The four Marx brothers play stowaways on a ocean liner headed for America who mingle with rival gangsters in their first comedy written directly for the screen. This film refreshing abandons the stodgy proscenium of their first two features which were based on their Broadway successes. The first two-thirds of the film are very funny as the brothers attempt to elude the ship's crew. Chico and Harpo have many inventive gags and routines, and Groucho wisecracks with abandon. And Zeppo... Well, does it really matter what Zeppo does? (I don't mean to disparage Zeppo. I wish he would have remained in the team. He could have certainly handled some of the "straight" business in the films better than some of the 2nd tier leading man wannabes that ended up in some of the films. Think Zeppo in place of Kenny Baker in "At The Circus." See what I mean?) The climax of the first part of the film, as the brothers try to sneak off the ship disguised as Maurice Chevalier, is a classic. Unfortunately, the land bound finale is rather weak as the inconsequential plot plays itself out. Still, the first part of the film is prime Marx Brothers at their best.