Hooray for Captain Spaulding

"Hooray for Captain Spaulding" is a song, originally from the 1928 Marx Brothers Broadway musical Animal Crackers and the 1930 film version.[1] It later became well known as the theme song for the Groucho Marx television show You Bet Your Life (1950–1961), and became Groucho's signature tune and was usually played when he was introduced on various talk shows and the like.[2]

"Hooray for Captain Spaulding"
Composer(s)Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby

The modern version of the situation comedy radio show Flywheel, Shyster, and Flywheel uses this song for its opening theme.

The line, "I think I'll try to make her" was cut from the movie, being considered too risqué.[3]


The song is a series of rhyming gags but ends with a loud repeated chorus that drown out the captain's attempts to speak.

Hooray for Captain Spaulding,

The African explorer.

He brought his name undying fame

And that is why we say,

Hooray, Hooray, Hooray.


  1. Jones, Kenneth (September 18, 2009). "Hooray for Captain Spaulding! Animal Crackers Begins at Goodman Sept. 18". Playbill. Retrieved June 18, 2018.
  2. Rizzo, Frank (September 20, 1992). "Hooray For Capt. Spaulding, The African Explorer". Hartford Courant. Retrieved June 18, 2018.
  3. "Animal Crackers (1930)". Filmsite.org. Retrieved June 18, 2018.

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