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
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 »
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 »
Hey, you're a nice lookin' a gal, alright. You got "it".
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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 »
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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