Directed by Victor Heerman
Starring Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Chico Marx, Zeppo Marx, Lillian Roth and Margaret Dumont
The Marx Brothers try to recover a stolen painting during a madcap house party.
Animal Crackers is mad. It’s stark raving, piano-lid slamming, trousers-stuffed-with-cutlery mad. How is it that an 80 year old Marx Brothers film that makes next to no sense is still so utterly, uncompromisingly funny?
To start with, take Groucho, Harpo, Chico and Zeppo Marx. Confine them entirely within the walls of Rittenhouse Manor, as society lady Margaret Dumont herself hosts a party in honour of famed African explorer Groucho, hoping to unveil an art connossieur’s newly-acquired painting at the same time. This painting will get stolen for one reason or another and several duplicates will turn up, aided in no small part by stooges for hire Chico and Harpo.
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