The Marx Brothers try and put on a play before their landlord finds out that they have run out of money. To confuse the landlord they pretend that the play's author has contracted some terrible disease and can't be moved. Originally a stage play, the setting shows it's origins, but this is vintage Marx Brothers.Written by
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When Gordon Miller calls to reception pretending to be Dr. Glass, he is holding the phone receiver with his right hand. Seconds later, when he is about to hang up, he is holding it with his left hand. See more »
[pulls newspaper down]
Well, what do you want? Can't a man have a little privacy around here?
The check, Mr. Miller.
Oh, the check... Is this check any good?
Why, uh... yes, sir.
Well, we'll soon find out. There you are.
[signs the check]
Don't give me any of that 'thank you' stuff.
Mr. Miller, many times I have seen your company rehearsing on the 19th floor. Please, I would like to play the part of the Polish miner.
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Opening credits are shown on doors that flip around for each new screen of names. See more »
Quite a letdown from the first two films the brothers did for MGM. Don't know why Zeppo negotiated this film with RKO. They would return to MGM for the remainder of their films. This is the only one of their films that was not designed specifically for their talents, being adapted from a Broadway play. Humor is much below par, although it gets better as the film progresses. The two main female characters, played by Lucille Ball and a precocious 15 year old Anne Miller, are barely in the film. For those who prefer their Marx films with a minimum of musical interruptions, this fills the bill. Even Chico doesn't play the piano nor does Harpo play the Harp. However, Harpo does accompany the singing of "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" with harmonica.
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