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The Cocoanuts (1929)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Musical | 3 August 1929 (USA)
During the Florida land boom, The Marx Brothers run a hotel, auction off some land, thwart a jewel robbery, and generally act like themselves.

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George S. Kaufman (book), Morrie Ryskind (adapted by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
The Marx Brothers
Zeppo Marx ... Jamison
Groucho Marx ... Hammer
Harpo Marx ... Harpo
Chico Marx ... Chico
Oscar Shaw ... Bob
Mary Eaton ... Polly
Cyril Ring ... Yates
Kay Francis ... Penelope
Margaret Dumont ... Mrs. Potter
Basil Ruysdael ... Hennessy
Gamby-Hale Ballet Girls Gamby-Hale Ballet Girls ... Dancers (as Gamby-Hale Girls)
Allan K. Foster Girls Allan K. Foster Girls ... Dancers
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Storyline

Mr. Hammer runs a bankrupt Florida hotel. He'll try anything to make money, even make love to rich Mrs. Potter. But his main scheme, selling real estate, is in danger of sabotage from zanies Chico and Harpo, who also reduce the schemes of a pair of jewel thieves to chaos. A subplot involves the star-crossed love of Polly Potter and architect Bob Adams. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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MARY EATON Broadway's Blondest Beauty! (Print Ad- Evening Record, ((Ellensburg, Wash.)) 7 September 1929) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Musical

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 August 1929 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Los cuatro cocos See more »

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Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (preview) | (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

Zeppo Marx was one of only two of The Marx Brothers to play a recurring role in their films (not counting when they used their own names). He played the role of "Jamison" in both The Cocoanuts and Animal Crackers (1930). See more »

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In the opening scene, Hammer sends Jamison to meet a 4:15 train. When Jamison gets back, he refers to it as a 4:30 train. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Potter: I don't know what to say.
Hammer: Well, say that you'll be truly mine, or truly yours, or yours truly. Can't you know that I'm...
Mrs. Potter: Will you keep your hands to yourself?
Hammer: Come on, I'll play you one more game. Come on, the three of you!
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits are run against a background of negative film of the "Monkey-Doodle-Doo" number. See more »

Alternate Versions

Deleted Scenes:
  • When the bellboys are protesting against being unpaid, Zeppo tells them that Groucho has yet to arise at four in the afternoon. His comforting postscript, that Groucho always gets up on Wednesday, precedes his arrival. This scene was shot, but later cut after the preview, leaving Groucho descending down the stairs, still putting on his coat, allowing time to ward off his staff to catch a 4:15 train.
  • Another item that was cut from the preview version of the film was a love ballad sung by Groucho to Margaret Dumont entitled "A Little Bungalow". Originally sung in the play by the romantic leads Polly Potter and Robert Adams, the song slowed up the picture.
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Connections

Referenced in To Each His Own Cinema (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

WHEN MY DREAMS COME TRUE
(1929) (uncredited)
Written by Irving Berlin
Sung by Oscar Shaw and Mary Eaton
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Entertaining, but not much of a movie
7 August 2005 | by km_dicksonSee all my reviews

Entertaining, but not much of a movie. This first effort from the Marx Brothers seems more like a variety show than a narrative film. The brothers, themselves, are hilarious, especially when playing off each other, but they are forced to share the screen with too many other attractions. There is the singing, romantic lead, his girl, the villainess, her cohort, the surly old cop (who also sings) and even a chorus line of dancing girls thrown in for apparently no other reason than to have dancing girls in the film. The story is flimsy and the supporting cast is awful, but that is to be expected. On the upside, the movie is incredibly funny, and that, of course, is its only real aim. Groucho, Harpo and Chico make the film fly whenever they are given the chance. It just seems like the filmmakers didn't quite yet know what to do with them.


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