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…)
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…)
Review of Animal Crackers, starring Groucho Marx, Chico Marx, Harpo Marx, Zeppo Marx, Margaret Dumont
Released in 1930, Animal Crackers is the Marx Brothers‘ second film. It’s full of the manic energy for which Groucho Marx, Chico, and Harpo are known. In addition, Zeppo also excels in this film, acting as the secretary for Groucho, aka. Captain Spaulding, famous African explorer. One of the film’s songs, Hooray for Captain Spaulding, became Groucho’s trademark.
In a nutshell, the Marx Brothers become involved in a high society party, where a theft occurs. Leaving them embroiled in finding the crook and clearing their names. Highlights of the film include: (more…)