Room Service with the Marx Bros will satisfy on the laugh score. There may be captious ones who’ll miss (1) Groucho’s standard rasslin’ with a femme via-a-vis; (2) Harpo’s harp solo; (3) Chico’s equally standard pianology. But the Marxes have a more staple story structure upon which to hang their buffoonery.
The minimization of the musical highlights naturally points up Groucho’s comedy all the more. But running a close second is Donald MacBride, from the original George Abbott play production [by John Murray and Allen Boretz] re-creating his role of the bombastic hotel executive. MacBride well nigh steals all of his scenes, adroitly foiled by Cliff Dunstan (also of the Broadway original) as the distrait hotel manager who has permitted the shoestring impresario (Groucho Marx) to camp a stranded troupe of 22 in his hostelry and run up a $1,200 tab.
Frank Albertson is the trusting young playwright from Oswego; Lucille Ball and Ann Miller are virtually walk-throughs as the femme vis-a-vis to Groucho and Albertson.