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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. Suzanna Dukesbury
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Goliath
Fritz Feld ...
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James Burke ...
John Carter
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Little Professor Atom (as Jerry Marenghi)
Barnett Parker ...
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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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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

Many cast members in studio records/casting call lists for this movie were not seen in the final print. These were (with their character names): Byron Foulger (Meek Defendant), Mariska Aldrich (Mannish Woman), Herbert Ashley (Detective Bludge), Granville Bates (Judge), George Bookasta, Mickey Daniels, Eugene Jackson and Sidney Miller (Quartet Members), Barlowe Borland (Thorndyke), Irene Coleman (Girl on Stand in Courtroom), John Dilson (Defense Attorney) and Henry Sylvester (Court Clerk) See more »

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

Quotes

Peerless Pauline: But it's so easy. The bottom of your shoe creates a suction that holds you up on the ceiling.
J. Cheever Loophole: No, no, I'd rather not. I have an agreement with the houseflies. The flies don't practice law and I don't walk on the ceiling.
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Soundtracks

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Music and Lyrics by Stephen Foster
Sung a cappella by Groucho Marx with modified lyrics
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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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