The hit Broadway comedy by Boretz and Murray was not given a great treatment by RKO and the Marx Brothers. Harpo didn't play the harp, Chico didn't play the piano, and Groucho didn't have Margaret Dumont to play with. It cost more than a quarter of a million dollars for the stage rights,
and despite the fact that the budget was low, the movie still lost almost $400,000 the first time around. Scenarist Ryskind did what he could to adapt the farce for the unique talents of the Marxes, but the result was just another comedy. Gordon Miller (Groucho; his character's ordinary name
immediately spells trouble) and Harry Binelli (Chico) are living at a Broadway hotel, plann...