Monkey Business

Monkey Business

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Director: Howard Hawks

Cast: Cary Grant, Ginger Rogers, Charles Coburn

     
 

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This 20th Century Fox DVD release of Monkey Business is being sold as a Marilyn Monroe movie, but this 1950s screwball romp gets most of its comedic juice from Cary Grant's madcap performance. While Monkey Business just isn't up to the brilliant standards of such earlier Cary Grant and Howard Hawks screwball comedies as Bringing Up Baby and His…  See more details below

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This 20th Century Fox DVD release of Monkey Business is being sold as a Marilyn Monroe movie, but this 1950s screwball romp gets most of its comedic juice from Cary Grant's madcap performance. While Monkey Business just isn't up to the brilliant standards of such earlier Cary Grant and Howard Hawks screwball comedies as Bringing Up Baby and His Girl Friday, it's still a fun ride. Don't be concerned that the DVD doesn't offer a widescreen version of the movie, Monkey Business was made in 1952, before the widescreen aspect ratio became standard for Hollywood movies. The original black-and-white print is in pristine condition and one of the disc extras gives you a before and after walk-through of the movie's restoration. The audio track has been cleaned up as well and is well-balanced and clean. The budget-priced disc also comes with the picture's original trailer, but that's about it for DVD extras.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Not one of director Howard Hawks' top-ranked efforts, Monkey Business is still a very entertaining, if immensely silly piece of fluff. While the director's efforts may remind some of fellow director Frank Tashlin in its zaniness and non-stop inanity, it's still very much a Hawks film; the care he takes in setting up punchlines, the attention to precise timing, the seemingly carefree flow, the improbability that seems somehow grounded in a strange kind of reality prove this. While the script at times seems beneath the talents of its three esteemed creators, pulling off a story this silly requires the kind of enormous skill they bring to the project. Of even more benefit is the cast, headed by the irreplaceable Cary Grant, who holds the film together with his on-the-mark performance. Grant makes it all seem effortless, and if he finds the proceedings somewhat ridiculous, he never lets on to the audience. He is well matched by Ginger Rogers, who makes Edwina's transformation believable and delightful, and by the always reliable Charles Coburn. Marilyn Monroe has little to do in a small role, but she commands attention nonetheless; director Hawks would find considerably more for her to do the next year in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/14/2002
UPC:
0024543035138
Original Release:
1952
Rating:
NR
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:37:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Restoration comparison; Still gallery; Theatrical trailer; Full-screen format (aspect ratio 1.33:1); Audio: English stereo, English mono, French mono; Subtitles: English, Spanish

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Cary Grant Prof. Barnaby Fulton
Ginger Rogers Edwina Fulton
Charles Coburn Oliver Oxly
Marilyn Monroe Lois Laurel
Hugh Marlowe Hank Entwhistle
Robert Cornthwaite Dr. Zoldeck
Larry Keating O.J. Gulverly
Henri Letondal Dr. Siegfried Kitzel
Douglas Spencer Dr. Brunner
Esther Dale Mrs. Rhinelander
George Winslow Deep-voiced Boy
Emmett Lynn Jimmy
Jerry Sheldon Detective
Joseph Mell Barber
George Eldredge Auto Salesman
Kathleen Freeman Mrs. Brannigan
Mary Field Clerk
Olan Soule Hotel Clerk
Gil Stratton Yale Man
Harry Carey Detective,Reporter
Faire Binney Dowager
Bill McLean Bellboy
Howard Hawks Off-screen voice in opening
Brad Mora Actor
Paul Maxey Dignitary
Mack Williams Dignitary
Forbes Murray Bit Man
Harry Carter Bit Scientist
Harry Seymour Clothing Store Salesman
Harry Bartell Scientist
Jerry Paris Scientist
Roger Moore Bit Man
Ruth Warren Laundress
Isabel Withers Laundress
Olive Carey Laundress
Dabbs Greer Cab Driver
Ray Montgomery Policeman
Melinda Plowman Bit Girl
Rudy Lee Bit Boy
Mickey Little Bit Boy
Louis Lettieri Bit Boy
Robert Nichols Garage Man
Charles "Heinie" Conklin Painter
John R. McKee Photographer
Russ Clark Policeman

Technical Credits
Howard Hawks Director
Ben Hecht Screenwriter
I.A.L. Diamond Screenwriter
W.D. Flick Sound/Sound Designer
Leigh Harline Score Composer
Paul Helmick Asst. Director
Roger Heman Sound/Sound Designer
Ray Kellogg Special Effects
Milton Krasner Cinematographer
Charles Lederer Screenwriter
Thomas K. Little Set Decoration/Design
William B. Murphy Editor
Lionel Newman Musical Direction/Supervision
Ben Nye Makeup
George Patrick Art Director
Walter Scott Set Decoration/Design
Harry Segall Original Story
Sol C. Siegel Producer
William Travilla Costumes/Costume Designer
Lyle Wheeler Art Director

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Titles
2. An Absent-Minded Chemist
3. Genius at Work
4. At Oxley Chemical
5. A New Formula
6. Self-Experimentation
7. A New Look
8. Back to Normal
9. Edwina Volunteers
10. At the Pickwick Arms
11. The Press
12. Funny-Tasting Coffee
13. Paint Fight
14. Red Eagle
15. Barnaby?
16. Playing May-Pole
17. This Is Barnaby!
18. Who Are You?
19. The Monkey Mix
20. A Formula for Life

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Monkey Business 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Marica More than 1 year ago
This is a very cute movie. Carey Grant and Ginger Rogers are great together. I don't know why Marilyn Monroe's picture is the one on the DVD cover instead of Carey and Ginger's though. Carey plays a sort of an absent minded professor who invents a potion that makes a person feel and act younger. When he drinks it he no longer needs his glasses, buys a sporty suit and a sports car and spends the day driving around with Marilyn (who plays a secretary). One of my favorite lines was when Carey climbs in the sports car and Marilyn says, "Is your motor running?" and he replies, "Yes, is yours??" The plot gets crazier and crazier as the potion wears off for Carey but then Ginger accidentally drinks it. Instead of a mature married lady she reverts back to when she was first married, dragging Carey dancing and generally wearing him out with her newfound youthful exuberance. Eventually she has a crying jag and locks poor Carey out of their hotel room in his P.J.'s without his glasses. I highly recommend this movie if you like old b/w comedies.
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Angel22 More than 1 year ago
I thought this movie was so ridiculous. I was disappointed, it was not as funny as i thought it would be. I do not reccommend this movie at all!