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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.

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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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Trivia

'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 »

Goofs

(at around 20 minutes) Groucho Marx is running down a corridor toward camera; he skids to a stop leaving skid marks in the floor from his heels. There are already two skid marks visible in the floor apparently from a previous take. See more »

Quotes

Groucho: Now, Columbus sailed from Spain to India, looking for a shortcut.
Chico: Oh, you mean strawberry shortcut.
Groucho: I don't know. When I woke up, there was the nurse taking care of me.
Chico: What's the matter? Couldn't the nurse take care of herself?
Groucho: You bet she could, but I found her out, too late. Well, enough of this. Let's get back to Columbus.
Chico: I'd rather get back to the nurse.
Groucho: So would I.
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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 »


Soundtracks

Blue Blazes
Music by Richard A. Whiting
Lyrics by Leo Robin
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Marx brothers madness continues
25 October 2002 | by See all my reviews

The Marx brothers are on an intercontinental voyage in this film which offers more than one hilarious moment. My favorite scene involved the four brothers doing their impressions of Maurice Chevalier at customs -- one after the other!


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