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Horse Feathers


The Marx Brothersā€™ third film with an animal in the title is so out of control that I can barely tell you the plot; suffice it to say that it takes place in a university, Groucho is the unlikely president, Chico and Harpo his bumbling assistants and the whole thing ends with a football game thatā€™s wilder than usual. Lots of slapstick and funny oneliners; not all of it works, but most of it does. The movie has a great opening with Groucho giving a speech to the students and topping it off with a hilarious showstopper; there are other memorable music acts. Thelma Todd is very amusing as Zeppoā€™s girlfriend.

1932-U.S. 68 min. B/W.Ā Produced byĀ Herman J. Mankiewicz.Ā Directed byĀ Norman Z. McLeod.Ā Screenplay:Ā Bert Kalmar, Harry Ruby, S.J. Perelman, Will B. Johnstone.Ā Cast:Ā Groucho Marx (Quincy Adams Wagstaff), Harpo Marx (Pinky), Chico Marx (Baravelli), Zeppo Marx (Frank Wagstaff), Thelma Todd, David Landau.

Quote:Ā ā€œYou have the brain of a four-year-old child, and Iā€™ll bet he was glad to get rid of it.ā€ (Groucho Marx)

Last word: “I did two films with [the Marx Brothers], which in its way is perhaps my greatest distinction in life, because anybody who ever worked on any picture for the Marx Brothers said he would rather be chained to a galley oar and lashed at ten-minute intervals than ever work for these sons-of-bitches again.” (Perelman, TCM)

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