Animal Crackers (1930)


“You’re the most beautiful woman I’ve ever seen, which doesn’t say much for you.” – Capt. Spaulding

Number of Times Seen – 1 (1 Mar 2020)

Brief Synopsis – Upon returning from the wilds of Africa, an explorer must try and solve the mystery of how a valuable painting disappeared during a welcome home party for him.

My Take on it – I have always been a fan of the Marx Brothers skits that I’ve seen and this movie once again exposed me to seeing how great and talented their truly were.

This is a hilarious film that works on so many levels due to the great chemistry and timing that they have with one another.

The skill of these men is amazing and it shows throughout from start to finish.

They are quite adept at using both physical and verbal gags to help keep this so much fun throughout.

The dialogue is amazing and is filled with lots of double entrants that enhance things so much here.

The story itself (like most of their work) is a bit silly yet with the way that these men are so talented it really doesn’t make a difference.

The idea of them taking a popular stage show and recreate it on screen was such an amazing decision because it not only helped expose their talent to the world, it also helped make them even more popular and in demand due to this newfound exposure which is able to showcase the amazing comedic and musical talents of these comedians.

Bottom Line – Another hilarious Marx Brothers films. The brothers have amazing timing and skill which helps keep this film so much fun from start to finish. They are quite adept at using both physical and verbal jokes to move things forwrad. The dialogue is superbly written and is filled with so many double entrants that works so well throughout. The story itself is a bit silly, but when watching these men in action, it doesn’t make a difference.  The idea to take their stage show and bring it to the screen helped expose them to so many people world wide which in turn made them even more popular and in demand for their talent. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – In the interchange between Spaulding and Ravelli near the end of the film, Spaulding refers to “Chic Sale”. Chic Sale was a vaudeville performer well-known to audiences in the Thirties. His name, however, had a parallel meaning. It had become a euphemism for an outhouse. Groucho Marx may have thought the reference as a way around the Hays Office code. The comedian Soupy Hines changed his name to Soupy Sales in honor of the original Sale. His birth name was Milton Supman. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10)

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