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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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Attorney Loophole
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Antonio
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'Punchy'
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Jeff Wilson
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Julie Randall
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Peerless Pauline
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Mrs. Dukesbury
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Goliath
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Jardinet
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John Carter
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Little Professor Atom (as Jerry Marenghi)
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Whitcomb
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Telegraph Clerk (uncredited)
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Redcap (uncredited)
John Binns ...
Old Man (uncredited)
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Circus Midget (uncredited)
George Bookasta ...
Member of Quartette (uncredited)
James Carlisle ...
Party Guest (uncredited)
James Conaty ...
Party Guest (uncredited)
Frank Darien ...
Telegrapher (uncredited)
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Singer / Dancer - 'Swingali' (uncredited)
Helen Dickson ...
Party Guest (uncredited)
Betsy Gay ...
Circus Midget (uncredited)
Charles Gemora ...
Gibraltar the Gorilla (uncredited)
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Little Man Leaving Diner (uncredited)
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Circus Patron (uncredited)
Bobbie Hale ...
Train Passenger (uncredited)
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Circus Patron (uncredited)
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Conductor (uncredited)
Shep Houghton ...
Circus Patron (uncredited)
Payne B. Johnson ...
Boy at Circus (uncredited)
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Club Car Train Passenger (uncredited)
Buck Mack ...
Checkers Player (uncredited)
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Attendant (uncredited)
Matt McHugh ...
Cabbie (uncredited)
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Circus Patron (uncredited)
Edmund Mortimer ...
Judge Chanock (uncredited)
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Captain (uncredited)
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Chef in Diner (uncredited)
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Ringmaster (uncredited)
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Black Woman - 'Swingali' (uncredited)
Paul Ravel ...
Party Guest (uncredited)
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Party Guest (uncredited)
Charles Sullivan ...
Roustabout / Henchman (uncredited)
Fred Walburn ...
Young Boy (uncredited)
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Young Boy (uncredited)

Directed by

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Edward Buzzell

Written by

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Irving Brecher ... (screen play)
 
Buster Keaton ... () (uncredited)
 
Laurence Stallings ... () (uncredited)

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Mervyn LeRoy ... producer

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Franz Waxman ... (uncredited)

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Leonard Smith ... director of photography (as Leonard M. Smith)

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William H. Terhune ... film editor

Art Direction by

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Cedric Gibbons

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Edwin B. Willis ... (set decorations)

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Dolly Tree ... (costumes: women)
Valles ... (costumes: men)

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Charles Stallings ... unit manager (uncredited)

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Sandy Roth ... assistant director (uncredited)

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Stan Rogers ... associate art director

Sound Department

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Douglas Shearer ... recording director
G.A. Burns ... sound recordist (uncredited)

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Harold Arlen ... music by
George Bassman ... vocal and orchestral arrangements
Murray Cutter ... vocal and orchestral arrangements
Ken Darby ... vocal and orchestral arrangements
E.Y. Harburg ... lyrics by
Franz Waxman ... musical director
Wally Heglin ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Paul Marquardt ... orchestrator (uncredited)

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Bobby Connolly ... dance director
A.J. Cantu ... technical advisor (uncredited)
S.L. Cronin ... technical advisor (uncredited)
Buster Keaton ... gag consultant (uncredited)
Anna Merkel ... technical advisor (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

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

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Also Known As
  • A Day at the Circus (United States)
  • The Marx Brothers at the Circus (United States)
  • Un jour au cirque (France)
  • Una tarde en el circo (Spain)
  • En dag på cirkus (Sweden)
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  • 87 min
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Trivia For Groucho Marx' performance of "'Lydia, the Tattooed Lady", additional lyrics were written by lyricist E.Y. Harburg exclusively for screenings of the film for Allied servicemen in European war zones. The special lyrics included the line "When she stands the world grows littler; When she sits, she sits on Hitler.' The version of the song featuring the special lyrics was filmed, and included in prints of the film distributed in Great Britain and France. The version of the song containing the special lyrics was greeted with marked enthusiasm during screenings in those countries. See more »
Goofs When Jeff first gets on the train, his badge keeps changing position on his coat. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in From the Ends of the Earth (1939). See more »
Soundtracks Lydia, the Tattooed Lady See more »
Quotes Peerless Pauline: I've waited so long to find someone like you.
J. Cheever Loophole: Oh, someone *like* me, I'm not good enough for you, eh?
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