Monkey Business

Monkey Business

DVD - 2002
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A chemist discovers a potent rejuvenation drug that restores youth but with some hilarious results.
Publisher: Beverly Hills, Calif. : Twentieth Century Fox, c2002, 1952.
Branch Call Number: DVD MON512
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (97 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in.
Alternative Title: Howard Hawks' Monkey business


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May 24, 2019

Cary Grant is absolutely hilarious in this movie, as is Ginger Rogers. I loved it! I enjoyed Marilyn Monroe’s bit as a secretary as well. Great film if you are looking for something to make you laugh and forget about your stress for a while!

Sep 22, 2017

VERY GOOD 1952 screwball comedy which took a bit of screen time to engage me - but it did and I'm glad I watched this enjoyable period piece.
Fun to see Marilyn acting at 26 - and also Ginger Rogers. Also interesting to see Cary Grant in a comedic role.

Feb 19, 2017

Howard Hawks drops the ball with this lame duck which is all screwball but no comedy. Despite its great premise the film is marred by a sophomoric script and amateurish acting which ensure that any laughs are few and feeble. Marilyn Monroe's performance as the ditzy secretary is the best of the lot but the monkey deserved an Oscar.

Aug 07, 2016

Rated 5/10.

Jul 05, 2014

Terrible. Very bad comedy. The acting was really bad....the only saving grace was Marilyn Monroe's performance. other than that, this film is extremely bad.

Jun 02, 2014

The 2 stars were ALL for Marilyn. Cary Grant and Ginger Rogers get no stars. BAD acting from all.

Jun 15, 2013

Monkey Business was very-Very-VERY bad comedy. This movie was real garbage.

Both of the ageing actors, Cary Grant and Ginger Rogers gave terrible, "phone-in" performances. These 2 were a good part of the reason why this 1952 comedy fell flat on its face into the muck of movies that are best left unwatched.

Aside from the cast member of Esther, a mischievous, little chimp, it was Marilyn Monroe who was the only human actor worth any notice in this picture.

Since it has been said that director Howard Hawks saw no talent in Monroe, she was wasted and reduced to playing the nothing-part of a clueless, blond, bimbo secretary who frequently showed off her legs and naively flirted with anyone in pants.

Monkey Business has Esther, the chimp, being the one (not the professor) who formulates a miraculous rejuvenating elixir.


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