Animal Crackers

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The well-known explorer and hunter Captain Spaulding has just returned from Africa, and is being welcomed home with a lavish party at the estate of influential society matron Mrs. Rittenhouse (Margaret Dumont) when a valuable painting goes missing. The intrepid Captain Spaulding attempts to solve the crime with the help of his silly secretary Horatio Jamison, while sparring with the anarchic Signor Emanuel Ravelli and his nutty sidekick The Professor.

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Groucho Marx
Capt. Jeffrey T. Spaulding
Harpo Marx
The Professor
Chico Marx
Signor Emanuel Ravelli
Zeppo Marx
Horatio Jamison
Margaret Dumont
Mrs. Rittenhouse
Lillian Roth
Arabella Rittenhouse
Louis Sorin
Roscoe Chandler
Hal Thompson
John Parker
Margaret Irving
Mrs. Whitehead
Kathryn Reece
Grace Carpenter
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Critic Reviews for Animal Crackers

All Critics (26) | Fresh (25) | Rotten (1)

Audience Reviews for Animal Crackers

  • Sep 03, 2010
    Very funny and silly, a classic Marx Brothers movie. The only thing I don't like about it is the ending, it's kind of strange. Otherwise, a great movie.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • Jul 07, 2010
    Comedy has progressed and regressed in several ways throughout the years movies have been filmed and viewed, but as a consumer society most of us are used to, and crave the "top-of-the-line" comedy. I am sure this movie was considered the peak of hilarity, but I couldn't find this one joke pause another unrelated joke, no plot, slap-stick movie funny. Sorry, but I guess I'm not a Marx Brothers Fan.
    Liz < Super Reviewer
  • Jan 25, 2010
    Very very funny, but not for the solid 100 mins unfortunately.
    Tim S Super Reviewer
  • Feb 26, 2009
    Animal Crackers is the FIRST really good movie by the Marx Brothers, made in 1930. Although it's definitely not their best, I recommend it a lot. Mayhem and slapstick comedy along with the typical genius one-liners ensue when a very valuable painting is stolen during a party honoring an African explorer Captain Spaulding, or is it? I want to make a very particular emphasis of this film. Animal Crackers, apart from being the first movie that makes a parody out of high-class society with more depth, has very coplicated scenes throughout. I noticed scenes of long duration that had no camera cuts, making the scenes being even harder to accomplish successfully. Of course if you're working with comedy geniuses then constructing such brilliant scenes couldn't be so hard, but then again Mr. Victor Heerman did a splendid job putting the effort he could in this film. 85/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer

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