Horse Feathers (1932)

68 mins | Comedy | 19 August 1932

Director:

Norman Z. McLeod

Cinematographer:

Ray June

Production Company:

Paramount Publix Corp.
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HISTORY

The title card to the film reads "Adolph Zukor presents The Four Marx Brothers in Horse Feathers." According to pre-release news items in FD, Arthur Sheekman was signed to the writing team, and dance director Harold Hecht was signed to direct two dances in the film, however, their contribution to the final film is undetermined. An Aug 1932 news item in HR notes that writer Will B. Johnstone sued for writing credit because a scene from his 1924 play I'll Say She Is, which he wrote for the Marx Bros., appeared in the film. News items in FD report that production was halted for approximately six weeks while Chico Marx recuperated from an injury he sustained in an automobile accident. Production was halted in late Apr 1932 and resumed in late Jun 1932. A 3 Aug 1932 HR news item reported that director Norman McLeod shot a new ending for the film. Modern sources name the song that interrupts "I'm Against It" as "I Always Get My Man," which is a line in the song. Modern sources include E. H. Calvert (Professor) in the cast and note that the title of the film derived from a Barney Google cartoon of 1928. In addition, modern sources note that some scenes were filmed at Occidental College in Los Angeles, CA. ...

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The title card to the film reads "Adolph Zukor presents The Four Marx Brothers in Horse Feathers." According to pre-release news items in FD, Arthur Sheekman was signed to the writing team, and dance director Harold Hecht was signed to direct two dances in the film, however, their contribution to the final film is undetermined. An Aug 1932 news item in HR notes that writer Will B. Johnstone sued for writing credit because a scene from his 1924 play I'll Say She Is, which he wrote for the Marx Bros., appeared in the film. News items in FD report that production was halted for approximately six weeks while Chico Marx recuperated from an injury he sustained in an automobile accident. Production was halted in late Apr 1932 and resumed in late Jun 1932. A 3 Aug 1932 HR news item reported that director Norman McLeod shot a new ending for the film. Modern sources name the song that interrupts "I'm Against It" as "I Always Get My Man," which is a line in the song. Modern sources include E. H. Calvert (Professor) in the cast and note that the title of the film derived from a Barney Google cartoon of 1928. In addition, modern sources note that some scenes were filmed at Occidental College in Los Angeles, CA.

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
2 Mar 1932
p. 8
Film Daily
10 Mar 1932
p. 7
Film Daily
23 Mar 1932
p. 6
Film Daily
24 Mar 1932
p. 29
Film Daily
22 Apr 1932
p. 4
Film Daily
1 May 1932
p. 4
Film Daily
23 Jun 1932
p. 3
Film Daily
12 Jul 1932
p. 2
Film Daily
11 Aug 1932
p. 1
Film Daily
12 Aug 1932
p. 3
Hollywood Reporter
30 Jul 1932
p. 3
Hollywood Reporter
3 Aug 1932
p. 3
Hollywood Reporter
29 Aug 1932
p. 4
International Photographer
1 Sep 1932
p. 36
Motion Picture Herald
5 Aug 1932
p. 35
New York Times
11 Aug 1932
p. 12
Variety
16 Aug 1932
p. 15
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Norman McLeod
Dir
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITERS
[Wrt] by
[Wrt] by
[Wrt] by
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
Cam op
Daniel Fapp
Cam op
William James Knott
Cam op
Asst cam
Asst cam
Asst cam
SOUND
PRODUCTION MISC
Still photog
SOURCES
SONGS
"Ev'ryone Says I Love You" and "I'm Against It," words by Bert Kalmar, music by Harry Ruby.
SONGWRITER/COMPOSER
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
The Four Marx Brothers in Horse Feathers
Release Date:
19 August 1932
Premiere Information:
New York premiere: 10 Aug 1932
Production Date:
late Mar--late Jun 1932
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Paramount Publix Corp.
18 August 1932
LP3209
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Noiseless Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
68
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
SYNOPSIS

Professor Quincy Adams Wagstaff takes over as president of Huxley College in order to help his son Frank graduate, as he has been attending Huxley for twelve years. Wagstaff's inaugural speech is incoherent, and at one point, he bursts into song, after calling attention to Frank, who is sitting among the students with a girl on his lap. After the song and speech, Wagstaff admonishes his son for dating only one college "widow" in twelve years, whereas he himself dated three college widows and attended three different colleges in twelve years. Frank tells his father that Huxley has had a new college president every year since 1888, which is also the last year the school won a football game. Frank insists that the college needs a good football team to beat the opposing team from Darwin University, and informs his father that he can buy two football players at a speakeasy downtown. At the speakeasy, Jennings, a representative of Darwin, buys the two athletes. Wagstaff arrives and gains admission to the speakeasy through repartee with Baravelli the iceman and bootlegger. Pinky, who is Baravelli's mute partner as well as a dog catcher, gets into the club and makes a nuisance of himself. Wagstaff mistakes the two men for football players and hires them for the big game against Darwin, then signs them on as students at Huxley. Jennings goes to see Connie Bailey, Frank's college widow with whom he is in cahoots, and tells her to get the football plays from Frank. He leaves and Frank arrives, after which Wagstaff arrives to convince Connie to give up Frank. Pinky and Baravelli, meanwhile, try to ...

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Professor Quincy Adams Wagstaff takes over as president of Huxley College in order to help his son Frank graduate, as he has been attending Huxley for twelve years. Wagstaff's inaugural speech is incoherent, and at one point, he bursts into song, after calling attention to Frank, who is sitting among the students with a girl on his lap. After the song and speech, Wagstaff admonishes his son for dating only one college "widow" in twelve years, whereas he himself dated three college widows and attended three different colleges in twelve years. Frank tells his father that Huxley has had a new college president every year since 1888, which is also the last year the school won a football game. Frank insists that the college needs a good football team to beat the opposing team from Darwin University, and informs his father that he can buy two football players at a speakeasy downtown. At the speakeasy, Jennings, a representative of Darwin, buys the two athletes. Wagstaff arrives and gains admission to the speakeasy through repartee with Baravelli the iceman and bootlegger. Pinky, who is Baravelli's mute partner as well as a dog catcher, gets into the club and makes a nuisance of himself. Wagstaff mistakes the two men for football players and hires them for the big game against Darwin, then signs them on as students at Huxley. Jennings goes to see Connie Bailey, Frank's college widow with whom he is in cahoots, and tells her to get the football plays from Frank. He leaves and Frank arrives, after which Wagstaff arrives to convince Connie to give up Frank. Pinky and Baravelli, meanwhile, try to deliver ice several times to Connie's house but continually drop the ice blocks out of the window. Wagstaff discovers he hired the wrong athletes and tells Pinky and Baravelli to kidnap the real athletes. Meanwhile, Jennings buys the football signals from Baravelli but discovers they are the wrong signals. Connie then steals the signals from Wagstaff by attempting to seduce him. Meanwhile, Baravelli and Pinky try to kidnap the athletes but wind up trapped in an apartment. They saw their way through the floor in time to rush to the field and eventually increase Huxley's score through their antics. In the end, Huxley wins, and Baravelli, Pinky and Wagstaff all marry Connie.

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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