Animal Crackers

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In this uproarious Marx Brothers comedy – often regarded as their most quoted film for its witty and unforgettable dialogue – Groucho stars as Captain Spaulding, a famed African explorer who is being honored at a high society party at the swanky Long Island estate of Mrs. Rittenhouse (Margaret Dumont). Of course, mayhem and chaos ensue after a valuable painting disappears and Spaulding, along with the Professor (Harpo), Signore Emanuel Ravelli (Chico) and Horatio (Zeppo) “help” search for it, giving the crazed comedy quartet just the excuse they need to run amuck. This film version of the Marx’s hit Broadway stage show features Groucho’s immortal theme song, “Hooray for Captain Spaulding,” the classic bridge game and dictating-a-letter routines, and delightful support from the legendary Lillian Roth, plus Louis Sorin, Robert Greig and of course, that incomparable Marx foil, Margaret Dumont. (Dir. by Victor Heerman, 1930, USA, 97 mins.,Not Rated) Digital