A Night in Casablanca (1946)
Average Rating: 5/10
Reviews Counted: 7
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 3
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Release Date: May 10, 1946 Wide
Average Rating: 3.5/5
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After a five-year absence, the Marx Brothers returned to the screen in the independently-produced effort A Night in Casablanca. Originally conceived as a parody of Casablanca (with character names like "Humphrey Bogus" and "Lowen Behold"), the film emerged as a spoof of wartime melodramas in general. Someone has been methodically murdering the managers of the Hotel Casablanca, and that someone is escaped Nazi war criminal Heinrich Stubel (Sig Ruman). Disguised as a Count Pfefferman, Stubel
May 10, 1946 Wide
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Lt. Pierre Delmar
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The slapstick comedy antics and string of relentless Groucho one-liners seemed more tired than subversively funny.
Point some of that blame at the cumbersome screenplay and lackluster director Archie Mayo, a.k.a. 'that fat idiot' to Groucho, who said Mayo 'emasculated' the picture.
An undercooked espionage spoof that takes meek aim at Casablanca a time or two but generally just plays like the mercenary piece of garbage that it is.
Penultimate Marx Bros. film suffers by comparison with their glory days, but still worth a look.
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