Episode Guide

Marx Brothers hot takes

(Guest: Adam Gopnik)
Deep dive: Horse Feathers (1932)

(Guest: Nell Minow)

(Guest: Nick Santa Maria)
Deep dive: The Marx Bros. Scrapbook (1973)

(Guest: Hannah Mira)

(Guest: Steve Stoliar)

Deep dive: Love Happy (1949)

Deep dive: The Marx Brothers TV Collection (2014)

(Guest: Eddie Deezen)

(Guest: Joe Adamson)

(Guest: Scott Alexander)
Deep dive: A Night in Casablanca (1946)

Deep dive: An Evening with Groucho (1973)

(Guests: David Zucker and Pat Proft)

(Guest: Nick Santa Maria)

(Guest: Andy Marx)
            Deep dive: A Night at the Opera (1935)

(Guest: John Tefteller)
            Jay's 1984 conversation with Marx Brothers writer and friend Nat Perrin

            Jay's 1984 conversation with Marx Brothers writer and friend Nat Perrin

Our own chronological "Best of the Marx Brothers" film

Deep dive: The Marx Brothers in a Nutshell (1982)

Deep dive: At the Circus (1939)

Episode 24 | Take a Letter!
(Guest: Andrea Orlando)
All-Zeppo Zeppisode
Jay's conversation with Groucho's secretary and author of Raised Eyebrows, 1979

Episode 23 | Monkey Distance
(Too many guests to list!)
Our special coronavirus quarantine episode
Jay's conversation with the Son of Groucho, 1984
The year between Paramount and MGM

Deep dive: The Cocoanuts (1929)

Deep dive: Copacabana (1947)
The Groucho/Chico encounters

Episode 18 | Marx Brothers: Unsolved
(Guest: Stewart Tryster)
These are the most persistent mysteries we've ever seen
Jay's conversation with Groucho's manager and companion, 1979
Deep dive: Room Service (1938)
The team after 1949
Jay's conversation with the producer of You Bet Your Life, 1979
The Marx Brothers Renaissance of the 1960s and 1970s

Episode 14 | Look at Chicolini
(Guest: Trav S.D.)
A close look at Chico Marx, if we can find him
Deep dive: Duck Soup (1933)
Kyle Crichton's The Marx Brothers, and proposed Marx biopics
The Marxes and surrealism, with a look at the Giraffes on Horseback Salad graphic novel

Episode 10 | The Marx Brothers in the 21½ Century
The Marx fandom, past, present, and future
Just a few festive words, and desperate pleas that you buy our books

Episode 9 | A Good Buy From MGM
(Guest: Nick Santa Maria)
Deep dive: The Big Store (1941)
Matthew, Bob, and Noah respond to listener questions
Deep dive: Monkey Business (1930)

Episode 6: The Missing Marx Brothers
(Guests: Stewart Tryster, Tom Racz)
Lost moments from the Marx canon
The Marx Brothers and music

Bonus Epsiode: More Marsden!
(Guest: Les Marsden)
An extended cut of the Les Marsden interview excerpted in Episode 4

Episode 4: Myths, More, and Les
(Guest: Les Marsden)
Myths are debunked, Original Voice Tracks LP is discussed, and Noah chats with Les Marsden
Deep dive: A Day at the Races (1937)
General chatter, least favorite moments, and Bob chats with Joe Adamson
Introductions and initial film rankings


  1. Another fun episode. I like Q&A episodes as a change of pace.
    35-40 (min): Discussion of Chico as a comedian. Not an original thought probably, but I will submit that Chico is the glue. He connects with Groucho with the puns and Broken English, and he connects with Harpo on a more visceral level. Chico "gets him."
    ~65-70 (min): Discussion of people disliking B&W. I have met a few people who don't like B&W, or maybe more accurately, think they don't like it. Most of them can convert with some time and practice. I think movies that have both B&W and color are helpful, such as Wizard of Oz and Pleasantville.

  2. Finishing up the latest pod cast just before dinner. Normally, I get bored listening to any pod cast that goes beyond five minutes, but here I am thoroughly enjoying a pod cast that seems to fall just a few minutes short of the stage presentation of Nicholas Nickleby. Nice work, Gentleman!

    1. Thanks, Jay! We'll have to try harder to bore you next time.

  3. i found a silent movie with the brothers dealing with guys in arabian garb with swords. i can't find anything on it. the film is just about dust because it's so old. help

    1. Possibly A NIGHT IN CASABLANCA - the sword fight scene with Harpo??

  4. Just discovered these podcasts.Really enjoying them.I recently read R Baders book "Were Four of the 3 Musketeers" and looking forward to acquiring Noah's Gimme a thrill.Also liked Matthew's Annotated Marx Brothers as I never understood the "I'm a dreamer Montreal" line from Animal Crackers!.
    I've been a Marx fan since the early 70's.I once went as Groucho to a Halloween work function and said to a female coworker,"If I said you had a great body would you hold it against me".The coworker reacted with perfect Margaret Dumont indignation!


Episode 42: The Sanity Clauses

Official description: "Two Jews and a Brit celebrate Christmas and ring in the new year with our Marx Brothers hot takes! "We lik...