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At the Circus (1939)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Musical | 20 October 1939 (USA)
The Marx Brothers try to help the owner of a circus recover some stolen funds before he finds himself out of a job.

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Storyline

Jeff Wilson, the owner of a small circus, owes his partner Carter $10000. Before Jeff can pay, Carter lets his accomplices steal the money, so he can take over the circus. Antonio Pirelli and Punchy, who work at the circus, together with lawyer Loophole try to find the thief and get the money back. Written by Michael Zolk <mzolk@ix.urz.uni-heidelberg.de>

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circus | money | strongman | lawyer | aunt | See All (72) »

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NOT SUITABLE FOR GENERAL EXHIBITION (Australian one-sheet poster) See more »

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Comedy | Musical

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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20 October 1939 (USA)  »

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A Day at the Circus  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The main reason this film was made was to help Chico Marx, as he was nearing bankruptcy (mentioned by TCM's Robert Osborne, during an introduction, just before it televised, in 2003). See more »

Goofs

When the little boy is "playing" his trumpet solo (and Punchy is using the bulb of his bicycle horn as a wah-wah mute), not only are the boy's fingerings incorrect, they are out of synch with the sequence of notes. Punchy's use of the "mute" is likewise out of synch. See more »

Quotes

Antonio Pirelli: I ain't got nothing, but you can always have half!
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Connections

Spoofs Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

Swingali
(1939) (uncredited)
Music by Harold Arlen
Lyrics by E.Y. Harburg
Sung by Dudley Dickerson and many unidentified singers
Danced by Harpo Marx
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The BEST Marx Brothers Move EVER!!!
25 January 2005 | by (Manassas, Va) – See all my reviews

Ha ha! Made ya look! This is certainly NOT the best Marx brothers movie...or the second best...or the fifth best. But, it is better than Love Happy, Go West and The Big Store. And, there are funny lines like, "Bad luck...three on a midget"; moreover, Groucho sings "Lydia", a song he would later sing at Carnegie Hall.

Margaret Dumont is looking kind of old in this one. She still has class in her role as stuffy socialite. I found myself, when she had her buttocks stuck in a cannon, thinking to myself, "For God's sake, leave the poor old girl alone, won't you?".

Eve Arden is appropriately evil. The romantic male and female leads are appropriately forgettable. All in all, a mediocre film.

See it for closure...


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