The Comic World of the Marx Brothers Movies

Maurice Charney. 5 Animal Crackers LIKE THE COCOANUTS, ANIMAL
CRACKERS WAS ALSO A RECENT Broadway play with the Marx Brothers. It
opened on October 23, 1928, and played for seventeen performances. It too was
written by ...

The Comic World of the Marx Brothers  Movies

The Comic World of the Marx Brothers' Movies: "Anything Further Father?" is the first book to consider the Marx Brothers in the context of comic theory and practice. It includes a gag analysis of three famous scenes: the stateroom scene in A Night at the Opera, the mirror scene in Duck Soup, and the "tootsie-frootsie" ice cream scene in A Day at the Races.

The Marx Brothers as Social Critics

Growing up, I loved the slapstick and pratfalls of the Marx Brothers. Who doesn't?
Of course, I didn't understand all the jokes or puns until one evening my older
brother and I went to see a re-release ofA Day at the Races (it was the first time
for ...

The Marx Brothers as Social Critics

The Marx Brothers’ films are packed with slapstick and obvious jokes, gags, puns, pratfalls, and mimicry. But beneath the laughs is a serious and biting condemnation of American culture. This book examines historical events, political practices, economic conditions, manners and customs, literary subjects, and popular entertainment as satirized in the films and considers the ways in which the films were relevant in their era and remain so today.

The Marx Brothers

Addressing broader lines this chapter's opening question— How does one
measure the influence of the Marx Brothers?-four subjects come to mind: their
significance as cultural icons, their richly ambitious influence upon schools of
comedy, ...

The Marx Brothers

"Well-researched and informative, this volume brings new light on the comedians' contribution to screen art." The Bookshelf

A Century of the Marx Brothers

The collection's eleven essays examine the Marx Brothers' work from a number of critical perspectives ranging from reader-response theory to film semiotics.

A Century of the Marx Brothers

In 1905 Julius Marx began his vaudeville career with the singing group The Leroy Trio and was abandoned in the middle of the tour. It was an inauspicious start for the person who would become "Groucho." A hundred years later, the Marx Brothers have permeated our culture from the plastic noses and glasses worn at parties to a Smithsonian exhibition which explains DNA recombination using A Night at the Opera. Although they completed relatively few films together, the brothers have become icons, recognizable even to people who have never seen their movies. Most scholarly work on the Marx Brothers has focused on biographical aspects of their careers and lives; A Century of the Marx Brothers suggests a myriad of other useful approaches to their film and stage productions. The collection's eleven essays examine the Marx Brothers' work from a number of critical perspectives ranging from reader-response theory to film semiotics. The contributors include international scholars in a variety of fields, such as literature, cultural studies, performance studies, and film history.

The Marx Brothers

Websites More information, photos, trivia and Marx Brothers fun can be found on
the Internet. There are several Marx Brothers web-sites that have been set up by
fans of the fabulous five brothers Marx., as listed below. These have all been ...

The Marx Brothers

Wise-cracking Groucho Marx with his trademark cigar and painted on black moustache. Blonde, curly-wigged, mute Harpo, beeping his blub horn and chasing pretty girls. Rubber-faced Chico, twisting phrases into hysterical malapropisms. And handsome straight-man Zeppo Marx. Who can forget their antics in such classic comedy films as The Cocoanuts (1929), Animal Crackers (1930), Monkey Business (1931), Horse Feathers (1932), and Duck Soup (1933), which literally defined the cinematic term 1930's screwball comedy. After their first five movies became box-office hits, The Marx Brothers were bona fide movie stars. However, once they moved out to Hollywood, their film career seemed to stall. That was until Chico asked for help from one of his poker playing buddies, MGM head Irving Thalberg. Taken under Thalberg's wing, the brothers--now trimmed down to the trio of Groucho, Harpo and Chico--began the second stage of their film career. While at MGM, the kooky Marx trio reached new heights with their films including A Night At The Opera (1935), A Day At The Races (1937), Room Service (1938), At The Circus (1939), Go West (1940), The Big Store (1941), and A Night In Casablanca (1946). After World War II ended, movie tastes changed, and The Marx Brothers each went their separate ways. In 1949 however, they reunited for their final film together, Love Happy, which included a now-famous scene between Groucho and a struggling newcomer who called herself Marilyn Monroe. The Pocket Essential Marx Brothers includes a concise look at the incredible career of this unforgettable troupe, from their beginnings on the vaudeville circuit, to becoming Broadway stars, to their classic film stardom. All of the films, the co-stars, the plotlines, and all of the background tales are included. Also, the end of the film careers of the brothers is only part of the story, as Groucho, Harpo and Chico all branched out into other areas of the business on both radio and television.

The Annotated Marx Brothers

—Chicolini (Chico Marx) Once upon a time, there was a Marx Brothers film called
Duck Soup. Irving Thalberg thought it defined everything that was wrong with the
Marx Brothers, and for decades they agreed with him. Legend insists that the ...

The Annotated Marx Brothers

"Coniam has done a remarkable service for viewers of Marx Brothers films with this collection of answers to comedy ponderables...highly recommended"--Choice "It's gold to a real Marx Brothers fan"--Communication Booknotes Quarterly "Very interesting, entertaining, and enlightening...impressive...the quintessential look at the comedy team’s films...indispensible"--Examiner "It might have been thought that there was nothing new to add to the legions of books on the Marx brothers, and then along comes this worthy and funny book...invaluable for the modern audience for the Marx Brothers...highly recommended"--Destructive Music "An invaluable guide to some of the most surrealistic comedies ever produced in Hollywood.--Crime Time "I've been hoping that someone would write a book like this. Now, when somebody doesn’t get Groucho's joke about the Irish chiropodist in Animal Crackers. I don't have to explain it. I can just point to this book!"--Randy Skretvedt, author of Laurel and Hardy: The Magic Behind the Movies. 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? 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. Each reference is listed by its running time, with time code given for both PAL and NTSC DVD. An introduction for neophytes and a resource for fanatics, this book is a travel guide to the rambling landscape of these remarkable comedies.

