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Monkey Business (1952)

Cary Grant , Ginger Rogers , Howard Hawks  |  NR |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Cary Grant, Ginger Rogers, Charles Coburn, Marilyn Monroe, Harry Carter
  • Directors: Howard Hawks
  • Format: Black & White, Closed-captioned, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: Unknown
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: May 14, 2002
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000062XG5
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #138,133 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Marilyn Monroe, Cary Grant and Ginger Rogers star in this classic comedy about a chemist who discovers the secret of eternal youth. For years, Dr. Barnaby Fulton (Grant) has been working on a youth-restoring serum with little success - until the day a chimpanzee gets loose in the lab and accidentally concocts the exact formula Fulton has been searching for. The hilarity begins when, unbeknownst to anyone, the chimpanzee pours it into the office water cooler. For with each successive drink, everyone gets younger and younger. When Fulton's stunning secretary (Marilyn Monroe) and lovely wife get a taste of the potion, the chemical reaction is explosive and hilarious fun!

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In this comedy classic, a chimpanzee gets loose in Dr. Barnaby Fulton's (Cary Grant) lab and accidentally completes the youth formula Fulton has been working on for years. But the industrious chimp also dumps the potion into the office water cooler--which becomes clear only when Fulton's staff mysteriously grows younger and younger. The chemistry really explodes when his voluptuous secretary (Marilyn Monroe) gets a taste of the potion.

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Anyone can type." August 11, 2005
Please don't think that MONKEY BUSINESS is a true Marilyn Monroe vehicle, no matter what the box suggests. Her total time in this feature-length movie is on the order of 15-20 minutes, but MM lights up the screen as a dim secretary who is careful to get to work by nine because her boss has asked her to improve her punctuation. (!) Classic line: after boss (played by Charles Coburn) sends Marilyn off in search of someone to type a letter, he steals a look at her "caboose" and remarks, "Anyone can type."

This is not to imply that the rest of the production lacked brilliance. MONKEY BUSINESS is a true screwball comedy of the pre-WWII type that accelerates and spins out of control in ways that the audience cannot anticipate, but will surely enjoy. Released in 1952 just before Monroe became a full-blown star and TV hijacked the mass audience, the film brims with talent and zesty roles. MONKEY BUSINESS reunites Howard Hawks as director with Cary Grant as male lead after such earlier classic collaborations as BRINGING UP BABY, HIS GIRL FRIDAY and I WAS A MALE WAR BRIDE.

Cary plays a very middle-aged absent-minded professor who is really a bit of a stick--until he's accidentally dosed with a new Ponce de Leon rejuvenation serum and all youth breaks out. Pretty soon he's got his hair in a buzz cut and driving a new roadster so recklessly he scares even the pretty (and pretty daring) secretary, the aforementioned by Marilyn Monroe. Things get even wackier when wife Edwina (Ginger Rogers) accidentally ingests some of the serum, too.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
By Paul
Format:VHS Tape
This hilarious slapstick comedy stars Cary Grant, Ginger Rogers, and Marilyn Monroe, 3 of the Silvers Screen's greatest stars. Cary Grant, a doctor, develops a syrum that makes him younger. He tests it out and goes for a spin with his young, beautiful secretary, Marilyn Monroe! Later, his wife, Ginger Rogers tries it out, and finally, Grant and Rogers are like 5 year olds. Ginger is great when she goes into her "childlike temper tantrums" and in one scene, after the syrum has worn off on her, she finds a baby, and thinks it's her husband! This stuff is timeless--it was on the American Film Institute's 500 List of the greates comedies, and it is timeless, making it one of my favorite movies.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars VERY ENJOYABLE! April 13, 1999
By A Customer
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This one even starts hilarious wiith Grant walking out before his "cue", and stays pretty funny throughout. I just love that little kid with the gruff voice who asks,"Don't ya like chidren?" It's obvious Marilyn Monroe's character wasn't hired for her secretarial skills! And just dig the part where Grant's wife thinks he has turned into a baby! This movie is a lot of fun!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable, but dated...and that "restoration"...??? July 24, 2010
I commend Ed Uyeshima for his spot-on 3-star review.

While the film certainly has it's moments, it's one of those movies that doesn't live up to one's fond childhood memories, perhaps because the comedy too often relies on dated pratfall schtick and sped-up camera sequences.

But what's up with this so-called 'restoration'? The copy I watched (The Diamond Collection) presented a comparison of 'before' and 'after' sequences from the film, side by side. To make this short, the 'before' images were far superior to the 'after', which were so devoid of any nuances, that Ginger Roger's black dress often blended in with the background, and even worse, Cary Grant's face was so dark, it looked like he was wearing blackface in many scenes. Seriously...waaaay too much contrast, with almost no subtle in-between tones. Very disappointing and distracting to say the least, almost unwatchable in places.

Someone needs to re-restore it. No doubt techniques have improved since this unfortunate attempt.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Adorable! August 12, 2005
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Monkey Business is one of the cutest movies I have ever seen and it's just so funny to see Cary Grant and Ginger Rogers take the youth serum and act like children and they were great and also the monkey were absolutely adorable!

This movie is recommended highly!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really Funny September 25, 2012
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5.0 out of 5 stars Justme May 30, 2012
By Momma D
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We really enjoy watching Cary Grant in almost any movie. This one is not an exception!! The acting was good and the monkey was a hit all the way 'round!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothin' Like the 50s June 21, 2011
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Classic B&W comedy at its finest! This one is a must for movie lovers. Cary Grant, Ginger Rogers and Marilyn Monroe are priceless. I was only 3 years old when this film was released, but I can completely relate to the era...the innocence, the tongue-in-cheek humor and the glamour of men and women in their romantic finest. Cary and Ginger are the main course...they hold this film together...Marilyn is just a dessert. Add this one to your movie library before it's no longer available.
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