While the limited sound technology at the time means the movie can seem a little clunky, and the dance sequences are a bit out of place, the classic Marx Brothers humor shines through, and in the end, isn't that all one asks for when watching one of their movies?
L'intrigue n'est que prétexte à mettre en valeur les talents des fameux frères (Zeppo est également présent ici) qui avaient rodé le spectacle sur scène. Une séquence inoubliable : celles des portes communiquantes. Pour le reste, de jolis gags et quelques fort banals numéros musicaux illustrés sans grande conviction par le Français Robert Florey ..... www.cinefiches.com
My least favorite early Marx Brothers film. There's some tremendous one-liners in this one, but that's about it. This one still feels stagy and slowed down by the technical limits of early sound production.
While it has many great moments of comedy, the first film by the Marx Brothers suffers from a static camera, uninteresting subplots, and too many musical numbers. But it's hilarious when the Brothers are by themselves to do their thing.
The Marx Brothers first film is a slightly unbalanced one with not nearly enough of their antics and setups that would come much later. There are some genuinely funny moments but for the most part the film is trapped in useless plot points, side characters and irritating musical numbers. Its as if Hollywood had no idea what to do with them, and with good reason.