Aside from the obvious 'animal-shaped cracker
', it is a genius musical comedy
with the Marx Brothers
as Captain Jeffery T. Spaulding, Chico
as Signor Ravelli, Harpo
as The Professor and Zeppo
as Horatio Jamison. The plot revolves around a priceless Beaugard painting that is stolen and replaced with a forgery
, then the forgery
is stolen and replaced with a different forgery
. Needless to say, wacky hijinks ensue
. Like most Marx Brothers
films, the plot is just
something that happens between jokes
, physical comedy
, and piano playing
.(a note for the uninitiated: the Marx Brothers
were all extremely talented musicians
Here are a few of the classic jokes:
While recounting his trip to Africa
: "One morning, I shot an elephant
in my pajamas
. How he got into my pajamas
I don't know."
: In a case like this, the first thing to do is find the motive
. Now what could have been the motive
of the guys who swiped the Beaugard?
: I got it! Robbery
: Would you mind going out and crossing the boulevard
while the lights
are against you?
Quotes and character names from http://filmsite.org/anim.html.