Monkey Business

"Good"

Monkey Business Review


Mr. Oxley's been complaining about her "punctuation," so she makes sure she's at her desk by nine. That's about the sum of Marilyn Monroe's contribution to Monkey Business, a screwball comedy (made about 10 years after the real end of the screwball era) featuring a kooky scientist, his patient wife, a brazen and dippy secretary, and of course a chimpanzee who's really calling the shots.

The plot involves the hunt for a youth formula by Barnaby Fulton (Cary Grant), which he thinks he has discovered when a self-administered sample drives him to do such crazy things as buy a new car and crash it into a chain link fence with his boss's secretary (Monroe) riding shotgun. The only problem is that the sample hasn't done anything; it's the water, spiked by the chimp when no one was looking.

Hijinks ensue when Fulton's wife (Ginger Rogers) gives it a try (thus putting a fish down the pants of Barnaby's boss). Eventually Barnaby overdoes it, turning into a real baby (or so his wife believes). Oh, the humanity!

Director Howard Hawks knows his way around the screwball, but Monkey Business pales next to his inimitable classics like His Girl Friday. At 41, Rogers was near retirement, and her antics recall Lucille Ball (and not really in a good way). Grant is as wonderful as ever, pulling the film along when its plot drags or his co-stars ham it up too much (which is pretty often). Altogether it's good fun -- good, but not great.

Featured as part of the restored set of Monroe classics in The Diamond Collection II (see links at right).



Monkey Business

Facts and Figures

Run time: 97 mins

In Theaters: Friday 7th November 1952

Box Office Worldwide: $2M

Distributed by: Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

Production compaines: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 3.5 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 88%
Fresh: 21 Rotten: 3

IMDB: 7.0 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director:

Producer: Sol C. Siegel

Starring: as Dr. Barnaby Fulton, as Mrs. Edwina Fulton, as Mr. Oliver Oxley, as Miss Lois Laurel, as Hank Entwhistle, as Dr. Jerome Kitzel, Robert O. Cornthwaite as Dr. Zoldeck, as G.J. Culverly, as Mrs. Brannigan, Neighbor (uncredited), Douglas Spencer as Dr. Brunner, Esther Dale as Mrs. Rhinelander, George Winslow as Little Indian

Also starring: ,


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