Dr. Hackenbush song lyrics – from A Day at the Races (almost)
In the Marx Brothers movie, A Day at the Races, there was originally a song that echoed Hurray for Captain Spaulding entitled Dr. Hackenbush. However, it was decided that something needed to be cut and Groucho volunteered this song. Years later, Groucho regretted this decision and often sung the song at gatherings. (more…)
DVD Review of Duck Soup, starring Groucho Marx, Chico Marx, Harpo Marx, Zeppo Marx, Margaret Dumont
Overview of Duck Soup, starring Groucho, Chico, Harpo, Zeppo
When asked to explain the movie title, Groucho said, “Take two turkeys, one goose, four cabbages, but no duck, and mix them together. After one taste, you’ll duck soup for the rest of your life.” Start with excellent production and direction. Add the Marx brothers (Groucho, Chico, Harpo and the long-suffering Zeppo), add the ultimate straight person (Margaret Dumont), stir well and you’ll be serving Duck Soup. (more…)
Review of The Cocoanuts, starring Groucho Marx, Chico Marx, Harpo Marx, Zeppo Marx, Margaret Dumont
The Cocoanuts was the first movie filmed by the Marx Brothers, and remains one of their funniest. It features the Marx Brothers in the roles that they soon made famous – Groucho, with the greasepaint mustache, master of the fast wisecrack; Chico, the vaguely-Italian pianist who constantly looking to con someone; Harpo, who never speaks, but is the master of outrageous comedy and pantomime; and Zeppo, the handsome straight man.
Margaret Dumont, Groucho’s perennial foil, appears in this first film as well. There is a plot to the movie, dealing with Groucho trying to flim-flam everyone possible in a land swindle. But that’s frankly of secondary concern to the antics of the Marx Brothers. (more…)
Hello, I Must Be Going – Groucho and His Friends
Hello, I Must Be Going has a double meaning as the title of this biography of Groucho Marx. In addition to being the theme song for his character Dr. Spaulding in Animal Crackers, it is also the theme for this book – the final years of Groucho Marx, as the old comedian and clown looks towards his final exit. I know that sounds maudlin, but the book definitely isn’t. It’s Groucho at his twilight, but mentally as sharp as ever, and as funny as ever. In addition, the author interviews many of Groucho’s friends from his twilight years. These include Bill Cosby (who wrote the introduction), Woody Allen, Jack Nicholson, Elliot Gould and many others. (more…)
Room Service (1938) starring the Marx Brothers (Groucho Marx, Chico Marx, Harpo Marx), Lucille Ball, Ann Miller
I’ve long heard negative things about Room Service starring the Marx Brothers – Groucho, Chico, and Harpo. However, after viewing the movie for myself, I don’t think that they’re deserved. Granted, it’s not of the same quality as Duck Soup, but it’s still very funny in its’ own right. That’s not to say that there aren’t negative things to say. The pace seems slow compared to typical Marx Brothers fare. The movie starts slowly. On the other hand, the ending of the movie is the normal zaniness that we’ve come to expect, and it plays well. (more…)
Song lyrics to Whatever It Is, I’m Against It
I don’t know what they have to say
It makes no difference anyway
Whatever it is, I’m against it!
No matter what it is
Or who commenced it
I’m against it! (more…)
Lyrics to Lydia the Tattooed Lady sung by Groucho Marx in the Marx Brothers movie At the Circus
Interestingly, Lydia the Tattooed Lady was the favorite song of Jim Henson and was sung on the very first episode of The Muppet Show. In addition, it was sung by muppet performers at his funeral.
My life was wrapped around the circus.
Her name was Lydia.
I met her at the world’s fair in 1900,
marked down from 1940.
She was the most glorious creature
Under the su-un.
Guiess. DuBarry. Garbo.
Rolled into one.
Lydia oh Lydia, say have you met Lydia,
Lydia, the Tattooed Lady. (more…)
At the Circus (1939) starring the Marx Brothers (Groucho, Chico, Harpo), Margaret Dumont, Eve Arden
At the Circus is perhaps the Marx Brothers‘ most underrated comedy. It’s quite funny, with a very zany ending, complete with Harpo’s athletic working on the high wires, reminiscent of the ending of A Night at the Opera. The plot involves the obligatory love interest, a wealthy young man who forsakes the fortune of his rich aunt (played by Groucho’s perpetual foil, Margaret Dumont) to run the circus that his girlfriend performs in.
But when the evil owner of the circus steals the money needed to pay off the mortgage, it falls upon the strongman’s assistant Punchy (Harpo Marx), circus hand Antonio Pirelli (Chico Marx) and Antonio’s shyster lawyer friend, J. Cheever Loophole (Groucho Marx). With an assist from a gorilla named Gibraltar, one of Groucho’s funniest co-stars. (more…)