Horse Feathers Movie Information

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Overall Rank: 1311

Average Rating: 3/4

# of Ratings: 35

Theatrical Release Date: 08/19/1932

Language: English

Genre: Comedy

MPAA Rating: NR

Director: Norman Z. McLeod

Actors: Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Chico Marx, Zeppo Marx, Thelma Todd, David Landau

Plot: Professor Quincy Adams Wagstaff finds himself the new president of Huxley College. His son, Frank, wants nothing more than the college to beat rival Darwin in the big game. He convinces Wagstaff to recruit to ringers, but instead is beaten to punch by Darwin and instead is left with two misfits: Baravelli and Pinky. But he comes up with another plan to win the big game. -- Chris Kavan

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Rating of
3/4

mitchellyoung - wrote on 08/12/2011

The finale of this film demonstrates what the Marx Brothers do best - make comic sense out of a string of crazy happenings thrown together. Every comic plotline finds closure and the laughs fly fast and furious during a football game full of ridiculous sight gags. Madcap comedy at its finest.

Rating of
3.5/4

TheWolf - wrote on 12/24/2007

Horsefeathers ontains some of the Marx Brothers best bits, including the speak-easy scene, the shootout in the classroom, and the football game finale. It also has some of their best lines. It's all pretty simple plot-wise. Groucho is Wagstaff, and new head of a University. Zeppo is his suave son who is swooning the villian's daughter. Harpo's a dog catcher. Chico's an iceman. The funny thing about these guys are their unique comedy they're all so different from each other, yet combined together, the comedy works and there is a perfect balance.

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3/4

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Yojimbo - wrote on 02/23/2012

The brothers join a college football team to beat their bitter rivals in an important game but vampish Thelma Todd does all she can to spoil their chances. Following the formula of barely organized insanity and songs, Groucho supplies the wise cracks, Harpo and Chico the slapstick and Zeppo the dodgy acting and worse singing as per. Groucho's constant one liners are amusing but it misses his partnership with the absent Margaret DuMont and he even takes time out to side with the audience and mock the musical interludes. Harpo's slapstick is accordingly juvenile, but as is always the way with genuine comic geniuses, they manage to make even the weakest material funny. It barrels along with little thought to plot or logic and is really just a series of sketches, but it's an always …

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