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Room Service (1938)

Approved  |   |  Comedy  |  30 September 1938 (USA)
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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
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Joseph Gribble
Donald MacBride ...
Philip Loeb ...
Timothy Hogarth
Philip Wood ...
Simon Jenkins
Alexander Asro ...
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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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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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1.37 : 1
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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

Gregory Wagner: Jumping butterballs!
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Referenced in Take the Money and Run (1969) See more »

Soundtracks

Song of the Volga Boatmen
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Music Traditional
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Late Marx Brothers Special
4 December 2000 | by (Boston, MA) – See all my reviews

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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