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Room Service (1938) was a Comedy - Black-and-white Film directed by William A. Seiter and produced by George Abbott.

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Classic Films in Focus: ROOM SERVICE (1938)

By Jennifer Garlen on Jan 23, 2013 From Virtual Virago

There are several truly brilliant Marx Brothers films, including Duck Soup (1933) and A Night at the Opera (1935), but Room Service (1938), directed by William A. Seiter, offers little to compare with them. It's a shame, too, because in addition to the brothers we get Lucille Ball and a very young A... Read full article


Classic Films in Focus: ROOM SERVICE (1938)

By Jennifer Garlen on Jan 23, 2013 From Virtual Virago

There are several truly brilliant Marx Brothers films, including Duck Soup (1933) and A Night at the Opera (1935), but Room Service (1938), directed by William A. Seiter, offers little to compare with them. It's a shame, too, because in addition to the brothers we get Lucille Ball and a very young A... Read full article


Classic Films in Focus: ROOM SERVICE (1938)

By Jennifer Garlen on Jan 23, 2013 From Virtual Virago

There are several truly brilliant Marx Brothers films, including Duck Soup (1933) and A Night at the Opera (1935), but Room Service (1938), directed by William A. Seiter, offers little to compare with them. It's a shame, too, because in addition to the brothers we get Lucille Ball and a very young A... Read full article


Room Service

By RBuccicone on Jun 27, 2011 From MacGuffin Movies

Room Service (1938) ???? From what I have found?in my encounters with the Marx Brothers so far is that the films using some material of their stage shows and/or focused more on their antics than the actual story line are the ones that most tickle my fancy. Room Service, unfortunately, does neither. ... Read full article


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Gordon Miller: [Seeing Harpo, taking his coat off, with no shirt under] I see he comes prepared.
Harry Binelli: No, he doesn't believe in shirts!
Gordon Miller: Ah, he's an atheist!


Harry Binelli: [taking off layers of clothing] Now I know how Gypsy Rose Lee feels.


Harry Binelli: Hello? Room Service. Bring up enough ice to cool a warm body.


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Facts about

Eddie Dunn and Constantine Romanoff are in studio records/casting call lists for this movie, but they did not appear or were not identifiable.
The original play was adapted into a Marx Brothers screenplay by Morrie Ryskind, who co-wrote the stage and screen versions of The Cocoanuts and Animal Crackers and also co-wrote A Night at the Opera. Much of the original play's strong language had to be toned down for the screen, into milder expletives such as "Jumping Butterballs!"
Because The Marx Brothers are credited onscreen in the opening credits but are not in the comprehensive end credits, (where they are individually credited), the IMDb cast list uses the opening credits first, and completes them with those in the end credits not already mentioned.
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