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

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Captain Geoffrey T. Spaulding
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The Professor
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Signor Emanuel Ravelli
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Horatio Jamison
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Arabella Rittenhouse
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Mrs. Rittenhouse
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Roscoe W. Chandler
Hal Thompson ...
John Parker
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Mrs. Whitehead
Kathryn Reece ...
Grace Carpenter
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Hives -the butler
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Police Inspector Hennessey
The Music Masters ...
Six Footmen
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House Party Guest (uncredited)
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Ann Roth ...
House Party Guest (uncredited)

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Victor Heerman

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George S. Kaufman ... (based on the musical play by) &
Morrie Ryskind ... (based on the musical play by) &
Bert Kalmar ... (based on the musical play by) &
Harry Ruby ... (based on the musical play by)
 
Morrie Ryskind ... (screen play)

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Max Reese ... (uncredited)

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George J. Folsey ... (photographed by) (as George Folsey)

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Ernst Fegté ... (uncredited)

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Ernest Zatorsky ... sound (uncredited)

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Johnny Green ... music arranger (uncredited)

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Pierre Collings ... continuity
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Captain Spaulding, the noted explorer, returns from Africa and attends a gala party held by Mrs. Rittenhouse. A painting displayed at that party is stolen, and the Marxes help recover it. Well, maybe 'help' isn't quite the word I was looking for--this is the Marx Brothers, after all... Written by Ken Yousten

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Taglines 10 times funnier than "The Cocoanuts." (Print Ad- Sarasota Herald, ((Sarasota, Fla.)) 5 October 1930) See more »
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Also Known As
  • Animal crackers, l'explorateur en folie (France)
  • El conflicto de los Marx (Spain)
  • Os Galhofeiros (Brazil)
  • Вoры и охотники (Soviet Union, Russian title)
  • Sucharki w ksztalcie zwierzat (Poland)
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  • 97 min
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Trivia Zeppo Marx, the youngest of the five brothers, was very skilled at impersonating his older siblings and occasionally performed in their place when one of them was ill or unavailable. The blackout that occurs when Ravelli and Professor are attempting to steal the painting was contrived so that Zeppo could play Captain Spaulding on a day that Groucho Marx was not on the set. (Zeppo played Spaulding several times during the show's live run; Groucho stated, "he was so good as Captain Spaulding that I would have let him play the part indefinitely, if they had allowed me to smoke in the audience.") See more »
Goofs When Professor replaces the handgun for a rifle after he shoots himself in the foot, Hives can be seen in the background walking behind the column, clearly awaiting his turn to enter the scene. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The 46th Annual Academy Awards (1974). See more »
Soundtracks You Must Do Your Best Tonight See more »
Quotes Capt. Spaulding: Well, art is art, isn't it? Still, on the other hand, water is water. And east is east and west is west, and if you take cranberries and stew them like applesauce, they taste much more like prunes than rhubarb does. Now, uh... Now you tell me what you know.
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