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Black & White Classic Icons [20 Jul 2007|04:08am]

A few icons of the boys included in my latest set. I thought I'd share ^^;


*Comments are welcome
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just joined [20 Jul 2007|12:46am]

hey jsut found this group and was very happy when i did! i have been a Marx brothers fan since i was a little kid..i grew up watching reruns of "you bet your life" with my dad..

my fav movie of their: duck soup!

fav brother: harpo followed very closly by Groucho..

and would any of you happen to have a desktop wallpaper of the boys?

hail hail freedonia....

Interesting =] [19 Dec 2006|09:07pm]

The forecourt of Grauman's Chinese Theater at 6925 Hollywood Blvd. holds since 1933 the hand and footprints of the Marx Brothers.
Groucho also left an imprint of his cigar.

Saddam Hussein look-a-like discovered in Duck Soup:

This is actually British-born actor Frederick Sullivan, director of several silent films in the 1910s and he played some bit parts in the 1930s. He was also Harpo's pickpocket victim in Monkey Business: "You'll have to get up pretty early in the morning to steal from me," to which Groucho replies: "He got up early, but you weren't here. Could he see you sometime tomorrow?"

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*honk* [15 Dec 2006|07:12pm]

I just posted a few random facts in a useless_facts community, so I thought I'd share them here :)

*Harpo was the first brother to appear on screen in a widely released film, having been cast in Too Many Kisses as "The Village Peter Pan." It was in this role that Harpo spoke the only line he would ever speak in front of a movie or TV camera: "You sure you can't move?" But as it was a silent movie, audiences still didn't hear his voice.

*All the brothers and their real names were as follows:
  • Manfred, born in 1885 and died in infancy
  • Chico — Leonard, (March 22, 1887–October 11, 1961)
  • Harpo — Adolph (after 1911: Arthur), (November 23, 1888–September 28, 1964)
  • Groucho — Julius Henry, (October 2, 1890–August 19, 1977)
  • Gummo — Milton, (October 23, 1892–April 21, 1977)
  • Zeppo — Herbert, (February 25, 1901–November 30, 1979)
*In the movie A Day At The Races, Groucho Marx's character "Dr. Hugo Z. Hackenbush" was chosen instead of the intended "Quackenbush" to avoid a possible lawsuit as it was discovered that there was a real doctor by this name.

*The movie At The Circus was originally entitled "A Day at the Circus" it was to be the third in the Brothers' "Day/Night" series after A Night at the Opera (1935) and A Day at the Races (1937)
In the same movie, the scene in the midget's trailer was the only time Harpo Marx was even vaguely heard on-screen (when he sneezes).

*In the movie The Cocoanuts:
All paper used as props is soaking wet. This was done to prevent overloading the early sound equipment with paper-crinkling noise.
- Harpo's red wig looks black in this movie. For all subsequent movies, he wore a blonde wig to make it look lighter on film.
- During the day, the Marx Brothers worked on this movie. At night, they were starring in "Animal Crackers" on the stage.
- During the "Why a duck?" sequence, it seems that Groucho almost calls Chico "Ravelli", which is Chico's character in Animal Crackers. Since they were shooting The Cocoanuts in the morning and acting in Animal Crackers at night, this mix up is understandable.

PS- Is anybody else in love with Harpo's mirror scene in the Big Store!? You know the one where he is playing the harp and his reflection is playing the cello, and his other reflection is playing the violin? That's definately one of my most favourite Harpo scenes ever.
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Box Set [05 Dec 2006|01:30am]

[ mood | spacey ]

I know it's already been out for a long time, but a while back I found the 2nd Marx Bros. box set at costco for only 20 bucks. I was happy.

It has all their MGM films from "A Night at the Opera" to "The Big Store"
It may not be considered their best period, but it has 2 of my favorites "ANATO" and "Room Service", which I always though was a little underrated, and I finally got to see "A Night in Casablanca" and "The Big Store"

Now the only one I haven't seen yet is "Love Happy"

This, of course, will be ratified eventually.

Thought I would share the pleasant moment.

P.S. fave part of room service: Harpo won't stop eating really fast : )

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hello [01 Dec 2006|10:41am]

Anyone have any Chico icons/pictures/movies to share?
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Not promoting exactly but... [15 Jan 2006|04:30pm]

[ mood | okay ]

Hey Marxists everywhere! I've been a member of this community for awhile, and I wanted to let you know that over at http://www.livejournal.com/community/i_dig_thepast/ (I don't know how to link it directly to i_dig_the_past without the long link, but that's the community name anyhow), the Marx Brothers have just been named Famous Figures For January! So maybe if you want to post things over there about the lads we all know and love, or if you want to bring some people over to this community, now you have the link.

Also, I just finished "The Groucho Letters." I honestly do not know how Groucho could stand to be so funny and witty all the time. Good grief.


