History Theatre / AnimalCrackers

14th Feb '17 7:42:46 AM CraigG
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* AdaptationDyeJob: The Professor makes his entrance with balloons in his mouth, which he proceeds to inflate. Spaulding asks him, "You haven't got strawberry, have you?", and he produces a red one. The movie version, being filmed in black and white, changed "strawberry" to "chocolate".

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* AdaptationDyeJob: The Professor makes his entrance with balloons in his mouth, which he proceeds to inflate. smokes a cigarette, blowing white smoke bubbles. Spaulding asks him, "You haven't got strawberry, have you?", and he produces blows up a small red one.balloon. The movie version, being filmed in black and white, changed "strawberry" to "chocolate".



* BootstrappedTheme: Both "Hello I Must Be Going" and "Hooray For Captain Spaulding" became themes songs for other Groucho Marx projects, most notably the game show ''Series/YouBetYourLife''.

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* BootstrappedTheme: Both "Hello I Must Be Going" and "Hooray For Captain Spaulding" became themes theme songs for other Groucho Marx projects, most notably the game show ''Series/YouBetYourLife''.



** During the song "Hooray for Captain Spaudling", there is an obvious jump in the picture and soundtrack after Mrs. Rittenhouse's verse "He's the only white man who covered every acre". This is due to TheHaysCode cutting out Groucho's suggestive lyric "I think I'll try and make her" when the film was reissued in 1936, and the cut remains in all prints to this day.
** Also for that re-release, the Flit logo on the flit gun Harpo fills with KnockoutGas is blotted out so Paramount wouldn't get into trouble with the Flit company.

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** During the song "Hooray for Captain Spaudling", Spaulding", there is an obvious jump in the picture and soundtrack after Mrs. Rittenhouse's verse "He's the only white man who covered every acre". This is due to TheHaysCode cutting out Groucho's suggestive lyric "I think I'll try and make her" when the film was reissued in 1936, and the cut remains in all prints to this day.
** Also for that re-release, the Flit logo on the flit gun Harpo fills with KnockoutGas chloroform is blotted out so Paramount wouldn't get into trouble with the Flit company.



* CartoonBugSprayer: Harpo wields one of these which is filled with ether. He uses it to knock out everyone at the mansion.

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* CartoonBugSprayer: Harpo wields one of these which is filled with ether.chloroform. He uses it to knock out everyone at the mansion.



** They're going back in a couple of months.

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** They're going back in a couple of months.weeks.



* IAmSpartacus: The film does this, in a very confusing way. Someone at the party stole the painting, and everybody has a different idea who did it. People who know they didn't start taking credit to save their loved ones, or, in Groucho's case, just to be confusing, while the real culprits remain inconspicuously silent. Harpo ends up taking the rap, and then uses sleeping gas on everyone, including, for some reason, himself.

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* IAmSpartacus: The film does this, in a very confusing way. Someone at the party stole the painting, and everybody has a different idea who did it. People who know they didn't start taking credit to save their loved ones, or, in Groucho's case, just to be confusing, while the real culprits remain inconspicuously silent. Harpo ends up taking the rap, and then uses sleeping gas chloroform on everyone, including, for some reason, himself.



* KnockoutGas: It ends with Harpo spraying everyone with knockout gas, including himself.

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* KnockoutGas: It ends with Harpo spraying everyone with knockout gas, chloroform, including himself.



* RunningGag: Harpo literally chasing a sexy blonde around the mansion. At the end, after he's knocked her out along with everyone else with ether, he lies down next to her and knocks himself out.

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* RunningGag: Harpo literally chasing a sexy blonde around the mansion. At the end, after he's knocked her out along with everyone else with ether, chloroform, he lies down next to her and knocks himself out.
9th Jan '17 3:09:47 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* {{Bowdlerise}}: All known prints of the film have one line of the song "Hooray for Captain Spaulding" obviously edited out. (The line was Groucho singing, "I think I'll try and make her.") In one previous musical number, lyrics were changed to substitute "tramps" for "bums" to avoid offending British audiences.

