Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB.
USA, 1932. Paramount Pictures. Screenplay by Bert Kalmar, Harry Ruby, S.J. Perelman, Will B. Johnstone. Cinematography by Ray June. Produced by Herman J. Mankiewicz. Music by John Leipold. Production Design by Harry Caplan.
The irrepressible Marx Brothers please once again in this divine campus comedy. Groucho is the newly appointed head of a prestigious university who decides that new structure must be implemented into the school’s style of learning. This means, of course, adding a few slapstick touches to the traditional lecture, and thankfully his brothers Chico and Harpo are around to help. Zeppo plays Groucho’s lovestruck son, who has fallen in love with the ‘college widow’ and wants to be with her, but his father forbids it in order to improve his own chances with her. The events all boil down to a big, all-important football game that the university needs to win in order to regain its stature after years of losses. You’ll die laughing when you see Harpo flying across the field in a makeshift chariot. Then you’ll die laughing at everything else; it’s a marvelous comedy, and probably the silliest thing the boys ever made.