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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Groucho Marx was fond of recounting how the original owner of the "gorilla skin" used in the film was so incensed when the stunt man wearing it poked ventilation holes in it with an ice pick that he took his suit and walked off the picture, forcing the producers to hastily rent an orangutan skin as a replacement. For this reason, Groucho claimed, the gorilla gets bigger and smaller from shot to shot. The man in the gorilla suit is in fact Charles Gemora, well-known movie sculptor and gorilla artist, wearing his own custom-made suit. See more »
Multiple different-sized actors, in noticeably different gorilla costumes, were used to play Gibraltar the gorilla. See more »
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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