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The film features some of the Brothers best skits, and in particular some of Groucho's greatest moments. Although I desperately miss Margaret Dumont in this film, Groucho manages some first rate scenes with Thelma Todd, who would later grace HORSEFEATHERS as the College Widow. She would in 1936 die as the result of accidental carbon monoxide poisoning, but speculation began immediately that she had been the victim of a crime. She had no record at all of depression, was only 29, and was at the peak of her career. Her death remains one of the great mysteries in the history of Hollywood, and adds poignancy to her comic appearances with Groucho and Co.
Groucho reels off a huge number of classic one-liners in this one. "Look at me. I worked myself up from nothing to a state of extreme poverty." "As for me, I'm going back into the closet, where men are empty overcoats." "Sir, are you trying to offer me a bribe? How much?" "Oh, why can't we break away from all this, just you and I, and lodge with my fleas in the hills? I mean, flee to my lodge in the hills." "Madam, before I get through with you, you will have a clear case for divorce, and so will my wife." Or the great scene where Groucho complains to the ship's purser about the woman he found in his cabin. "What woman?" the shocked officer replies. "No woman, and that's what I want to complain about.Read more ›
"Monkey Business" is the Marx Bros. third film, released in 1931. It marks the first film as not being based on a Marx Bros. broadway play, and is the first not to have Margaret Dumont in it. Instead, Thelma Todd plays Dumont's role, only more seductively, which is what the producers were looking for in this film.
In "Monkey Business" the Marx Bros. play stoways aboard a luxery liner. The opening scene has the boys singing "Sweet Adelide" while hidden in large barrels, until they are overheard by one of the ship's crew. Once discovered, the Maex Bros. play a game of cat and mouse with the crew, trying to avoid capture, and always staying one step ahead of them.
While fleeing, Zeppo encounters a young woman, Mary Helton, played by Ruth Hall. He quickly falls head over heels for her, only to discover that she is the daughter of Joe Helton, played by Rockcliff Fellowes, a notorious gangster who is returning to the states, and has plans of announcing, or introducing, his daughter - a common custom of many years passed.
As the love interest intensifies between Zeppo and Mary, so too does the game of cat and mouse. Groucho, trying to avoid one of the crew slips into the stateroom of Lucille briggs, played to perfection by Thelma Todd. Instantly Groucho's concern for being caught is subsided, as he focuses his energy on Lucille. She is married to Alky Briggs, played by Harry Woods. He is aboard the ship with the intent to kill Joe Helton before he reaches the states, so that he might take over his gang.Read more ›
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If viewers approach MONKEY BUSINESS with expectations of a coherent plot, stable characterization and tight structure, they will be sadly disappointed. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Dr. Laurence Raw
It was packaged well when it came in.the only complaint I have had with my purchases is some of the disc are loose in the box and puts small scratches on the disc.Published 10 months ago by stephen neves
This 1931 film was the Marx Brothers' third major film and contains the usual nonstop chaos, pranks, and one-liners. Read morePublished 14 months ago by The Curmudgeon
Relentlessly hilarious! the plot is nonsensical and illogical but so what! double entendres, visual jokes, slap stick, mime, double-talk, the musical Marx brothers did it ALL! Read morePublished 16 months ago by BEANIE
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