Monkey Business (1931)
Average Rating: 7.8/10
Reviews Counted: 15
Fresh: 14 | Rotten: 1
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Release Date: Sep 19, 1931 Wide
Average Rating: 3.8/5
User Ratings: 7,572
The first Marx Brothers film to be written directly for the screen (its authors included S. J. Perelman, Arthur Sheekman and Will B. Johnstone), Monkey Business is also the merry Marxes' first Hollywood production. Groucho, Harpo, Chico and Zeppo are brilliantly cast as four stowaways on an ocean liner, bound for New York. As our heroes endeavor to elude dimwitted First Mate Gibson (Tom Kennedy), each of the brothers gets involved in an adventure of his own. Groucho finds himself in a menage a
Sep 19, 1931 Wide
Oct 10, 2000
MCA Universal Home Video
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It's not the most dynamic and timeless of the brothers' movies but it has enough moments and lines to stand alongside any of them.
...allows for a welcome bit of personal space between the audience and the comedians' antics.
Not the best Marx Brothers, but pretty close.
The Brothers offer lunacy, anarchy, and unbound nonsense for their Depression audience as they mock the foolish ways the rich behave aboard the luxury liner.
Probably only bettered by Horse Feathers and Duck Soup in the Marx library.
Audience Reviews for Monkey Business
- 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.
- 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.
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