Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Episode 4: Myths, More, and Les

In Episode 4 of The Marx Brothers Council Podcast, Noah, Bob, and Matthew deflate some accepted Marx myths that get under their skin, then examine the fan favorite 1969 LP The Marx Bros. - The Original Voice Tracks From Their Greatest Movies, narrated by Gary Owens. Later, Noah talks with Les Marsden, who has portrayed three of the four brothers onstage, and also wrote and starred in the one-man show A Night at Harpo’s.

End Music: “You Brought a New Kind of Love to Me” by Maurice Chevalier…eh.

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Referenced in this episode...

Here's the photograph of young Mr. Bob Gassel, in his room, circa 1972. Note the Marx Brothers "pop poster," as included with the Original Voice Tracks album, hanging on the wall, just above the exquisite bedspread:


Album artwork from the 1969 Decca release (click for a larger view):


The Marx Brothers Original Voice Tracks album:



The W.C. Fields Original Voice Tracks album:



Noah's "Fake History of the Marx Brothers":



And some Les Marsden magic:



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UPDATE: You can now listen to our bonus episode, featuring more Marsden!

Episode 16: (After) The End of the Marx Brothers

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