Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that Monkey Business is all about the silliness, and mature content is at a minimum. At one point Groucho tries to cultivate an affair with a married woman, and there's a slapsticky fistfight at the movie's climax. Some of the jokes deal with topics and people -- especially French crooner Maurice Chevalier -- better known in the 1930s. This film is not to be confused with another comedy from Hollywood's black-and-white era, 1951's Monkey Business with Cary Grant, Ginger Rogers, and Marilyn Monroe
Mild innuendo from Groucho. Young women are chased around by Harpo, but his attitude is so childlike you get the feeling he wouldn't know what to do if he ever caught one.
Climax is a fistfight between Zeppo and various gangsters and henchmen; more slapstick than anything else.
The Marx Bros.' shtick is to bring chaos into a polite, high-class social environment: first a cruise ship, then a party. Zeppo, though, gets to act heroic by rescuing a girl.
Drugs / Tobacco /
Groucho smokes his famous cigar. Social drinking.