Groucho Marx, King of the Jungle [15 Jan 2006|11:46am]

[ mood | okay ]

Has anyone heard about this series of novels by Ron Goulart that casts Groucho Marx as a detective, partnered up with a screenwriter? I got one of them for Christmas and I actually found it to be very good -- Goulart has NAILED Groucho's "voice."

If anyone is interested, My review of Groucho Marx, King of the Jungle.


Early version of "Duck Soup" [03 Jul 2005|10:48pm]

[ mood | amused ]

Greetings, Marxists!

I just happened upon something totally new to me. Apparently, this is an early draft of the "Duck Soup" script.

Being a "Duck Soup" fan (as if you couldn't guess) I was amazed at never having seen this before. It contains many differences from the final version, some great gags that never made it, and an interesting peek at just how a Marx Brothers film looked on the written page.

Just a few of the differences from the final version:

* Zeppo's character is Rufus' son and secretary Bob Firefly, rather than simply his secretary Bob Roland. My screenname raises an eyebrow at that.
* Harpo's character is named Skippy rather than Pinky.
* No lemonade vendor, mirror gag, or trial scene.
* There are ambitiously written scenes in an opera house (slight shades of "Night at the Opera," their next film) and aboard a zeppelin that would probably have been amazingly expensive to film.
* Trentino's country is called "Amnesia," although its final name of "Sylvania" does appear late in the script.
* Vera is posing as Trentino's niece.
* Many risque' gags which unsurprisingly didn't make it to the screen.
* A running gag I really like involving rabbits.
* Before being made dictator, Rufus T. Firefly was an agent for an ammunition company, which leads to lots of ammunition-salesman gags and intertwines with the war a bit more.
* Most of the song lyrics are different.
* The ending is completely different!

If you haven't read this yet, I totally recommend it!


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[03 Jul 2005|11:23pm]

[ mood | content ]

Congratulations captn_spalding.
Created one year ago today.
Take this time to post your favourite Marx Brothers quotes/moments or pictures.

I'll never forget how hard I laughed the first time I saw the lemonade stand scene when Harpo takes his shoes off and jumps in the stall owners lemonade, then when Harpo, Chicko and The lemonade guy exchange hats for about 3 minutes. HAHA good stuff.

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[10 Apr 2005|01:56pm]

Hello Everyone. I am new in this community and pretty new to the Marx Brothers. A few days ago my day bought the Marx Brothers set which includes: A Night At The Opera, A Day at the Races, Room Service, At the Circus, Go West, The Big Store, and A Night in Casablanca. So far I have seen A Night At The Opera and A Day At the Races. I think these movies are funny as hell. So far I think A Night at The Opera is the best. But a very funny skit from A Day at the Races is:

"Ice Cream! Get your Tootsie Frootsie Ice Cream!"

So I hope to see more soon.
Once I do, I'll post again.


BTW, I think the people now-a-days don't like the Marx Brother's because they are fooled by the comedies today, which aren't nearly as humorous as:

Otis B. Driftwood: It's all right, tha-that's in every contract. Tha-that's what they call a sanity clause.
Fiorello: Ha ha ha ha ha ha... you can't fool me. There ain't no Sanity Clause.
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Marx Film Marathon! [02 Feb 2005|10:32pm]

[ mood | ecstatic ]

Stock up on blank video tapes because here's the time you've been waiting for!! April 8th, Turner Classic Movies or "TCM" will be running a marathon of the following films. Please check your local tv guides, I dont know what time zone the following times pertain to.

8:30 AM The Cocoanuts (1929) While running a hotel in Florida,
three clowns get caught up in the search for stolen jewels. The
Brothers, Kay Francis, Margaret Dumont. D: Robert Florey, Joseph
Santley. 93m.

10:15 AM Room Service (1938) Three zany producers try to extend
their hotel credit until they can get a play mounted. The Marx
Bros., Lucille Ball, Ann Miller. D: William A. Seiter. 79m. CC

11:45 AM At The Circus (1939) The Marx Bros. team up to keep a
circus from going bankrupt. The Marx Bros., Margaret Dumont, Eve
Arden. D: Edward Buzzell. 87m. CC

1:15 PM Go West (1940) Three zanies tackle outlaws and Indians
they head westward. The Marx Bros., John Carroll, Diana Lewis. D:
Edward Buzzell. 80m. CC

2:45 PM The Big Store (1941) A detective and his zany pals take
over a failing department store. The Marx Bros., Tony Martin,
Margaret Dumont. D: Charles Reisner. 83m. CC

4:15 PM A Day At The Races (1937) A group of zanies tries to save
pretty girl's sanitarium. The Marx Bros., Allan Jones, Maureen
O'Sullivan. D: Sam Wood. 109m. CC DVS

