H is for Horse Feathers

For this year’s A-To-Z Challenge, my theme is MOVIES. I will be working my way through the alphabet during the month of April with movie titles and short blurbs about each movie. Today’s movie is “Horse Feathers.”

I’m going out there today with a movie that was made before almost all of us were born, including me. But in case you weren’t already aware of it, I have always been a fan of the Marx Brothers. Their zany antics always crack me up. And that is why I’m featuring one of the Marx Brothers’ classic, slapstick comedies, “Horse Feathers.”

The term “horse feathers” is an American euphemism for “nonsense,” originating in the late 1920s, which makes it the perfect titles for this 1932 comedy film starring the Marx Brothers — Groucho, Chico, Harpo, and Zeppo.

The film revolves around college football and a game between the fictional Darwin and Huxley Colleges. Professor Quincy Adams Wagstaff (Groucho), the new president of Huxley College, is convinced by his son Frank (Zeppo), a student at the school, to recruit professional football players to help Huxley’s losing football team. Baravelli (Chico) is an “iceman” who delivers ice and bootleg liquor from a local speakeasy. Pinky (Harpo) is also an “iceman” and a part-time dogcatcher. Through a series of misunderstandings, Baravelli and Pinky are accidentally recruited to play for Huxley instead of the actual professional players.

Imagine Groucho as the president of a college and Harpo and Chico as football players. It doesn’t get much wackier than this. Groucho is hilarious to watch as a hip professor. He’s at his most rebellious singing “Whatever it is, I’m against it.” Thelma Todd does some of her best vamping to help fix the big football game, which Harpo and Chico are supposed to throw. Naturally, the brothers have other ideas. For sheer laughter, this has to rate as one of the Marx Brothers’ funniest, with the memorable speakeasy sequence, and the craziest football finale of all time, complete with banana peels and a chariot.

If you’ve never seen a Marx Brothers movie, do yourself a huge favor and go to YouTube and watch one. Like “Duck Soup,” “Night at the Opera,” “Day at the Races,” or, of course, “Horse Feathers.”

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32 thoughts on “H is for Horse Feathers

  1. bushboy April 9, 2022 / 6:04 am

    Wow, 1932!! I love the Marx Bros and have rolled about on the floor watching their movies many a time. They are so good and quick witted 🙂

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  2. newepicauthor April 9, 2022 / 6:30 am

    It has been a really long time since I last watched this and I need to check it out again.

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  3. rugby843 April 9, 2022 / 6:39 am

    That poster tells a lot about the brothers☺️

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  4. Marilyn Armstrong April 9, 2022 / 10:27 am

    My favorite is “A Night at the Opera.” The scene in the cabin on the ship when everyone climbs into it still makes me laugh.

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    • Fandango April 9, 2022 / 1:33 pm

      I like the bit about the sanity clause.


  5. Christine Bolton, Poetry for Healing April 9, 2022 / 12:33 pm

    I was just thinking about that Swordfish clip the other day because I was trying to log in somewhere and could t remember my password 🤣 all of there movies were hilarious!

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  6. JT Twissel April 9, 2022 / 4:29 pm

    Their humor is definitely not dated unlike many movies made back then!

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  7. leigha66 May 15, 2022 / 10:31 pm

    I have only seen clips from their movies and never a full one… yet.

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    • Fandango May 15, 2022 / 11:16 pm

      Don’t the clips whet your appetite to see a complete movie?

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      • leigha66 May 15, 2022 / 11:22 pm

        Yes they do, it is a matter of just taking the time to do it.

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