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Morrie Ryskind (screen play)
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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 (as The Marx Brothers)

Lucille Ball ... Christine

Ann Miller ... Hilda

Frank Albertson ... Leo Davis
Cliff Dunstan ... Joseph Gribble
Donald MacBride ... Gregory Wagner
Philip Loeb ... Timothy Hogarth
Philip Wood ... Simon Jenkins
Alexander Asro ... Sasha

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 | USA:Approved (PCA #4455) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

Did You Know?

The original play was adapted into a The Marx Brothers screenplay by Morrie Ryskind, who co-wrote the stage and screen versions of The Cocoanuts (1929) and Animal Crackers (1930) and also co-wrote A Night at the Opera (1935). Much of the original play's strong language had to be toned down for the screen, into milder expletives such as "Jumping Butterballs!"See more »
Continuity: 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 »
Harry Binelli:Hello? Room Service. Bring up enough ice to cool a warm body.See more »
The Last Round-Up (Git Along, Little Dogie, Git Along)See more »

8 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Not Their Worst, But Not Up To Par, Either, 16 November 2006
Author: ccthemovieman-1 from United States

didn't think this was one of the Marx Brothes better films, but it wasn't their worst, either. One thing different: no harp playing from Harpo and no singing from Groucho. That's okay with me, anyway, since I watch these movies for the comedy, not the music. The only musical number was "Swing Long, Sweet Chariot" near the end of the movie.

There are some funny scenes in here, but not enough of them. Too much of the film takes place in one room. This is like a play and it begins to drag after an hour. Donald McBride, with his constant gruff voice and shouting, grates on you after awhile, too.

Lucille Ball is in here, and I always didn't recognize her. She looked very young (which she was!).

Overall, the film has entertainment value but, personally, I would rather watch the boys' others films.

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