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September 13, 2016
The Marx Brothers' come-back record
½ July 31, 2015
This Marx Bros. film has better production value and more emphasis on story. Rather than have them be the main focus, they are injected into a parody of Casablanca, with German spies, intrigue, and gold. Because they Marx Bros. are sort of added in, there's less screentime for them and therefore less jokes and gags. There are still plenty of good moments in this silly send up of post WWII spy movies.
½ May 17, 2015
This is the last true Marx Brothers movie. It was the last Marx Brothers movie where all three brothers worked together. In this movie the three brothers used their old tried and true formula. The problem is that they were getting old and most of the jokes had been done before. They relied on slapstick comedy instead of Groucho's one liners. It was made right after World War II. It was a kind of spoof of the movie Casablanca. It had Nazis has the bad guys. They are trying to smuggle stolen Nazi treasure to South America. The story was based on the current events at the time. Vast amounts of art work and gold stolen by the Nazis during the war were recovered by the Allies at the end of the war. When the war ended hundreds of Nazis tried to escape to South America. In this movie they combined the two events into a group of Nazi spies trying to smuggle a cache of treasure to South America through Casablanca. The whole plot was the Marx Brothers foiling the plot in the usual Marx Brother's fashion. The movie is not a manic as some of the older Marx Brothers movies. All three brothers were starting to show their age. There were only two musical sections. Chico manages to play the piano and there just happened to be a harp in the Nazi treasure that Harpo plays when he finds the hidden treasure. Groucho decided to stop doing movies after this movie and moved on to Television. He got more popular on You Bet Your Life than he ever was as one of the Marx Brothers.
November 3, 2014
Though not up with their earlier classics, it's still a lot of fun watching Groucho and company take on treacherous Nazis in this postwar propaganda comedy. Essential viewing for fans of the riotous three, and way funnier than anything by Lena Dunham.
August 18, 2014
it's all about the lines.
April 3, 2014
A hilarious feature that never received the praise it deserved.
March 24, 2014
The Marx Brothers had intended to end performing as a group after "The Big Store", but Chico's gambling debts compelled them to reunite five years later. So here is a movie essentially made to help pay off debts...and it is decent enough. It lacks some of the frantic pace that makes some of their earlier films such a joy to watch, but there are some good moments in this.
½ August 18, 2013
A very weak Marx Bros. flick. Extremely short on genuine laughs.
½ June 26, 2013
Some jokes hit very well, and some didn't, not in the slightest.
½ June 21, 2013
Groucho puts on his usual great lines in this send-up of Casablanca, but it's Harpo that steals the show
February 19, 2013
It isn't the best the Marx Bros. and unfortunately it is the last, but it still did the job well by making me laugh all the way through.
January 22, 2013
they re used previous stuff
January 6, 2013
Easily the Marx Brothers' weakest picture, A Night in Casablanca has the trio running a hotel in Casablanca and trying to prevent a group of Nazis from stealing hidden treasure. Harpo Marx is the only one who gets any of the film's laughs here, but frankly, the laughs are in very limited supply. Not only are the jokes unfunny, they're sort of stale and tired. On top of the humor being uninspired, very little effort was put into the storytelling and direction to the point where it feels like nobody was trying at all.
November 28, 2012
The worst Marx Brothers movie this side of Love Happy. It makes the Three Stooges shorts look like Gone with the Wind. There are few good moments in it, even for a hardcore Marx Brothers fan like me.
August 7, 2012
This late Marx Brothers movie isn't nearly as funny as Duck Soup. Then again, I suppose nothing is.

The plot is irrelevant, because it's a Marx Brothers movie. Unfortunately, that doesn't stop the movie from wasting too much time on exposition for a story we don't really care about.

It's always great to see Groucho Marx do his thing, but he feels unusually hemmed in and suffocated in this movie. It never really lets him just go to town on somebody with priceless one-liners, as in the opening scenes of Duck Soup. Harpo and Chico are about the same as they usually are, but there aren't any sequences here to match the mirror sequence or the peanut stand. Also, the movie suffers from a very noticeable lack of Margaret Dumont. She was such a great target for Groucho's merciless wit.

The title suggests that the movie is a parody of the classic Casablanca, which came out a few years earlier, but it's not really. Aside from being set in the same time and place, this movie has nothing in common with that one; the characters and storyline aren't really poking fun at Casablanca. This is an okay movie to check out if you're already a fan of the brothers, but if not, it's really not the place to start. You'd be much better off starting with Duck Soup, which remains my favorite comedy of all time.
August 7, 2012
So worth it for classic scenes: Harpo making fun of "Beatrice", the unpacking scene near the end--that alone makes it worthwhile. Also, Chico and Harpo squeezing tables into the club to earn money.
July 8, 2012
They don't make comedies like this anymore. This one isn't as memorable as say...Duck Soup but still had plenty of laughs.
½ May 17, 2012
not their best but still funny & watchable
½ May 13, 2012
typical zany Marx fare
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