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Although ingenue Lillian Roth's performance seems stylistically dated, the brothers are extremely well supported by the wonderful Margaret Dumont, and the film abounds in wildly hilarious scenes--most particularly the Bridge party--in which Dumont faces the full brunt of their ribal humor to outrageously funny effect. Other brilliant moments include Groucho's proposals ("Why, that's bigamy!"), Chico's turn at the piano (Chico: "I can't think of the ending." Groucho: "Funny, I can't think of anything else!") and the power failure ("Excuse me, Mrs. Rittenhouse, but have you lost a fish?") All in all, ANIMAL CRACKERS will be a real treat for Marx Brothers fans as well as casual viewers prepared to overlook the film's flaws, and it remains my favorite among their early films.
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The film is not perfect. There are many dead moments scattered throughout the film, though only when one of the Brothers was not onscreen. And because sound recording was still in its infancy, the sound is pretty dreadful. The voices all sound somewhat flat and thin, but Groucho, Harpo, and Chico more than make up for it. And for once, we shouldn't leave out Zeppo. Groucho and Zeppo have a great exchange where Groucho dictates a letter to be sent to his lawyer. Actually, Zeppo was very, very talented in his own right, but with the three older brothers having staked out their own forms of madness, he was left as the straight man. On Broadway, Groucho came down sick, and Zeppo put on Groucho's clothes, put on a grease paint mustache and eyebrows, grabbed a cigar, and no one knew it wasn't Groucho.
ANIMAL CRACKERS is actually an outstanding showcase for all the brothers. Chico and Harpo team up for some of their best skits (including an utterly hysterical game of bridge), each has some great solo moments, and Groucho has dozens of his best and most famous lines. In fact, the movie probably contains half of the famous lines that we associate with Groucho, including the song that became his signature, "Hooray for Captain Spaulding." And Margaret Dumont is amazingly unflappable as Groucho's love (?) interest.Read more ›
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A classic must watch film. The perfect mix of slapstick and cerebral humor.Published 6 months ago by Richard P Hays
This 1930 film is the Marx Brothers' second movie. It begins as a musical and the music, which continues throughout the movie, is related to the plot. Read morePublished 9 months ago by The Curmudgeon
Yes, I love it. Can you reference Groucho's line: I feel a strange interlude (insuing monologue). You'd have to be a serious lit major in grad school to pick up on this one. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Will Lowe
I can't help it, I love the Marx brothers. This is one of their zaniest films.Published 10 months ago by BEANIE
A somewhat dated glimpse at the genius of the Marx brothers. The quality of the recording is surprisingly good. The musical content and singing was excellent.Published 10 months ago by Miguel de Panama
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