Tag Archives: The Marx Brothers

Day at the Races: Insanity at the Sanitarium

THREE GREAT LAFF STARS!… MORE GAGS AND GALS… MORE SONGS AND DANCE! I’m finding it hard to get this confirmed, but there’s a funny story behind Groucho Marx’s name in this classic comedy. The original idea was to name him Dr. Quackenbush, which sounded funny and was meant as a pun. But MGM’s legal department … Continue reading Day at the Races: Insanity at the Sanitarium

The Chaotic Era When Hollywood Found Sound

I recently finished Scott Eyman’s book “The Speed of Sound”, a chronicle of how sound transformed Hollywood in the late 1920s. This may all seem very stodgy since talkies have been around now for close to 90 years… but Eyman makes us understand not only how big a change this was, but how fast it … Continue reading The Chaotic Era When Hollywood Found Sound

Duck Soup: Hail, Hail Freedonia!

In 1933, the Marx Brothers released the fourth of their “animal” comedies; Animal Crackers, Monkey Business and Horse Feathers were followed by Duck Soup. Things changed after that; Zeppo Marx never appeared in a film with his brothers again and they started making movies with MGM. At the time of the release, Duck Soup was not really considered a great film, but it … Continue reading Duck Soup: Hail, Hail Freedonia!

Night at the Opera: Aria of Hilarity

The Marx Brothers had just been reduced to three. Zeppo had decided not to work with them on their next picture, which would become a seminal film in their careers. The brothers were about to make their first comedy with the legendary producer Irving Thalberg; there would be a second film as well, A Day … Continue reading Night at the Opera: Aria of Hilarity