Monkey Business (1931)
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I hear Groucho hated the script of Monkey Business and threw it out, leading to a collaborative effort to kit-bash a new one. Oh for want of a script! Many Marx Brothers films have a loose plot, but this one is thinner than most's. For the first half, the Brothers are stowaways on a cruise liner, trying not to get caught. For the second half, they crash a high society party just so Chico and Harpo can join the band and play their usual musical numbers (which are always great, but repetitive if you've seen other Marx flicks). Oh, and there's a gangster/romance subplot in there as well, which culminates in a mess of sequence where I fear for the cows. While I do wish it were built on a stronger foundation, you hardly watch a Marx Bros. film for the story (indeed, Monkey Business was banned in certain countries for promoting anarchy!). Where it excels is the rapid fire jokes and puns, which ARE well-written and clever. Sit back and enjoy the cartoon insanity.
It starts well on the boat but I find that the movie tapers off after that.
a real shame compared to duck soup which is laughs non stop. so many of the jokes fall flat here but i still enjoy watching the marx brothers messing about
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