A biography of the marx brothers american actors

The show was responsible for popularizing the phrases "Say the secret word and the duck will come down and give you fifty dollars," "Who's buried in Grant's Tomb? When Harpo chased the girl back in the other direction, Groucho calmly checked his watch and ad-libbed, "The 9: Her mother was a yodeling harpist and her father a ventriloquist ; both were funfair entertainers.

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Minnie's brother was Al Shean. The highlight of the scene is an ensemble song-and-dance performance of "Hooray for Captain Spaulding"—done entirely in French. As the youngest, and having grown up watching his brothers, he could fill in for and imitate any of the others when illness kept them from performing.

Later years[ edit ] You Bet Your Life[ edit ] Groucho's radio career was not as successful as his work on stage and in film, though historians such as Gerald Nachman and Michael Barson suggest that, in the case of the single-season Flywheel, Shyster, and Flywheelthe failure may have been a combination of a poor time slot and the Marx Brothers' returning to Hollywood to make another film.

He became a dedicated harpist, which gave him his nickname. Groucho-like characters and references have appeared in popular culture both during and after his life, some aimed at audiences who may never have seen a Marx Brothers movie.

Zeppo Marx

It was a series of five original children's songs with a connecting narrative about a monkey and his fellow zoo creatures. Groucho's trademark eyeglasses, nose, mustache, and cigar have become icons of comedy—glasses with fake noses and mustaches referred to as " Groucho glasses ", "nose-glasses," and other names are sold by novelty and costume shops around the world.

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Groucho and Chico did radio, and there was talk of returning to Broadway. A scene in Duck Soup finds Groucho, Harpo, and Chico all appearing in the famous greasepaint eyebrows, mustache, and round glasses while wearing nightcaps.

Anobile, Richard, Why a Duck?: According to his brothers he was the funniest of them all. It is today, however, regarded as one of the great film comedies of the s. During their boyhood, Chico and Harpo looked so much alike that they were often mistaken for each other.

He always seemed to be in the background, acting as a foil for Chico or Groucho. Groucho himself insisted that he was named for a character in the comic strip Knocko the Monkwhich inspired the craze for nicknames ending in "o"; in fact, there was a character in that strip named "Groucho".

As he did, he heard a weak voice in his ear: Romeo Muller is credited as having written special material for the show, but the script for the classic "Napoleon Scene" was probably supplied by Groucho.

He originally started playing with only his right hand and fake playing with his left, as his teacher did so herself. With George Fenneman as his announcer and straight man, Groucho entertained his audiences with improvised conversation with his guests.

The Marx Brothers - Actors and Actresses

Comedy and Movies, notes that Zeppo's comedic persona, while certainly more subtle than his brothers', is undeniably present: Furious with the Marx Brothers' ad-libs and antics on the set, Wood yelled in disgust: Animaniacs and Tiny Toonsfor example, have featured Marx Brothers jokes and skits.

However, at the very end of his life, Groucho finally admitted that Fisher had named him Groucho because he was the "moody one".

When the group began its first rehearsal at Hecht's home, Groucho rushed in and demanded silence from the "lousy amateurs".

Groucho Marx

In the manner of dialect comedians of the time, Chico adopted a bogus Italian accent for his character of a somewhat thick-headed shyster with a heart of gold.The Marx Brothers, Groucho, Chico, Harpo and Zeppo are a group of actors known for Duck Soup (), Animal Crackers () Horse Feathers () A Night in Casablanca () A Day at the Races () and A Night at the Opera ().

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Chico Marx

The Marx Brothers - Actors and Actresses - Films as Actors: Publications on Film Reference. Find The Marx Brothers biography and history on AllMusic - On-stage and in film, the Marx Brothers' antic.

Harpo Marx was a talented comedian and mime best known for his performances as part of the Marx Brothers comedy act. Often referred to as the "forgotten" Marx brother, Gummo Marx was the first to. Images and Video for Marx Brothers (American actors).

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