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Ollin Landers


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Post Posted 12 Jul 2017 10:04 am     Reply with quote

They don't make movies like this anymore.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJkL_4niC4w (2:49)
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Godfrey Arthur


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Post Posted 12 Jul 2017 3:31 pm     Reply with quote

The Marx Bros were a family of geniuses and at a time when that was apropos.

Although this is the humor section, after viewing the video link below, we could still consider the humor, but the joke is on us...

Say the secret woid...



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QC35FAJDFpY



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Greg Cutshaw


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Post Posted 12 Jul 2017 5:38 pm     Reply with quote

Never paid much attention to them before. That clip was amazing. An array of talents and great timing. Just did some research on them and never realized all the talents that family had. Put most of today's comedy to shame.
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Doug Beaumier


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Post Posted 12 Jul 2017 6:40 pm     Reply with quote

And don't forget Harpo's harp playing... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kagZFgzEe0A
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Ollin Landers


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Post Posted 12 Jul 2017 7:09 pm     Reply with quote

Great quote

My dad taught himself how to play the harp... as an adult. His mom sent him one when he was in his twenties and told him to learn it. So he did. He didn't get lessons and he didn't know how to read music. And the harp his mom sent him was a piece of junk. Early on he tuned it wrong and played it on the wrong shoulder.

http://www.harposplace.com/Artist/ArtistStory.php
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Dan Robinson


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Post Posted 13 Jul 2017 9:08 pm     Re: Just about the funniest Chico and Harpo moment ever Reply with quote

Ollin Landers wrote:
They don't make movies like this anymore.


That's for sure. Chico and Harpo Marx, what they did with posture, facial expressions, gestures, and clever handling of simple props was amazing.

Groucho was brilliant with the spoken language. The things he said to [the actress] Margaret Dumont in his movies were hilarious. Full of sexual inuendo, but never vulgar, and it all went over her head.

An Evening with Groucho, his performance at Carnegie Hall, May 6, 1972, he was 81 (introduced by Dick Cavett, accompanied by pianist Marvin Hamlisch). This story has links to some excerpts:
http://www.npr.org/2012/05/06/152028170/when-dick-cavett-shared-carnegie-hall-with-groucho

The audio recording of this event is worth a listen. It's a concentrated dose of 1900's Americana.
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Don R Brown


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Rochester, New York, USA
Post Posted 14 Jul 2017 4:16 am     Reply with quote

Greg Cutshaw wrote:
Put most of today's comedy to shame.


What passes as comedy these days often consists merely of seeing how many F-bombs you can fit into each and every sentence. I'm not bashful and have been known to use the word occasionally such as after hitting my finger with a hammer, but when it is inserted into everything the performer says over and over, it is boring and annoying.
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Charlie McDonald


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Post Posted 14 Jul 2017 4:32 am     Reply with quote

Harpo didn't have to say anything at all.

But when he played the harp, he was the consummate musician.
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Doug Beaumier


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Post Posted 14 Jul 2017 6:12 am     Reply with quote

My favorite Marx Bros. skit is the contract scene ---> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G_Sy6oiJbEk&t=1m16s
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Jon Zimmerman


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Post Posted 15 Jul 2017 11:02 am     Yup... Reply with quote

Wish Pete Townsend would view 'Wreckmaninoff'. 🤡
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Ollin Landers


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Post Posted 15 Jul 2017 4:43 pm     Chico Plays Piano with an apple Reply with quote

OK Last one from me.

Wonder what he would have done with a Pedal Steel.

The apple comes in at about 1:52

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bfIVnzpj1vM
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Joey Ace


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Post Posted 18 Jul 2017 9:57 am     Reply with quote

I don't recall which Marx Bros movie this is from, but I'll never forget the dialog:

Groucho: "I'm going broke due to all these taxes."
Chicho: "I have an uncle who lives in Taxes..."
Groucho: "Not TEXAS..... TAXES, as in DOLLARS"
Chicho: "Yep. DOLLARS,TAXES, that's where he lives."
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Jim Cohen


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Post Posted 18 Jul 2017 10:51 am     Reply with quote

Chico and Harpo were both brilliant musicians. Indeed, Chico used to lead a big band.

They were such consummate musicians that their playing did not suffer one iota during the comedy routines, much like that other brilliant, comedic pianist, Victor Borge.
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Charlie McDonald


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Post Posted 20 Jul 2017 4:38 am     Reply with quote

I would loved to have seen Chico and Victo at twin pianos trading 64's.
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Melanie ReMine


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Limestone, Tennessee, USA
Post Posted 20 Jul 2017 6:39 am     Harpo Woogie Reply with quote

https://youtu.be/aRof9kr27nY

They were all wonderful.
The mirror scene from Duck Soup just kills me. That and any time Groucho dances...
https://youtu.be/O_fmUYyWSyE
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Post Posted 20 Jul 2017 10:30 am     Reply with quote

Godfrey Arthur wrote:
The Marx Bros were a family of geniuses and at a time when that was apropos.

Although this is the humor section, after viewing the video link below, we could still consider the humor, but the joke is on us...

Say the secret woid...


That video would have been too long to upload to YouTube if she'd been using one of these...

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