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Horse Feathers (Marx Brothers Comedy) [VHS]
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The Marx Brothers' fourth film sees them creating havoc on campus in a high school college comedy. The new president of Huxley college, Professor Quincy Adams Wagstaff (Groucho) soon sets about attending to important school business; namely, winning the school their first football game since 1888. On the advice of his son (Zeppo), he enters a local speakeasy, intending to bribe a couple of professional players to make the college team. What he ends up with instead are inept dog catcher Harpo and ice delivery man Chico. However, the duo prove invaluable when Wagstaff becomes romantically involved with the scheming Connie Bailey (Thelma Todd), a college widow who is secretly in league with Huxley's chief rivals, Darwin!
Imagine Groucho as the president of a college and Harpo and Chico as football players. It doesn't get much wackier than this. Horse feathers, indeed. Groucho is hilarious to watch as a hip professor. He's at his most rebellious singing "Whatever it is, I'm against it". Thelma Todd does some of her best vamping to help fix the big football game, which Harpo and Chico are supposed to throw. Naturally, the brothers have other ideas. For sheer laughter, this has to rate almost as high as Duck Soup, with the memorable speakeasy sequence, and the funniest football finale of all time, complete with banana peels and a chariot. --Bill Desowitz
Top Customer Reviews
Moustachioed cigar smoking insult man Groucho.
Fast talking ladies man Chico.
Grinning silent crazy guy Harpo.
And straight man Zeppo.
Horse Feathers, their fourth movie, sees Groucho as the new president of a college. Which hasn't won a football game in a long time. With a big match coming up, his attempt to buy new players results in Baravellli [Chico] and his partner Pinky [Harpo] teaming up with the president to see if they can change the college's run of bad results.
Unknown to them, the college widow Connie Bailey [Thelma Todd, who also played opposite Groucho in their previous film, and who died not long after in somewhat suspicious circumstances] is part of a betting scam and desperate to get her hands on the team's football signals so...
Oh, who cares about the plot? Marx Brothers films always had rather loose ones they could use to string a series of set piece routines together. And the best of these routines are superb. From the speakeasy password to a schoolroom pea shooter shoot-out, to a very memorable football match, and some very good songs, this is classic chaotic Marx Brothers comedy.
Containing the usual harp and piano playing sequences, this is notable for being the only film in which Groucho played his instrument of choice. The guitar. And a wonderful moment of fourth wall breaking when he expresses his [actual] opinion on the musical moments.
This is a very old movie now, and some may find it dated. But others will find it timeless. The quality of the wordplay and the dialogue is second to none and comes from masters of the comedic craft.Read more ›
In Horse Feathers, Groucho plays Professor Waxhaw, the new president of Huxley College; his son (played by Zeppo) is following in the family footsteps of concentrating on a college widow when he should be concentrating on more important things - such as football. Professor Waxhaw decides that the Huxley team simply must beat Darwin, its primary rival. He takes his son's advice and hires a couple of football players who hang out at the speakeasy - well, actually he really recruits Chico and Harpo. Waxhaw also takes an active approach to teaching, and his takeover of the anatomy class makes for the funniest scene in the film (it degenerates into a spitball fight). All the guys hit on the widow woman Waxhaw's son is stuck on, not knowing she (Thelma Todd) is in cahoots with the Darwin team and is trying to steal Huxley's football signals. After a most unsuccessful attempt by Chico and Harpo to kidnap Darwin's two best players, we get to the big game.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I choose this dvd because of the rating and reveiws, I bought it as a gift for my friend and he really enjoyed it.Published on 7 Dec. 2013 by Shirl
1932 has come and still the same depression and still the lack of whisky or bourbon and still the methylated spirit of moonshine trafficking on the telephone. Read morePublished on 5 May 2008 by Dr Jacques COULARDEAU
When I was young, I really didn't understand the comedy of the Marx Brothers. Now that I'm grown, I still don't understand a lot of it. Read morePublished on 5 Sept. 2004 by Daniel Jolley