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.


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