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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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Peerless Pauline
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Mrs. Dukesbury
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Little Professor Atom (as Jerry Marenghi)
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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 more »

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Keep the world laughing! See more »

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Comedy | Musical

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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 1936 death 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 At the Circus (1939), longtime Thalberg rival Louis B. Mayer removed songwriters Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg from the Marx Brothers 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

J. Cheever Loophole: I bet your father spent the first year of your life throwing rocks at the stork.
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Referenced in The Philadelphia Story (1940) See more »

Soundtracks

Waltz #15 in A flat major: 'Lullaby', Op.39
(1865) (uncredited)
Music by Johannes Brahms
Played on a trumpet by Harpo Marx
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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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