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Animal Crackers

Released 1930
Distributor Paramount

A painting has gone missing at the home of wealthy socialite Mrs. Rittenhouse and there’s only one man to find it; Captain Jeffrey T. Spaulding. All four Marx Brothers (including Zeppo) are on board for this hilarious farce but it’s Groucho as the outrageous Spaulding who shoulders the most memorable moments including the introduction of what would be his perennial theme song, “Hooray for Captain Spaulding”.

About Robert Weide

Robert Weide's documentary films include The Marx Brothers in a Nutshell; the Emmy-winning W.C. Fields Straight Up; Mort Sahl: The Loyal Opposition; Lenny Bruce: Swear to Tell the Truth (which won an Emmy Award and was Oscar-nominated); and Woody Allen: A Documentary. He has worked in narrative features as Producer and Writer of Mother Night, Director of How to Lose Friends & Alienate People and Co-Writer of the 2014 adaptation of The Giver. Weide was Executive Producer and principal Director of the HBO series, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and created, wrote and directed the 2014 British comedy/drama series Mr. Sloane for Sky Atlantic. He is currently in post-production on a documentary, Kurt Vonnegut: Unstuck in Time, which he commenced filming in 1988. Weide is the recipient of three Emmy Awards, a Golden Globe and a DGA Award.