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
'The Marx Brothers' characters have no names in this movie. They are referred to only as "the stowaways". In the credits, only their acting names appear. See more »
During the Passport scene, when the brothers try to get off the boat by impersonating Maurice Chevalier, neither Zeppo Marx (the first brother to try) nor Groucho Marx (the third to try), get Chevalier's passport back from the officer in charge, yet Chico Marx and Harpo Marx each have it as they approach the front of the line. See more »
Sorry, I can't stay. The captain's waiting to chase me.
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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 »
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 »
Much better than the first two Marx Brothers efforts. This is the first Marx Bros. movie written directly for the screen rather than adapted from one of their Vaudeville shows. The result is a faster pace, a bigger production and a wider variety of scenes. This was exactly what the brothers needed to become more effective on screen. The supporting cast is trimmed down, with Zeppo filling the romantic lead, thus combining two non-funny characters into one. This gives more screen time to Groucho, Harpo and Chico, who are on top of their game here. The comic bits don't drag on too long, and the musical numbers don't kill the momentum; both improvements from their earlier films. The storyline and the rest of the cast are just as bad as always, but what do you expect? The point is that the movie is hilarious and entertaining from beginning to end. Monkey Business is where the Marx Brothers really began to hit their stride.
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