MARX BROS: AT THE CIRCUS

Director Edward Buzzell
Year 1939
Starring Groucho Marx, Chico Marx, Harpo Marx, Eve Arden
Run Time 87min
More Info IMDb

This is part of our months-long Saturday afternoon COMPLETE MARX BROTHERS RETROSPECTIVE!

In case you were wondering, this is the movie where the Marx Brothers shoot Margaret Dumont out of a cannon. When an unscrupulous no-goodnik and his sideshow accomplices steal a cool $10,000 from the Wilson Circus box office, lawyer J. Cheever Loophole (Groucho) is on the case! And of course, where Groucho goes, Chico and Harpo must follow. And don't forget about the gorilla. AT THE CIRCUS captures the Marx Brothers in all of their wacked-out glory, playing out like a living Tex Avery cartoon. Like Charlie Chaplin before them, the boys make the most of their circus setting, culminating with Groucho's famous performance of the insanely catchy "Lydia, The Tattooed Lady." When co-writer Buster Keaton was asked about his involvement, he had only this to say: "I'm only doing what MGM asked me to do. These guys don't need help."

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