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Monkey Business [DVD] [1952]

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  • Actors: Cary Grant, Ginger Rogers, Charles Coburn, Marilyn Monroe, Hugh Marlowe
  • Directors: Howard Hawks
  • Producers: Sol C. Siegel
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 22 May 2006
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BTIPHK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 61,989 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A research scientist (Cary Grant) concocts an elixir of youth which is accidentally distributed around the office when a laboratory monkey tips it into the water cooler. The scientist reverts to a teenager, his wife (Ginger Rogers) to a child and mayhem ensues. Marilyn Monroe features as a secretary in this classic screwball comedy, directed by Howard Hawks.

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One of the last of the classic screwball comedies, 1952’s Monkey Business stars Cary Grant as an absent-minded scientist working on a youth serum with little success. One afternoon, one of his test monkeys gets loose and works up a formula of its own, which then gets dropped into their water cooler. Shortly, Grant is tooling around in a sports car with his boss' voluptuous secretary (Marilyn Monroe). When his wife (Ginger Rogers) investigates, she too gets a dose and drags Grant off for a second honeymoon of all-night dancing. Meanwhile, Grant's elderly boss (Charles Coburn) is eager to get his hands on the formula--only Grant's formula isn't having the proper effect.

Monkey Business is probably most familiar to Marilyn Monroe cultists, but it's Grant and Rogers who have the central roles and make the most of them. Rogers' adolescent emotional meltdown at a hotel and Grant leading a gaggle of boys on a scalping raid are only two of the movie's many richly funny set pieces, all directed by the nimble hand of Howard Hawks (His Girl Friday, Bringing Up Baby, Ball of Fire, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes).--Bret Fetzer, Amazon.com --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By C. Fontenelle on 15 April 2009
Format: DVD
I have not heard my 15 year old son laugh as much as he did when we watched this film together. The story line is quite simplistic but the comedic timing of all the actors (including the chimp) are spot on. An ideal family movie! The DVD cover does not do the film justice - Marilyn Monroe only has a small part as a secretary and shouldn't really be used to sell the film. It wouldn't have made my son want to watch it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Have A Nice Day on 25 Jun. 2012
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Seeing some of Hollywood's Greatest in a film together is a real treat, but I don't think it gets any better than this. Carey Grant plays the part of a chemist who seeks what most of us all do the fountain of youth, little does he know that it isn't him who has found it but a clever little Chimp who goes by the name of Esther. It's a brilliant written film and full of laughter, from scenes such as seeing Carey Grant playing the part of an Indian and Ginger Rogers believing Carey has turned into a baby. It's a wonderfully funny film and I'm so glad I came across this gem of a film.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Alex da Silva on 26 Sept. 2011
Format: DVD
A monkey invents a potion that rejuvenates humans and plops it into the office water machine in a science lab. Meanwhile, chemist Barnaby (Cary Grant) has been trying to develop a youth formula for years. He drinks his latest formula but it tastes a bit off so he goes to the water cooler. Yep - he takes a drink of water and ....woah ........what's happening..? Well, he's the monkey's first victim. He starts acting 'youthful' and everyone thinks he has succeeded in inventing Life's Youth Juice. We follow Barnaby and his wife Edwina (Ginger Rogers) as they inadvertently keep consuming the monkey formula every time that they take a drink of water from the water cooler.....will the monkey get credit for the invention?

The film has a cast that excites on paper but it doesn't live up to expectations. The whole beginning sequence drags - the first 15 minutes should have been thrown out. The cast are all likable but Cary Grant and Ginger Rogers are made to act out scenes that could be over in a couple of minutes as opposed to 'let's drag it out' for 10 minutes. However, opposed to the tedious, drawn out slapstick rubbish that we are offered, we are also given moments of comic genius. George Winslow, who plays one of the kids, provides laugh-out-loud entertainment with every word of dialogue that he utters. Genius.

Overall, the film entertains. It has peaks and troughs. Ginger Rogers displays good balancing skills while balancing a cup of water on her forehead as she stands up and lies down and goes back to standing position. Cool trick. Cary Grant is occasionally funny, Marilyn Monroe (Lois) is also good - she's not so irritating and baby talking as usual - while Charles Coburn (Oxley) is good value as always.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 April 2001
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Although I have seen Bringing Up Baby with Cary Grant I was quite surprised to see him making a fool out of himself in this film! Very funny! Grant and Rogers comic timing is perfect in this film, its nice to see Rogers can act as well as dance. If you liked Bringing Up Baby you will love this.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Porter on 1 Jan. 2010
Format: DVD
In spite of the misleading packaging, and despite a typically hilarious performance from Cary Grant, this is Ginger Rogers' film. To summarise (grotesquely) a very complex plot: Grant is a chemist looking to invent a rejuvenation potion. When (thanks to a lab chimp) said potion gets into the office water cooler, chaos ensues as Grant and Rogers (playing his wife) first accidentally and then deliberately take the potion.

And, as I said, it's Rogers who wins hands-down. When she reverts to her young-adulthood and then to childhood she is simply hilarious. She even gets to dance a bit, dragging a visibly sagging Grant around a dance floor well into the small hours. And then we have such lunacy as a board-room scene with the squabbling Grant and Rogers alternately on and under the table. Or Rogers' repeated attacks on the boss' secretary (Monroe, in a tiny part: if I had to choose between her and Ginger, I know who I'd go for). Or the sequence where Rogers thinks Grant has turned into a baby . . . it's all insane, and so brilliantly done one just has to gape with an open mouth, in between the continuous laughs.
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Cary Grant is a scientist looking to make a youth serum but his research runs into a brick wall. He is saved when a chimp mixes a combination of chemicals that make people act younger temporarily but people are unaware of what the chimps done and how they're 'infected'. There some genuine lol moments especially with Grant when he take out Marilyn Monroe but the comedy is very contrived and over played especially when Ginger Rodgers takes the formula.

If you like old films, as I do, this is worth watching for the cast and some genuine laugh out loud moments but its far from complete and consistent film. It better than Jerry Lewis's the Mad Professor but in the same vein, over played.
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By bernie TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 26 Nov. 2002
Format: DVD
A married scientist (Cary Grant) is trying to prefect a supplement that will make people feel younger. Unknown to anyone, an escapee chimp prefects the formula by accident. The concoction is accidentally placed in the bottled water dispenser. From there it is first assimilated by the scientist; he now dispenses with his glasses, obtains a racy car and the boss's secretary (Marilyn Monroe). Later experiments include the wife (Ginger Rogers) as the genuine pig. Eventually, a hatchet job peruses and the movie gets even stranger.

This is a very busy movie with no down time. There is lots of noise and action. You will not have to worry about falling asleep.
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