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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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The Four Stowaways (as The Four Marx Brothers)
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Groucho
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Harpo
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Chico
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Zeppo
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Joe Helton (as Rockcliffe Fellowes)
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Briggs
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Lucille
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Mary Helton
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Gibson
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Eddie Baker ...
Ship's Officer (uncredited)
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Hoarse Barber Customer (uncredited)
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Child (uncredited)
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Man in Deck Chair (uncredited)
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Joe (uncredited)
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Party Guest (uncredited)
Maxine Castle ...
Opera Singer at Party (uncredited)
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Maurice Chevalier (uncredited) (voice)
Davison Clark ...
Passport Official (uncredited)
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Madame Swempski (uncredited)
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Gangster (uncredited)
Al Flosso ...
Punch and Judy Puppeteer (uncredited)
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Indian's Wife at Party (uncredited)
Otto Fries ...
Ship's 2nd Officer (uncredited)
Sherry Hall ...
Reporter (uncredited)
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Indian at Party (uncredited)
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Cabbie at Barn (uncredited)
Sam Marx ...
Boat Passenger / Man at Quayside at Arrival (uncredited)
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Emily (uncredited)
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Emily's Lover (uncredited)
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Waiter (uncredited)
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Manicurist (uncredited)
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Party Guest (uncredited)
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Butch (uncredited)
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Barber #2 (uncredited)
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Pickpocket Victim #1 (uncredited)
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Capt. Corcoran (uncredited)
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Barber #1 (uncredited)
Leo Willis ...
Gangster (uncredited)

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Norman Z. McLeod ... (as Norman McLeod)

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S.J. Perelman ... (by) and
Will B. Johnstone ... (by)
 
Arthur Sheekman ... (additional dialogue)
 
Al Shean ... (contributing writer) (uncredited)
 
J. Carver Pusey ... (contributing writer) (uncredited)

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Herman J. Mankiewicz ... producer (uncredited)

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John Leipold ... (uncredited)
Ralph Rainger ... (uncredited)

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Arthur L. Todd ... (photographed by)

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Charles Barton ... first assistant director (uncredited)

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Harry Caplan ... props (uncredited)

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Harvey Parry ... stunts (uncredited)

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Daniel L. Fapp ... camera operator (uncredited)
Roy Roberts ... electrician (uncredited)

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Al Flosso ... puppeteer: "Punch" and "Judy" (uncredited)
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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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Taglines Laughing days are here again! See more »
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Also Known As
  • Monnaie de singe (France)
  • Pistoleros de agua dulce (Spain)
  • Neljä nolattua neroa (Finland)
  • Fulde af fup (Denmark)
  • Os Quatro Batutas (Brazil)
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  • 77 min
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Trivia (Cameo) Sam Marx: The Marx Brothers' father is sitting on the crates behind them after they're carried off the ship. 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 »
Movie Connections Edited into Seul le cinéma (1994). See more »
Soundtracks You Brought a New Kind of Love to Me See more »
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 »
Quotes Groucho: Are you the floorwalker of this ship? I want to register a complaint.
Captain Corcoran: Why? What's the matter?
Groucho: Matter enough. You know who sneaked into my stateroom at three o'clock this morning?
Captain Corcoran: Who did that?
Groucho: Nobody, and that's my complaint.
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