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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
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For Groucho Marx's performance of the song 'Lydia, the Tattooed Lady,' additional lyrics were written by lyricist E.Y. Harburg exclusively for screenings of the film for Allied servicemen in European war zones. The special lyrics included the line 'When she stands the world grows littler; When she sits, she sits on Hitler.' The version of the song featuring the special lyrics was filmed, and included in prints of 'At the Circus' distributed in Great Britain and France. The version of the song containing the special lyrics was greeted with marked enthusiasm during screenings in those countries. See more »
Multiple different-sized actors, in noticeably different gorilla costumes, were used to play Gibraltar the gorilla. See more »
You know what I say. Whenever you got business trouble the best thing to do is to get a lawyer. Then you got more trouble, but at least you got a lawyer.
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OK, I accept (and suspect that there will be little argument) that At The Circus is a long way from the Marx Brothers finest hour. There isn't the pace of Duck Soup or the wonderfully constructed whole of A Night At The Opera, but within this film there is enough to make an hour and a half pass quite enjoyably.
A few fine set pieces, notably the midget/cigar routine and Harpo & Chico trying to find the money in the strongman's bedroom. A fine rendition of Lydia. And you can never really see enough of a Groucho/Dumont double act.
The story IS incidental, and the love interest occasionally irritates...but then this is a Marx Brothers films and that generally is the case.
It may not be top drawer Marx Brothers but it is still the Marx Brothers.
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