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Animal Crackers

USA 1930
produced by
Paramount
directed by Victor Heerman
starring Marx Brothers (Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Chico Marx, Zeppo Marx), Margaret Dumont, Lilian Roth, Louis Sorin, Hal Thompson, Margaret Irving, Kathryn Reece, Robert Greig, Edward Metcalf

Marx Brothers

review by
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Miss Rittenhouse (Margaret Dumont) plans a big social gathering to honour the return of famous explorer Captain Spaulding (Groucho Marx) from the darkest regions of Africa, an event that is to culminate in the unveiling of a priceless painting, which is supplied by famous art collector Roscoe Chandler (Louis Sorin).

But as if the arrival of the captain & the hiring of 2 inept musicians - Rivelli (Chico Marx) & the Professor (Harpo Marx) - wouldn't guarantee enough chaos, Miss Rittenhouse's daughter Arabella (Lilian Roth) comes up with a rather stupid plan to promote her painter boyfriend Parker (Hal Thompson): to exchange the famous painting with a copy Parker made. But to top it all, society ladies Grace (Kathryn Reece) & Mrs Whitehead (Margaret Irving) also plan to exchange the painting for a copy as a joke ...

The situation really gets out of hand when first Chandler is shocked about the bad copy (done by Grace) at hte big unveiling, then all 3 pictures (the original plus Parker's & Grace's copies) disappear. & when an inept policeman (Edward Metcalf) as well as Spaulding & Rivelli lead some sort of investigations, all of a sudden all clues lead to the Professor.

However, since he returns, the inspector decides to let him loose - & Parker even gets a painting commissioned by Chandler because if his masterful copy.

 

Granted this synopsis doesn't sound like much of a film, & yes, plotwise it is just silly, not at all helped by some (but not many) musical interludes & romantic scenes. But once Groucho, Harpo or Chico Marx make an entry they dominate the screen anyway, doing their unpredictable crazy comedy or weird dialogues (not Harpo, of course), making this one worthwhile after all.

Zeppo's scenes as Groucho's secretary are fortunately kept to a minimum.

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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