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Monkey Business (1931)

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 »
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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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You roared at them in "The Cocoanuts". You laughed your heard off at "Animal Crackers". Now see the famous frenzied foursome in their merriest, maddest farce "Monkey Business". The whole family will enjoy it. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Musical

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 September 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Monnaie de singe See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

Subtitles incorrectly refer to a tune Groucho dances to as the "Popeye Theme". Popeye did not make the move from comic strip to film till 1933. The music is a generic sailors hornpipe. See more »

Goofs

Groucho Marx position on the bed changes, when he 'shysters' a shyster layer. See more »

Quotes

Gibson, First Mate: Sir, I have to report there are four stowaways in the forward hatch.
Captain Corcoran: Stowaways? How do you know there are four of them?
Gibson, First Mate: Why, they were singing "Sweet Adeline".
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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

Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Painted Hills (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

O Sole Mio
(1898) (uncredited)
Lyrics by Giovanni Capurro
Music by Eduardo Di Capua
Sung by Maxine Castle
Accompanied by Harpo Marx on harp
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nonstop utter madness
17 August 2015 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Groucho, Harpo, Chico and Zeppo are stowaways on an ocean liner to America. They are chased by the crews and befriends two gangster. After landing in America, Big Joe Helton throws a party for his daughter Mary. Zeppo joins Mary. Groucho is welcomed by Big Joe. Harpo and Chico sneaks in. Gangster Briggs and his men kidnap Mary to control Big Joe. Lucille (Thelma Todd) is Briggs' girlfriend.

The jokes are great and best of all, they don't stop. It starts out strong with the guys hiding in the barrels. This is one of the best from the Marx brothers. Also the addition of Thelma Todd as well as others is an improvement over their previous movies.


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