A faded burlesque queen passes on a chance to return to the spotlight so her chorus-girl daughter can have a shot at the headliner spot. But she grows concerned when her daughter's new fame attracts the attention of a wealthy society man.
Young hopefuls trying to stage a Broadway show on a shoestring are sustained with food by expert shoplifter Harpo. They little suspect that his donations include the special sardine can hiding the Romanoff diamonds! Slinky Madame Egelichi and her henchmen will do anything to get them back, but the Marx Brothers lead them a merry chase. Written by
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Despite being a "Marx Brothers" movie, at no point in the film do all three Marx Bros. - Groucho, Harpo and Chico - appear in any scene together. The closest instance of this happening is near the end of the film when Harpo and Chico walk past Groucho's hiding place on the rooftop. However, Groucho is not seen until after his brothers have walked by. Harpo shares scenes with Chico and a few with Groucho, while Chico and Groucho share only one (the final scene in the film). See more »
When we first see Chico in the final scene, he is wearing a bow-tie. In the very next shot he is tie-less. See more »
Yes, this movie is sad; it's the end of an era. Bye bye, Marx Brothers; over half a century later, you still haven't been topped.
However, this movie is not sad in the sense of being pathetic. There's still some laughs here, and on balance, I think this is better than some of the previous Marx efforts ("A Night in Casablanca" and "At the Circus" in particular). Harpo is quite charming (who's not a Harpo fan?), and I remember finding the Central Park scene quite touching. The rooftop chase is a blast, too. Granted, those two scenes are standouts and the rest of the movie is weaker in comparison, but I never found it painfully weak.
Let's put it this way; even mediocre Marx is still okay by me.
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