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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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Gordon Miller (as The Marx Brothers)
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Faker (as The Marx Brothers)
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Christine
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Hilda
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Leo Davis
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Joseph Gribble
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Gregory Wagner
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Timothy Hogarth
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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>

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

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Comedy

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Release Date:

30 September 1938 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Marx Brothers - Zimmerdienst  »

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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

Harry Binelli: [taking off layers of clothing] Now I know how Gypsy Rose Lee feels.
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Crazy Credits

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

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Soundtracks

Merrily We Roll Along
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Neglected Gem
15 February 2006 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Though not one of the Marx Brothers' better known films, "Room Service" is well worth seeing nonetheless. Originally a stage play, it has the distinction of being the only Marx Brothers' film that wasn't originally written by or for the Brothers. However, the film adaptation is seamlessly tailored for the Marxes' stock characters: Groucho, the glib con-man; Chico, the deceptively simple Italian caricature; and Harpo, their anarchic collaborator. The film is very well written, with lots of hilarious gags and pratfalls. Especially memorable is the scene in which the brothers put on multiple layers of clothes as they prepare to decamp their hotel room without paying the bill. Even funnier is the scene in which the brothers, not having eaten for days, frenetically polish off a meal they had arranged to be diverted to their room. Watch Harpo as he madly harpoons peas with his fork and devours them one by one, like a ravenous automaton! In an earlier scene, the boys chase a flying turkey around the hotel room, hoping to make a meal of it. Alas, it flies out the window, whereupon Groucho says, "Never mind, we didn't have any cranberry sauce anyway!"

Unfortunately, the film lacks the usual piano and harp numbers by Chico and Harpo. Regrettable too is the absence of Margaret Dumont, Groucho's legendary "straight woman." Even so, the film is great fun--pure escapism!


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