At the Circus

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At the Circus lobby card 1939.jpg
Groucho Marx as J. Cheever Loophole and Eve Arden as Peerless Pauline.

At the Circus is a 1939 film about three men who help the owner of a circus recover some stolen funds.

Directed by Edward Buzzell. Written by Irving Brecher.
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J. Cheever Loophole[edit]

  • I bet your father spent the first year of your life throwing rocks at the stork.
  • You're like a beautiful chandelier. I'd like to be around when you get lit up.

Antonio Pirelli[edit]

  • You know what I say. Whenever you got business trouble the best thing to do is to get a lawyer. Then you got more trouble, but at least you got a lawyer.
  • I ain't got nothing, but you can always have half!


Peerless Pauline: I've waited so long to find someone like you.
J. Cheever Loophole: Oh, someone like me, I'm not good enough for you, eh?

Peerless Pauline: You're the man I've been dreaming of!
J. Cheever Loophole: What do you eat before you go to bed?

Peerless Pauline: Oh, but, you don't have to go right now, do you?
J. Cheever Loophole: Well, there's nothing to keep me here that I can see, from this angle.
Peerless Pauline: But, we, we hardly know each other. I can be very entertaining if I want to be.
J. Cheever Loophole: [Speaking directly to the camera] There must be some way of getting that money without getting in trouble with the Hays Office. [to Pauline] Will you walk on your hands?

Mrs. Susanna Dukesbury: Well! What is the meaning of this?
J. Cheever Loophole: Keep your sheet on, I'm looking for old lady Dukesbury.
Mrs. Susanna Dukesbury: I am Mrs. Dukesbury.
J. Cheever Loophole: Snook'ems! [Rushes to her arms]
Mrs. Susanna Dukesbury: Oh, good gracious! I don't know you.
J. Cheever Loophole: You mean you've, you've forgotten?
Mrs. Susanna Dukesbury: Well, I...
J. Cheever Loophole: I know, you have forgotten. Those June nights on the Riviera, where we sat 'neath the shimmering skies! Moonlight bathing in the Mediterranean! We were young, gay, reckless! The night I drank champagne from your slipper - two quarts. It would have held more, but you were wearing inner soles! Oh, Hildegarde!
Mrs. Susanna Dukesbury: My name is Susanna!
J. Cheever Loophole: Let's not quibble!

Mrs. Susanna Dukesbury: Judge Chanock will sit on my left hand and you will sit on my right hand.
J. Cheever Loophole: How will you eat, through a tube?

Mrs. Susanna Dukesbury: We must have regard for certain conventions.
J. Cheever Loophole: One guy isn't enough. She's gotta have a convention.

J. Cheever Loophole:

You know, if you hadn't sent for me I'd be home now, in a nice, warm bedroom, in a comfortable bed with a hot toddy.

Antonio Pirelli:


J. Cheever Loophole:

That's a drink!

Antonio Pirelli:

That'sa too bad!

Antonio Pirelli: Folks, I wanna you should meet my pal! My best friend! What's your name again?
J. Cheever Loophole: [annoyed] Loophole.
Antonio Pirelli: [shaking his hand] Glad to know ya!
J. Cheever Loophole: It's your pleasure.

Antonio Pirelli: You know what I think? The guy who hit Jeff on the head and knocked him out didn't like him.
J. Cheever Loophole: Now let's not jump to concussions.

Mrs. Susanna Dukesbury: You, monster. You're responsible for this disgrace!
J. Cheever Loophole: That's gratitude for you. Most men get their sweethearts one ring for an engagement. I got you three rings!
Mrs. Susanna Dukesbury: A circus! I'll be a laughing stock.


  • Keep the world laughing!


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