Monkey Business
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The first Marx Brothers film to be written directly for the screen (its authors included S. J. Perelman, Arthur Sheekman and Will B. Johnstone), Monkey Business is also the merry Marxes' first Hollywood production. Groucho, Harpo, Chico and Zeppo are brilliantly cast as four stowaways on an ocean liner, bound for New York. As our heroes endeavor to elude dimwitted First Mate Gibson (Tom Kennedy), each of the brothers gets involved in an adventure of his own. Groucho finds himself in a menage a trois with gangster Alky Briggs (Harry Briggs) and Briggs' sexy wife Lucille (Thelma Todd);… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's not the most dynamic and timeless of the brothers' movies but it has enough moments and lines to stand alongside any of them."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Coruscating surrealism"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"The Brothers offer lunacy, anarchy, and unbound nonsense for their Depression audience as they mock the foolish ways the rich behave aboard the luxury liner."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"...allows for a welcome bit of personal space between the audience and the comedians' antics."
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Probably only bettered by Horse Feathers and Duck Soup in the Marx library."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"Marx Bros. classic is zany slapstick done right."
‑ Charles Cassady, Common Sense Media
"Not the best Marx Brothers, but pretty close."
‑ Steve Crum,
"There's something a little special about this film in that it might well be the most wholly anarchic they ever made."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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