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The Marx Brothers Silver Screen Collection (Groucho, Zeppo, Chico, Harpo)

The Marx Brothers Silver Screen Collection

Editorial review of The Marx Brothers Silver Screen Collection (The Cocoanuts / Animal Crackers / Monkey Business / Horse Feathers / Duck Soup), starring Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Chico Marx, Zeppo Marx (courtesy of Amazon.com )

The Marx Brothers Silver Screen Collection (Groucho, Zeppo, Chico, Harpo)

Buy from Amazon.com There will be a debate of which 2004 DVD collection of Marx Brothers films was better. This Universal release of the better known Paramount-produced films are the only ones starring all four brothers: GrouchoChicoHarpo, and ZeppoThe Warner collection contains less-vital films, but is loaded with extras and commentaries. The Universal collection contains only 20 minutes of interviews from NBC’s Today Show interesting but short with Harpo, Groucho, and Harpo’s son Bill from the ‘60s and ‘70s. All of the films in this collection were released on DVD by Image Entertainment in 2000 and the prints look the same, which isn’t necessarily bad; one just wishes a major restoration had been undertaken. (more…)

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The Marx Brothers' Monkey Business

Monkey Business, starring the Marx Brothers

Monkey Business, starring Groucho Marx, Chico Marx, Harpo Marx, Zeppo Marx, Thelma Todd

Monkey Business, starring Groucho Marx, Chico Marx, Harpo Marx, Zeppo Marx, Thelma ToddBuy from Amazon.com In Monkey BusinessGrouchoHarpoChico and Zeppo are four stowaways on board ship, destined for the United States of America. After being discovered hiding in barrels (and singing Sweet Adeline), they are pursued by the ship’s crew, to hilarious effect. Zeppo and Groucho wind up working as bodyguards for one gangster on board, while Chico and Harpo do the same for a rival gangster. After docking, the four borrow a passport and impersonate its’ owner, Maurice Chevalier (who doesn’t appear in the film) to gain entrance to the country, by singing one of Chevalier’s songs to prove that each of them, including the silent Harpo, is Mr. Chevalier. (more…)

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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.

Dr. Hackenbush song lyrics

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…)

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Duck Soup, starring Groucho Marx, Chico Marx, Harpo Marx, Zeppo Marx, Margaret Dumont

Duck Soup

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

Duck Soup, starring Groucho Marx, Chico Marx, Harpo Marx, Zeppo Marx, Margaret Dumont Buy from Amazon.com 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…)

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The Marx Brothers, 1935

Marx Brothers Films

Marx Brothers Film List (Groucho, Chico, Harpo, Zeppo)

The Marx Brothers films – A listing of the various Marx Brothers movies, both as a team and with various individual roles. (more…)

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Review of The Cocoanuts, starring Groucho Marx, Chico Marx, Harpo Marx, Zeppo Marx, Margaret Dumont

The Cocoanuts, starring the Marx Brothers

Review of The Cocoanuts, starring Groucho Marx, Chico Marx, Harpo Marx, Zeppo Marx, Margaret Dumont

Buy from Amazon.com 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.

Review of The Cocoanuts, starring Groucho Marx, Chico Marx, Harpo Marx, Zeppo Marx, Margaret DumontMargaret 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…)

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Hello, I Must Be Going: Groucho and His Friends - "Reading Hello, I Must Be Going is like really being there. And I should know. I love the book." - Zeppo Marx

Hello, I Must Be Going

Hello, I Must Be Going – Groucho and His Friends

Hello, I Must Be Going: Groucho and His Friends - "Reading Hello, I Must Be Going is like really being there. And I should know. I love the book." - Zeppo MarxBuy from Amazon.com 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…)

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Room Service (1938) starring the Marx Brothers (Groucho Marx, Chico Marx, Harpo Marx), Lucille Ball, Ann Miller

Room Service, starring the Marx Brothers

Room Service (1938) starring the Marx Brothers (Groucho Marx, Chico Marx, Harpo Marx), Lucille Ball, Ann Miller

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Song lyrics to Whatever It Is, I'm Against It From the Marx Bros. film Horse Feathers (1932), as sung by Groucho Marx (Harry Ruby / Bert Kalmar)

Whatever It Is, I’m Against It – song lyrics

Song lyrics to Whatever It Is, I’m Against It





From the Marx Bros. film Horse Feathers (1932), as sung by Groucho Marx
(Harry Ruby / Bert Kalmar)

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…)

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Song lyrics to Hooray for Captain Spaulding

Hooray for Captain Spaulding | song lyrics

Song lyrics to  Hooray for Captain Spaulding

Hooray for Captain Spaulding – Groucho Marx’ theme song, from the film Animal Crackers  (1930), by  Bert Kalmar / Harry Ruby,  performed by  Groucho Marx, Zeppo Marx, Margaret Dumont & Chorus (more…)

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