Room Service

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Broadway producer Gordon Miller (Groucho Marx) has sunk every dime into his latest project but still lacks the money to get the play out of rehearsals. While dodging hotel manager Gribble (Cliff Dunstan) and his henchman, Wagner (Donald MacBride), over his unpaid bills, Gordon, director Harry Binelli (Chico Marx) and manager Faker Englund (Harpo Marx) try to soothe the jangled nerves of their playwright (Frank Albertson) and convince a wealthy backer (Philip Loeb) to invest heavily in the show.

Cast & Crew

Groucho Marx
Gordon Miller
Chico Marx
Harry Binelli
Harpo Marx
Faker Englund
Donald MacBride
Gregory Wagner
Cliff Dunstan
Joseph Gribble
Philip Loeb
Timothy Hogarth
Philip Wood
Simon Jenkins
J. Roy Hunt
Cinematographer
George Crone
Film Editor
Renié
Costume Designer
Morrie Ryskind
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Critic Reviews for Room Service

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Audience Reviews for Room Service

  • Sep 28, 2010
    I love the Marx Brothers, but this movie wasn't as good as their other movies. It felt slow and very scripted, no ad libs. Also, it felt as though the screenwriter gave the other actors more jokes than the Marx Brothers. Groucho seemed really quiet in this movie, he didn't get to say much, and I didn't like that. I was disappointed with this movie. Towards the end it gets funnier, though, so it wasn't all bad.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • Dec 14, 2009
    Highly enjoyable from the Marx brothers. Unlike many of their other films, "Room Service" has a relatively coherent and followable story (instead of just "random" gags and musical numbers) and I liked that. Harpo has a pretty big role in this, and overshadows Groucho. Perhaps Groucho's less prominent role can explain why it's not one of their best, seeing that we miss many witty commentaries from Groucho. A must watch for the fans nevertheless.
    Stefan P Super Reviewer
  • Dec 17, 2007
    JUMPING BUTTERBALLS! Adapted from a stage play, which is obvious when you notice that nearly the entire movie is filmed within two adjoining hotel rooms. Made for RKO, so except for Ryskind who had written for some other Marx Brothers movies, they had a whole different production team and supporting cast. Still very funny situations and opportunities for madcap Marx antics, but no musical numbers except a few bars of Swing Low, Sweet Chariot. Ball is an actress in the play Groucho is trying to produce and his assistant, but she fades into the background amidst the brothers' schemes. Miller has next to no screen time and no chance of making an impression. Albertson is the author of the play, a whiny, small town bumpkin who is taken in by all the craziness. Dunstan plays Groucho's half brother and hotel manager, so he represents the authority of the hotel, but also goes along with Groucho's and Chico's plans without too much trouble. MacBride, as Wagner the efficiency expert, is really the stiff that the Marx Brothers are trying to tear down with their anti-authority hijinks. The man from the collection agency, the man representing the financial backer for the play, the Russian want-to-be actor, and the doctor each pop up in one or two scenes to move the plot and supply the set up for a couple gags. Several high quality visual and verbal gags are included. I must say that my favorite was when the doctor tries to get Harpo to say "Ahhh" too.
    Byron B Super Reviewer
  • Jun 05, 2007
    A few nice moments, but mostly meh
    Ken S Super Reviewer

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