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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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Complete credited cast:
... (as The Four Marx Brothers)
... Groucho
... Harpo
... Chico
... Zeppo
... Joe Helton (as Rockcliffe Fellowes)
... Briggs
... Lucille
... Mary Helton
... Gibson
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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

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

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 »

Quotes

Groucho: Oh, engineer? Will you tell them to stop the boat from rocking, I'm going to have lunch.
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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 »

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Sweet Adeline
(1903) (uncredited)
Written by Richard H. Gerard and Harry Armstrong
Sung a cappella by Chico Marx, Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, and Zeppo Marx
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Another Entertaining MB Film
30 October 2006 | by See all my reviews

Here's more typical Marx Brothes zaniness....and plenty of it, with a few instrumentals thrown in (Chico on piano nd Harpo on harp) near the end.

Most of this "story" is just madcap chases with the four boys (yes, Zeppo is in here, too) being stowaways aboard a ship.

The last part of the film shows a swanky party where Zeppo's girlfriend is kidnapped and the bothers go to rescue at an abandoned barn. That's a very funny scene and better than the boat segment, although a bit short. I'd like to have seen more of that latter scene.

However, those earlier boat scenes are good, too, with a lot of clever puns which I thoroughly enjoyed. It was still a lot of solid entertainment in the Marx Brothers tradition. To my surprise, I found myself missing Margaret Dumont as Groucho's main foil. Thelma Todd takes over that part here.


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