Friday, March 14, 2008


The Marx Brothers were a popular team of sibling comedians who appeared in vaudeville, stage plays, film, and television.
Born in New York City, the Marx Brothers were the sons of Jewish immigrants from Germany. Their mother, Minnie Schönberg, was from Dornum in East Frisia, and their father Simon Marrix (whose name was changed to Sam Marx, and who was nicknamed "Frenchy") was a native of Alsace, now part of France, and worked as a tailor. The family lived in the then-poor Yorkville section of New York City's Upper East Side, between the Irish, German and Italian Quarters.
The first performance in the Marx Brothers style as we know it was Fun in Hi Skule in 1912. Other shows were Mr Green's Reception, Home Again, On the Mezzanine Floor and I'll Say She Is which became their first big success in 1924. After Home Again Gummo left show business and became an agent. He was replaced by Zeppo. What followed was The Cocoanuts a Broadway show which became their first film. This show as well as Animal Crackers was originally written for the stage and what we see today are more or less filmed versions of the stage productions. These stage performances gave them the possibilities to test the script before an audience and so they perfected the puns and timing. The went back on stage for test performances when filming A Night at the Opera. From 1929 on they were mainly active in filming. In their first films they appeared as The Four Marx Brothers (Chico, Harpo, Groucho, Zeppo), but Zeppo left the movie business after Duck Soup. From 1929 to 1949 they made 13 films. After that Chico and Harpo more or less retired, but Groucho started a second career as a show master in the quiz show You Bet Your Life.

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Renegade Eye said...

Groucho used to have a quiz show called "You Bet Your Life." Once he had a guest on that show, and the conversation was like this:

Guest: I have 11 children.
Groucho: 11 Children!
Guest: I love my wife.
Groucho: I love my cigar, but I take it out of my mouth once in awhile.


NICE.Groucho is a true comedian ...

gareth said...

hiya, would you have the password for duck soup?