Professor Quincy Adams Wagstaff has just been installed as the new president of Huxley College. His cavalier attitude toward education is not reserved for his son Frank, who is seeing the college widow, Connie Bailey. Frank influences Wagstaff to recruit two football players who hang out in a speakeasy, in order to beat rival school Darwin. Unfortunately, Wagstaff mistakenly hires the misfits Baravelli and Pinky. Finding out that Darwin has beaten him to the "real" players, Wagstaff enlists Baravelli and Pinky to kidnap them, which leads to an anarchic football finale. Written by
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Thelma Todd's character "Connie" is referred to in the film as being a "college widow". This was a somewhat derogatory term at the time that referred to a young woman who remains near a college year after year to associate with male students. Such women were considered "easy". In the film, Connie is shown to be involved with each of The Marx Brothers' characters, as well as the principal antagonist Jennings. See more »
Pinky and Baravelli are kneeling in the center of the section of floor they're sawing, but when they fall through into the football players' room, they fall well to the left and right of the section of floor. See more »
Professor Wagstaff, now that you have stepped into my shoes...
Oh, is that what I stepped in? I wondered what it was. If these are your shoes, the least you can do is have 'em cleaned.
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The Marx Brothers do it again in Horse Feathers. Next to the classic Duck Soup, this is probably their best film. Their anarchist style of comedy is unleashed on Huxley College, a troubled university with a losing football team that hasn't won a game since the 1880's. The film opens with Groucho becoming president of the college, starting off with the musical sequence "Whatever it is, I'm against it." Chico and Harpo are a iceman and a dog catcher, respectivly, and Zeppo is Grouch's son, who is enrolled in the university. The story, if it can be called that, leads up to a football game with Huxley's rival, Darwin University. This has to be seen to be believed.
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