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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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Kenny Baker ...
Jeff Wilson
Florence Rice ...
Julie Randall
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Peerless Pauline
Margaret Dumont ...
Mrs. Dukesbury
Nat Pendleton ...
Goliath
Fritz Feld ...
Jardinet
James Burke ...
John Carter
Jerry Maren ...
Little Professor Atom (as Jerry Marenghi)
Barnett Parker ...
Whitcomb
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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 | gorilla | shyster | lawyer | See more »

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NOT SUITABLE FOR GENERAL EXHIBITION (Australian one-sheet poster) See more »

Genres:

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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Did You Know?

Trivia

During "Lydia the Tattooed Lady" Groucho sings "Here is Captain Spalding exploring the Amazon". This is a reference to his character in Animal Crackers (1930). See more »

Goofs

When Jeff first gets on the train, his badge keeps changing position on his coat. See more »

Quotes

Antonio Pirelli: 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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Connections

Featured in Classic Comedy Teams (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

Lydia, the Tattoed Lady
(1939) (uncredited)
Music by Harold Arlen
Lyrics by E.Y. Harburg
Sung by Groucho Marx and chorus, with Chico Marx at piano
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First Marx Brothers Film I Saw..and it was amazing.
20 July 2003 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

This is one of the most hilarious comedies I've ever seen. Sure, as others have said, the romantic stuff isn't so great, but the stuff with the Marx Brothers, especially Groucho, is genius. One of my favorite scenes was the one where Groucho walks on the ceiling with that highly attractive circus perfomer. Plus, the ending, with the gorilla and the whacky final fate of the orchestra, is awe inspiring, as far as comedy goes. (Which is damn far!) Anyway, a great film.


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