Room Service

Synopsis: The Marx Brothers try and put on a play before their landlord finds out that they have run out of money. To confuse the landlord they pretend that the play's author has contracted some terrible disease and can't be moved. Originally a stage play, the setting shows it's origins, but this is vintage Marx Brothers.
Genre: Comedy
Director(s): William A. Seiter
Production: RKO Pictures
Rotten Tomatoes:
78 min

Well, what do you want? Can't a man

have a little privacy around here?

The cheque, Mr Miller.

Oh, the cheque. This cheque any good?

Why, yes, sir.

Well, we'll soon find out. There you are.

- Thank you.

- Don't give me any of that "thank you" stuff.

Mr Miller,

many times I have seen your company

rehearsing on the 19th floor.

Please, I would like to play

the part of the Polish miner.

My advice to you is to stay where you are.

Most actors would be tickled to death

to get as close to a lamb chop as you.

And I do mean, you.

You're wanted on the phone, Mr Miller.

Right over here, sir.

Give him a dime.


Oh, Christine. Hello, babe. How are you?

I'm going to be a little late.

But I can't leave until Mr Fremont

goes to lunch. Is that all right?

Well, get over to the rehearsal

as soon as you can.

Don't forget I'm making a star out of you,

and you only invested $250 in this show.

All right. Bye.

Please, Impresario, I read you

what Russian critic, Yacobovitch

say about my interpretation of Uncle Vanya.

That's very interesting.

Just when did he say that?

Just before he was shot.

It is just like in America,

three-and-a-half stars,

and then in the second act

with 300 peasants doing the Kazatsky.

Oh, excuse me, Mr Gribble.

Gordon, I want to talk to you.

Look, Joe, I never like to talk

to a hotel manager on a full stomach.

Gordon, this whole thing is a mess.

If you're referring to that meal

I just had, you're dead right.

I knew this would happen. I should never

have allowed you into this hotel.

Now, Joe, you mustn't be impatient.

I'll pay this bill just as soon as

I find some backers for my show.

After all, you can't shake

suckers out of your sleeve.

Anyhow, I can't.

Gordon, I'm in a terrible spot.

Mr Wagner, the supervising director,

is downstairs now, inspecting the books.

Wagner? I thought he wasn't coming

for another two months.

He walked in on me unexpectedly.

He'll discover your bill any minute.

$1,200 worth of credit

to a shoestring producer.

How will I explain it?

If he finds out you're my brother-in-law,

it'll cost me my job.

It was a business proposition.

In return for a little credit to me

and 22 of my actors,

I gave you a 10/ interest in the show.

Don't forget,

you begged to get in on the ground floor.

You mean I was railroaded into it

by you and Flossie.

You do me a favour, and kindly

keep your wife's name out of this.

Do you realise you're talking about

the woman you love?

And besides, she happens to be my sister

on my mother's side.

Hello, boss.

Ha ha, the rehearsal, she's a wonder.

- Hello, Binelli.

- Yes, sirree, it's a-wonderful.

I still think it's a terrible play,

but it makes a wonderful rehearsal.

- Hello, room service.

- Just a minute, Binelli.

You can't eat here anymore.

Well, there's only one thing to do, Joe,

I'll have to scram.

But Gordon, I can't let you skip.

You'll have to leave your luggage.

All right, I'll leave my luggage,

but we can wear a lot of clothes.

Hey, Binelli, put on three of my suits.

Give me Room 1922.

Faker, here we go again.

Come on down and give us a hand.

Well, you don't want 22 people skipping,

all in one day, do you, Joe?

- No, of course not, but...

- Don't you see, Joe?

Their bills are charged to me,

so they can't be held responsible.

The minute I'm out, we'll have the whole

cast reregister under their own names.

And starting from today, instead of

one big bill, you'll have 22 little ones.

Hello? Joe, it's for you.


- Oh, yes, Mr Wagner. I'll be right down.

- I'll be out of here in 15 minutes.

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Morrie Ryskind

Morrie Ryskind (October 20, 1895 – August 24, 1985) was an American dramatist, lyricist and writer of theatrical productions and motion pictures, who became a conservative political activist later in life. more…

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