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Harpo, Groucho and Chico develop the photograph that reveals the villain's identity in The Big Store

The Big Store

The Big Store (1941) starring the Marx Brothers – Groucho, Chico, Harpo – Margaret Dumont, Tony Martin

In the department store, Harpo acts as a snake charmer while Groucho and the crowd looks on in The Big Store
In the department store, Harpo acts as a snake charmer while Groucho and the crowd looks on in The Big Store

In  The Big Store — which was intended to be the final Marx Brothers movie, but thankfully wasn’t — the basic plot has a musical composer (Tony Martin) inherits half interest in a large department store (the “big store” of the title) — and is under a death threat from unscrupulous businessmen. His friend and piano instructor, Ravelli (Chico Marx) has the “famous” lawyer,  Wolf J. Flywheel (Groucho Marx) and his brother Wacky (Harpo Marx) to help protect him. (more…)

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The Annotated Marx Brothers: A Filmgoer's Guide to In-Jokes, Obscure References and Sly Details Paperback - by Matthew Coniam

The Annotated Marx Brothers

The Annotated Marx Brothers: A Filmgoers Guide to In-Jokes, Obscure References and Sly Details

Buy from Amazon.com Have you ever watched a Marx Brothers film and wondered what habeas Irish rose is? What is the trial of Mary Dugan with sound? What is a college widow? When exactly did Don Ameche invent the telephone?The Annotated Marx Brothers: A Filmgoer's Guide to In-Jokes, Obscure References and Sly Details Paperback - by Matthew Coniam Their films are full of such in-jokes and obscure theatrical, literary and topical references that can baffle modern audiences. In this viewer’s guide to the Marx Brothers, you will find the answer to such mysteries, along with an exhaustive compilation of background information, obscure trivia and even the occasional busted myth. Each of the Marx Brothers 13 films is covered by a running commentary, with points in the film discussed as they appear. (more…)

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The Music of the Marx Brothers: A Bio-Discography of the Works of Groucho, Harpo, Chico, Gummo, and Zeppo Marx

The Music of the Marx Brothers

Editorial Review of  The Music of the Marx Brothers: A Bio-Discography of the Works of Groucho, Harpo, Chico, Gummo, and Zeppo Marx

The Music of the Marx Brothers: A Bio-Discography of the Works of Groucho, Harpo, Chico, Gummo, and Zeppo MarxBuy from Amazon.com In the 1930s and 40s the Marx Brothers kept the world laughing in good times and bad with such screen classics as Animal Crackers, Duck Soup and A Night at the Opera. Comedy was always the driving force behind the Marx Brothers team on-screen. Off-screen they were three unique individuals who shared a love of music. Music from Marx Brothers’ plays and movies has been recorded by a variety of artists since the early 1920s, but it may surprise some to learn that the Marx Brothers, themselves, also left behind an impressive body of work on record.

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Love Happy starring the Marx Brothers (Groucho, Chico, Harpo), Vera-Ellen and Marilyn Monroe

Love Happy

 Love Happy  starring the Marx Brothers (Groucho, Chico, Harpo), Vera-Ellen and Marilyn Monroe

Synopsis of Love Happy

 Love Happy starring the Marx Brothers (Groucho, Chico, Harpo), Vera-Ellen and Marilyn MonroeBuy from Amazon.com Private-Eye Sam Grunion is reminiscing via flashbacks back to his famous case involving the Romanoff diamonds.   It begins with Harpo taking food from the rich for the poverty-stricken, starving troupe in rehearsal for a Broadway play. On one of his daily raids picks up a can of sardines where the Romanoff diamonds have been hidden. But only Madame Egelich and her two bodyguards know this, and she agrees to back the play, so they can be near the can of sardines and recover the diamonds. But Harpo and Faustino discover them first and they are chased all over NYC’s skyline by the bodyguards. Sam Grunion enters the case and quickly becomes enamored of Madame Egelich, and anything else wearing skirts. (more…)

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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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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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