Room Service (1938) starring the Marx Brothers (Groucho Marx, Chico Marx, Harpo Marx), Lucille Ball, Ann Miller
I’ve long heard negative things about Room Service starring the Marx Brothers – Groucho, Chico, and Harpo. However, after viewing the movie for myself, I don’t think that they’re deserved. Granted, it’s not of the same quality as Duck Soup, but it’s still very funny in its’ own right. That’s not to say that there aren’t negative things to say. The pace seems slow compared to typical Marx Brothers fare. The movie starts slowly. On the other hand, the ending of the movie is the normal zaniness that we’ve come to expect, and it plays well. Continue reading →
At the Circus (1939) starring the Marx Brothers (Groucho, Chico, Harpo), Margaret Dumont, Eve Arden
At the Circus is perhaps the Marx Brothers‘ most underrated comedy. It’s quite funny, with a very zany ending, complete with Harpo’s athletic working on the high wires, reminiscent of the ending of A Night at the Opera. The plot involves the obligatory love interest, a wealthy young man who forsakes the fortune of his rich aunt (played by Groucho’s perpetual foil, Margaret Dumont) to run the circus that his girlfriend performs in.
But when the evil owner of the circus steals the money needed to pay off the mortgage, it falls upon the strongman’s assistant Punchy (Harpo Marx), circus hand Antonio Pirelli (Chico Marx) and Antonio’s shyster lawyer friend, J. Cheever Loophole (Groucho Marx). With an assist from a gorilla named Gibraltar, one of Groucho’s funniest co-stars. Continue reading →