Animal Crackers

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Animal Crackers, like The Cocoanuts before is an all-but-literal translation to film of a smash-hit Marx Brothers Broadway musical. The aristocratic Mrs. Rittenhouse (Margaret Dumont) holds a weekend party at her Long Island Estate. Her guest of honor is famed (but likely fraudulent) African explorer Geoffrey T. Spaulding (Groucho Marx). Also showing up are renegade musician Signor Emmanuel Ravelli (Chico Marx), the mute, girl-chasing "Professor" (Harpo Marx) and Spaulding's faithful secretary Horatio Jamison (Zeppo Marx). The film, revolving around a stolen painting, finds Groucho lecturing on his most recent safari ("One morning I shot an elephant in my pajamas. How he got in my pajamas, I don't know"), Harpo and Chico unabashedly cheating at bridge, Groucho dictating a wildly nonsequitur letter to the firm of Hungerdunger, Hungerdunger, Hungerdunger and McCormick, and Groucho and Chico drawing up plans to build a house.

Cast

Groucho Marx
as Capt. Jeffrey Spaulding
Harpo Marx
as The Professor
Chico Marx
as Signor Emanuel Ravelli
Zeppo Marx
as Horatio Jamison
Louis Sorin
as Roscoe W. Chandler
Lillian Roth
as Arabella Rittenhouse
Margaret Dumont
as Mrs. Rittenhouse
Hal Thompson
as John Parker
Margaret Irving
as Mrs. Whitehead
Kathryn Reece
as Grace Carpenter
Robert Greig
as Hives, the Butler
Earl Metcalfe
as Inspector Hennessey
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Critic Reviews for Animal Crackers

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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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