Monkey Business

1931, Comedy, 1h 18m

19 Reviews 5,000+ Ratings

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The four Marx Brothers star in their first film written specifically for the screen as stowaways on an ocean liner bound for New York. Each of them has a separate adventure on board; from matinee idol Zeppo's romancing of a bootlegger's daughter to Groucho having to avoid the attentions of gangster's moll Lucille Briggs.

Cast & Crew

Thelma Todd
Lucille Briggs
Tom Kennedy
First Mate Gibson
Ruth Hall
Mary Helton
Harry Woods
Alky Briggs
Ben Taggart
Capt. Corcoran
Otto Fries
Ship's Second Officer
Maxine Castle
Opera Singer at Party
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Critic Reviews for Monkey Business

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Audience Reviews for Monkey Business

  • Apr 15, 2018
    A consistently funny comedy (with some amazing moments) but only until the characters leave the ship; after that, however, the film becomes more irregular, with jokes that don't work so well despite how addictive the Marx brothers are in nearly every scene they appear.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • May 11, 2012
    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. W Super Reviewer
  • Sep 03, 2010
    My favourite Marx Brothers movie. It's hilarious and short, it's just packed full of jokes and gags.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • Aug 30, 2010
    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 D Super Reviewer

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