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At the Circus (1939)

Passed | | Comedy, Musical | 20 October 1939 (USA)
The Marx Brothers try to help the owner of a circus recover some stolen funds before he finds himself out of a job.

Director:

Edward Buzzell

Writer:

Irving Brecher (screen play)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Groucho Marx ... Attorney Loophole
Chico Marx ... Antonio
Harpo Marx ... 'Punchy'
Kenny Baker ... Jeff Wilson
Florence Rice ... Julie Randall
Eve Arden ... Peerless Pauline
Margaret Dumont ... Mrs. Dukesbury
Nat Pendleton ... Goliath
Fritz Feld ... Jardinet
James Burke ... John Carter
Jerry Maren ... Little Professor Atom (as Jerry Marenghi)
Barnett Parker ... Whitcomb
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Storyline

Jeff Wilson, the owner of a small circus, owes his partner Carter $10000. Before Jeff can pay, Carter lets his accomplices steal the money, so he can take over the circus. Antonio Pirelli and Punchy, who work at the circus, together with lawyer Loophole try to find the thief and get the money back. Written by Michael Zolk <mzolk@ix.urz.uni-heidelberg.de>

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NOT SUITABLE FOR GENERAL EXHIBITION (Australian one-sheet poster) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Musical

Certificate:

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Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 October 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Day at the Circus See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film has a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 9 critic reviews. See more »

Goofs

When the little boy is "playing" his trumpet solo (and Punchy is using the bulb of his bicycle horn as a wah-wah mute), not only are the boy's fingerings incorrect, they are out of synch with the sequence of notes. Punchy's use of the "mute" is likewise out of synch. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Suzanna Dukesbury: Well! What is the meaning of this?
J. Cheever Loophole: Keep your sheet on, I'm looking for old lady Dukesbury.
Mrs. Suzanna Dukesbury: I am Mrs. Dukesbury.
J. Cheever Loophole: Snook'ems!
[Rushes to her arms]
Mrs. Suzanna Dukesbury: Oh, good gracious! I don't know you.
J. Cheever Loophole: You mean you've, you've forgotten?
Mrs. Suzanna Dukesbury: Well, I...
J. Cheever Loophole: I know, you have forgotten. Those June nights on the Riviera, where we sat 'neath the shimmering skies! Moonlight bathing in the Mediterranean! We were young, gay, reckless! The night I drank champagne from your slipper - two quarts. It would have held more, but you were ...
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Connections

Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Undead (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

The Man on the Flying Trapeze
(1867) (uncredited)
Music by Gaston Lyle
Played at the party
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Funny in a wacky sort of way.
5 April 2001 | by sqrt_-1See all my reviews

This was my first exposure to the Marx brothers. It was odd to start off with but in the end I was won over by the wacky humour of the Marx's antics. I am not a fan of musicals but most of these bits are not tiringly extended. It also for the first time made me understand and appreciate several comic strips, cartoons, jokes and general comments. A good laugh with friends.


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