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* {{Bowdlerise}}: All known prints of the film have one line of {{Bowdlerization}}:
** During
the song "Hooray for Captain Spaulding" obviously edited out. (The line was Groucho singing, Spaudling", there is an obvious jump in the picture and soundtrack after Mrs. Rittenhouse's verse "He's the only white man who covered every acre". This is due to TheHaysCode cutting out Groucho's suggestive lyric "I think I'll try and make her.") In one previous musical number, lyrics were changed her" when the film was reissued in 1936, and the cut remains in all prints to substitute "tramps" this day.
** Also
for "bums" to avoid offending British audiences.that re-release, the Flit logo on the flit gun Harpo fills with KnockoutGas is blotted out so Paramount wouldn't get into trouble with the Flit company.
** The original uncensored version was finally discovered and restored for a UsefulNotes/BluRay set in 2016.
9th Jan '17 3:07:30 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* ActuallyIAmHim: This leads to Spaulding ComicallyMissingThePoint:
-->'''Spaulding''': Say, I used to know a fellow that looked exactly like you by the name of Emanuel Ravelli. Are you his brother?\\
'''Ravelli''': I am Emanuel Ravelli.\\
'''Spaulding''': You're Emanuel Ravelli?\\
'''Ravelli''': I am Emanuel Ravelli.\\
'''Spaulding''': Well, no wonder you look like him. But I still insist there's a resemblance.
* AdaptationDyeJob: The Professor makes his entrance with balloons in his mouth, which he proceeds to inflate. Spaulding asks him, "You haven't got strawberry, have you?", and he produces a red one. The movie version, being filmed in black and white, changed "strawberry" to "chocolate".
* AdaptedOut: The film version entirely eliminated the part of Wally Winston, a society gossip columnist (who, like many other such characters from contemporary plays and movies, was a NoCelebritiesWereHarmed version of Walter Winchell). His love interest, Arabella, was made a CompositeCharacter.
* AlwaysMurder:
* Parodied when Spaulding is examining the painting John has forged:
-->'''Spaulding''': It's signed Beaugard. There's the criminal, Beaugard.\\
'''John''': No, Beaugard is dead.\\
'''Spaulding''': Beaugard is dead. Then it's murder.


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* BadLiar: When Spaulding is inquiring about the stolen painting, Ravelli (who helped steal it) suddenly comes up with a dubious theory of what happened:
-->"Hey Cap, it come to me like a flash. You know what happened to this painting? This painting wasn't stolen. This painting disappear. And do you know what make it disappear? Moths. Moths eat it. [[TheKillerWasLeftHanded Left-handed]] moths. That's my solution."
* BegoneBribe: Ravelli tells Captain Spaulding that he makes ten dollars an hour for playing, and twelve dollars an hour for not playing.


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* {{Bowdlerise}}: All known prints of the film have one line of the song "Hooray for Captain Spaulding" obviously edited out. (The line was Groucho singing, "I think I'll try and make her.") In one previous musical number, lyrics were changed to substitute "tramps" for "bums" to avoid offending British audiences.


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* CompositeCharacter: The film version merged two love interests, Mary and Arabella, into a single character named Arabella.
* DanceSensation: "Long Island Low-Down" from the stage play, which was omitted from the film.
* DistinguishingMark: Ravelli identifies Roscoe W. Chandler as Abie the fish peddler with a large birthmark on his arm. Ravelli and the Professor later steal a wide array of his possessions - the Professor gets the birthmark.
* DoesNotLikeSpam: Invoked in one of Spaulding's asides: "This would be a better world for children if the parents had to eat the spinach."


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* {{Fauxreigner}}: Ravelli recognizes a respected art dealer as "Abie the fish man":
-->Ravelli (Chico): How did you get to be Roscoe W. Chandler?
-->Chandler: How did you get to be Italian?
-->Ravelli: Never mind—whose confession is this?
* {{Filth}}: This bit of dialogue preceding Captain Spaulding's big speech, was probably removed from the movie even before it was edited after release to comply with the Production Code:
-->''[Spaulding and Mrs. Rittenhouse enter]''\\
'''Spaulding:''' So there was only one bedroom in the farm house and the farmer had three daughters and only one traveling salesman...\\
'''Mrs. Rittenhouse:''' Captain Spaulding, what kind of a story do you call that?


