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Filled with comedy sketches, musical numbers and plenty of gags, Animal Crackers is often regarded as the Marx Brothers’ most quoted film for its witty and unforgettable dialogue. Groucho stars as Captain Spaulding, a famed African explorer who is being honored at a high society party at the estate of Mrs. Rittenhouse (Margaret Dumont). Mayhem and chaos ensue after a valuable painting disappears and Spaulding, along with the Professor (Harpo), Signore Emanuel Ravelli (Chico) and Horatio (Zeppo) “help” search for it. Highlighted by musical performances including “Hooray for Captain Spaulding” (which would later become the theme song to Groucho’s popular TV series You Bet Your Life), this classic comedy earned a place on the AFI’s 100 Years…100 Movie Quotes list.
This second Marx Brothers classic has Groucho playing Captain Spaulding (an inside joke pertaining to a renowned Hollywood drug pusher), whose song "Hooray for Captain Spaulding" became his signature anthem. Despite its staginess, it has some hilarious gags as the boys try to solve the mystery of a stolen painting among the high-society crowd. Some of the highlights include Groucho's African lecture about shooting an elephant in his pajamas, and a wacky card game between Harpo, Chico, and the always-gullible Margaret Dumont. The musical interludes here don't seem as awkward as in later films. It's really quite charming watching Chico and Harpo show off their graceful talents. --Bill Desowitz --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Captain Spaulding`s on the case as he searches for a stolen painting! With non-stop humor,gags,and talk of marraige, this equils up to be one of the looneyest movies EVER!Published on Dec 30 2003
ANIMAL CRACKERS has moments that are hysterically funny. If you love movies;comedy;or enjoy relishing talent of one of the world's greatest wise-ass wits, this is THE work of... Read morePublished on Nov. 3 2003 by Arthur F. McVarish
"Did someone call me Schnorer?" "Hooray! Hooray! Hooray!"
This great follow-up to "The Cocoanuts" which was filmed, too, in New York, tells of... Read more
With Coconuts and Horse Feathers next, this one I'm giving the top spot (Hey, Duck Soup is great too, but it just isn't as true to me). Read morePublished on Oct. 22 2002 by EugeSchu
If you need to find a Marx brothers' film to give you a taste of what they're like, Animal Crackers is a fine place to start. Read morePublished on Dec 29 2001 by Kent
I really do enjoy this video, it is simply one of their best. The picture quality does suffer at points, being that it was filmed in 1930, and I can't comprehend what the 'chorus'... Read morePublished on Dec 7 2001 by Brandon S.
In 1929, a new kind of movie comedy burst into view when THE COCOANUTS gave movie audiences their first dose the Marx Brothers' hilarious anarchy; the cinema had introduced the... Read morePublished on Nov. 15 2001
In 1930, one year after their successful debut film, "The Cocoanuts", the Marx Bros. gave us "Animal Crackers; their second film, and one of their best and... Read morePublished on Oct. 9 2001 by T. W. Fuller