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Monkey Business (1931)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Musical | 19 September 1931 (USA)
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 (as Norman McLeod)

Writers:

S.J. Perelman (by), Will B. Johnstone (by) | 1 more credit »
2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
The Marx Brothers ... The Four Stowaways (as The Four Marx Brothers)
Groucho Marx ... Groucho
Harpo Marx ... Harpo
Chico Marx ... Chico
Zeppo Marx ... Zeppo
Rockliffe Fellowes ... Joe Helton (as Rockcliffe Fellowes)
Harry Woods ... Briggs
Thelma Todd ... Lucille
Ruth Hall ... Mary Helton
Tom Kennedy ... Gibson
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Storyline

While stowing away on a ship to America, the boys get involuntarily pressed into service as toughs for a pair of feuding gangsters while trying desparately to evade the ship's crew. After arriving stateside, one of the gangsters kidnaps the other's daughter - and it's up to our unlikely heroes to save the day. Written by scgary66

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Taglines:

The Merry Marxes, monarchs of mirth, aiming for the world's laugh record, in an outrageous, uproarious comedy. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Musical

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

At different times in the movie Chico and Harpo can be heard whistling the song 'I'm Daffy Over You' and Harpo eventually plays it on the harp at Chico's urging. It is also performed by Chico on the piano in their previous film Animal Crackers, the tune of which Groucho had found irritable when Chico couldn't remember its ending. See more »

Goofs

When Harpo and Chico enter Joe Helton's stateroom, the door is at the end of a corridor. The camera angle then shifts to inside the room and the shot out the door shows the corridor runs parallel rather than perpendicular to the doorway. See more »

Quotes

Chico: Hey, you're a nice lookin' a gal, alright. You got "it".
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits are painted on the sides of barrels (In the film's opening, the Marx Brothers' characters are stow-aways on a cruise ship, hiding in barrels marked "Kippered Herring"). See more »

Alternate Versions

Reissue prints have a few additional seconds at the beginning showing the "Approved" code on a title screen. Earlier prints do not have the code at the beginning. See more »

Connections

Edited into Histoire(s) du cinéma: Seul le cinéma (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Sweet Adeline
(1903) (uncredited)
Written by Richard H. Gerard and Harry Armstrong
Sung a cappella by Chico Marx, Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, and Zeppo Marx
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One of the best Marx Brothers films
14 January 2005 | by ElgroovioSee all my reviews

It starts off fantastically, with the four brothers playing stowaways on a ship who are hiding in barrels and singing "Sweet Adeleide". Harpo is fantastic as he goofs in his own unique silent way, and there is a hilarious scene involving him and a Punch And Judy show. Chico is as usual on top form as the Italian who has sent for his grandfather's beard by "hair mail". And Groucho gives his classic wisecracks. Zeppo has more to do in this film than he did in other films and he isn't too bad considering that he didn't want to be in the films but had to due to his contract. Two historically funny Marx Brothers scenes in this film are one where they each in turn pretend to be Maurice Chevalier, and one where Chico and Harpo are cutting a man's mustache ("That sides-a-too short"). You must see this film; it's the Marx Brothers at their best. 10/10


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 September 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Monkey Business See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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