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
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Lucille Ball, who has a supporting role, would later buy the studio that made this film, RKO Pictures. She and Desi Arnaz purchased it during the height of their success on I Love Lucy (1951) and renamed it Desilu Studios, now best known as the sponsorship of Star Trek (1966). See more »
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 »
The Marx Brothers did a film in the late 1930s that brought them back to their roots. Its one of the few films from the late period of the Marx Brothers that I really enjoyed. The reason I love this film compared to others is it isn't a showcase for one person to show off their singing. Groucho Marx is witty as usual in the role of Gordon Miller. Another reason I love this movie is that it returns to the type of gags the Marx Brothers were good at during the Paramount years. Lucille Ball of I Love Lucy plays a straight character in this film. Room Service(1938) is an under rated comedy that isn't as popular as some other movies by the Marx Brothers. Harper Marx does some funny things as Faker Englund. The Swing Low, Sweet Chariot number in the end is my favorite moment of Room Service(1938).
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