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Room Service (1938)

Approved | | Comedy | 30 September 1938 (USA)
A penniless theatrical producer must outwit the hotel efficiency expert trying to evict him from his room, while securing a backer for his new play.

Director:

William A. Seiter

Writers:

Morrie Ryskind (screen play), John Murray (from the play by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Groucho Marx ... Gordon Miller
Chico Marx ... Harry Binelli
Harpo Marx ... Faker
Lucille Ball ... Christine
Ann Miller ... Hilda
Frank Albertson ... Leo Davis
Cliff Dunstan ... Joseph Gribble
Donald MacBride ... Gregory Wagner
Philip Loeb ... Timothy Hogarth
Philip Wood Philip Wood ... Simon Jenkins
Alexander Asro Alexander Asro ... Sasha
Charles Halton ... Dr. Glass
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Storyline

The Marx Brothers try and put on a play before their landlord finds out that they have run out of money. To confuse the landlord they pretend that the play's author has contracted some terrible disease and can't be moved. Originally a stage play, the setting shows its origins, but this is vintage Marx Brothers. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Taglines:

Better . . . Battier . . . Funnier Than Ever !

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

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Trivia

Because The Marx Brothers are credited onscreen in the opening credits but are not in the comprehensive end credits, (where they are individually credited), the IMDb cast list uses the opening credits first, and completes them with those in the end credits not already mentioned. See more »

Goofs

When Gordon Miller calls to reception pretending to be Dr. Glass, he is holding the phone receiver with his right hand. Seconds later, when he is about to hang up, he is holding it with his left hand. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Gordon Miller: [pulls newspaper down] Well, what do you want? Can't a man have a little privacy around here?
Sasha: The check, Mr. Miller.
Gordon Miller: Oh, the check... Is this check any good?
Sasha: Why, uh... yes, sir.
Gordon Miller: Well, we'll soon find out. There you are.
[signs the check]
Sasha: Thank you.
Gordon Miller: Don't give me any of that 'thank you' stuff.
Sasha: Mr. Miller, many times I have seen your company rehearsing on the 19th floor. Please, I would like to play the part of the Polish miner.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits are shown on doors that flip around for each new screen of names. See more »

Alternate Versions

Also available in a colorized version. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Rewind This! (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Song of the Volga Boatmen
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very static and stagy but still worth seeing
6 February 2006 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I consider this the last Marx Brothers film worth seeing, though it is inferior to all their previous films. While you'll get a few laughs in their efforts following ROOM SERVICE, they are definitely a step below their earlier efforts.

The film was an adaptation of a stage production and it's obvious because most all the action takes place in one hotel room. As a result, there's a definite feeling of claustrophobia in the picture and it also prevents the film from rising to a higher level of entertainment.

About the only real WONDERFUL moment in the film is the very end, where one of the characters appears to come back to life--it's well worth seeing.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

30 September 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Room Service See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$884,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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