Episode Guide

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??


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