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At the Circus (1939)

Passed  -  Comedy | Musical  -  20 October 1939 (USA)
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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 (71) »

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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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Passed | See all certifications »

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20 October 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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

Groucho says "There must be some way of getting that money without getting in trouble with the Hays office." The Hays office (Named after Will Hays) was the Hollywood censorship board from 1930-1934. However, Joseph Breen replaced Hays in 1934, so the correct line should be "There must be some way of getting that money without getting in trouble with the Breen office." See more »

Goofs

When the little boy is "playing" his trumpet solo (and Harpo 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. Harpo's use of the "mute" is likewise out of synch. See more »

Quotes

J. Cheever Loophole: You're like a beautiful chandelier. I'd like to be around when you get lit up.
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Referenced in The Fisher King (1991) See more »

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The Stars and Stripes Forever
(1896) (uncredited)
Written by John Philip Sousa
Played at the party
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The Marx are marvelous

Groucho, Chico and Harpo are at their very best or even better-if that's possible-in this 1939 hit comedy At the Circus.Groucho's looking for loopholes as the eccentric lawyer called Loophole.Every line he delivers is something funny.And he also sings the great song Lydia the Tattooed Lady, which was heard also by Robin Williams in the movie The Fisher King many years later.Margaret Dumont, the haughty straight lady in the Marx movies, shines as Mrs. Suzanna Dukesbury.Kenny Baker and Florence Rice are terrific as the romantic, soon-to-be-married-couple.Eve Arden takes her act to the ceiling and also acts very well.Nat Pendleton as Goliath the Strongman gives a very strong performance.There are many scenes that are just fantastic and mostly awfully hilarious.There's also one beautiful scene, the one where Harpo Marx plays the harp with all those black women, children and men singing and listening.This is a perfect ten movie, something they don't make these days.Someone should bring the Marx brothers back.


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