Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Episode 15: This Magnificent Display of Effusion

The Great Marx Brothers Renaissance of the 1970s is the subject of our fifteenth episode, which includes our conversation with Marx Brotherhood leader and Marx Brothers Council stalwart Jay Hopkins, as well as an excerpt from one of Jay's fabled interviews (in this case, with You Bet Your Life producer John Guedel).

Here's the official description: "Founder of the legendary Marx Brotherhood fan club, Jay Hopkins, joins us for a look at the 1970s Marx renaissance. What caused it? Could it happen again? What was Nat Perrin’s apartment number? We examine Groucho’s part in the movement, as well as his curious relationship with Erin Fleming. Jay tells of his experiences with the Brotherhood, as well as his firsthand interviews with important Marx figures…at least the ones he didn’t scare off."

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  1. I was born in '53 and knew nothing about the Marxes until the early 70s revival. My folks bought us the World Book Encyclopedia in 1963 and their annual update books for future years. I would always look at the obituaries page in each annual issue. In the 1965 book where they recapped events of 1964 they listed Harpo Marx and had a publicity photo of Harpo. I had never seen him or heard of him. The only old celebrities I knew were the Three Stooges, Jack Benny and Bob Hope. So to assume that people of my age already knew the Marx Brothers before their movies were stripped on TV in the early 70s is a little speculative.

  2. I was pretty much referring to the late '60s. I was born in 1960 and I certainly knew of them....now I'm not saying my experience proves anything, but just a rummaging thru newspapers.com shows books, albums and constant festivals and revivals starting around 1968, not to mention Minnie Boys.

    1. I think that Bob's existsence proves SOMETHING.

      When I think of what it is, I'll get back to you...


      But seriously folks, it was great fun being on the podcast which is both erudite and fun. Not an easy combo to create but the three fellows -- Matthew, Noah, and the estimable Bob -- do this, and do so famously. Kudos to all.

    2. The only problem with this venue is that a person cannot attempt to correct his own typos. Oh well. I'd probably only end up creating more typos, anyway.

  3. Thanks for the memories. Re-listening to this episode brought me back to my youth (I wondered where he'd gone) and reminded me how grateful I am to The Kendall Square and Harvard Square Cinemas in downtown Boston for (eventually) screening ALL 12 available Marx Films. Most were presented in double features, all had large and appreciative audiences. So when ANIMAL CRACKERS was let loose to first run cinemas, we were there! And in a nod to Jay's comment (re: audio recording the films etc) my friend (dressed as Harpo) snuck a cassette recorder into the cinema to add to our collection.

  4. Is this how it was for anyone else? A few weeks after the Animal Crackers reissue to theaters it was joined with W.C. Fields' Never Give A Sucker An Even Break and continued to play another few weeks as a double-bill.


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