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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.
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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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!***
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!
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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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. Read morePublished on May 8 2004 by Elle
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
Some people consider "Animal Crackers" as the best movie in the Marx Brothers filmography. But most of the people, including myself, rather prefer "Duck Soup", however, "Animal... Read morePublished on Dec 7 2003 by Alejandro Cortes
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
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