At the Circus (1939) was a Comedy - Musical Film directed by Edward Buzzell and produced by Mervyn LeRoy.
Watching 1939: At the Circus (1939)on Jul 25, 2019 From Comet Over Hollywood
In 2011, I announced I was trying to see every film released in 1939. This new series chronicles films released in 1939 as I watch them.?As we start out this blog feature, this section may become more concrete as I search for a common thread that runs throughout each film of the year. Right now, tha... Read full article
1001 Classic Movies: At the CircusBy Amanda Garrett on Mar 13, 2017 From Old Hollywood Films
At the Circus (1939) is one of the 1001 classic movies you should see. The photo shows from left: Groucho Marx; Charles Gemora in the gorilla suit; Harpo Marx; Florence Rice, and Chico Marx. Each Monday, I'm going to recommend a classic movie you should see (for the reasons behind the 1001 series... Read full article
AT THE CIRCUS BLOGATHON: Charlie Chan at the Circus (1936)on Nov 13, 2016 From Caftan Woman
Critica Retro and Serendipitous Anachronisms are hosting the At the Circus Blogathon running from November 11 to 13. Click HERE for all the fun and excitement under the big top! Lt. Macy: "How did the snake get in here?" Holt: "How did the ape get out of the cage?" Questions, questions, so ma... Read full article
AT THE CIRCUS BLOGATHON: Charlie Chan at the Circus (1936)By Caftan Woman on Nov 13, 2016 From Caftan Woman
Critica Retro and Serendipitous Anachronisms are hosting the At the Circus Blogathon running from November 11 to 13. Click HERE for all the fun and excitement under the big top! Lt. Macy: "How did the snake get in here?" Holt: "How did the ape get out of the cage?" Questions, questions, so m... Read full article
At The Circus – BlogathonBy Summer Reeves on Nov 12, 2016 From Serendipitous Anachronisms
At The Circus – Blogathon 12 Saturday Nov 2016 Posted by Summer Reeves in Cinema ≈ 21 Comments While it has been a shocking week for many in the U.S. and around the world, we hope you find a happy blogathon a welcome relief?a... Read full article
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John Carter: What do you want?
Antonio Pirelli: Can I have a month off next August?
John Carter: What for?
Antonio Pirelli: Well, you see, my lawyer, he got-a me a divorce, and one month every year I win the custody of my wife's parents.
Antonio Pirelli: You know what I say. Whenever you got business trouble the best thing to do is to get a lawyer. Then you got more trouble, but at least you got a lawyer.
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For Groucho Marx's performance of the song 'Lydia, the Tattooed Lady,' additional lyrics were written by lyricist E.Y. Harburg exclusively for screenings of the film for Allied servicemen in European war zones. The special lyrics included the line 'When she stands the world grows littler; When she sits, she sits on Hitler.' The version of the song featuring the special lyrics was filmed, and included in prints of 'At the Circus' distributed in Great Britain and France. The version of the song containing the special lyrics was greeted with marked enthusiasm during screenings in those countries.
Buster Keaton worked on the film as a gag man. His career was on the downside and he was forced to work for scale. His complex and sometimes belabored gags (recalled in the book 'Groucho, Harpo, Chico and Sometimes Zeppo') did not work well with the Marx Brothers' brand of humor, and was a source of friction between the comedian and the group. When Groucho called Keaton on the inappropriateness of his gags for the Marx Brothers, Keaton responded, "I'm only doing what Mr. Mayer asked me to do. You guys don't need help."
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