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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.

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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 Englund (as The Marx Brothers)
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Christine Marlowe
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Hilda Manny
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Leo Davis
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Joseph Gribble
Donald MacBride ...
Philip Loeb ...
Timothy Hogarth
Philip Wood ...
Simon Jenkins
Alexander Asro ...
Sasha Smirnoff
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Dr. Glass
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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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Die Marx Brothers - Zimmerdienst  »

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(RCA Victor System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Although she seems much older and mature, Ann Miller was actually only 15 years old when she made this film. She had lied about her age and obtained a fake birth certificate when she was about 14 years old, which stated that she was 18. She was so tall, poised and beautiful that she pulled it off. 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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Merrily We Roll Along
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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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very static and stagy but still worth seeing
6 February 2006 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

I consider this the last Marx Brothers film worth seeing, though it is inferior to all their previous films. While you'll get a few laughs in their efforts following ROOM SERVICE, they are definitely a step below their earlier efforts.

The film was an adaptation of a stage production and it's obvious because most all the action takes place in one hotel room. As a result, there's a definite feeling of claustrophobia in the picture and it also prevents the film from rising to a higher level of entertainment.

About the only real WONDERFUL moment in the film is the very end, where one of the characters appears to come back to life--it's well worth seeing.


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