Monkey Business (1931)




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The first Marx Brothers picture written specifically for film, this outing finds the boys as stowaways on a cruise ship.
Classics , Comedy
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MCA Universal Home Video


Groucho Marx
as Groucho
Harpo Marx
as Harpo
Chico Marx
as Chico
Zeppo Marx
as Zeppo
Thelma Todd
as Lucille Briggs
Ruth Hall
as Mary Helton
Harry Woods
as Alky Briggs
Tom Kennedy
as Gibson
Rockliffe Fellowes
as Joe Helton
Ben Taggart
as Capt. Corcoran
Evelyn Pierce
as Manicurist
Maxine Castle
as Opera Singer
Otto H. Fries
as 2nd Mate
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Critic Reviews for Monkey Business

All Critics (17)

Keeps plot at a minimum, anarchy at a maximum, which is a good place to be for the fearless foursome of 1930s screen comedy. [Blu-ray]

Full Review… | October 18, 2016
Groucho Reviews

A comic commotion on the ocean, via the fabulous four Marx Brothers.

Full Review… | July 24, 2015

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.

Full Review… | May 13, 2014
Antagony & Ecstasy

...allows for a welcome bit of personal space between the audience and the comedians' antics.

Full Review… | February 1, 2013

Marx Bros. classic is zany slapstick done right.

Full Review… | December 15, 2010
Common Sense Media

Coruscating surrealism

Full Review… | September 24, 2009

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
Kevin M. Williams

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My favourite Marx Brothers movie. It's hilarious and short, it's just packed full of jokes and gags.

Aj V
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
Stella Dallas

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