Marx Brothers: Swordfish Collection - 1930 Animal Crackers
Due to the commercial neccesities of the time and due to the radical nature of their comedy they usually peppered the popular songs of the day throughout the films, to keep people happy. At the time, this formula was boxoffice dynamite but some of these songs have not aged well and I almost always fast-forward through them (Other songs are
still masterpieces, 'Cosi-Cosa' for example). Also sometimes the plots, subplots and supporting talent isn't up to the match of The Brothers' firecracker humour. But fast-forwarding through that material isn't really possible, so wouldn't it be wonderful to have a collection of these films with all the killer and none of the filler?
I want these edits to feel like nothing is missing (or nothing that you will miss anyway!), just pure comedy magic.
- Cut the two 'Stolen painting' scenes back together to highlight their farcical nature
- Sharpened the image throughout (The print is of a variable quality)
- Smoothed out some of the primitive cuts and shots where possible. While still preserving the look of a film from this period.
00.00.00 Added TM2YC and Swordfish idents
00.00.12 Adjusted framing of opening credits to match rest of film
00.16.01 Fade to black shortened and Groucho/Rittenhouse scene brought forward
00.21.20 Hives' dialogue shortened
00.24.58 POV shot of painting added
00.25.00 2nd half of painting discussion blended back in
00.26.05 POV shot of painting removed and two shot recropped
00.26.30 Strange camera pan removed
00.47.10 Partially smoothed out the rough cut from Chico/Harpo to Mrs Rittenhouse
00.57.21 Hives sneaking and intro to unveiling shortened
00.57.41 Partially smoothed out the rough sound cut from painting to couple
00.57.45 Exposition dialogue trimmed
00.59.10 Start of scheming scene trimmed
01.00.22 Hives' final line and start of painting search trimmed
01.00.57 Lovers' song removed
01.04.23 Fade to black shortened
01.26.43 Introduction to Rittenhouse/Chandler scene trimmed
01.33.09 Trailer for 'Monkey Business' added to the end
Original Length: 97 minutes
FanEdit Length: 93 minutes
Removed: 4 minutes
I'm a Big fan of the Marx Brothers. Unfortunately as TM2YC knows the production quality of the majority of their films was lacking. It's all hit or miss with the Marx Brothers all across the board. Their editing was mostly sub par. Their sound suffered greatly over the years from neglect or even possibly it was never all that great to begin with. The stories in The Marx Brothers early movies are mostly their Vaudeville Acts connected together with a loose or sometimes non-existent story line. Animal Crackers is another example of this.
TM2YC did a wonderful job in cleaning up Vol 1 and 2 of this Swordfish Collection. He tightened up the editing and cleaned up the musical numbers. The DVD menu screen is classy and a wonderful presentation for these two movies.
You accomplished exactly what you set out to do with Vol. 1 and 2, and did a great job of it too.
This is probably the best presentation of Animal Crackers anyone can see today. It's as coherent and logically put together as a it can ever hope to be. I'm very happy I got to see this version of it.
Animal Crackers seems to receive more love by other Marx Brothers fans than what I believe it deserves. I just don't get it. Animal Crackers is a fun movie just not one of my favorites.
Having not seen this Marx Brothers film in particular, this seemed like a great opportunity to do so.
I can't actually tell that anything has been edited so you've clearly done a good and seamless job.
The audio and video are clear and it sounds and looks good so what you did must have worked.
This feels very professional and nothing feels missing and the film flowed naturally.
You've clearly taken a lot of time and care to editing this film and I hope you do more of these,
as it's the best quality version of their films we'll probably ever see.
I eagerly wait the rest of the collection.