Animal Crackers

The Marx brothers second film (the first being Cocoanuts) is corny but it is still an incredibly fun extravaganza. Groucho stars as Captain Spaulding, the main attraction of some sort of exquisite get-together that Chico and Harpo (and Zeppo) attend to as well. Of course, any party with that particular quartet is bound to be overwhelmed with ample confusion and clumsy mishaps. Animal Crackers is very awkward, but it possesses some really great one-liners that are still funny today. The plot to this film is present but does not seem to be very important or necessary; its purpose is only to thread Marx jokes together that have similar theme. Not as impressive or as even as some of their other films such as "Duck Soup" or "A Night at the Opera", but it is still jam-packed with their incredibly gifted antics. The songs and the supporting cast are downers, but they aren't the true benefactors to a Marx brothers flick.

Movie reviewed by Michael Lawrence



Groucho Marx, Chico Marx, Harpo Marx, Zeppo Marx, Margaret Dumont, Lillian Roth, Louis Sorin, Hal Thompson, Robert Greig

Directed by:

Victor Heerman


1930 comedy

Not Rated.


Don Ignacio's score: B+

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