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Horse Feathers (1932) was a Comedy - Romance Film directed by Norman Z. McLeod and produced by Herman J. Mankiewicz.

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Review: Horse Feathers (1932)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Oct 19, 2018 From 4 Star Films

At Paramount Pictures The Marx Brothers released a row of comedies with seemingly arbitrary names evoking fauna like Animal Crackers, Monkey Business, Horse Feathers, and of course Duck Soup. ?The phrase ?“Horse Feathers” is essentially a variation on “Nonsense” though it sou... 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


Horse Feathers (1932, Norman Z. McLeod)

By Andrew Wickliffe on Dec 30, 2017 From The Stop Button

Horse Feathers finally finds its funny sometime in the second half. The film plays like the main plot has been removed and just a subplot remains, so it?s impressive it ever does. And when it does, it?s depressing?director McLeod and (wow, four) writers Bert Kalmar, Harry Ruby, S.J. Perelman, and Wi... Read full article


Throwback Thursday – Horse Feathers (1932)

By Michael on Jan 5, 2017 From Durnmoose Movie Musings

Between this blog and my previous one, Professor Damian’s Public Domain Treasure Chest, I’ve been writing about movies for quite a while now. Because of that, there are a lot of posts that have simply gotten lost to the mists of time. So, I figured I’d use the idea of “Throwb... Read full article


Horse Feathers (1932)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Aug 9, 2013 From 4 Star Films

This comedy starring the Marx Brothers opens with Groucho being made the new president of a college. His son Zeppo implores him to get some players to help them win a big football game. However, after going to the Speakeasy Groucho winds up with Harpo and Chico while the professionals are on the oth... Read full article


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Professor Wagstaff: [the retiring president has just made a speech] Well, I thought my razor was dull until I heard his speech. And that reminds me of a story that's so dirty I'm ashamed to think of it myself.


Professor Wagstaff: [to lecturing anatomy professor] Is this stuff on the level or are you just making it up as you go along?


Frank: Dad, two of the greatest football players in the country hang out in a speakeasy downtown.
Professor Wagstaff: Are you suggesting that I, the president of Huxley College, go into a speakeasy without even giving me the address?


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Although the present running time (68 minutes) is very close to that of the original (70 minutes), there are still a few bits and pieces and lines of dialogue missing, due to re-editing in 1935 in order to bring the film up to Production Code standards. Apparently the only surviving material also contained some splices which lop of lines of dialogue and bits of action, particularly in the sequence in Thelma Todd's apartment involving the blocks of ice. Another brief gag was cut from the speakeasy scene, in which Harpo stood up on the bar and bowled beer bottles with a grapefruit.
"Darwin" & "Huxley," the two opposing college football team, are named after the originator of the theory of evolution, 19th century naturalist Charles Darwin, and his leading advocate, biologist Thomas H. Huxley.
According to Groucho Marx, when Thelma Todd fell out of the boat he kept rowing as she cried for help not knowing she really couldn't swim. Crew members got her out of the water.
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