After a five-year absence, the Marx Brothers returned to the screen in the independently-produced effort A Night in Casablanca. Originally conceived as a parody of Casablanca (with character names like "Humphrey Bogus" and "Lowen Behold"), the film emerged as a spoof of wartime melodramas in general. Someone has been methodically murdering the managers of the Hotel Casablanca, and that someone is escaped Nazi war criminal Heinrich Stubel (Sig Ruman). Disguised as a Count Pfefferman, Stubel intends to reclaim the stolen art treasures that he's hidden in a secret room somewhere in the hotel, and the only way he can do this undetected is by bumping off the managers and taking over the hotel himself. The newest manager of Hotel Casablanca is former motel proprietor Ronald Kornblow (Groucho Marx), who, blissfully unaware that he's been hired only because no one else will take the job, immediately takes charge in his own inimitably inept fashion. Corbacchio (Chico Marx), owner of the Yellow Camel company, appoints himself as Kornblow's bodyguard, aided and abetted by Stubel's mute valet Rusty (Harpo Marx). In his efforts to kill Kornblow, Stubel dispatches femme fatale Beatrice Reiner (Lisette Verea) to romance the lecherous manager, leading to a hilarious recreation of a key comedy sequence in the Marxes' earlier A Day at the Races. Arrested on a trumped-up charge, Kornblow, Corbacchio and Rusty escape in time to foil Stubel and his stooges. As in most Marx Brothers epics, A Night in Casablanca includes a tiresome romantic subplot, this time involving disgraced French flyer (Pierre) and his faithful sweetheart Annette (Lois Collier). Though hampered by listless direction and witless one-liners, A Night in Casablanca contains enough hilarity to compensate for its many flaws; some of the best visual gags were conceived by an uncredited Frank Tashlin, including Harpo's legendary "holding up the building" bit.~Hal Erickson
In A Night in Casablanca, the Marx Brothers parody elements of the classic 1942 Bogart-Bergman film, Casablanca. This is the final film in which Groucho, Harpo and Chico worked together. The brothers get caught up in a nefarious plot involving murder and hidden treasure and, predictably, win out at the end. With Groucho's usual innuendo, one of Harpo's great turns on the harp, and a good villain, the film has its laughs, even though it is not up to the standard of some of the Marx Brothers classics like A Day at the Races, Duck Soup or A Night at the Opera.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Groucho, Harpo and Chico on Blu-ray
Owned for 2 months when reviewed.
One of the Marx Brothers Last movie they are in, and really the last one they were an act in is a pretty fun movie. Some classic scenes with Harpo and Groucho.