Strange Brew: Animal Crackers

August 1, 2007 at 1:27 pm | Posted in Matthew Hurst, Movies, Webster Film Series | 1 Comment

MattHurst wearing a Groucho Marx maskBecause you still crack a smirk, ash your mock cigar, and say “…that’s what she said”, the Webster Film Series’ Strange Brew presents Animal Crackers @ 8 pm in the Schlafly Bottleworks in Maplewood.  For those of you unfamiliar with the Strange Brew series here’s a short introduction I wrote about this series of cult films.  As for those of you unfamiliar with Animal Crackers, the WFS describes it thusly:

Captain Spaulding (Groucho Marx), the noted explorer, returns from Africa and attends a gala party held by Mrs. Rittenhouse (Margaret Dumont). A painting displayed at the party is stolen, and the Marx Brothers help recover it. Well, maybe ‘help’ isn’t quite the way to describe it… Typical Marx Brothers zaniness follows, including Groucho’s African lecture about shooting an elephant in his pajamas, a madcap card game between Harpo, Chico and great musical numbers like Hooray for Capt. Spaulding – which became Groucho’s theme song.

And don’t forget to check out Labyrinth @ the Tivoli, which closes Thursday night (check the Tivoli website for times).  My friend Dave insists that seeing the young Jennifer Connelly is worth the price of admission itself, but I’d put my money on David Bowie as the goblin king. Given Bowie’s history of terrible acting and the surrealistic muppet monsters, this film should leave you “screaming like a baby”.

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1 Comment

  1. wow, The Labyrinth!
    i remember when i was younger singing the voodoo song with my little sister and friend after the first time we watched it.
    the spandex distracts the viewer from paying much attention to the bad acting i suppose


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