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At The Circus [1939]

Groucho Marx , Harpo Marx , Edward Buzzell    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Chico Marx, Kenny Baker, Florence Rice
  • Directors: Edward Buzzell
  • Format: PAL, Black & White, Full Screen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.37:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Warner Home Video.
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000SQFV64
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 45,230 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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REGION 2 UK DVD - INCLUDES TRAILER, SHORT & CARTOON.


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars HELLO JOE AND THAT'S ALL! 11 Oct 2000
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Another Marx Brothers film that suffers because the Producers put 'other'actors in it ! The Brothers scenes are all funny, but you end up fast forwarding to get to them. This is my favourite 'Chico' film as he has some great scenes. Rushing through through the circus grounds to talk to his boss about getting some time off to attend to his divorce. Sending for and then keeping 'Loophole' off the train and again the midget and the cigar routine are classic Chico. 'At the Circus' appeared after ADATR & ANATO and it would be difficult to live up the standards of those two classics. However if you ever get the blues on a wintery Sunday afternoon this will bring a smile.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A classic Marx Brothers film 24 Dec 2004
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Although this is one of the lesser known Marx Brothers films, it contains soem of their best routines ever. Groucho's musical interlude 'lydia the tattoed lady' is probably the best song out of all of the films where Groucho sings (although that might not be saying much!) and Harpo and Chico's bedroom scene with the strongman is hilarious.
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5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful 16 Jan 2011
By Anne
Format:DVD
I bought this for my husband who loves the Marx Brothers and the song Lydia, we haven't got passed that part yet , it is just so funny
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars If you like the Marx Brothers...... 11 April 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
....then you should see this movie. There is plenty of stuff to laugh at in the movie. The biggest problen is that the musical numbers and romance are particularly annoying in this movie. They become even more annoying when you find out that a scene with Groucho in court doing his best to bring chaos to the court proceedings while he practices law was deleted because the movie was too long. You'll wish that one of the musical numbers was deleted instead. But after about thirty minutes the movie picks up and keeps going at a good pace. There are many good scenes after that like a great one with Harpo and Chico sneaking into the strongman's room and trying to be quiet. I find that to be one of their best scenes. There's also good scenes with Grouch wooing Margaret Dumont once again, and the funny dinner party scene. So overall the movie is a disappointment because you get the feeling that with a little more work it could've been a great movie instead of a good, uneven one. But as usual, when the Marx Brothers are left to their own devices they shine through. There are plenty of funny things in this movie, so watch it if you can. Just forward through the songs because they're bad and they kill the pace of the movie.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best 4 Mar 2001
By Luke - Published on Amazon.com
This film was one of the best Marx videos I have ever seen. Groucho and Chico's wigs make them look silly, and some of the songs are a bit strange. But, some classic scenes. Margaret Dumont gets shot out of a cannon, the "Gorilla chase" scene,where the gorilla chases the bad guy on the trapeze,and when Harpo and Chico search the strongman's room for the money, while he is asleep. That scene was better then the "Mirror scene" in "Duck Soup". If you are a big Marx fan, know all of their trademarks, or just want to see a funny movie, I would reccomend this video.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars "At the Circus" Is Mostly Sawdust 30 July 1999
By Scott T. Rivers - Published on Amazon.com
Though it has a few classic moments, notably Groucho's rendition of "Lydia the Tattooed Lady," the lackluster "At the Circus" (1939) ranks among the Marxes' worst films. A contributing factor to the depressing atmosphere is the annoying presence of romantic lead Kenny Baker, whose terrible songs and insipid "Oh, boy!" cheerfulness have no place in a Marx Brothers film. It's sad to see Groucho, Harpo and Chico brought down by poor material as well as a lack of creative input. Harpo, in particular, is diminished by the MGM gloss. Not even Margaret Dumont's presence can salvage this half-hearted attempt at comedy.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Even with some problems, the Marx Brothers rule the Big Top. 11 Jun 2001
By Robert S. Clay Jr. - Published on Amazon.com
Conventional opinion in the realm of Marx mania targets this movie as inferior. It is ironic that top-of-the-line MGM was partly responsible for diminishing the later Marx magic by teaming silly scripts and moronic musical numbers with the lunacy of the Marx screen persona. This tone-deaf creative acumen relegated Messrs. Marx to lesser material in their last three films at the studio. Take courage; not all is lost. Looking past the annoyances of Kenny Baker's unfortunate singing and the goofy dancing horse number, we can see Marxian mirth in good health. Groucho, without an ID badge, tries to board the circus train guarded by Chico, and we are off to more classic comedy. As Groucho and the guys try to obtain an incriminating cigar from a thieving midget, Marx mayhem prevails. The spirited performance of "Lydia the Tattooed Lady" is also a definite plus. Harpo struggles, at times, to find something relevant to do. His pantomime antics do not always make sense within the! context of the action. However, Harpo's mischievous elfin qualities sparkle as he and Chico search the sleeping strongman's room for the missing money. Despite a bias against intrusive musical numbers..., Harpo connects with the singing and dancing African-American kids in a way that illustrates that his otherworldy perspective truly transcends mere racial barriers. His harp solo punctuates this segment nicely. Margaret Dumont is again on hand as the hilarious target of Groucho's barbed zingers. Even with its faults, this is an enjoyable Marx Brothers jolt for fans of classic comedy. Fast forwarding through the dull spots makes multiple viewing a treat. ;-)
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars No Clownin' Around 5 Oct 2003
By Shyblader - Published on Amazon.com
An above average Marx Brothers film...not in the likes of their best works like "A Day At The Races", "Duck Soup" or "A Night At The Opera"...but certainly better then the likes of "Room Service". It has it's shining moments...however falls a little flat at the end. Overall it's a pretty good comedy in it's own right. If you are a Marx Brothers fan I would recommend getting this movie, if not...then try the aforementioned three at the top.
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