Animal Crackers

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USA | 1930 | 97 minutes | Victor Heerman

Hooray for Captain Spaulding! The Marx Brothers wreak havoc upon society’s good graces in this timeless pre-Code comedy filled with madcap mayhem, priceless puns, and silly songs. Marx Brothers expert and author Robert S. Bader introduces this special screening.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

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"One morning I shot an elephant in my pajamas. How he got in my pajamas, I don't know." Hooray for Captain Spaulding, and hooray for the Marx Brothers in their second film! Madcap mayhem, priceless puns, silly songs, and the best one-liners in cinema swirl together in this tornado of glorious pre-Code comedy from 1930. Groucho stars as Captain Jeffrey T. Spaulding (the T stands for "Edgar"), a famed explorer back from his latest African expedition and the guest of honor at the biggest party in Long Island. And who will be providing the party's music? Signor Emanuel Ravelli (Chico Marx) and his colleague the Professor (Harpo Marx), although they seem more interested in causing a ruckus and chasing women. Thanks to an increasingly ridiculous series of events involving the theft and counterfeit of a famed painting, the soiree quickly turns to chaos, and eternal straight performers Zeppo Marx and Margaret Dumont can only look on in horror as America's greatest comic troupe wreaks havoc upon society's good graces. Prepare your letter to Charles H. Hungerdunger, play that song about the Irish chiropodist, and put those chairs back where you found them.

Director Biography

Born in England, Victor Heerman moved to the United States as a child and later became one of the 20th century's most prolific filmmakers. Heerman and his wife, Sarah Y. Mason, won the 1934 Academy Award for Best Screenplay Adaptation for Little Women. His biggest accomplishment, however, was directing Animal Crackers (1930), a zany musical comedy now considered a classic of American cinema.

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  • Director: Victor Heerman
  • Principal Cast: Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Chico Marx, Zeppo Marx, Margaret Dumont
  • Premiere Status: Seattle
  • Country: USA
  • Year: 1930
  • Running Time: 97 minutes
  • Screenplay: George S. Kaufman, Morrie Ryskind, Bert Kamar, Harry Ruby, Pierre Collings
  • Cinematographers: George J. Folsey
  • Music: Harry Ruby, Bert Kalmar
  • Filmography: Sea Legs (1930); Rubber Heels (1927); (The Dangerous Maid (1923); The River’s End (1920)
  • Language: English
  • Format: DCP
  • US Distributor: Universal Studios