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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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Cast

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Gordon Miller (as The Marx Brothers)
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Harry Binelli (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
Cliff Dunstan ...
Joseph Gribble
Donald MacBride ...
Gregory Wagner
Philip Loeb ...
Timothy Hogarth
Philip Wood ...
Simon Jenkins
Alexander Asro ...
Sasha
Charles Halton ...
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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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30 September 1938 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Marx Brothers - Zimmerdienst  »

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(RCA Victor System)

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Trivia

The Broadway play "Room Service" opened at the Cort Theater on May 19, 1937 and ran for 500 performances (without The Marx Brothers). Cliff Dunstan, Donald MacBride, Philip Wood and Alexander Asro originated their movie roles in the play. Also in the opening night cast was Eddie Albert as Leo Davis, Betty Field as Hilda, Teddy Hart as Faker, Sam Levene as Gordon Miller and Philip Loeb (also in the movie) in a role cut from the screenplay. The play was revived in 1953 with Jack Lemmon as Leo Davis. 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: I'll give you the best performance you ever saw in a hotel bedroom!
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Opening credits are shown on doors that flip around for each new screen of names. See more »

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Soundtracks

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Underrated Marx Brothers - one of their very best
29 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 musical numbers. 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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