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Monkey Business (1931)




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The first Marx Brothers picture written specifically for film, this outing finds the boys as stowaways on a cruise ship.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Classics, Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Arthur Sheekman, S.J. Perelman
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 10, 2000
MCA Universal Home Video


Groucho Marx
as Groucho
Thelma Todd
as Lucille Briggs
Ruth Hall
as Mary Helton
Harry Woods
as Alky Briggs
Ben Taggart
as Capt. Corcoran
Evelyn Pierce
as Manicurist
Maxine Castle
as Opera Singer
Otto H. Fries
as 2nd Mate
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Critic Reviews for Monkey Business

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (5)

Full Review… | August 6, 2011
Wall Street Journal
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | February 27, 2001
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

A comic commotion on the ocean, via the fabulous four Marx Brothers.

Full Review… | July 24, 2015

Audience Reviews for Monkey Business


All the brothers were musicians but Harpo alone always got so serious whenever he played harp (sometimes Chico on the piano, but not always). His clown character creation falls from him, regardless of his costume and ... I always think of their mom, making those guys take music lessons. Those guys. One look from Harpo and women run for their virtue, one look, and then the same guy sits down to play a harp, what angels are supposed to play, its a contradiction, isn't it?
Big fun as always, this film, as the stowaway foursome mess with stuffy shipboard personnel, the gentry elite, and gangsters to boot.
Who is Maurice Chevalier?

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


My favourite Marx Brothers movie. It's hilarious and short, it's just packed full of jokes and gags.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

complete anarchy and absolutely hilarious. at the rate they fire off the gags they're bound to miss a few but most of it sticks. i'm inclined to think the boys lost something when they left paramount. i never much cared for the elaborate plots thalberg imposed on them at mgm.

Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

Monkey Business Quotes

Groucho: I'm going back into the closet, where men are empty overcoats.
– Submitted by David C (17 months ago)
Stowaway: Oh I realize it's a penny here and a penny there but look at me, I've worked myself up from nothing to a state of extreme poverty.
– Submitted by Kevin R (2 years ago)
Stowaway: You're a woman who's been getting nothing but dirty breaks. Well, we can clean and tighten your brakes, but you'll have to stay in the garage all night.
– Submitted by Kevin R (2 years ago)

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