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03/26/2004 Entry: "The Ginger Mayerson Fifty Films, 37/50 - Monkey Business"

In our ongoing series of The Ginger Mayerson Fifty Films, here is 37/50:

Monkey Business
Mmmmmmmmm, Groucho and Thema, hotcha-cha-cha! No plot whatsoever but lots of great moments strung together.
Society matron: "Maestro, what's the name of the first number?"
Chico: "Numba one." And then he plays the piano with an orange! It's just too wonderful!
Monkey Business

Interesting fact: According to the infallible John Saleeby over at Acid Logic, Herman Mankiewicz not only produced Monkey Business, but also co-wrote Citizen Kane!

"From Where Hath All This Wackiness Sprung Forth? Orson Welles was a lot of things - Mostly a lot of Orson Welles - but "Funny" wasn't one of them. He was the sort of person who told a joke and people thought it was "wry". I tell a joke and people ask me "why". "Citizen Kane" is funny because of Herman Mankiewicz who co wrote the script with Welles."

and

"Aside from "Citizen Kane" Mankiewicz is mostly known for producing the best Marx Brothers movies "Monkey Business", "Horsefeathers", and "Duck Soup" - One hell of a bigger accomplishment than a radio spook show about invaders from Mars based on a book by some dead Englishman, if you ask me. The Prevailing Attitude is that Herman Mankiewicz was just some drunken old wise ass who knocked out two hundred and fifty pages of "Raw Material" which El Maestro Orson Welles then sculpted into a Mighty Masterpiece like Jesus Christ feeding The Multitudes with half a loaf of Wonder Bread and some tuna fish. We're supposed to believe that Orson Welles was so great he could have made The Best Movie Of All Time out of the tag attached to his mattress but Herman Mankiewicz is so insignificant that nobody can mention him without talking about his brother Joe who made that Great Super Big Deal Masterpiece "All About Eve"."
Best Movie EVER? Forever And EVER!?!, by John Saleeby, Acid Logic, March 16, 2004

Hey, I don't make these things up, you know.

 

 

 

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