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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.

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(as The Four Marx Brothers)
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Professor Quincy Adams Wagstaff
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Pinky
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Baravelli
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Frank Wagstaff
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Connie Bailey
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Jennings
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Speakeasy Patron (uncredited)
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Retiring Collage President (uncredited)
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Speakeasy Patron (uncredited)
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Wagstaff's Receptionist (uncredited)
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Professor in Wagstaff's Study (uncredited)
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Speakeasy Bartender (uncredited)
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Biology Professor Giving Lecture (uncredited)
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Laura - Connie's Maid (uncredited)
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Professor in Wagstaff's Study (uncredited)
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Peggy Carrington (uncredited)
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MacHardie - Darwin Player (uncredited)
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Ed Mullen - Darwin Player (uncredited)
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Doorman at Speakeasy (uncredited)
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Speakeasy Patron at Slot Machine (uncredited)
Arthur Sheekman ...
Typing Sportswriter (uncredited)
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Police Officer (uncredited)
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Football Broadcaster (uncredited)

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

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Bert Kalmar ... (by) &
Harry Ruby ... (by) &
S.J. Perelman ... (by) and
Will B. Johnstone ... (by)
 
Arthur Sheekman ... () (uncredited)

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Herman J. Mankiewicz ... producer (uncredited)

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John Leipold ... (uncredited)

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Ray June ... (photographed by)

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Mel Ballerino ... (uncredited)
Fred A. Datig ... (uncredited)

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Robert J. Schiffer ... makeup artist (uncredited)

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Charles Barton ... assistant director (uncredited)

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Harry Caplan ... props (uncredited)

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Gene Merritt ... production sound mixer (uncredited)

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Neal Beckner ... assistant camera (uncredited)
George Bourne ... assistant camera (uncredited)
Francis Burgess ... assistant camera (uncredited)
Daniel L. Fapp ... camera operator (uncredited)
Gordon Head ... still photographer (uncredited)
James Knott ... camera operator (uncredited)
Fred Mayer ... camera operator (uncredited)
Cliff Shirpser ... assistant camera (uncredited)

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Joe Egli ... casting assistant (uncredited)

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Bert Kalmar ... music and lyrics by
Harry Ruby ... music and lyrics by

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Adolph Zukor ... presenter
Harold Hecht ... dance director (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

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

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Also Known As
  • Plumes de cheval (France)
  • Die Marx Brothers in der Uni (Germany)
  • Marx Brothers - Blühender Blödsinn (Germany)
  • Plumas de caballo (Spain)
  • Fratii Marx la colegiu (Romania)
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Trivia According to Groucho Marx, when Thelma Todd fell out of the boat, he kept rowing as she cried for help, not knowing she really couldn't swim. Crew members got her out of the water. See more »
Goofs After Huxley kicks an extra point following Pinky's touchdown, Darwin kicks off to Huxley. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Hollywood: The Gift of Laughter (1982). See more »
Soundtracks Whatever It Is, I'm Against It See more »
Quotes Professor Wagstaff: Tomorrow we start tearing down the college.
Professor in Wagstaff's Study, Professor in Wagstaff's Study: But, Professor, where will the students sleep?
Professor Wagstaff: Where they always sleep: in the classroom.
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