History Film / HorseFeathers

9th Sep '17 1:24:11 PM ClintEastwood
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* FakeShemp: During production, Chico shattered his knee in a car crash. As a result, a body double to be used in some of the football scenes, most notably during the shot where the Four Marx Brothers chase a horse-drawn garbage wagon, climb in and head off in the opposite direction; Chico's double is taller than the other brothers by several inches.
10th May '17 10:07:17 PM Mdumas43073
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* BookBurning: Pinkie starts tossing books into the blazing fireplace in Wagstaff's office, eventually shoveling them in with a pitchfork.
10th Jan '17 1:46:01 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* TakeThat: Professor Wagstaff's exclamation, "Jumpin' anaconda!" is actually a reference to a company, Anaconda Copper, whom Groucho had invested in heavily. When the stock market crash of 1929 occurred, Marx lost several hundred thousand dollars, hence the curse word in the movie.
10th Jan '17 6:32:04 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* MundandeUtility: Professor Wagstaff uses the telephone to crack nuts.

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* MundandeUtility: MundaneUtility: Professor Wagstaff uses the telephone to crack nuts.
10th Jan '17 6:31:35 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* ArtisticLicenseSports: The football game. See below.
* AsleepInClass: Mentioned when Wagstaff recommends tearing down Huxley College to support its football program:
-->'''Professors:''' ''[in unison]'' But, Professor, where will the students sleep?\\
'''Wagstaff:''' Where they always sleep: in the classrooms!



* BedsheetLadder: Done with a rope. Chico and Harpo are locked into an upstairs room by the rival football team, but Harpo luckily has a large piece of rope in his coat. Chico tells him "Tie on-a the bed, throw out the window!" Harpo takes off his tie, drops it on the bed, and throws the rope out the window.



* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment:
-->"Members of the faculty and faculty members, students of Huxley and Huxley students. That about covers everyone."



* ExpensiveGlassOfCrap: Served by a local speakeasy.

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* ExpensiveGlassOfCrap: Served by a local speakeasy. Chico gets an order for a quart of rye and a quart of rum, and fills two different bottles from the same jug.



* HurricaneOfEuphemisms: Beautifully subverted when Groucho tries to tell Harpo that he can't burn the candle at both ends - Harpo produces a candle burning at both ends. Groucho tries another, Harpo produces, etc...



* LadiesAndGerms: Professor Wagstaff begins a speech with: "Members of the faculty and faculty members, students of Huxley and Huxley students. I guess that covers everything."



* MundandeUtility: Professor Wagstaff uses the telephone to crack nuts.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Connie plays up her football ignorance to try to get Professor Wagstaff to share his secret signals. She overdoes her childlike ditziness, so either he sees right through the ruse or he thinks she needs to snap out of it.



* ShoutOut: To Charles Darwin and his advocate Thomas Henry Huxley.

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* ShaggyDogStory: Chico explains how he goes about kidnapping someone; call them on the phone, and then send his chauffeur. Groucho asks what kind of car he has, and Chico says he has no car, just a chauffeur. Groucho wonders why someone would have a chauffeur without a car, and Chico replies that he couldn't afford both so he sold the car. Groucho says he would have sold the chauffeur and kept the car, but Chico says he needs the chauffeur to take him to work. Groucho asks how he does so without a car, and Chico says it doesn't matter because he doesn't have a job.
* ShoutOut: To Charles Darwin UsefulNotes/CharlesDarwin and his advocate Thomas Henry Huxley.


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* SoProudOfYou: Subverted in typical Marx Brothers fashion, as Frank Wagstaff (Zeppo) congratulates his father (Groucho) on becoming college president:
-->'''Frank''': Dad, let me congratulate you. I'm proud to be your son.
-->'''Professor Wagstaff''': My boy, you took the words right out of my mouth. I'm ashamed to be your father. You're a disgrace to our family name of Wagstaff, if such a thing is possible.


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* TotemPoleTrench: Chico and Harpo run their professor out of the classroom, and moments later the two return, Harpo in a fake beard on Chico's shoulders, dressed in the professor's mortarboard hat and gown.
10th Jan '17 5:19:39 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* TheCastShowoff: Not only do Harpo and Chico get to show off their musical skills with the harp and the piano, but even Groucho gets a turn with the guitar.



* HarpoDoesSomethingFunny: Unsurprisingly, the movie has several scenes which do nothing but provide an excuse to show off Harpo's antics, such as Pinkie's encounter with the police officer who tries to write him up for blocking traffic.
8th Oct '16 9:35:24 AM Ohio9
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-->'''Baravelli:''' "Well you're sister, she's a very sick man. You better come with us."

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-->'''Baravelli:''' "Well you're your sister, she's a very sick man. You better come with us."
8th Oct '16 6:51:05 AM Ohio9
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-->'''Baravelli:'' "You got a sister?"

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-->'''Baravelli:'' -->'''Baravelli:''' "You got a sister?"
8th Oct '16 6:50:32 AM Ohio9
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* BlatantLies: When Pinky and Baravelli go to kidnap Darwin football players Mullen and McHardie, the following exchange takes place:
-->'''Baravelli:''' "We're looking for Mullen and McHardie."
-->'''McHardie:''' "That's us, what can we do for you?"

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* BlatantLies: When Pinky and Baravelli go to kidnap Darwin football players Mullen and McHardie, [=McHardie=], the following exchange takes place:
-->'''Baravelli:''' "We're looking for Mullen and McHardie.[=McHardie=]."
-->'''McHardie:''' -->'''[=McHardie=]:''' "That's us, what can we do for you?"



-->'''McHardie''' "No."
-->'''Baravelli'' "You got a sister?"
-->'''McHardie''' "Yeah."

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-->'''McHardie''' -->'''[=McHardie=]:''' "No."
-->'''Baravelli'' -->'''Baravelli:'' "You got a sister?"
-->'''McHardie''' -->'''[=McHardie=]:''' "Yeah."



-->'''McHardie:''' "Yeah? What happened to her?"
-->'''Barvelli:''' "She had an accident in her automobile."

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-->'''McHardie:''' -->'''[=McHardie=]:''': "Yeah? What happened to her?"
-->'''Barvelli:''' -->'''Barvelli:''': "She had an accident in her automobile."



-->'''McHardie''' "You will eh? Well I have no sister."
-->'''Chico:''' "That's alright, we no got a car. Come on."

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-->'''McHardie''' -->'''[=McHardie=]:''': "You will eh? Well I have no sister."
-->'''Chico:''' -->'''Baravelli:''' "That's alright, we no got a car. Come on."
8th Oct '16 6:44:03 AM Ohio9
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* BlatantLies: When Pinky and Baravelli go to kidnap Darwin football players Mullen and McHardie, the following exchange takes place:
-->'''Baravelli:''' "We're looking for Mullen and McHardie."
-->'''McHardie:''' "That's us, what can we do for you?"
-->'''Baravelli:''' "You got a brother?"
-->'''McHardie''' "No."
-->'''Baravelli'' "You got a sister?"
-->'''McHardie''' "Yeah."
-->'''Baravelli:''' "Well you're sister, she's a very sick man. You better come with us."
-->'''McHardie:''' "Yeah? What happened to her?"
-->'''Barvelli:''' "She had an accident in her automobile."
-->'''Mullen:''' "She has no automobile."
-->'''Baravelli:''' Well maybe she fall off her horse, I no look very close. Come on, we'll take you in our car."
-->'''McHardie''' "You will eh? Well I have no sister."
-->'''Chico:''' "That's alright, we no got a car. Come on."
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