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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?

Lucille Ball, who has a supporting role, would later buy the studio that made this film, RKO Pictures. She and Desi Arnaz purchased it during the height of their success on "I Love Lucy" (1951) and renamed it Desilu Studios, now best known as the sponsorship of "Star Trek" (1966).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 »
Leo Davis:Gee, I don't know where I'm at. Mr. Gribble says I owe 600 dollars, downstairs they think I've got a tapeworm, and this man thinks I'm a lunatic!See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in 100 Years of Comedy (1997) (V)See more »
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5 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Neglected Gem, 15 February 2006
Author: sphillips-7 from Canada

Though not one of the Marx Brothers' better known films, "Room Service" is well worth seeing nonetheless. Originally a stage play, it has the distinction of being the only Marx Brothers' film that wasn't originally written by or for the Brothers. However, the film adaptation is seamlessly tailored for the Marxes' stock characters: Groucho, the glib con-man; Chico, the deceptively simple Italian caricature; and Harpo, their anarchic collaborator. The film is very well written, with lots of hilarious gags and pratfalls. Especially memorable is the scene in which the brothers put on multiple layers of clothes as they prepare to decamp their hotel room without paying the bill. Even funnier is the scene in which the brothers, not having eaten for days, frenetically polish off a meal they had arranged to be diverted to their room. Watch Harpo as he madly harpoons peas with his fork and devours them one by one, like a ravenous automaton! In an earlier scene, the boys chase a flying turkey around the hotel room, hoping to make a meal of it. Alas, it flies out the window, whereupon Groucho says, "Never mind, we didn't have any cranberry sauce anyway!"

Unfortunately, the film lacks the usual piano and harp numbers by Chico and Harpo. Regrettable too is the absence of Margaret Dumont, Groucho's legendary "straight woman." Even so, the film is great fun--pure escapism!

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