Watched Aug 16, 2012
Adam Moody’s review:
A disappointing introduction to the Marx Brothers' brand of humor. Within the modest 70-minute run time, their simplistic slapstick and crude humor is repetitive and works inconsistently. You have to give Groucho, Chico, and Harpo some credit for the energy they bring to the table. They keep a constant assault of jokes and gags, with some hitting home with hilarious results. The mirror scene being an example of improvised delivery perfection. They work best when in scenes together, the second they separate everything becomes unfocused and downright stupid. Lacking any intelligent commentary to go with their half-hearted attempts at satire. Chaplin and Keaton mastered similar comedic styles, but with the absence of sound they had to perfect the art of slapstick - with the use of their surroundings, clever set-organizations, and natural performances. The Marx Brothers are running solely on the appeal of their chaotically interesting personalities, but they fail to entertain for the entirety of a feature-length film. I began to lose interest more often, and the laughs dwindled to being almost non-existent, to the point where I was just waiting for it to end. You could get the delight of the experience simply by looking up a few choice scenes up on the internet, and you could get more worth for your time by watching virtually anything by Chaplin or Keaton.