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Horse Feathers (1932)

Groucho Marx , Chico Marx , Norman Z. McLeod  |  NR |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Groucho Marx, Chico Marx, Harpo Marx, Zeppo Marx
  • Directors: Norman Z. McLeod
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Dolby, Dubbed, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: June 7, 2011
  • Run Time: 67 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004P9UWKA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,061 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The four Marx Brothers – Groucho, Harpo, Chico and Zeppo – are at the top of their game in the uproarious parody of college life, Horse Feathers. As president of Huxley College, the fun-loving Professor Wagstaff (Groucho) attempts to help his son (Zeppo) finally graduate after 12 years by arranging to “buy” professional football players for an upcoming big game against rival Darwin University. The plan takes an unexpected twist, however, when a bootlegger (Chico) and a dogcatcher (Harpo) are mistaken for the athletes and accidentally hired instead. Featuring their trademark insanity, including a climatic football sequence that has to be seen to be believed, this quintessential Marx Brothers’ comedy earned a place on the AFI’s 100 Years…100 Laughs list.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best December 7, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
I love this movie. There is minimal singing and dancing here, the only unbearable points being whenever Zeppo starts singing to Thelma Todd in his gimpy voice. Groucho for some reason is made a president of a university in this film, and he is as would be expected incredibly inadequate, and causes plenty of mayhem. Chico is a dopey Italian as usual, Harpo plays a dog catcher. Hoping to gain respect for his school, Groucho tries to hire football players, and accidentally hires Chico and Harpo, who have very funny moments in this film, particularly in the class room scene. Although people must have thought Harpo's love interest of horses in the first few films to be silly, imagine how it might be percepted these days, especially after movies like "The Animal".
A great movie, funny stuff, plenty of wit and humor. The movie seems to end pretty badly though, and I guess the writers couldn't find a good way to end it. I love the music though, all the brothers get to sing or play, and Groucho shows that he had a good knack for the guitar. Oh yeah, and Thelma Todd is nice to look at. Where do you think the drink "Hot Toddie" got it's name?
A last note: in 1932, when this movie was made, a book called Brave New World" by Huxley came out, and concerned a mutated futuristic species of sorts. Darwin wrote the theory of evolution, as a lot of people know. The schools Huxley and Darwin compete in the film. See the underlying theme of conflicting theories?'s there.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
This fast-moving comedy has Groucho Marx taking over a college. Zeppo advocates football on campus, so Harpo and Chico are recruited to kidnap the opposition's star players. In between, there are some inspired comedy sequences (including the Marxes' "schoolroom" vaudeville act) and some excellent musical performances. The harp solo is this writer's candidate for Harpo's all-time best, and Chico shoots the piano keys in a delightful rendition of "Collegiate." Lots of fun for comedy fans. The DVD, unfortunately, is no improvement on the VHS version: every copy of "Horse Feathers" has a damaged section containing numerous splices and choppy dialogue. The damage is very brief (maybe a minute or two) and shouldn't detract from your enjoyment. The surviving master print may not be perfect, but the film itself gets a perfect score.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film on an unfortunate dvd January 27, 2003
Although I can't give this film anything else than a perfect five, I am disappointed with this release. I shelled out a small fortune to buy this on ebay, and it looks like it was transferred over from a VHS tape! Artisan and Universal need to get their act together. The Marx Brothers made five films with them: The Cocoanuts, Monkey Business, Animal Crackers, Horse Feathers, and Duck Soup. I think that The Cocoanuts and Monkey Business could easily fit onto one disc, and Animal Crackers, Horse Feathers, and Duck Soup could fit easily, too, with spare room for extra features. Although I paid an arm and a leg for this disc, I am glad I have it. I runs like a vhs, though. Stick it in-it plays a copyright protection warning after a few seconds of blackness, it does the Universal couple second intro to the movie, then it plays the movie. There are scene selections, but you just press skip on your remote, since there is no concrete main menu. Universal doesn't have any plans to re-release this, but I really hope they do. The film is excellent; this release is not. Thank you for taking the time to read my review and feel free to leave helpful/not helpful feedback.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More horsing around April 19, 2002
I had a professor in college who seemed to base his entire teaching style off of Groucho Marx's character in HORSE FEATHERS. And, yes, it was one of the more amusing set of classes that I took in my time at university. So, any time I want to relive a more surreal version of my undergraduate learning years, I simply have to throw this DVD into my player and get set for 68 minutes worth of hilarity.
While DUCK SOUP may the best known of the Marx Brothers' films, I think that HORSE FEATHERS may actually be the better introduction to show to someone unfamiliar with their material. It's a short, snappy, quick film, the musical numbers are quite funny and the gags are classic Marx Brothers material. Groucho Marx the professor is here, as are Chico and Harpo as a pair of delinquent, accidental, and almost middle-aged students. Zeppo makes a brief appearance as Groucho's son and barely appears in the second half of the film. It has all the elements of the standard Marx Brothers film, but it doesn't feel tired or clichéd.
Naturally, the Marx Brothers themselves are as hilarious as ever. The only real secondary character of note is played by Thelma Todd, who, unfortunately, has a much weaker and smaller role than she did in MONKEY BUSINESS. Still, it's fun to see the ubiquitous scenes of different Marx brothers all trying to get the blonde (and in the end, of course, they all do). The rest of the characters are the collection of gangsters, idiots and straight-men that we come to expect (and then forget about) from the various Marx Brothers pictures. They have their part to play in the plot, which is really only an excuse for there to be an actual story for the brothers to subvert.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
What's not to love about the Marx brothers tomfoolery!
Published 2 months ago by Joy
5.0 out of 5 stars physical comedy-call it an intelligent version of the 3 Stooges that's...
physical comedy-call it an intelligent version of the 3 Stooges that's set to music-and you have the Marx Brothers. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Nickel Speaks
5.0 out of 5 stars This was a great movie, my whole family enjoyed its plot and ...
This was a great movie, my whole family enjoyed its plot and cinematography. I would recommend it to a friend.
Published 3 months ago by Stephen
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Five Stars even for a life-long Fan!!
Hmmm .... LOVE the Marx Brothers, but this is simply not as inspired as other movies, 'Duck Soup' and 'A Night at the Opera' especially. Read more
Published 4 months ago by C. M. Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars All Time Classic
Anything further father? Swordfish. Darwin vs. Huxley in football. Everyone says I love you, but just what they said it for I never knew -- it only causes trouble for the poor... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Craig Agger
4.0 out of 5 stars Valuable Record of the Brothers' Best Vaudeville Routines
Don't watch HORSE FEATHERS expecting anything like a coherent plot, developed characterization or sophisticated filming technique. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Dr. Laurence Raw
5.0 out of 5 stars One more for my collection
Got my dvd way ahead of schedule. Brand new and not damaged or anything. No problems here. Now I will enjoy it and laugh.
Published 9 months ago by victor
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful movie fast shipping
I got this so fast! I really enjoyed it and the add was clear. I got what I was expecting.
Published 11 months ago by Travis Gillespie
4.0 out of 5 stars Marx Brothers Humor and antics
The four Marx Brothers present their version of the insanity of the society!

It is hilarious and if you read in between the lines, you'll find a few gems of criticism... Read more
Published 15 months ago by M. ARAGHI
1.0 out of 5 stars Horse Feathers
Save your money not worth the time to watch. Very silly plot. Mat be good for 5 or 6 year old to watch.
Published 17 months ago by Wrinkles
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