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Room Service (1938 film)

1938 Marx Brothers film by William A. Seiter / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Room Service is a 1938 American comedy film directed by William A. Seiter, based on the 1937 play of the same name by Allen Boretz and John Murray. The film stars the Marx Brothers (Groucho, Harpo and Chico) and also features Lucille Ball, Ann Miller and Frank Albertson. It was produced and distributed by RKO Pictures; RKO paid $255,000 for filming rights, which was then a record for a sound picture.[3]

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Room Service
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Directed byWilliam A. Seiter
James Anderson (assistant)
Written byGlenn Tryon
Philip Loeb
Screenplay byMorrie Ryskind
Based onRoom Service
1937 play
by Allen Boretz & John Murray
Produced byPandro S. Berman
StarringGroucho Marx
Chico Marx
Harpo Marx
Lucille Ball
Ann Miller
Frank Albertson
CinematographyJ. Roy Hunt
Edited byGeorge Crone
Music byRoy Webb
Distributed byRKO Radio Pictures
Release dates
  • September 21, 1938 (1938-09-21)
(New York)[1]
  • September 30, 1938 (1938-09-30) (USA)
Running time
78 minutes
Box office$875,000[2]

This is the only film starring the Marx Brothers with a screenplay based on material that was not written especially for the team. Less frenetic and more physically contained than their other films, the plot revolves around the shenanigans of a broke Broadway producer getting a play staged and funded by a mysterious backer, while evading eviction from a hotel.

RKO remade the movie in 1944 as Step Lively, starring George Murphy and Frank Sinatra using ample recycled footage from the original film.

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