animal crackersGroucho Marx‘s songs from Animal Crackers, “Hello, I Must Be Going” and “Hooray for Captain Spaulding”, both written by Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby, became recurring themes for Groucho through the years. The latter song became the theme of Groucho’s radio and TV game show You Bet Your Life. It referred to a real Captain Spaulding, an army officer arrested a few years earlier for allegedly selling cocaine to Hollywood residents.

The original full version of “Hooray for Captain Spaulding” was edited in compliance to the Hays Code when it was re-released in 1936: the sexually suggestive line “I think I’ll try to make her” was removed – it came after Mrs. Rittenhouse’s line: “He was the only white man to cover every acre.” There is no known print or audio of those few seconds that were trimmed from the film. Prints of the film reveal an obvious edit when they reach that point in the song.

Ironically, Groucho used an even more risqué line in introducing Chico’s piano sequence: “Signor Ravelli’s first selection will be, ‘Somewhere My Love Lies Sleeping’, with a male chorus.”

Groucho Marx‘s quip from Animal Crackers, “One morning I shot an elephant in my pajamas. How he got in my pajamas, I don’t know” was voted as the #53 movie quote by the American Film Institute (out of 100).  –  Wikipedia

Here’s the clip that features that classic line, plus a barrage of other puns and one-liners from Groucho Marx that will make you groan and laugh at the same time…


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