Animal Crackers:Mayhem and zaniness ensue when a valuable painting goes missing during a party in honor of famed African explorer Captain Spaulding.Duck Soup:Rufus T. Firefly is named president/dictator of bankrupt Freedonia and declares war on neighboring Sylvania over the love of wealthy Mrs. Teasdale.Horse Feathers:Quincy Adams Wagstaff, the new president of Huxley U, hires bumblers Baravelli and Pinky to help his school win the big football game against rival Darwin U.Monkey Business:On a transatlantic crossing, the Marx brothers get up to their usual antics and... manage to annoy just about everyone on board the ship. [show more]
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Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 or region free DVD player in order to play Duck Soup captures some of the Marx Brothers&39; zaniest routines and funniest quips creating a laugh-out-loud spectacle of politics gone haywire Backed by wealthy widow Mrs Teasdale Groucho becomes the leader of Freedonia quickly frustrating his cabinet and offending the aggressive neighboring country to the point of war Chico and Harpo sent by the rival country spy on Groucho and try to steal his battle plans but when war does come loyalties become muddled all around Animal Crackers Often considered their best this second Marx Brothers movie revolves around a stolen painting and the sprawling estate of a wealthy dowager who soon finds Chico Zeppo Harpo and especially Groucho turning her life up-side-down Groucho croons his famous "Hooray for Captain Spaulding" and delivers many of his most famous quips in this film based on a play by George S Kaufman Horse Feathers The Marx Brothers parody college life in this gag-filled fast-paced comedy The fast-talking new president of Huxley College needs to scrounge up some top-flight ringers for his football team but ends up with a bootlegger and a mute dog catcher instead More laughs than most comedies (and smart laughs at that) this script coscripted by satirist J Perelman is humour at its most clever Monkey Business The madcap Marx Brothers stowaway on a luxury cruise ship in this fast-paced laugh-filled farce While they manage to elude capture by the ship&39;s captain and crew by staging impromptu puppet shows and hiding in herring barrels getting off the boat is another matter Before long they&39;re all impersonating Maurice Chevalier in order to disembark and begin their new careers as mob bodyguards Actors Chico Marx Groucho Marx Harpo Marx Zeppo Marx Thelma Todd Ruth Hall Harry Woods Tom Kennedy Ben Taggart Otto Fries Margaret Dumont Lilian Roth Louis Sorin Florine McKinney & Nat Pendleton Director Leo McCarey Norman Z McLeod & Victor Heerman Certificate Universal Suitable for All Year 1930 ; 1931 ; 1932 ; 1933 Screen Fullscreen 43 Languages English - Dolby Digital (20) Subtitles None listed Duration 4 hours 54 minutes (approx)
A collection of four classic films from the Brother Marks. 'Animal Crackers' (1930), their second film, is an adaptation of their Broadway hit. Mrs Rittenhouse (Margaret Dumont) is throwing a high society party, at which African explorer Jeffrey T. Spaulding (Groucho) is the guest of honour. When a valuable painting is stolen from the house, Spaulding teams up with Italian musician Emanual Ravelli (Chico) and the eccentric Professor (Harpo) to track down the thieves - in between trading insults with their fellow guests and generally creating mayhem. 'Monkey Business' (1931), their third film (and their first original screenplay), features them as stowaways aboard a luxury ocean liner. While Groucho, Chico and Harpo create mayhem attempting to escape the clutches of the captain and crew, Zeppo embarks on a romance with Mary Helton - daughter of retired gangster Joe Helton. When rival gang leader Alky Briggs hatches a plot to kidnap Mary and hold her to ransom, it is up to the boys to save the day! 'Horse Feathers' (1932), their fourth film, sees them creating havoc on campus in a high school college comedy. The new president of Huxley college, Professor Quincy Adams Wagstaff (Groucho) soon sets about attending to important school business; namely, winning the school their first football game since 1888. On the advice of his son (Zeppo), he enters a local speakeasy, intending to bribe a couple of professional players to make the college team. What he ends up with instead are inept dog catcher Harpo and ice delivery man Chico. However, the duo prove invaluable when Wagstaff becomes romantically involved with the scheming Connie Bailey (Thelma Todd), a college widow who is secretly in league with Huxley's chief rivals, Darwin. Finally, their fifth film, 'Duck Soup' (1933) is a zany political satire, which so offended Fascist dictator Benito Mussolini that the film was banned in Italy. Appointed president of Freedonia under the patronage of the wealthy Mrs Teasdale (Dumont), Rufus T. Firefly (Groucho) sets about starting a war with neighbouring Sylvania. To this end he trades insults with Sylvanian ambassador Trentino (Louis Calhern), unaware that Trentino's spies Chicolini (Chico) and Pinky (Harpo) are already working to bring down Freedonia from within! This was the Marxes' final one for Paramount Studios, includes the classic mirror sequence and was also the last to feature Zeppo, who - dissatisfied with his role as straight man to his three siblings - subsequently embarked on a successful career as an agent.