Monkey Business (1931)


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Movie Info

The first Marx Brothers picture written specifically for film, this outing finds the boys as stowaways on a cruise ship.

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



as Groucho

as Harpo

as Chico

as Zeppo

as Lucille Briggs

as Mary Helton

as Alky Briggs

as Capt. Corcoran

as Manicurist

as Opera Singer

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
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Full Review… | March 26, 2009
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Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
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Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | February 27, 2001
Chicago Reader
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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

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