Animal Crackers

Animal Crackers

Victor Heerman (1930)

92min
U Certificate
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Review

Our Score
"Hooray for Captain Spaulding, the African explorer...". "Did someone call me schnorrer?" asks Groucho Marx, making one of the great cinematic entrances. A relatively straightforward film version of their Broadway hit of the same name, this has the boys helping to recover a valuable painting stolen from a gala party. It was the last Marx Brothers film to be shot in New York before they moved to Hollywood - 1929's The Cocoanuts was also filmed at Paramount's Astoria studios and a silent short from 1921 is rumoured to have been destroyed. The requirements of early sound recording render the action somewhat static, but the clowning is irresistible and Margaret Dumont is a perfect foil as Mrs Rittenhouse (did she really not know the film was a comedy?). This is the one where Groucho shoots an elephant in his pyjamas.

Summary

A renowned, and possibly fraudulent, explorer regales the guests at a high society party with his exploits. He is soon drawn into the hunt for a priceless stolen painting, along with a conniving musician and his lecherous silent sidekick. Comedy, starring the Marx Brothers and Margaret Dumont.

Cast & Crew

Captain Jeffrey Spaulding Groucho Marx
Professor Harpo Marx
Signor Emanuel Ravelli Chico Marx
Horatio Jamison Zeppo Marx
Arabella Rittenhouse Lillian Roth
Mrs Rittenhouse Margaret Dumont
Roscoe Chandler Louis Sorin
John Parker Hal Thompson
Mrs Whitehead Margaret Irving
Grace Carpenter Kathryn Reece
Hives Richard Greig
Hennessey Edward Metcalf
Director Victor Heerman
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteAvailable on: video, DVD and Blu-ray
Comedy