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Release Date:
30 September 1938 (USA) See more »
Better . . . Battier . . . Funnier Than Ever !
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Groucho Marx ... Gordon Miller (as The Marx Brothers)

Chico Marx ... Harry Binelli (as The Marx Brothers)

Harpo Marx ... Faker Englund (as The Marx Brothers)

Lucille Ball ... Christine Marlowe

Ann Miller ... Hilda Manny

Frank Albertson ... Leo Davis

Cliff Dunstan ... Joseph Gribble

Donald MacBride ... Gregory Wagner
Philip Loeb ... Timothy Hogarth
Philip Wood ... Simon Jenkins
Alexander Asro ... Sasha Smirnoff

Charles Halton ... Dr. Glass
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Stanley Blystone ... Policeman in Alley (uncredited)
Phoebe Campbell ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Clyde Courtright ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Josephine DeKarr ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Paul Everton ... Formally-Dressed Man in Play (uncredited)
Cliff Herd ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Donald Kerr ... Bellboy (uncredited)

Frank McLure ... Man in Audience at Play (uncredited)
Bruce Mitchell ... House Detective (uncredited)

William H. O'Brien ... Hotel Bartender (uncredited)
Frank Otto ... Bank Messenger (uncredited)

Tom Quinn ... Minor Role (uncredited)
William Ruhl ... House Detective (uncredited)
Eddie Saunders ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Willard St. Claire ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Jean Stevens ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Max Wagner ... House Detective (uncredited)

Directed by
William A. Seiter 
Writing credits
Morrie Ryskind (screen play)

John Murray (from the play by) and
Allen Boretz (from the play by) (as Allan Boretz)

Philip Loeb  contributing writer (uncredited)
Glenn Tryon  contributing writer (uncredited)

Cinematography by
J. Roy Hunt (photographed by)
Film Editing by
George Crone (edited by)
Art Direction by
Van Nest Polglase 
Costume Design by
Renié (gowns)
Makeup Department
James R. Barker .... makeup supervisor (uncredited)
Mel Berns .... key makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Pandro S. Berman .... in charge of production
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
James H. Anderson .... assistant director (as James Anderson)
Art Department
Alfred Herman .... associate art director (as Al Herman)
Darrell Silvera .... set dresser
Sound Department
John L. Cass .... recordist
Camera and Electrical Department
Louie Anderson .... grip (uncredited)
Music Department
Roy Webb .... musical director
Other crew
George Abbott .... producer: stage play
Philip Loeb .... assistant to the director
Otto Benesh .... stand-in (uncredited)
Tom Casey .... stand-in (uncredited)
Dick Crockett .... stand-in (uncredited)
Alice Eldridge .... stand-in (uncredited)
Johnny Hattner .... stand-in (uncredited)
Jack King .... stand-in (uncredited)
Allan Kneip .... stand-in (uncredited)
Joseph W. Reilly .... stand-in (uncredited)
Larry Shean .... stand-in (uncredited)
Harry Timms .... stand-in (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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78 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Victor System)
Australia:G | Finland:S (1988) | Netherlands:AL (original rating) (1939) | Portugal:M/6 | Sweden:15 | UK:U (2006) | UK:U (1986) | UK:U (1938) | USA:Approved (PCA #4455) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

Did You Know?

Eddie Dunn and Constantine Romanoff are in studio records/casting call lists for this movie, but they did not appear or were not identifiable.See more »
Revealing mistakes: Wires visible on the turkey when it flies around the room.See more »
Gregory Wagner:[Repeated line] Jumping butterballs!See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Anatomy of an Illness (1984) (TV)See more »
The Last Round-Up (Git Along, Little Dogie, Git Along)See more »


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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
A Lesser Marx, 18 April 2011
Author: dougdoepke from Claremont, USA

The movie manages a few chuckles, but is not prime material for Marx Bros. fans. One reason is that there's too much conventional logic in what the boys do, unlike their usual wacky comedic logic. Thus, there's little of the usual anarchic assault on well-ordered society that provides larger point to their madcap style.

Here the boys are trying to beat the hotel out of a big bill in order to get their stage play produced, and what they do makes perfectly good sense, though done in zany style. I get the feeling that, unlike other Marx movies, any number of good comedic actors could have replaced them to decent effect. Also, journeyman director Seiter fails to bring the zaniness to the kind of madcap boil that marks their best features. For example, the comedy mix tends to keep the boys apart instead of effectively combining them.

Nonetheless, the movie has its moments and some good gag lines, along with lively humorous support— MacBride as the dyspeptic hotel manager, Wood as the string bean agent, and Albertson as the boyish playwrite. Unfortunately, Lucille Ball's expert comedic talent goes untapped, but thankfully not her good looks.

Looks like the boys miss their home at MGM where their best movies were made. But even second-rate Marx Bros. at RKO still manages some good laughs.

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