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A Night in Casablanca

Year: 1946
Studio: Paramount
Director: Leo McCarey
Writer: Bert Kalmar/Harry Ruby/Arthur Sheekman
Cast: Groucho Marx, Chico Marx, Harpo Marx

Leaning very heavily on the popularity of the similarly-named classic film, this movie sees the Marx Brothers bring their shtick to a glamourous Casablanca hotel where the managers have a habit of dying prematurely.

The reason is because of a Nazi in hiding at the hotel thanks to an assumed identity. He and his small band of criminals keep bumping the managers off in the hopes he'll be installed in the position himself, giving him unfettered access to the cache of Nazi loot hidden somewhere inside.

But the latest candidate might just be his match, as the fast-talking Kornblow (Groucho) takes the job after arriving from a nondescript desert hotel and proceeding to turn things upside down, including seducing the villain's sultry right hand woman.

With his two inside men – Kornblow's own self-appointed bodyguard (Chico) and one of the villain's attendants (Harpo) – Kornblow has no idea of the danger he's in, or just how much he'll have to talk himself out of trouble.

Regulars Margaret Dumont and brother Zeppo are nowhere to be found but as usual, everything from the backdrop to the plot is the stage for the tri to work their comedy magic, and they don't disappoint.

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