Wow. There are actually some funny movies out there that DON'T include obscenities, naked people, or jokes about barfing!! This movie is worth buying for that fact alone. Why can't people make movies like this anymore? Why do we have to go back 70 years to find a movie with terrible film editing in order to get the best laughs? Well, it sure is worth it to me.
Anyway, I'll start off with what I didn't like about it, which really wasn't a lot. Mainly just the really bad sound quality, and terrible film editing. Also, the romantic sub-plot and song didn't really do much for me either. But fortunately, the Marx brothers can make up for anything.
This is the only one of their films that I've seen so far that included Zeppo, and I was kind of disappointed, since the only funny thing he said in the whole movie was "How do you spell 'semicolon'?" But the other boys were great. I didn't really care much for the part where Harpo was standing in his underwear shooting a cap gun at people, and I'm probably too young to understand all of Groucho's 'strange interludes', but other than that it was hilarious.
The things that got me laughing the hardest were the bridge game, looking for the 'flash', the expression on Chico's face when he realizes he doesn't remember the finish to his song, Harpo sneakily stealing the money from Roscoe W. Chandler, the whole 'left-handed moth' thing, the negotiation between Groucho & Chico about how much it costs for his band to play (or rather, not play), Chico telling Arabella that he couldn't take out the painting if it's not stealing...I could go on & on, would you like me to go on & on? Ok, I won't. But I'll leave you with the line that got me laughing the hardest, for some strange reason:
Groucho: (I'm paraphrasing here) "We need to find out the motive of the guys who swiped the painting."
Chico: "I got it - robbery!"