Animal Crackers (1930) was a Comedy - Musical Film directed by Victor Heerman .
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 upside 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.
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Review: Animal Crackers (1930)By 4 Star Film Fan on Oct 15, 2018 From 4 Star Films
Animal Crackers usually makes me think of the soggy little critters floating in Shirley Temple’s soup but the joke’s on me because that tune didn’t come out until 5 years after this film. In fact, legend has it that Harpo purportedly offered Temple’s parents $50,000 to adopt ... Read full article
DOUBLE BILL #14: Animal Crackers (1930) and Horse Feathers (1932)By Carol Martinheira on May 8, 2018 From The Old Hollywood Garden
DOUBLE BILL #14: Animal Crackers (1930) and Horse Feathers (1932) On May 8, 2018 By CarolIn Uncategorized Marx Brothers films are the wackiest things ever put on screen. They might not be everyone?s cup of tea, but I, for one, adore them. And while Animal Crackers (193... Read full article
Animal Crackers (1930, Victor Heerman)By Andrew Wickliffe on Jul 6, 2015 From The Stop Button
After initially teasing some kind of narrative, Animal Crackers gives it up and embraces not just being a stage adaptation (hope I don’t forget to talk about that aspect) but also a series of sketches. Not just comedy sketches, but also musical ones. The film takes place over a day. It starts ... Read full article
Animal Crackers (1930)By Angela on Nov 4, 2013 From Hollywood Revue
Mrs. Rittenhouse (Margaret Dumont) is hosting one of the biggest society events of the year at her home in Long Island.? Not only will renowned African explorer Captain Spaulding (Groucho Marx) be the guest of honor, another guest will be displaying a very valuable painting he’s recently purch... Read full article
Animal Crackers (1930)By 4 Star Film Fan on Aug 5, 2013 From 4 Star Films
Headed by the four Marx Brothers, the film opens with the return of the famous African explorer Captain Jeffrey Spaulding (Groucho), who is being honored at the estate of a Mrs. Rittenhouse (Margaret Dumont). Along with him there are two musicians (Chico and Harpo), and an art lover with an especial... Read full article
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After this film, the Brothers always thought of Margaret Dumont as "Mrs. Rittenhouse".
In 1957, Paramount forgot to renew the soundtrack rights which reverted back to the authors of the play (the studio did renew the picture rights, though). As a result the film could not legally be seen in the USA until 1974, when Universal, which had since purchased Paramount's film library, was persuaded by fan requests to re-release it.
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