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The Marx Brothers in a Nutshell (1982)

This salute to the famous comedy team of the Marx Brothers shows clips from many of their best-known films, including Duck Soup, Horse Feathers and Animal Crackers. Also shown are rare ... See full summary »

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Richard Patterson

Writers:

Joseph Adamson (as Joe Adamson), Robert B. Weide (additional writing)
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Credited cast:
Gene Kelly ... Himself - Narrator (voice)
Chico Marx ... (archive footage)
Groucho Marx ... (archive footage)
Harpo Marx ... (archive footage)
Margaret Dumont ... (archive footage)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Woody Allen ... Himself
Irving Brecher Irving Brecher ... Himself
Dick Cavett ... Himself
George Fenneman ... Himself
George J. Folsey ... Himself
Charlotte Granet Charlotte Granet ... Herself
Margaret Irving ... Herself (as Margaret Irving-James)
Robert Klein ... Himself
Norman Krasna Norman Krasna ... Himself
Arthur Marx Arthur Marx ... Himself
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This salute to the famous comedy team of the Marx Brothers shows clips from many of their best-known films, including Duck Soup, Horse Feathers and Animal Crackers. Also shown are rare outtakes from their films and interviews with them, in addition to reminiscences and tributes by Dick Cavett, Robert Klein, David Steinberg and others. Written by Ipsith

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Also Known As:

Las locuras de los hermanos Marx See more »

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Mono
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A neat documentary on why we laugh outloud with those silly Marx boys!
20 November 2001 | by boris-26See all my reviews

THE MARX BROTHERS IN A NUTSHELL is prime viewing for a Marx Brothers fan. It does take the expected route of tracing the origins of the Marxes, from their early days in the New York/Coney Island vaudeville circuit almost a hundred years ago, onto Broadway in the 1920's and finally Hollywood. There are great "chapters" on each brother, including the never filmed Gummo. These insightful chapters give facts such as straight man Zeppo was considered the funniest Marx Brother (He's actually hysterical in ANIMAL CRACKERS) Chico had a gambling problem, and Harpo was a loving family man. There are great film clips, including a seldon seen 1931 short they did at Paramount where the Marxes menace a helpless talent scout. The perfect film to see after HORSEFEATHERS or DUCK SOUP.


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