Marx Brothers The Colorful Comedy Team

I feel like The Marx Brothers VANI _ I ' m hang - gliding ! were famous for playing
pranks and practical jokes on their directors and co - stars ! Zeppo Marx was also
a well - known inventor of several mechanical devices including a heart monitor ...

Marx Brothers   The Colorful Comedy Team


Flywheel Shyster and Flywheel

Finally, for the legions of Marx Brothers fans, here is the hilarious, long-lost Marx Brothers radio scripts (25 in all) from their 1933 "Five Star Theatre" series.

Flywheel  Shyster  and Flywheel

Finally, for the legions of Marx Brothers fans, here is the hilarious, long-lost Marx Brothers radio scripts (25 in all) from their 1933 "Five Star Theatre" series. Contains period photos of Groucho and Chico along with memorabilia of the times. 25 halftones.

The Marx Brothers

The Marx Brothers


Giraffes on Horseback Salad

In the story, a businessman named Jimmy (played by Harpo) is drawn to the mysterious Surrealist Woman, whose very presence changes humdrum reality into Dali-esque fantasy.

Giraffes on Horseback Salad

This lushly illustrated graphic novel re-creates a lost Marx Brothers script written by modern art icon Salvador Dali. Grab some popcorn and take a seat...The curtain is about to rise on a film like no other! But first, the real-life backstory: Giraffes on Horseback Salad was a Marx Brothers film written by modern art icon Salvador Dali, who’d befriended Harpo. Rejected by MGM, the script was thought lost forever. Author and lost-film buff Josh Frank unearthed the original script, and Dali’s notes and sketches for the project, tucked away in museum archives. With comedian Tim Heidecker and Spanish comics creator Manuela Pertega, he’s re-created the film as a graphic novel in all its gorgeous full-color, cinematic, surreal glory. In the story, a businessman named Jimmy (played by Harpo) is drawn to the mysterious Surrealist Woman, whose very presence changes humdrum reality into Dali-esque fantasy. With the help of Groucho and Chico, Jimmy seeks to join her fantastical world—but forces of normalcy threaten to end their romance. Includes new Marx Brothers songs and antics, plus the real-world story behind the historic collaboration.

The Marx Brothers

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The Last of the Marx Brothers Writers

This is how it feels to be trapped in your own 'bits' - the mind unable to beat except in gag rhythms, and nobody buys the gags anymore." -Dan Sullivan, The Los Angeles Times "Here is a piece of theater you absolutely must not miss .

The Last of the Marx Brothers  Writers

Jimmy Bryce, an ex-vaudevillian and comedy writer, lives in a run-down hotel in Los Angeles. As he waits for a young comic writer to arrive for comedy lessons, Bryce remembers his past life. His memory conjures up his ex-wife Alice and an original "Marx Brothers-like" character called Flammo or Julius Dumont. The play is studded with wild verbal and slapstick comic turns and tries to explore the world of terror and surrealism that lies on the other side of comedy. "Louis Phillips invented Jimmy, and deserves full marks for it. If his play reminds us of THE SUNSHINE BOYS crossed with THE HOUSE OF BLUE LEAVES, the blend still seems fresh. This is how it feels to be trapped in your own 'bits' - the mind unable to beat except in gag rhythms, and nobody buys the gags anymore." -Dan Sullivan, The Los Angeles Times "Here is a piece of theater you absolutely must not miss ... This fine, touching, inventive, and gorgeously zany play is about - you guess it - the failure of the American dream." -Jonathan Saville, Weekly Reader (San Diego) "It is strong and clever in its methodical pursuit of madness. It is studded with non sequiturs, puns, riddles, and sight-gags, running wild or worked into routines and shticks." -Charlie Farber, Los Angeles Free Press "The plays is framed in an exciting, almost frenetic mixture of wild imagery and stark reality ... It is a nonstop bombardment of the senses and the mind." -Bill Hagen, The San Diego Evening Tribune

Art Ducko

This is a 504 page book in a 9x12" format; full-color cover and interior pages on 80lb stock.

Art Ducko

This is a 504 page book in a 9x12" format; full-color cover and interior pages on 80lb stock. A coffee table book on the film art--and associated rare photos--of the posters, lobby cards, and various promotional artwork for the Marx Brothers for the period of 1895 to 1933. This is one of a two volume set that catalogs and displays as many extant period posters for the Marx Brothers as possible. The goal being to educate the Marx fans, and art world, as to the fantastic film art and to try and identify those who created these fantastic pieces--from Al Hirschfeld to Hap Hadley and William B. Johnstone to William Auerbach-Levy.

Copyrights and Copywrongs

Everybody did it , but the Marx Brothers got caught a few times . They were more
commercially successful in their transition to the film medium than most of their
peers were . In many ways , they were bolder than just about any comics , then or
 ...

Copyrights and Copywrongs

Argues that strict legal guidelines prove insensitive to the diverse forms of cultural expression prevalent in the United States

The Marx Brothers Encyclopedia

Presented in accessible A-to-Z format, this handy reference to the wonderfully entertaining comedic family is packed with hundreds of entries featuring trivia, stories, anecdotes, and a full filmography; 240 photographs; and a foreword by ...

The Marx Brothers Encyclopedia

Presented in accessible A-to-Z format, this handy reference to the wonderfully entertaining comedic family is packed with hundreds of entries featuring trivia, stories, anecdotes, and a full filmography; 240 photographs; and a foreword by film critic and historian Leonard Maltin. Original.