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At the Circus (1939)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Musical | 20 October 1939 (USA)
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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Mrs. Suzanna Dukesbury
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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 (72) »

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Keep the world laughing! See more »

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Comedy | Musical

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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20 October 1939 (USA)  »

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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 death in 1936 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 this film, longtime Thalberg rival Louis B. Mayer removed songwriters Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg from this film and reassigned them to the "prestige" MGM production The Wizard of Oz (1939). See more »

Goofs

When the little boy is "playing" his trumpet solo (and Punchy is using the bulb of his bicycle horn as a wah-wah mute), not only are the boy's fingerings incorrect, they are out of synch with the sequence of notes. Punchy's use of the "mute" is likewise out of synch. 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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Referenced in The Philadelphia Story (1940) See more »

Soundtracks

Lohengrin,
WWV 75 (1850)--Prelude to Act III (uncredited)
Music by by Richard Wagner
Partially Played by an orchestra and conducted by Jardinet
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The Show Must Go On
4 November 2011 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Standing in for Zeppo, "Wilson Wonder Circus" manager Kenny Baker (as Jeffrey "Jeff" Wilson) hopes to save his big-top business - with help from The Marx Brothers. Sneaky lawyer Groucho (as J. Cheever Loophole) plus roustabouts Chico (as Antonio "Tony" Pirelli) and Harpo (as Punchy) accomplish the task, with the expected madness. "At the Circus" has acquired the unwelcome reputation as a film where The Marx Brothers showed obvious decline. But for much of the film, there is little to complain about - the criticism leveled at the musical romance subplot is old; it's part of the fabric, compliments the brothers, and was actually quite good for the time. Groucho, Chico and Harpo are in great form for the outstanding first half, with classics "Lydia the Tattooed Lady" and "Three on a Midget" highlights. There are some tired spots, however.

******** At the Circus (10/20/39) Edward Buzzell ~ Groucho Marx, Chico Marx, Harpo Marx, Kenny Baker


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