Liberty Theatre | Camas WA | Monkey Business (1931)
Monkey Business (1931) (NR) Release Date: March 4th, 2023
Runtime: 1 hr. 17 min.
Director: Norman McLeod
Genres: Comedy, Classic
Starring: Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Chico Marx, Zeppo Marx
The Marx Brothers’ third film for Paramount was the first written specifically for the screen and not based on one of their Broadway plays. Monkey Business hits the ground running and rarely lets up. It contains the brothers’ grandest entrance together: as stowaways on an ocean liner. They pop out of four barrels to take their bows after a rousing chorus of “Sweet Adeline.” From then on, it’s every man for himself, with Groucho taking his umbrage directly to the captain (“I don’t care for the way you’re running this boat. Why don’t you get in the back seat for a while and let your wife drive?”), Chico and Harpo making waves on deck, and Zeppo falling for a gangster’s daughter. Classic scenes include Groucho going overboard for a rival gangster’s wife played by Thelma Todd, Harpo getting into the act at a children’s puppet show, and the brothers taking turns trying to pass for Maurice Chevalier to get off the boat. Monkey Business is pure bananas. (Excerpt from Vulture)Retro classic, $6
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