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At the Circus

At the Circus

At the Circus is a 1939 comedy film starring the Marx Brothers released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in which they help save a circus from bankruptcy. The film contains Groucho Marx's classic rendition of "Lydia the Tattooed Lady". The supporting cast includes Florence Rice, Kenny Baker, Margaret Dumont, and Eve Arden. The songs, including "Lydia the Tattooed Lady", "Two Blind Loves", and "Step Up and Take a Bow", were written by the team of Harold Arlen and Yip Harburg.

Plot

Goliath, the circus strongman (Nat Pendleton) and the midget, Little Professor Atom (Jerry Maren), both employed by Wilson's Wonder Circus, are accomplices of bad guy John Carter (James Burke) who is trying to take over the circus, owned by Jeff Wilson (Kenny Baker). Julie Randall (Florence Rice), Jeff's girlfriend, performs a horse act in the circus. Jeff has hidden $10,000 in cash, which he owes to Carter, in the cage of Gibraltar the gorilla (Charles Gemora). When Jeff goes to retrieve the money to give to Carter from Gibraltar's cage on the circus train, Carter has Goliath and Atom knock out Jeff and steal the $10,000.