At the Circus (1939)




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Movie Info

In this Marx Brothers film, Jeff Wilson is in danger of losing his circus to crooked creditor Carter, so Jeff's faithful roustabout Antonio enlists the aid of seedy attorney J. Cheever Loophole. Despite the best efforts of Loophole, Antonio and general hanger-on Punchy, Jeff is robbed of the circus payroll.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Musical & Performing Arts, Classics, Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Irving Brecher
In Theaters:
MGM Home Entertainment


as Jeff Wilson

as Julie Randall

as Peerless Pauline

as Attorney Loophole

as Antonio

as Punchy

as Mrs. Dukesbury

as Goliath

as Jardinet

as John Carter

as Little Professor Ato...

as Whitcomb
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Critic Reviews for At the Circus

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | January 28, 2006
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
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Full Review… | October 10, 2009

The beginning of the Marx Brothers slide from their peak comedies.

Full Review… | April 8, 2005
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Audience Reviews for At the Circus

This isn't one of my favourite Marx Brothers movies. First of all, I didn't like that really long song with Harpo and the Black kids. Second, the circus seems like the natural habitat for the Marx Brothers, so they don't stand out as much. It is funny most of the time, but I didn't like the story.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

Not my favorite Marx Bros. film. It has some funny bits in it, but it's hampered by exposition...and the magic just doesn't seem to be there.

Tim Salmons

Super Reviewer

By no means there best work, and certianly there most un even. There are scenes of pure illogical insanity followed by those of mind numbing exposition.

However, This probably has the Marx brothers finest musical moments, specifically "Lydia the Tattooed Lady,"

Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer

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