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Horse Feathers (1932)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 19 August 1932 (USA)
Quincy Adams Wagstaff, the new president of Huxley University, accidentally hires bumblers Baravelli and Pinky to help his school win the big football game against the rival Darwin University.

Director:

Norman Z. McLeod (as Norman McLeod)

Writers:

Bert Kalmar (by), Harry Ruby (by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
The Marx Brothers ... (as The Four Marx Brothers)
Groucho Marx ... Professor Quincy Adams Wagstaff
Harpo Marx ... Pinky
Chico Marx ... Baravelli
Zeppo Marx ... Frank Wagstaff
Thelma Todd ... Connie Bailey
David Landau ... Jennings
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Storyline

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 Rick Gregory <rag.apa@email.apa.org>

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The Maddest Comics of the Screen!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 August 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Marx Brothers in der Uni See more »

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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. See more »

Goofs

After Huxley kicks an extra point following Pinky's touchdown, Darwin kicks off to Huxley. See more »

Quotes

Professor Wagstaff: Did my son tell you - you had beautiful eyes?
Connie: Why, yes.
Professor Wagstaff: He told me that too. He tells that to everyone he meets.
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Connections

Referenced in You Bet Your Life: Episode #4.20 (1954) See more »

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Wedding March
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Chaos Comes to College
6 January 2015 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Plot (or should I say plan of attack)— Entering a college campus, the gang gets to deconstruct the whole idea of higher education.

The gags fly faster than speeding bullets. There's no real let-up, not even for hasty romantic interludes with Zeppo and Todd. It's like the boys have a hundred pages of material to squeeze into 70-minutes. Harpo's got more to do than usual, even a harp solo, while Groucho is at his caustic best with a zillion one-liners. I did miss his usual foil, Margaret Dumont, who should have been lurking somewhere in the faculty lounge. Instead, as a college president, he gets to insult anything collegiate, including America's unofficial national religion-- football. And check out that big game that looks more like Ben Hur than a sports contest. But what I really liked was Thelma Todd in the slinkiest gowns this side of Jean Harlow. And what a fine comedienne she was; too bad her life ended as several probing pages in Hollywood Babylon. All in all, this is the chaos brothers at their liveliest, and may cause highschoolers to rethink the whole idea of higher education.


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