Animal Crackers (1930)
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as Capt. Jeffrey Spaulding
as The Professor
as Signor Emanuel Ravelli
as Horatio Jamison
as Roscoe W. Chandler
as Arabella Rittenhouse
as Mrs. Rittenhouse
as John Parker
as Mrs. Whitehead
as Grace Carpenter
as Hives, the Butler
as Inspector Hennessey
as Bit Part
Critic Reviews for Animal Crackers
More so than any of the other Paramount films, Animal Crackers is Groucho's picture. [Blu-ray]
What's most evident, however, is the raging egomania at the center of the brothers' comedy - Groucho in particular.
The Marx Brothers' second film is creaky, stagy, and episodic, but it's also very funny.
A thoroughgoing derangement of Love's Labour's Lost, played saltando by the still-rough Marx Brothers
Audience Reviews for Animal Crackers
Altho based on their hit stage play, resulting in a stagebound feel to the thing, many scenes with a cast of extras merely standing around in the background, nonetheless still zany. Groucho himself notes that "not all the jokes can be good", but then again, many are. Margaret Dumont does better stuff with her eyes than some actresses do with their whole career. One of my favorites, including the classic " Hello, I Must Be Going".
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.
Famous explorer Captain Jeffrey T. Spaulding returns from the dark continent to attend the unveiling of a work of art, but it is stolen from under their noses. Animal Crackers may not be the strongest of the Marx brothers films as it's firmly anchored to the stage, basically set in its entirety in the same room but it still definitely has its moments. The earlier part of the film spends far too much time on the farcical plot and not enough on Groucho who is obviously the star of the show. Some of Chico and Harpo's antics are a little hit and miss, some of the routines outstaying their welcome somewhat (the card game in particular) and even some of Groucho's rants get positively surreal (maybe their context has been lost in the sands of time!) It certainly gets better as it goes on though, the Groucho/Chico gags a stand out and by the last scene I was LOL-ing my heart out. And at least Zeppo doesn't sing in this one...
Animal Crackers Quotes
|Capt. Jeffrey T. Spaulding:||One morning I shot an elephant in my pajamas. How he got in my pajamas, I don't know.|
|Capt. Jeffrey T. Spaulding:||As I say, we tried to remove the tusks. But they were embedded so firmly we couldn't budge them. Of course, in Alabama the Tuscaloosa, but that is entirely ir-elephant to what I was talking about.|
|Capt. Jeffrey T. Spaulding:||I'm sick of these conventional marriages. One woman and one man was good enough for your grandmother, but who wants to marry your grandmother? Nobody, not even your grandfather.|
|Capt. Jeffrey T. Spaulding:||Well, art is art, isn't it? Still, on the other hand, water is water. And east is east and west is west, and if you take cranberries and stew them like applesauce, they taste much more like prunes than rhubarb does. Now, uh... Now you tell me what you know.|