Monday, September 7, 2020

Episode 27: A Compilation, a Sandwich, and You

The theory has often been advanced that the best Marx Brothers movie would actually be a Frankenstein's monster, consisting of the best parts of all their movies. (Well, most of them, anyway.) In our twenty-seventh episode, we take one approach to that challenge.

Official description: "In the spirit of the great comedy compilation films of the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s, we’ve decided to create our own 'Best of the Marx Brothers' money-grab.

"To be precise, the three of us have each compiled our own films…hamstrung by the constraints of our in-house Irving Thalberg. We’ll discuss our scene choices and come up with a final tracklist, all before realizing the whole exercise was pointless.

"Did your favorite scene make the cut? Listen and find out, unless you’re an Eve Arden fan, in which case don’t even bother….

"Name-checked in this episode: W.C. Fields, Kristen Schaal, Jay Hopkins."

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  • Information about Home Again: The Marx Brothers and New York City, live-streaming on October 2, 2020, can be found here and here.

  • Information about the forthcoming Blu-Ray release of A Night in Casablanca is here.


  1. WAYNE AND SCHUSTER TAKE AN AFFECTIONATE LOOK AT THE MARX BROTHERS was the closest thing I can think of to a theatrical style compilation film, though it was made for TV.

  2. Indeed, yes. A hokey piece of work I can't help liking, gratuitous added music tracks and all...

    1. That series was the first time I got to see clips of any of those actors. I loved it, but still thought Wayne and Schuster were unfunny.

  3. I am a month into mulling over how I'd frame a Marx Compilation for a first time audience made up of people I want to break it down with afterward. I'd present it as a study on societal norms and my how they've changed over the last 100 years, as pedestrian or academic as whoever shows up. A discussion on what of our culture hasn't changed could also be fun. Now that I've agreed with myself that all the squirm-in-your-seat bits are well discussed in context, I'll spend a month reviewing the movies for the first time in decades. I've been busy, glad to be back. These are the keeper scenes that have stayed with me from my deep Marx dive as a kid, 1970's. Groucho in a canoe with a guitar singing of love, the Monkey doodle do, what ever it is... I'm against it, Harpo and the Lindy Hopping All God's Children got Rhythm, Groucho's whacked harmonies on Riding the Range, Chico and Harpo playing piano in Big Store. Now I have to piece it together. I'll let you know what I come up with. Thanks for the fun game.


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