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* HollywoodNatives: Captain Spaulding arrives via a sedan chair carried by African natives.


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* IAmSpartacus: The film does this, in a very confusing way. Someone at the party stole the painting, and everybody has a different idea who did it. People who know they didn't start taking credit to save their loved ones, or, in Groucho's case, just to be confusing, while the real culprits remain inconspicuously silent. Harpo ends up taking the rap, and then uses sleeping gas on everyone, including, for some reason, himself.


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* InherentlyFunnyWords:
-->'''Captain Spaulding''': Then we tried to remove the tusks. The tusks. That's not so easy to say. Tusks. You try it some time.
* TheKillerWasLeftHanded: Parodied when the forgery substituted for the stolen "Beaugard" is determined to be the work of a left-handed painter.


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* TheLawFirmOfPunPunAndWordplay: Captain Spaulding dictates a letter to the law firm of "Hungerdunger, Hungerdunger, Hungerdunger, Hungerdunger and [[OneOfTheseThingsIsNotLikeTheOthers McCormick]]".
* MarryThemAll: Spaulding proposes marriage to both Mrs. Rittenhouse and Mrs. Whitehead at once:
-->'''Spaulding''': What do you say girls? Are we all going to get married?\\
'''Mrs. Whitehead''': All of us?\\
'''Spaulding''': All of us.\\
'''Mrs. Whitehead''': But that's bigamy.\\
'''Spaulding''': Yes, and it's big o' me too. It's big of all of us. Let's be big for a change. I'm sick of these conventional marriages.
* MisplacedWildlife:
** Captain Spaulding is telling of his African adventures, which include shooting a polar bear in the jungle. When Mrs. Rittenhouse objects that polar bears only live in the Arctic, he explains: "This bear was anemic and he couldn't stand the cold climate. Besides, he was a rich bear and could afford to go away in the winter." No such HandWave is offered for the 6 tigers also mentioned in the speech (just a lame pun). By the time Spaulding gets around to saying that "the principal animals inhabiting the African jungle are [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loyal_Order_of_Moose Moose]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benevolent_and_Protective_Order_of_Elks Elks]], and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knights_of_Pythias Knights of Pythias]]," it's pretty clear that he never went anywhere near DarkestAfrica and that his speech is justified by the RuleOfFunny.
** In a borderline FunnyAneurysmMoment, he also said it was preferable to shoot elephants in Alabama, because [[{{Pun}} the Tuscaloosa]]. That same year, a sportswriter with flair for the dramatic, first referred to members of the University of Alabama, located in Tuscaloosa, as a herd of elephants, the birth of the Big Al mascot.
* MockingSingSong: Ravelli threatens to reveal Chandler's past identity, taunting him: "Abie the fish man! Abie the fish man!" (In the script of the original play, the taunt was "He's Ivan the Fish-Peddler.")
* {{Mondegreen}}: Groucho asks Chico to play a song about Montreal: "I'm a dreamer, Montreal." This is a mangled reference to the De Sylva, Brown & Henderson song "Aren't We All?"


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* OddNameOut: Captain Spaulding dictates a letter to his lawyer, Charles H. Hungerdunger of Hungerdunger, Hungerdunger, Hungerdunger, Hungerdunger, and McCormick.
* OfficerOHara: One stage production had a black Irish officer.


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* RevisedEnding: The Summation scene in the film is completely different from the original stage version. The bit where Harpo chloroforms everyone else and finally himself was taken from an earlier scene.


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* SawAWomanInHalf:
-->'''Spaulding''': We will now saw a woman in half. Did you ever saw a woman in half?\\
'''Ravelli''': No, but I saw a woman in strange quarters.\\
'''Spaulding''': Well, that's another section. Now, Mrs. Rittenhouse, if you'll kindly step this way, we will proceed to sever you from head to toe.


