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A Night in Casablanca, starring the Marx Brothers

Groucho’s letter to Warner Brothers, regarding A Night in Casablanca

Groucho’s letter to Warner Brothers, regarding A Night in Casablanca

(Editor’s note: During the filming of the Marx BrothersA Night in Casablanca, the legal department of the Warner Brothers studio allegedly sent the Marx Brothers a letter, warning them of possible infringement of their film, Casablanca, starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman.   This is  Groucho’s  reply to them.) (more…)

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Margaret Dumont, printed in Movie Star News

Margaret Dumont biography

Margaret Dumont biography (October 20, 1882 – March 6, 1965)




Margaret Dumont appeared with many comedians, including Jack Benny, Danny Kaye, Red Skelton, and W. C. Fields – but she is best known for her recurring role as the stodgy dowager straight man to  Groucho Marx in many of the Marx Brothers‘ most popular films.

Margaret Dumont was born on October 20, 1882, as Daisy Juliette Baker, and as a girl she sang on the stage in both America and Europe under the name of Daisy Dumont.   A trained singer, she moved onto the stage as an actress in 1907, but after her marriage to John Muller Jr. in 1910, she retired from the stage to devote herself to her wealthy husband.

Margaret Dumont, printed in Movie Star NewsShe returned to the stage only after the death of her husband, where in 1925 she was cast in a very popular Broadway production titled  The Cocoanuts, appearing alongside four brothers named Julius, Leonard, Adolph and Milton – who would soon be better known as  Groucho,  Chico,  Harpo  and Gummo, the Marx Brothers. (more…)

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A Night in Casablanca, starring the Marx Brothers

A Night in Casablanca

A Night in Casablanca (1946) starring the Marx Brothers (Groucho, Chico, Harpo), Sig Ruman

Buy from Amazon.com A Night in Casablanca is the last Marx Brothers movie, and I’m happy to say,  one of their finest. The Marx Brothers had officially retired by this time.  However, they reunited on screen for the financial benefit of their brother  Chico. And I’m very glad they did. (more…)

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Harpo Speaks! by Harpo Marx and Rowland Barber

Harpo Speaks! an autobiography of Harpo Marx

Harpo Speaks! by Harpo Marx and Rowland BarberHarpo Speaks! by Harpo Marx, Rowland Barber, Susan Marx (Photographer), Bill Marx (Photographer)

Review of Harpo Speaks:

Buy from Amazon.com Frankly, Harpo Speaks is one of my favorite books of all time. It’s hilarious, serious, witty, poignant and thought-provoking, sometimes all at the same time. It details what it was like to grow up in the Marx household, how all of the brothers were pushed into show business by their mother, Minnie, how hard they worked for so many years at (barely) subsistence wages, how they entertained each other, grew up on the road, and in one night changed from a singing group to the first great ‘screwball’ comedy team. If you love clowns, or are interested in clowning, you want to read this book; it’s a wonderful insight into clowning, what’s funny and why, as well as some of the Marx Brothers’ classic routines. It’s also a wonderful insight into a man I would have loved to have known; Harpo Marx. (more…)

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Horse Feathers, starring the Marx Brothers (DVD cover)

Horse Feathers

Horse Feathers (1932) starring the Marx Brothers – Groucho, Chico, Harpo, Zeppo

First, imagine the Marx Brothers attending college. Now, imagine  Groucho as the president of the college,  Zeppo as his son, and  Harpo and  Chico as the newest additions to the college football team.  Recruited by mistake, of course. Now, imagine the beautiful  Thelma Todd, trying to weasel the team’s football signals from Zeppo and Groucho in her well-known vampish way.  And now, imagine the big football game, with the Marx Brothers on the field, pulling out all the stops to defeat the other side.  What do you get for all your imaginings?  Horse Feathers, of course. (more…)

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Arthur Marx’s Groucho – A Photographic Journey

