Posting this early in the day, because I'm already feeling very tired, and probably won't be up for posting tonight!
Anyway, I'm introducing yet another new regular feature here in the Random Acts of Geekery... the Movie of the Week! Once a week, I'll be selecting a movie to feature here, with YouTube or other videos, posters, stills, and whatever else I have in my Flickr files. The first bunch of them will be Marx Brothers movies, and we'll go from there!
First up is "Animal Crackers," in which Groucho plays Captain Spaulding! Here's Groucho, performing the classic number, "Hello, I Must Be Going":
"Animal Crackers" is one of my favorites of the Marx movies (OK, so there's not one I've seen that I don't consider a favorite)... I think it's hilarious! The basic plot of the movie is the usual boy meets girl kind of thing... well, the plot is really unimportant... what is important is the opportunities for comedy!
Filmed in 1930, "Animal Crackers" was the second Marx movie to be based on a stage show (in fact, the stage version of "Animal Crackers" was running as they were filming "The Coconuts," so the Marxes were filming in the daytime, then performing a different show at night!). Zeppo was still part of the team here, and of course Margaret Dumont (Groucho's perfect romantic foil) was in it, to!
There are so many quotable lines from the movie... most of them Groucho's... but I won't mention them here, because I think in print, they don't have the same humor as when Groucho spoke them!
If you haven't ever seen this movie, and you want to check it out online, the entire thing seems to be available on YouTube... here's part 1, and I'm sure smart people like you can figure out how to find the rest of the parts:
Internet Movie Database page for Animal Crackers
If you haven't got this movie in your DVD collection, I'd appreciate it if you'd buy it from one of the links below!
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