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* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: The stage version, has a scene in the second act that changes the time and place to Ancien Régime France, with Spaulding as Louis XV, Mrs. Rittenhouse as the Queen, Mrs. Whitehead as Du Barry, and John as the great painter Monsieur Jean Jacques Beaugard.


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* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: After bragging about how brave he is, the butler points out a caterpillar on Captain Spaulding's jacket and he immediately faints.
* YouMakeMeSic:
-->'''Zeppo:''' ''[as Jamison, taking diction from Groucho]'' Gentlemen. Question mark.\\
'''Groucho:''' ''[as Captain Spaulding]'' Gentlemen, question MARK?! Put it on the penultimate, not on the dipthonic! You should brush up on your Greek, Jamison. Well, get a Greek and brush up on him.
10th Apr '16 11:53:21 AM jamespolk
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* SurrealHumor: Harpo and Chico are absconding with the painting. They go to exit out a picture window but it's pouring rain. They go out the other side of the room instead, and there it's sunny and beautiful. Chico cries out "California!" as they leave.
10th Apr '16 11:46:53 AM jamespolk
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* CartoonBugSprayer

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* CartoonBugSprayerCartoonBugSprayer: Harpo wields one of these which is filled with ether. He uses it to knock out everyone at the mansion.


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* RunningGag: Harpo literally chasing a sexy blonde around the mansion. At the end, after he's knocked her out along with everyone else with ether, he lies down next to her and knocks himself out.
12th Feb '16 9:16:52 AM eroock
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'''''Animal Crackers''''' is a musical comedy that originally starred the four MarxBrothers: Groucho, Harpo, Chico, and Zeppo. Originally a 1928 Broadway show, written by George S. Kaufman and Morrie Ryskind, with songs by Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby, the movie version, filmed in Astoria, Queens, New York, was released on August 23, 1930. The stage show has occasionally been revived by theatrical companies.

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'''''Animal Crackers''''' ''Animal Crackers'' is a musical comedy that originally starred the four MarxBrothers: Groucho, Harpo, Chico, and Zeppo. Originally a 1928 Broadway show, written by George S. Kaufman and Morrie Ryskind, with songs by Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby, the movie version, filmed in Astoria, Queens, New York, was released on August 23, 1930. The stage show has occasionally been revived by theatrical companies.
12th Jan '16 12:37:41 AM Kirayoshi
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* {{Polyamory}}: Played for laughs when Captain Spaulding jokingly proposes to two women at once:
-->'''Mrs. Rittenhouse''': But that's bigamy.\\
'''Spaulding''': [[{{Pun}} Yes and it's big of me too.]] It's big of all of us. Let's be big for a change!
17th Aug '15 1:53:54 PM Mdumas43073
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''Animal Crackers'' was a musical that originally starring the four MarxBrothers: Groucho, Harpo, Zeppo, and Chico. Originally a 1928 Broadway show, written by George S. Kaufman and Morrie Ryskind, with songs by Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby, the movie version, filmed in Astoria, Queens, New York, was released on August 23, 1930. The show has been occasionally revived by theatrical companies.

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''Animal Crackers'' was '''''Animal Crackers''''' is a musical comedy that originally starring starred the four MarxBrothers: Groucho, Harpo, Zeppo, Chico, and Chico.Zeppo. Originally a 1928 Broadway show, written by George S. Kaufman and Morrie Ryskind, with songs by Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby, the movie version, filmed in Astoria, Queens, New York, was released on August 23, 1930. The stage show has been occasionally been revived by theatrical companies.
14th Aug '15 8:00:19 PM LiamA
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* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: "We took some pictures of the native girls, but they weren't developed. But we're going back again in a couple of weeks!"
6th Jul '15 9:09:29 AM gallium
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* AsideComment: Eugene O'Neill style, parodied. "Pardon me while I have a strange interlude."

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* AsideComment: Eugene O'Neill style, parodied. "Pardon me while I have a strange interlude.Theatre/StrangeInterlude."
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