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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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Keep the world laughing! 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

The Marx Brothers had been out of favor at MGM since the sudden death in 1936 of their producer and benefactor Irving Thalberg during the production of A Day at the Races (1937). So in the middle of the production of this film, longtime Thalberg rival Louis B. Mayer removed songwriters Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg from this film and reassigned them to the "prestige" MGM production The Wizard of Oz (1939). See more »

Goofs

Multiple different-sized actors, in noticeably different gorilla costumes, were used to play Gibraltar the gorilla. See more »

Quotes

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

Referenced in The Muppet Show: Connie Stevens (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

Step Up and Take a Bow
(1939) (uncredited)
Music by Harold Arlen
Lyrics by E.Y. Harburg
Performed by Florence Rice (dubbed by Evelyn Jurs) and an unidentified circus horse
Reprised at the end by Kenny Baker
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Too Much Music in This Nearing-The-End MB Film
23 February 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I love the Marx Brothers, but that doesn't mean all their films are gems. By the end of the 1930s, their best pictures were all behind them. Although still entertaining, they slipped a bit in quality. This is one example, except I would still rate it as "decent" (hence, the '5' rating).

One thing for sure: the comedy was a lot better than the music, although that was usually the case in most of their movies....but more so here. Even though I got my share of laughs, most the gags in this movie come in 5-10-minute "bits" and many of them go on too long. I still Chico provides the best humor among the boys. Except for "Lydia, The Tattooed Lady," the songs in here are weak and there are too many of them.

Silly, but still fun to watch, generally-speaking. I just skip through most of the songs.


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