Cinema: The New Pictures: Oct. 3, 1938

Room Service (RKO) is John Murray's and Allen Boretz's outrageously funny farce about the exigencies of show business on a shoe string, redesigned as a vehicle for Harpo, Groucho and Chico Marx. Groucho is Producer Gordon Miller, whose schemes for wheedling board & lodging out of a weak-spined hotel manager to whom he already owes a small fortune are hideously complicated by the arrival of an irascible hotel supervisor (Donald McBride), then of the bewildered young author whose play he hopes to produce. Harpo and Chico are Miller's equally impecunious assistants....

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