Animal Crackers Overview:

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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One of the few Marx Brothers movies in which the fact that Chico Marx is not truly Italian is referenced. When Chico is questioning Abie the fish-man (alias Roscoe W. Chandler) about his new identity, Chandler suddenly replies "Say, how did you get to be Italian?"
Animal Crackers did not appear on television until fifty years after its release. When it finally did reach the small screen, it was via a prime-time broadcast on the CBS network in summer 1980.
Zeppo Marx was one of only two of The Marx Brothers to play a recurring role in their films (not counting when they used their own names). He played the role of "Jamison" in both The Cocoanuts and Animal Crackers.
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