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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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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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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

The only film The Marx Brothers made with R-K-O. During salary negotiations with R-K-O, erstwhile member Zeppo Marx represented The Marx Brothers, threatening to rejoin the group if their demands weren't met! 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: You've been in jail?
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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

Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
(circa 1872) (uncredited)
Written by Wallis Willis
Arranged by Henry Thacker Burleigh
Sung by The Marx Brothers, Cliff Dunstan and Donald MacBride with Harpo Marx on harmonica
Reprised by actors in the show
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still worth seeing
4 January 2002 | by See all my reviews

Many criticize "Room Service" as the worst Marx Brothers film. This is both misleading and ridiculous. While "Duck Soup" now receives the most critical acclaim, one need only compare that film to Room Serivce to see a dramatic improvement in the directing and delivery. Room Service wasn't written explicitly for the Marx Brothers, so it doesn't have catchy lines. Still, the film flows much better than predecessors and is still pretty damn funny. The Marx Brothers made many great movies, and yes, this is one of those great ones!


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