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A little happy
This is one of those truly odd movies that can be experienced in three entirely different ways. In one regard it is a somewhat sluggish but inoffensive 40's musical comedy movie. Too few inspired satirical skits and too many second rate prat falls and special effects but some gags and good dancing. It works but just barely. Secondly it is a modestly interesting but second rate Marx Brothers movie. Only Harpo acts like he still is working hard. Lastly it is a historical curio: Raymond Burr (Perry Mason fame), Vera Ellen just emerging as a star, and the young and lovely Marilyn Monroe. All in all worth a viewing but you might keep the fast forward button nearby.
cheap AND trite
- el debbo
A two-for-one special from the Marx brothers. Cheap production values and trite story. Plenty of lines like when Mr. Star Dancer says to the humble gals in a semi-circle, watching him lay it on, "OK kids, take five minutes."
Not Really A Marx Brothers Movie
"Love Happy" was originally supposed to be a Harpo solo movie, but Chico was broke (a hopeless gambler) and needed money, so he was added. Then, the story goes, the producers couldn't get the full financing unless it was sold as a "Marx Brothers" film, so Groucho was added as the film's narrator and appeared in a couple of scenes. The producers then ran out of money and in order to pay for finishing the film, they had Harpo running around a bunch of rooftops with neon signs advertising Mobil Gas and various other products. The whole film looks really cheap (no kidding!) and there is not much of anything funny in it. The only good thing is that the film features an early walk-on from a very young (and drop dead gorgeous) Marilyn Monroe.
The Brothers' Last and Worst Film
- Dan Grissom
I've only seen this movie once and that's probably because it's not a very good movie. It's almost a solo film for Harpo so if your favorite brother is Harpo you might like it. Groucho only makes a cameo. One star. :(