Monkey Business

Monkey Business

Howard Hawks (1952)

U Certificate


Our Score
This isn't the Marx Brothers Paramount classic, but still one of the funniest and smartest Hollywood comedies. It's a movie that has never secured the reputation it deserves, considering its pedigree. It was made by, arguably, Hollywood's greatest ever studio director, Howard Hawks, who was also responsible for the scatty Bringing Up Baby and dynamic His Girl Friday. Hawks is reunited here with his star from those films, Cary Grant, who gives a sublime performance as a man reduced to juvenility for arcane plot reasons too complex to divulge. Ginger Rogers is a great foil, but it's Marilyn Monroe who steals the movie, aided and abetted by avuncular Charles Coburn. Hawks jazzes up the story with witty optical effects, and, all in all, this one is a humdinger.


Mayhem is unleashed when a mischievous chimpanzee pours a potent youth serum into the water system, causing the hapless chemist who developed it to regress to childhood, along with his wife, boss and secretary. Comedy, starring Cary Grant, Ginger Rogers, Charles Coburn and Marilyn Monroe.

Cast & Crew

Professor Barnaby Fulton Cary Grant
Edwina Fulton Ginger Rogers
Mr Oliver Oxley Charles Coburn
Lois Laurel Marilyn Monroe
Harvey Entwhistle Hugh Marlowe
Dr Siegfried Kitzel Henri Letondal
Director Howard Hawks
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteAvailable on: video and DVD