Professor Quincy Adams Wagstaff has just been installed as the new president of Huxley College. His cavalier attitude toward education is not reserved for his son Frank, who is seeing the college widow, Connie Bailey. Frank influences Wagstaff to recruit two football players who hang out in a speakeasy, in order to beat rival school Darwin. Unfortunately, Wagstaff mistakenly hires the misfits Baravelli and Pinky. Finding out that Darwin has beaten him to the "real" players, Wagstaff enlists Baravelli and Pinky to kidnap them, which leads to an anarchic football finale.Written by
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Just before Prof. Wagstaff throws his guitar in the water after playing it for Connie it changes to a cheap guitar that could easily get wet. See more »
Young man, as you grow older, you'll find you can't burn the candle at both ends.
[Pinky/Harpo pulls out a candle burning at both ends]
Well, I was wrong. I knew there was something you couldn't burn something at both ends. I thought it was a candle. However, you must be punished. Just for that
[points to female student sitting in the classroom]
You stay after school.
But, Professor, I didn't do anything.
I know, but there's no fun keeping him after school.
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The Marx Brothers do it again in Horse Feathers. Next to the classic Duck Soup, this is probably their best film. Their anarchist style of comedy is unleashed on Huxley College, a troubled university with a losing football team that hasn't won a game since the 1880's. The film opens with Groucho becoming president of the college, starting off with the musical sequence "Whatever it is, I'm against it." Chico and Harpo are a iceman and a dog catcher, respectivly, and Zeppo is Grouch's son, who is enrolled in the university. The story, if it can be called that, leads up to a football game with Huxley's rival, Darwin University. This has to be seen to be believed.
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