At the Circus (1939)

Actual picture of the gorilla counting the money after the first week for At the Circus.

The Marx Brothers are in a movie about a circus. This leads to all kinds of interesting things such as a guy in a gorilla suit and a great finale in a circus tent. During the finale Margaret Dumont, a woman who appeared in many of the Marx Brothers movies, is shot out of a cannon and it is a moment that needs to be seen to be fully appreciated. Other than the finale and guy dressed as a gorilla, there isn’t really much to say about this one.

It’s really middle of the road for the Marx Brothers. This would be the first of three movies with the Marxes that would be more plot focused than comedy focused, which on one hand means it can be appreciated by a larger number of people. However, it also means that the Marxes are somewhat restrained with their comedy despite having the great circus idea for a place to have all of their shenanigans. I would say it is just an O.K. movie, but watch it anyway for that wonderful finale and one of the funniest moments to come out of a 1930s movie.

Published by cinemashrew

I am a writer and avid movie watcher (used to be music listener but I got bored of that).

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