Monkey Business

Synopsis: While stowing away on a ship to America, the boys get involuntarily pressed into service as toughs for a pair of feuding gangsters while trying desparately to evade the ship's crew. After arriving stateside, one of the gangsters kidnaps the other's daughter - and it's up to our unlikely heroes to save the day.
Genre: Comedy, Musical
Director(s): Norman Z. McLeod
Production: MCA Universal Home Video
  2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
77 min

[Fast-paced lively instrumental music]

[Fast-paced lively

instrumental music continues]

- What is it?

- Sorry to have to report...

there are four stowaways

in the forward hatch.

Stowaways? How do you know

there are four of them?

They were singing Sweet Adeline.

Get them out of there, you hear?

But we can't find them.

And besides,

they've been writing insulting notes.

So, I'm an old goat, am I? Listen to me.

Find them if you have

to clear out that whole hatch!

Yes, sir.

- Captain, when do we get in?

- Wednesday!

- I beg your pardon. Wednesday.

- Thank you.

[Singing] In all my dreams

[Singing] In all my dreams

Your fair face beams

Your fair face beams

You're the idol

of my heart

Sweet Adeline

My Adeline

This is the only way to travel, boys.

The only way.

I was gonna bring the wife and kiddies...

but the grocer couldn't spare another barrel.

I was gonna bring my grandfather,

but there's no room for his beard.

Why not send for the old swine,

let his beard come later?

- I sent for his beard.

- You did?

It's coming by "hair" mail.

Fellas, I think I hear someone.

If it's the captain,

I'm gonna have a few words with him.

My hot water's been cold for three days

and I haven't got room to swing a cat.

In fact, I haven't even got a cat.

- My grandfather can swing a cat.

- He can?

That'd make a good job for him.

Come on, men.

Someone's coming.

Come on, men. Snap it up.

Listen, fellas.

We've got to find those stowaways.

- And when we do, we'll put them in irons.

- Aye, aye, sir.

Take a look in behind those cases.

You fellows, look behind those boxes.

- Never mind the barrels.

- Aye, aye, sir.

- What's that?

- I just said "aye, aye, sir."

- Never mind that. Find those men.

- Aye, aye, sir.

[Lids rattle]

[Horn tooting]

- They're not here, sir.

- Oh, yes, they are.

Hoist all this stuff up on deck.

- And get these barrels out of the way.

- Very well, sir.

Lower away up there.

Hurry up with that sling.

- You'll never find them standing around.

- Yes, sir.

You look in back of those bales.

You look in those boxes.

Yes, sir.

All right, boys.

Make it snappy up there!


There they are!


[Footsteps pattering]

[Horn tooting]

[Crowd chattering]

[Playing lively music]

[Crowd applauds]

You fellas, go aft.

You fellas, take a look

in behind those lifeboats.

[Woman exclaims in shock]

[Crowd chattering indistinctly]


tell us about the stowaways.

I'll have them in the brig before long.

That's terribly romantic.

I'd love to meet a stowaway.

Hey, you.

Are these your gloves?

I found them in your trunk.

- Go to your rooms. I'll be down shortly.

- Who are you?

Are you the floorwalker?

I want to register a complaint.

- What's the matter?

- Matter enough.

You know who sneaked into my stateroom

at 3:
00 a.m.?

- Who did that?

- Nobody, and that's my complaint.

I'm young.

I want gaiety, laughter, ha-cha-cha.

I wanna dance.

[Singing] I wanna dance

till the cows come home

Just what do you mean by this?

I don't like the way you're running this boat.

Get in the backseat and let your wife drive.

I've been captain

of this ship for 22 years.

Twenty-two years?

If you were a man,

you'd go in business for yourself.

I know a fellow,

started last year with a canoe.

He has more women than you can

shake a stick at, if you enjoy that.

One more word, and I'll throw you in irons.

You can't do it with irons.

It's a mashie shot.

It's a mashie shot if the wind is against you.

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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