Animal Crackers
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Animal Crackers, like The Cocoanuts before is an all-but-literal translation to film of a smash-hit Marx Brothers Broadway musical. The aristocratic Mrs. Rittenhouse (Margaret Dumont) holds a weekend party at her Long Island Estate. Her guest of honor is famed (but likely fraudulent) African explorer Geoffrey T. Spaulding (Groucho Marx). Also showing up are renegade musician Signor Emmanuel Ravelli (Chico Marx), the mute, girl-chasing "Professor" (Harpo Marx) and Spaulding's faithful secretary Horatio Jamison (Zeppo Marx). The film, revolving around a stolen painting, finds… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"What's most evident, however, is the raging egomania at the center of the brothers' comedy - Groucho in particular."
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
"A thoroughgoing derangement of Love's Labour's Lost, played saltando by the still-rough Marx Brothers"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"The first Marx Brothers movie that really captures their unique approach to comedy."
‑ Dan Lybarger, Nitrate Online
"Damn, these guys were funny."
‑ Alex Sandell, Juicy Cerebellum
"Animal Crackers (1930), the second of many classic Marx Brothers films (their first film was The Cocoanuts (1929), also for Paramount Studios)"
‑ Tim Dirks, Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
"The Marx Brothers' second film is creaky, stagy, and episodic, but it's also very funny."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"...an exceedingly hit-and-miss affair that is, unfortunately, more miss than hit."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Prime wackiness from the Brothers"
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"Static, dated, stagebound, but it's the Marx Bros.!"
‑ Bob Bloom, Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
"Beloved but creaky Marx Brothers comedy hit."
‑ Charles Cassady, Common Sense Media
"The Marx Brothers second film was a box office smash that wowed the Depression audience with their zany brand of humor."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"More brilliant fun from the Marx Brothers."
‑ Gerry Shamray, Your Movies (cleveland.com)
"Messy Marx romp, but when it's good, it's great"
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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