Groucho Marx

  • William A. Seiter – Room Service (1938)

    1931-1940ClassicsComedyUSAWilliam A. Seiter

    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 it’s origins, but this is vintage Marx Brothers.Read More »

  • Chester Erskine – A Girl in Every Port (1952)

    1951-1960Chester ErskineComedyUSA

    Inheriting $1,450 upon the death of his aunt, gullible sailor Tim Dunnovan (William Bendix) purchases a race horse, to the dismay of his best friend, Benny Linn (Groucho Marx), who assumes Tim has been swindled. Tim and Benny learn that the horse, Little Erin, has weak ankles and is a poor racer — but his devoted groom reveals that he has a twin, Little Shamrock, in excellent condition. Discovering the whereabouts of Little Shamrock, Benny schemes to switch the horses, but complications arise.Read More »

  • Sam Wood – A Day at the Races (1937)

    1931-1940ClassicsComedySam WoodUSA

    Hugo Hackenbush (Groucho Marx) is a veterinarian who masquerades as a lead doctor at Standish Sanitarium to aid the wealthy patient Emily Upjohn (Margaret Dumont). In order to save the financially failing sanitarium and its beautiful owner, Judy Standish (Maureen O’Sullivan), Hackenbush, employee Tony (Chico Marx) and jockey Stuffy (Harpo Marx) must find ingenious ways to help Gil Stewart (Allan Jones) and his inept racehorse, win the big race.Read More »

  • Norman Z. McLeod – Monkey Business (1931)

    USA1931-1940ClassicsComedyNorman Z. McLeod

    On board a ship to America, four stowaways get involuntarily pressed into service as toughs for a pair of feuding gangsters while trying desperately to evade the ship’s crew. Prior to this, the film has no real plot, just the brothers causing unending uproar. Except in the credits and in the screenplay, the Brothers’ characters have no names in this film. They are referred to simply as “the stowaways”. After arriving stateside one of the gangsters kidnaps the other’s daughter, leaving it up to the brothers to save the day.Read More »

  • Robert Florey & Joseph Santley – The Cocoanuts (1929)

    1921-1930ClassicsComedyJoseph SantleyRobert FloreyUSA

    Mr. Hammer runs a bankrupt Florida hotel. He’ll try anything to make money, even make love to rich Mrs. Potter. But his main scheme, selling real estate, is in danger of sabotage from zanies Chico and Harpo, who also reduce the schemes of a pair of jewel thieves to chaos. A subplot involves the star-crossed love of Polly Potter and architect Bob Adams.Read More »

  • Leo McCarey – Duck Soup [+commentary] (1933)

    1931-1940ClassicsComedyLeo McCareyUSA

    The small state of Freedonia is in a financial mess, borrowing a huge sum of cash from wealthy widow Mrs. Teasdale. She insists on replacing the current president with crazy Rufus T. Firefly and mayhem erupts. To make matters worse, the neighboring state sends inept spies Chicolini and Pinky to obtain top secret information, creating even more chaos.Read More »

  • Irving Cummings – Double Dynamite! (1951)

    1951-1960AdventureComedyIrving CummingsUSA

    Johnny Dalton (Frank Sinatra), a poor bank teller who works tirelessly to save enough money to marry his doting girlfriend (Jane Russell), comes across a fortune when he rescues a duplicitous bookie (Nestor Paiva) from attackers. As a misguided sign of thanks, the bookie gives Dalton an ample cash gift — which curiously matches the amount missing from his bank. Now suspected of embezzlement, the bewildered Dalton turns to his best friend, a wily and wacky waiter (Groucho Marx), for help.Read More »

  • Edward Buzzell – At the Circus (1939)

    1931-1940ClassicsComedyEdward BuzzellUSA

    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 backRead More »

  • Norman Z. McLeod – Horse Feathers (1932)

    1931-1940Amos Vogel: Film as a Subversive ArtClassicsComedyNorman Z. McLeodUSA

    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.Read More »

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