Book review of Arthur Marx’s Groucho – A Photographic Journey

Product description of Arthur Marx’s Groucho – A Photographic Journey

Book review of Arthur Marx's Groucho - A Photographic JourneyBuy from Amazon.com As the son of the world’s funniest comedian, Arthur Marx had an insider’s view of the ever-changing landscape of American entertainment. Arthur Marx’s GROUCHO offers never before seen images of his legendary family and the Hollywood scene of the 20th century. Recently discovered, never before seen candid photographs taken by Arthur Marx are at the heart of the Marx Family journey through vaudeville, Broadway, film, radio and television. Here are intimate, poignant and hilarious images of Groucho Marx, the family man, and Groucho Marx, the artist, backstage with brothers Harpo and Chico on the MGM lot. (more…)

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Go West (1940) starring the Marx Brothers - Groucho, Chico, and Harpo

Go West starring the Marx Brothers

Go West (1940) starring the Marx Brothers – Groucho, Chico, and Harpo

Synopsis of Go West

Go West, Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Chico Marx, Diana Lewis, 1940Buy from Amazon.com The Marx BrothersGroucho, Chico, and Harpoend up in the American Old West, where Chico and Harpo are unsuccessful prospectors, who befriend a desert rat who gives them the deed to some property for only ten dollars.  Groucho tries to sell that land to the railroad company at an inflated price, only to have it stolen by the villain of the picture.  Without that land sale, the movie’s romantic couple will be kept apart by the girl’s grandfather — the desert rat that Chico and Harpo befriended! (more…)

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The Unknown Marx Brothers: A Unique Look at Film's Most Original Comedy Legends, narrated by Leslie Nielsen - caricature of Groucho, Harpo and Chico

The Unknown Marx Brothers

DVD review of The Unknown Marx Brothers: A Unique Look at Film’s Most Original Comedy Legends, narrated by Leslie Nielsen

The Unknown Marx Brothers: A Unique Look at Film's Most Original Comedy Legends, narrated by Leslie Nielsen - caricature of Groucho, Harpo and ChicoBuy from Amazon.com A very nice documentary on the  Marx Brothers, one of the great clown comedy teams. Originally a 1993 PBS documentary, this is a well-done, 52-minute documentary on the Marx brothers, focusing on the ‘big three’ –  Groucho,  Chico, &  Harpo, although  Zeppo  &  Gummo are mentioned as well. It has some very nice private recollections by family and co-workers – €I especially enjoyed Bill Marx’ re-creation of his father Harpo’s ‘gookie’ look; I already knew the story from  Harpo’s autobiography, but it was interesting seeing the story. (more…)

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Love, Groucho: Letters From Groucho Marx To His Daughter Miriam

Love, Groucho: Letters From Groucho Marx To His Daughter Miriam

Love, Groucho: Letters From Groucho Marx To His Daughter MiriamDescription of  Love, Groucho: Letters From Groucho Marx To His Daughter Miriam

Buy from Amazon.com For everyone who still can’t get enough of this legendary wit (and excellent writer), here is an extraordinary collection of almost two hundred letters by Groucho Marx. Following a close filial relationship as it unfolds week by week, year by year, these letters move through three decades of life: from the vagaries of Groucho’s career in film, radio, and television, through two divorces and two remarriages, to Miriam’s own often tumultuous young adulthood. (more…)

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Groucho Marx and Other Short Stories and Tall Tales: Selected Writings of Groucho Marx, An Updated and Expanded Edition

Groucho Marx and Other Short Stories and Tall Tales

Editorial Review of  Groucho Marx and Other Short Stories and Tall Tales: Selected Writings of Groucho Marx, An Updated and Expanded Edition, courtesy of  Amazon.com

Groucho Marx and Other Short Stories and Tall Tales: Selected Writings of Groucho Marx, An Updated and Expanded EditionBuy from Amazon.com It makes sense that Groucho, master of the wise crack, a man who kept company with S.J. Perelman and George S. Kaufman, should be a wonderful author in his own right, but you won’t know how wonderful unless you have this book. Its editor, Robert S. Bader, has collected the funniest essays, columns and letters that Groucho composed during his long career. Writing with a wit and love of non-sequitur that influenced the young Woody Allen, Groucho also displays real warmth of character in these short pieces, an abiding love of family and of living. (more…)

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