Restored ‘Animal Crackers’ opens tonight G-rated film includes censored footage

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The 1930 Marx Bros. comedy/musical “Animal Crackers” has been restored and will be shown tonight through Sept. 19 in the Cinema Capitol, 230 W. Dominick St.

Based on the 1928 Broadway musical of the same title, also starring the Marx Brothers, “Animal Crackers” stars the Four Marx Brothers. While honoring the famed explorer Captain Jeffrey Spaulding (Groucho Marx) at the estate of society matron Mrs. Rittenhouse (Margaret Dumont), a valuable painting goes missing.

An investigation into its disappearance ensues with the help of The Professor (Harpo Marx), Signor Emanuel Ravelli (Chico Marx), and Horatio Jamison (Zeppo Marx), whose antics in the film are representative of the unique comedic style for which the Marx Brothers are known.

The film also stars Lillian Roth, Louis Sorin, Hal Thompson, Margaret Irving, and Robert Greig.  

Last year, Universal Studios completed restorations on five prominent Marx Brothers films, including “Animal Crackers.” Unlike previously-released versions of the movie, the restoration includes footage recovered from an archive of the British Film Institute that had been cut by American censors.

“Animal Crackers” runs 96 minutes, and is rated G.

Admission is $7, $5 for Capitol Friends and students. Tickets are available at the door and in advance from the Capitol Theatre box office (337-6453) and on-line at www.romecapitol.com.

“Animal Crackers” runs every day through Monday, Sept. 19. Show times are Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday at 4 and 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 1 and 4 p.m. and Monday at 7:30 p.m.

There are no open captioned show times available for this film.

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