Room Service, starring the Marx Brothers

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. Continue reading

Lydia the Tattooed Lady – song lyrics

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.

Ah, Lydia.
She was the most glorious creature
Under the su-un.

Lydia the Tattooed Lady, sung by Groucho Marx in At the CircusGuiess. DuBarry. Garbo.
Rolled into one.


Lydia oh Lydia, say have you met Lydia,
Lydia, the Tattooed Lady. Continue reading

At the Circus, starring the Marx Brothers

At the Circus (1939) starring the Marx Brothers (Groucho, Chico, Harpo), Margaret Dumont, Eve Arden

Buy from 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.

At the Circus starring the Marx Brothers (Groucho, Chico, Harpo)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. Continue reading