The Marx Brothers are employed at a hotel in postwar Casablanca, where a ring of Nazis is trying to recover a cache of stolen treasure.

Director: Archie Mayo
Stars: Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Chico Marx
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Musical | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A veterinarian posing as a doctor, a race-horse owner and his friends struggle to help keep a sanitarium open with the help of a misfit race-horse.

Director: Sam Wood
Stars: Groucho Marx, Chico Marx, Harpo Marx
The Cocoanuts (1929)
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

During the Florida land boom, the Marx brothers run a hotel, auction off some land, thwart a jewel robbery, and generally act like themselves.

Directors: Robert Florey, Joseph Santley
Stars: Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Chico Marx
Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

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.

Director: Norman Z. McLeod
Stars: Groucho Marx, Chico Marx, Harpo Marx
Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

On a transatlantic crossing, the Marx brothers get up to their usual antics and manage to annoy just about everyone on board the ship.

Director: Norman Z. McLeod
Stars: Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, The Marx Brothers
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Mayhem and zaniness ensue when a valuable painting goes missing during a party in honor of famed African explorer Captain Spaulding.

Director: Victor Heerman
Stars: Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Chico Marx
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Music | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A sly business manager and two wacky friends of two opera singers help them achieve success while humiliating their stuffy and snobbish enemies.

Directors: Sam Wood, Edmund Goulding
Stars: Groucho Marx, Chico Marx, Harpo Marx
Love Happy (1949)
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Crime | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

The Marx Brothers help young Broadway hopefuls while thwarting diamond thieves.

Director: David Miller
Stars: Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Chico Marx
Duck Soup (1933)
Comedy | Musical | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Rufus T. Firefly is named president/dictator of bankrupt Freedonia and declares war on neighboring Sylvania over the love of wealthy Mrs. Teasdale.

Director: Leo McCarey
Stars: Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Chico Marx
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
Gordon Miller (as The Marx Brothers)
...
Harry Binelli (as The Marx Brothers)
...
Faker Englund (as The Marx Brothers)
...
Christine Marlowe
...
Hilda Manny
...
Leo Davis
...
Joseph Gribble
Donald MacBride ...
Philip Loeb ...
Timothy Hogarth
Philip Wood ...
Simon Jenkins
Alexander Asro ...
Sasha Smirnoff
...
Dr. Glass
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

30 September 1938 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Marx Brothers - Zimmerdienst  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

This is the only The Marx Brothers movie based on 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

Gordon Miller: Wait a minute, suppose one of us got sick?
Harry Binelli: That's the idea! They can't pull a sick man out, it's against the law.
Gordon Miller: Remember, I had kidney trouble at the Astor and gallstones at the Plaza.
Harry Binelli: Oh, those were the happy days!
See more »

Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Featured in The Match Factory Girl (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

Good Night Ladies
(1847) (uncredited)
Written by Edwin P. Christy
In the score during the end credits
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
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.


13 of 20 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Their least enjoyable film go-wild-in-the-country
Lucille Ball! Luckyboots
I'll give you the best performance there's ever been in a hotel bedroom' carolyn_davis2
The publisher??? raptor147
Just viewed it pacomj
A different song in the soundtrack? yokomitz
Discuss Room Service (1938) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?