6:15 PM A Night at the Opera (1935) Three zanies turn an operatic
performance into chaos in their efforts to promote their protege's
romance with the leading lady. The Marx Brothers, Allan Jones,
Carlisle. D: Sam Wood. 91m. CC DVS

8:00 PM Duck Soup (1933) When he's named dictator of Fredonia, a
con artist declares war on the neighboring kingdom. The Marx
Brothers, Louis Calhern, Margaret Dumont. D: Leo McCarey. 68m. CC

9:15 PM Horse Feathers (1932) In an effort to beef up his
football team, a college president mistakenly recruits two
The Marx Brothers, Thelma Todd, David Landau. D: Norman Z. McLeod.
67m. CC

10:30 PM Monkey Business (1931) Four stowaways get mixed up with
angsters while running riot on an ocean liner. The Marx Brothers,
Thelma Todd, Rockliffe Fellowes. D: Norman Z. McLeod. 77m.

12:00 AM Animal Crackers (1930) Three zanies try to recover a
stolen painting during a madcap house party. The Marx Brothers,
Lillian Roth, Margaret Dumont. D: Victor Heerman. 97m.

Also, TCM has a great desktop wallpaper from "A Day At The Races" at their website http://turnerclassicmovies.com/FunStuff/ScreenWall/0,,88716,00.html


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You won't believe the deal I got. [29 Jan 2005|11:35pm]

[ mood | -smug consumer ]

Groucho Marx's You Bet Your Life: The Lost Episodes... for $10.99.

It was mismarked, and I took advantage of it. I feel special.

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[01 Dec 2004|06:28pm]

[ mood | bouncy ]

Wheeeeeeee my Dad just bought me the box set of DVD's!
I love The Marx Bros more than ever. The Big Store is the funniest I've seen, Harpo is brilliant.

I'm going to keep this community alive, pics, icons, banners, colour bars coming soon.

Greetings, Elisia.

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Hello I must be going... [26 Aug 2004|05:23pm]

[ mood | Grouchy (ha ha...) ]

Hey everyone, I'm new, I joined two minutes ago, and I'm so thrilled to have found a Marx Brothers community! My favorite Marx is Groucho (my parents even bought me some of his books for Christmas) and my favorite movie is Duck Soup. I even dressed up as Groucho for Halloween one year, which was super.

By the way, if any of you live in L.A., The New Beverly Cinema on 7165 Beverly Blvd is going to be playing "Animal Crackers" and "Duck Soup" on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday. Animal Crackers is playing at 2:25 PM and 7 PM on Sunday, and 7 PM on Mon-Tue. Duck Soup is playing at 4:20 PM and 8:55 PM on Sunday, and 8:55 PM Mon-Tue. So you could see both movies, one after the other. I just read about this in the paper today and got really excited and thought I'd share with you all.

Anyhow, I'm glad to have found this place and I hope it continues to grow and share the love of the Marx Brothers!

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chop it up [19 Aug 2004|11:35pm]

[ mood | bouncy ]

hey everyone. just joined.

fav marx bors film is duck soup

fav marx borhter is chico, reason why i attempted to learn the piano.

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Oooooooooh....Lydia, Lydia.... [05 Jul 2004|01:41pm]

[ mood | amused ]

Hi, all! I just got in. A Marx Bros. community was just what Dr. Hack-n-a-bush ordered. Pleasure to be invited in. You all look like a nice bunch. Thanks. I gotta gett-a da book!

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[05 Jul 2004|01:03pm]

Does anyone have any really cool Harpo icons? I really want one, I'll credit you of course. Pretty please???
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[04 Jul 2004|07:33pm]

[ mood | crazy ]

(Danny Kaye & Harpo)

I saw your advertisement on the HarpoMarx community and had to check it out. This place is pretty cool! The more marxism, the better. My fave brother is Harpo.. and fave film is The Cocoanuts. It's hard choosing one film, but The Cocoanuts was their first talkie which gives it a bit of history, plus its performed like the old stage shows they used to do with Minnie. The Marx's look very young and Groucho is less-assure than he becomes later in Animal Crackers. The Cocoanuts was the only one that Harpo had a story to tell about in his autobiography, every time I watch it, I wonder who's jail cell they were filming (they had a plaque with each of the Marxs names on it, nailed above each cell). Read "Harpo Speaks" if you haven't! Anyway, just wanted to say hello.

hail freedonia!

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[04 Jul 2004|04:48pm]

[ mood | happy ]

Its so great to see so many members who enjoy the Marx Brothers as much as I do. Thankyou everyone who has joined, now I need a co-mod because this is my first ever community and I'd lurve some help on layouts etc. Interested just comment :)
Oh, and today I bought myself 5 Marx Brothers videos for $15 each!!!!
Thank you again to everyone who has joined!


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