Animal Crackers (1930 film)

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Animal Crackers is a 1930 film in which mayhem and zaniness ensue when a valuable painting goes missing during a party in honor of famed African explorer Captain Spaulding.

Directed by Victor Heerman. Adapted from the play written by George S. Kaufman, Morrie Ryskind, Bert Kalmar, and Harry Ruby.
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Captain Spaulding[edit]

  • [to Mrs. Rittenhouse] Why, you're one of the most beautiful women I've ever seen, and that's not saying much for you.
  • [singing] Hello, I must be going.
    I cannot stay, I came to say,
    I must be going.
    I'm glad I came, but just the same
    I must be going.
  • [to audience] Pardon me while I have a strange interlude. Why, you couple of baboons! What makes you think I'd marry either one of you! Strange how the wind blows tonight. It has a tintity voice, reminds me of poor old Moslin. How happy I could be with either of these two if both of them just went away!
  • One morning, I shot an elephant in my pajamas. How he got in my pajamas, I don't know. Then we tried to remove the tusks. The tusks. That's not so easy to say, tusks. You try that some time...As I say, we tried to remove the tusks, but they were embedded in so firmly that we couldn't budge them. Of course, in Alabama, the Tusk-a-loosa. But, uh, that's entirely ir-elephant to what I was talking about. We took some pictures of the native girls, but they weren't developed. But we're going back again in a couple of weeks.
  • I don't like Junior crossing the tracks on his way to the reform school. I don't like Junior at all, as a matter of fact.
  • Signor Ravelli's first selection will be "Somewhere My Love Lies Sleeping", with a male chorus.
  • Take the Professor's hat and coat and send for the fumigators.
  • You ought to brush up your Greek, Jamison. Well, get a Greek and brush up on him.
  • You know I could rent you out as a decoy for duck hunters.


  • Signor Emanuel Ravelli: [about playing bridge] How do you want to play...honest?


Guests: Hooray for Captain Spaulding, the African explorer!
Spaulding: Did someone call me schnorrer?
Guests: Hooray, hooray, hooray!

Guests: He put all his reliance
In courage and defiance
And risked his life for science.
Spaulding: Hey, hey!
Mrs. Rittenhouse: He is the only white man who covered every acre...
Spaulding: I think I'll try and make her...
Guests: Hooray, hooray, hooray!


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