Animal Crackers (1930)

VICTOR HEERMAN

Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB

USA, 1930.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by , Continuity by , based on the musical play by , Morrie Ryskind, , .  Cinematography by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  

After a rough start in movies with The Cocoanuts, the fantastic Marx Brothers adapted another one of their popular plays and turned it into this rib-tickling comedy.  plays a safari explorer who is honoured as the guest of a society matron () when she hosts a weekend party for her friends. Meanwhile, the exhibition of a rare painting provides for the central activity when two forgers switch the original for a copy and then the copy gets switched for another copy.  and  provide the antics, provides the romance, and Groucho provides the incomparable wit that only he could pull off. The stuff would get even better with Horse Feathers and Duck Soup, but this is still a fantastic experience for Marx Brothers fans.

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