Marx Brothers films

by Hunley | created - 13 Jun 2011 | updated - 13 Jun 2011 | Public

From the best to the least best. (They didn't have a worst (unless you count Love Happy (but we don't, do we?)))

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1. Duck Soup (1933)

Not Rated | 68 min | Comedy, Musical, War

Rufus T. Firefly is named president/dictator of bankrupt Freedonia and declares war on neighboring Sylvania over the love of wealthy Mrs. Teasdale.

Director: Leo McCarey | Stars: Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Chico Marx, Zeppo Marx

Votes: 51,630

The zaniness is so non-stop that you can barely catch your breath. A classic!

"Well, that covers a lot of ground. Say, you cover a lot of ground yourself. You better beat it - I hear they're going to tear you down and put up an office building where you're standing. You can leave in a taxi. If you can't get a taxi, you can leave in a huff. If that's too soon, you can leave in a minute and a huff. You know, you haven't stopped talking since I came here? You must have been vaccinated with a phonograph needle."

2. A Night at the Opera (1935)

Passed | 96 min | Comedy, Music, Musical

A sly business manager and two wacky friends of two opera singers help them achieve success while humiliating their stuffy and snobbish enemies.

Directors: Sam Wood, Edmund Goulding | Stars: Groucho Marx, Chico Marx, Harpo Marx, Kitty Carlisle

Votes: 28,190

When MGM signed Laurel and Hardy, they didn't know what to do with them. Fortunately, Irving Thalberg had a great vision of how to package the Marx Brothers into a big MGM musical. A fantastic film!

"Hey, you big bully. What's the idea of hitting that little bully?"

3. A Day at the Races (1937)

Not Rated | 111 min | Comedy, Musical, Sport

A veterinarian posing as a doctor and a race-horse owner and his friends struggle to help keep a sanitarium open with the help of a misfit race-horse.

Director: Sam Wood | Stars: Groucho Marx, Chico Marx, Harpo Marx, Allan Jones

Votes: 11,927

The follow-up to A Night at the Opera is almost as good.

"If I hold you any closer, I'll be in back of you."

4. The Cocoanuts (1929)

Not Rated | 96 min | Comedy, Musical

During the Florida land boom, The Marx Brothers run a hotel, auction off some land, thwart a jewel robbery, and generally act like themselves.

Directors: Robert Florey, Joseph Santley | Stars: Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Chico Marx, Zeppo Marx

Votes: 6,322

The staging is very static here, betraying the stage origin of the source material, but the script is so incredibly funny, it doesn't matter.

"Three years ago I came to Florida without a nickel in my pocket. Now I've got a nickel in my pocket."

5. Horse Feathers (1932)

Not Rated | 68 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

Quincy Adams Wagstaff, the new president of Huxley University, accidentally hires bumblers Baravelli and Pinky to help his school win the big football game against the rival Darwin University.

Director: Norman Z. McLeod | Stars: Groucho Marx, Chico Marx, Harpo Marx, The Marx Brothers

Votes: 10,660

Another excellent script! A college is a perfect setting for their humor. Thelma Todd works well in the absence of Margaret Dumont.

"You know you've got the brain of a four-year old child, and I bet he was glad to get rid of it."

6. Animal Crackers (1930)

G | 97 min | Comedy, Musical

Mayhem and zaniness ensue when a valuable painting goes missing during a party in honor of famed African explorer Captain Spaulding.

Director: Victor Heerman | Stars: Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Chico Marx, The Marx Brothers

Votes: 12,059

Hooray for Captain Spaulding! So many great routines in this one.

"One morning I shot an elephant in my pajamas. How he got in my pajamas, I don't know."

7. At the Circus (1939)

Not Rated | 87 min | Comedy, Musical

The Marx Brothers try to help the owner of a circus recover some stolen funds before he finds himself out of a job.

Director: Edward Buzzell | Stars: Groucho Marx, Chico Marx, Harpo Marx, Kenny Baker

Votes: 5,052

This one doesn't have as good a reputation as the earlier films, but there's still a lot to like, including Groucho singing Lydia the Tattooed Lady!

"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."

8. Monkey Business (1931)

Not Rated | 77 min | Comedy, Musical

On a transatlantic crossing, The Marx Brothers get up to their usual antics and manage to annoy just about everyone on board the ship.

Director: Norman Z. McLeod | Stars: Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, The Marx Brothers, Chico Marx

Votes: 10,280

I enjoy Thelma Todd in this, but the story gets a bit muddled. It's still hilarious.

"Oh, why can't we break away from all this, just you and I, and lodge with my fleas in the hills? I mean... flee to my lodge in the hills."

9. Go West (1940)

Passed | 80 min | Comedy, Musical, Western

The Marx Brothers come to the rescue in the Wild West when a young man, trying to settle an old family feud so he can marry the girl he loves, runs afoul of crooks.

Director: Edward Buzzell | Stars: Groucho Marx, Chico Marx, Harpo Marx, John Carroll

Votes: 4,686

The humor leans far more heavily toward slapstick in this one. It's very funny if you are prepared for that.

"I was going to thrash them within an inch of their lives, but I didn't have a tape measure."

10. Room Service (1938)

Approved | 78 min | Comedy

A penniless theatrical producer must outwit the hotel efficiency expert trying to evict him from his room, while securing a backer for his new play.

Director: William A. Seiter | Stars: Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Chico Marx, Lucille Ball

Votes: 4,307

This wasn't their own material, so the humor isn't really tailored to their strengths. Despite this, it is funnier to me than most people give it credit for being.

"I still think it's a terrible play, but it makes a wonderful rehearsal."

11. The Big Store (1941)

Not Rated | 83 min | Comedy, Musical

A detective is hired to protect the life of a singer, who has recently inherited a department store, from the store's crooked manager.

Director: Charles Reisner | Stars: Groucho Marx, Chico Marx, Harpo Marx, Tony Martin

Votes: 4,315

The Big Store continues the trend to add more slapstick to their later films which gives Harpo a lot more to do. It was planned as their last film. Moments of comedy greatness are woven into an otherwise weak film.

“Martha, dear, there are many bonds that will hold us together through eternity. Your government bonds, your savings bonds, your liberty bonds.”

12. A Night in Casablanca (1946)

Passed | 85 min | Comedy

The Marx Brothers are employed at a hotel in postwar Casablanca, where a ring of Nazis is trying to recover a cache of stolen treasure.

Director: Archie Mayo | Stars: Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Chico Marx, Charles Drake

Votes: 5,377

By Marx Brothers standards, this isn't a great film. If you know that and prepare yourself, there is plenty to laugh at. The last film in which Groucho dons the famous makeup.

"From now on the essence of this hotel will be speed. If a customer askes you for a three-minute egg, give it to him in two minutes. If he askes you for a two-minute egg, give it to him in one minute. If he askes you for a one-minute egg, give him the chicken and let him work it out for himself!"



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