Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Episode 6: The Missing Marx Brothers

Marx Brothers scholar Rodney Stewart Hillel Tryster joins the guys for a look into now-lost moments from the Marxes' career. Some are legendary, some are obscure...and some may never have occurred. Bob interviews Thomas Racz, who details his exciting discovery of a unique print of A Night at the Opera at the Hungarian Film Archive. Rodney and Matthew talk about why the odds of finding Humor Risk may be greater than Groucho would have you believe.

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Referenced in this episode:

The Marx Brothers’ Lost Film: Getting to the Bottom of a Mystery
by Matthew Coniam, brentonfilm.com, 2015

More on  Tom Racz and the Hungarian National Film Archive's print of A Night at the Opera can be found here, at Mikael Uhlin's excellent site Marxology.


  1. Thanks guys for another great and GENEROUS show! I've been catching up on all the other episodes and glad you've been having such people as Joe Adamson on (an inspiration to us all). Will you be having Steve Stoliar on in the near future? Last I heard his memoir on life with Groucho would be made into a movie...

  2. If Steve wants to come on, I'm sure we can work something out...but perhaps it's best we wait until there's movement on the film, so he can talk about it in detail.

    1. That makes sense. Thank you for your gracious and prompt response, Bob! Love the show. You all do a wonderful job and I look forward to the next episode.

  3. Another quality episode. As I mentioned in an earlier comment, I just found this podcast last weekend. I'm happy to report it took less than a week to listen to them all. I am now caught up.
    Specific to this episode, Matthew made a comment about moviegoers eventually viewing them as older style comedians, and no matter what quality of material they had, that's how they would be viewed. I agree with that, and think there might be a slightly different angle on it as well. I often think about how performers age and how their acts age. I think it can be said about singers and non-comedic actors, but I think it particularly applies to comedians. Some comic styles and material ages with a person better than others. Other times, it is necessary for a comic to evolve his act as he ages. A modern example might be Jim Carrey. Jim's performances in Dumb & Dumber and Ace Ventura were while he was in his 30s. It fit. I just don't think that would play now as someone in his late 50s. I think the Marx Brothers' act during the time of Animal Crackers, Horse Feathers and Duck Soup simply does not come off as well with them being much older men.


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