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  • Actors: Harpo Marx, Zeppo Marx, Groucho Marx, Chico Marx
  • Directors: Victor Heerman
  • Format: Dolby, Dubbed, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Canadian Home Video Rating : General Audience (G)
  • Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: Feb. 21 2012
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 29 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B004P9UWL4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #48,690 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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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.

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Dans ce deuxième classique des Marx Brothers, Groucho joue le rôle du capitaine Spaulding (allusion à un fameux dealer de drogue de Hollywood), dont la chanson Hooray For Captain Spaulding est devenue la signature. Dans ce film bourré de gags hilarants, nos compères essaient de résoudre le mystère d'un vol de tableau dans la haute société. Parmi les meilleurs moments, on citera le cours sur l'Afrique ou comment tirer sur un éléphant en pyjama, et une partie de cartes entre Harpo, Chico et la toujours aussi crédule Margaret Dumont. Les intermèdes musicaux sont mieux amenés que dans leurs films ultérieurs. --Bill Desowitz --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: VHS Tape
Groucho Marx in one of the Marx Brothers' Classics, surrounded by the usual cast of High Society play-alongs, delivers what many consider their very best work. The lunacy begins when Groucho arrives back from an African Exploration, just in time to be the guest of honor at a Society Dinner Party. The craziness is fueled by some twists and turns about a valuable painting (which seems to be easily copied onto what appears like a roll of wall paper). The predictable plot keeps rolling along, while Groucho seems to consume 95% of the scipt with one-liners.
In 1930 this may have been a welcome distraction from Depression Era hum-drum life. I tried to find the same amusement a lifetime later, and can't agree with the critics. Aside from a few clever (even risque) jokes, I was missing the rolling-on-the-floor-with-laughter effect. Animal Crackers left me only with luke-warm feelings, while I found the "other" Marx Brothers Classic, "Duck Soup" hilarious. I would rather see "Duck Soup" 5 more times than view "Animal Crackers" ever again. Not a total loss of 1 1/2 time, but don't expect any "mirror scenes", because this one has none!***
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This, the second film released staring the four Marx Brothers, seems to be much more a star vehicle for Groucho than some of the others. Groucho plays Captain Spaulding, probably his most famous role ("Hooray for Captain Spaulding" eventually became the theme song for his quiz show "You Bet Your Life"), an african explorer who is invited to the home of the wealthy Mrs. Rittenhouse (Margret Dumont) for the unveiling of a famous Beaugard painting. When two different people decide to switch out the original painting for a counterfeit, mayhem breaks loose. This movie contains Groucho's famous African lecture, with the well know and oft-quoted "elephant in my pajamas" line.
Allthough this is Groucho's movie, all the brothers manage to get in their share of the funny. Some highlights include Chico and Groucho's discusion about who stole the painting (by the end of which Chico concludes the painting must have been "eaten by left handed moths"); Chico trying to get Harpo to find a "flash" (flashlight) and Harpo pulls everything from flutes, to fasks, to fish (!) out of his pockets before finding the flash; the card game with Chico, Harpo, and Mrs. Rittenhouse during which the brothers cut for partners and both pick up and Ace of spades (when Mrs. Rittenhouse questions, "Two Aces of spades?", Chico replies, "Sure, hesa got hudreds of 'em"); Chico's Piano solo during which he just can't think of the the finish and Groucho can think of nothing but; Groucho's "strange interlude" and bigamy dialoge; and last but not least Harpo's famous knife dropping gag.
I would recomend this movie to anyone who likes to laugh!
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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' is singing at points, but otherwise no complaints. They must have realized that nobody liked the cruddy music and dancing from 'The Cocoanuts' and got rid of Irving Berlin (who went on to be one of the foremost songwriters of the 20th century, ironically). I am thankful that the love interests were also replaced, and there is in Mary Eaton's place a very cute dark haired girl, and replacing Oscar Shaw is a guy that is not so weird looking. I'm also VERY thankful that the dancing girls were rid of.
Groucho plays Captain Spaulding, his most memorable character he ever played as. His lines, singing, and goofy dancing are all etched into my memory in a good way. Chico and Harpo are both still basically bums that go around and cause trouble. Their rountines are fantastic as well, not a dull moment whenever they are on the screen. Margaret Dumont is back from "Cocoanuts" as the high society widow, who throws an extravagant party for Groucho, not realizing how bizzare and chaotic he can be until it's too late. She's basically the straight guy. I don't mention Zeppo because he does literally nothing except act as a dopey servant to Groucho.
With tons of humor, great dialouge, less dancing and at least one beauty to gawk at during the less funny scenes, it's a definite classic. The Marx Brothers are the funniest guys of all time, bar none.
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By A Customer on Nov. 15 2001
Format: VHS Tape
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 public to Marx insanity much to the delight of the hoi polloi. ANIMAL CRACKERS was an adaptation of a Marx Bros. Broadway show and it made an even better movie than their first screen effort, which was made rather crudely technically (at the Astoria Studios on Long Island) and was obviously very set-bound with a nearly immobile camera. The George S. Kaufman-Morrie Ryskind story, tailored to celluloid by Ryskind and Pierre Collings - and frequently forgotton while the brothers ran riot - concerned the theft of a painting from Margaret Dumont, whose love-hate relationship with Groucho was fast becoming one the greatest film affairs of all-time. Groucho gave voice to HOORAY FOR CAPTAIN SPALDING - which was later his radio signiture song. Harpo and Chico did their musical specialties while Zeppo stooged and Lillian Roth soubretted as the others merely acted under Victor Heerman's direction. The still-primitive microphone technique gave the Walter Wagner production a rather static look, but the Marxian puns, one-liners, non-sequiturs and miming scored repeatedly.
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