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At the Circus (1939)

Not Rated | | 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.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... J. Cheever Loophole
... Antonio
... 'Punchy'
... Jeff Wilson
... Julie Randall
... Peerless Pauline
... Mrs. Suzanna Dukesbury
... Goliath
... Jardinet
... John Carter
... Little Professor Atom (as Jerry Marenghi)
... Whitcomb
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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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Comedy | Musical

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A Day at the Circus  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

During "Lydia the Tattooed Lady" Groucho Marx sings "Here is Captain Spaulding exploring the Amazon". This is a reference to his character in Animal Crackers (1930). See more »

Goofs

When Jeff first gets on the train, his badge keeps changing position on his coat. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Suzanna Dukesbury: We must have regard for certain conventions.
J. Cheever Loophole: One guy isn't enough. She's gotta have a convention.
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Connections

Spoofs Mickey's Polo Team (1936) See more »

Soundtracks

Jingle Bells
(1857) (uncredited)
Music by James Pierpont
Whistled by Harpo Marx
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At the Circus (1939) **
24 November 2005 | by See all my reviews

Middle-of-the-road Marxes, with some good scenes and laughs unevenly weighted down by those ever-intrusive and out-of-place musical numbers that so often plagued these movies. No, I'm not referring to Groucho's spirited rendition of 'Lydia the Tattooed Lady'; I'm talking about hearing those two useless lead lovers crooning their sappy romantic tunes to each other ('Two Blind Loves', which is sung over and over at intervals throughout the picture, is especially grating on the nerves). There is also a song and dance sequence that comes out of left field later in the film that really feels out of place and gets in the way of things.

There are certainly some witty Groucho zingers, as well as vintage Harpo madness, to be found here. It's just that there's not enough consistency and too much of the fluff. It's a pity the filmmakers just didn't realize that it's the Marx Brothers we're here to see; not Kenny Baker and Florence Rice.


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