How Have I NEVER Seen Anything From The Marx Brothers?

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How Have I NEVER Seen Anything From The Marx Brothers?

I don't even deserve the title of film geek!

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um. WOW. you've never seen a film by the Marx Brothers!?!?!?!

that's crazy. even more so for a so called "film geek"

so basically, I'm just reiterating what you already typed.

no, no you do not deserve said title

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Get offline right now and start watching.

After you're finished, search some threads for people's favorite classic movies and start watching those if you haven't already. I don't care how current you are on the avant-garde, there's a reason people still watch movies from 60+ years ago and any serious film fan will need that background.

If you need help, ask around. People here know their classic movies, especially Besty, and he's a great one for info, despite his attachment to Wizard of Oz and GWTW. re: How Have I NEVER Seen Anything From The Marx Brothers?
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See, I knew he'd be around!
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Jeez, chicolini---that was kinda psychic!

And yes, cruel, get thee to NetFlix or Blockbuster... or TCM... or Costco and buy the damn box set.
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>>How Have I NEVER Seen Anything From The Marx Brothers?

Probably because you're too busy watching nonsense like INLAND EMPIRE.

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Groucho: Nothing, come on in....
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GROUCHO: Chicolini, pick a number between one and ten.
CHICO: Eleven.
GROUCHO: Right.


CHICO (Answering phone): Hello? No he's not here. Okay, I tell him, goodbye. (hangs up, to Groucho) That was for you.
GROUCHO: I wonder whatever became of me.
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I agree. HOW? I was raised on this stuff!
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And my favorite -

"Remember, you're fighting for this woman's honor, which is probably more than she ever did." Who can forget Margaret Dumont trying to do a serious scene while all the hilarity went on around her?

These guys were geniuses. I was raised on them too. I always had such a crush on Chico (pronounced "Chicko," by the way). It's amazing how alike he and Harpo actually look.
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Really great stuff:


Margaret Dumont: As chairwoman of the reception committee, I welcome you with open arms.
Groucho: Is that so? How late do you stay open?

Groucho: You can leave in taxi. If you can't leave in taxi you can leave in a huff. If that's too soon, you can leave in a minute and a huff.
Groucho: You haven't stopped talking since I came here! You must have been vaccinated with a phonograph needle!

Groucho: Will you marry me? Did he leave you any money? Answer the second question first.

Groucho: Don't look now, but there's one man too many in this room and I think it's you.

Groucho: I could dance with you till the cows come home. On second thoughts, I'd rather dance with the cows till you came home.

Margaret Dumont: Notables from every country are gathered here in your honour. This is a gala day for you.
Groucho: Well, a gal a day is enough for me. I don't think I could handle any more.

Groucho: If you think this country's bad off now, just wait till I get through with it.

Chico: My partner - he's got a nose just like a bloodhound ... and the rest of his face don't look so good either.

Groucho: Why, a four-year-old child could understand this report. Run out and find me a four-year-old child. I can't make head or tail out of it.

Edwin Maxwell : Sir, you try my patience!
Groucho: I don't mind if you do. You must come over and try mine some time.

Edgar Kennedy: I'll teach you to kick me!
Chico: You don't have to teach me. I know how.

Groucho: Do you want to be a public nuisance?
Chico: Sure. How much does the job pay?
Groucho: You give up that silly peanut stand and I'll get you a soft government job. Now, let's see . . . How would you like a job in the mint?
Chico: Mint? No, no, I no like-a mint. Uh . . . what other flavour you got?

Louis Calhern: I am willing to do anything to prevent this war.
Groucho: It's too late. I've already paid a month's rent on the battlefield.

Chico: Well, who you gonna believe, me or your own eyes?

Prosecutor: When were you born?
Chico: I don't remember. I was just a little baby.

Groucho: Gentlemen, Chicolini here may talk like an idiot, and look like an idiot, but don't let that fool you. He really is an idiot.

Zeppo: General Smith reports a gas attack. He wants to know what to do.
Groucho: Tell him to take a teaspoonful of bicarbonate in half a glass of water.

Groucho: Do you realize our army's facing disastrous defeat? What do you intend to do about it?
Chico: I've done it already.
Groucho: You've done what?
Chico: I've changed to the other side.

Chico: I wouldn't go out there unless I was in one of those big iron things go up and down like this. What do you call those things?
Groucho: Tanks.
Chico: You're welcome.

Groucho: Remember you're fighting for this woman's honor - which is probably more than she ever did.

Groucho: Rush to Freedonia. Three men and one woman are trapped in a building. Send help at once. If you can't send help, send two more women.

Now living in DC. I really have to change my name on the board.
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Anyone ever hear Harpo and Chico speak normally? The sound files are out there... Harpo's are more easily found.
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Another Harpo/Chico tidbit: notice how similar they look if you take away the wigs/costumes/makeup. The story goes that on the old show "I've Got a Secret", Chico dressed up like Harpo with his secret being "I'm really Chico Marx, not Harpo". He fooled the entire panel, which included Groucho.

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GROUCHO (as Rufus): I'm just thinking of all the years I wasted collecting stamps.

LOUIS CALHERN (making a pass at Mrs. Teasdale): Gloria, I'm at your feet!
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The quotes are wonderful, BUT -

When I was about 4 I saw a MB's film on TV. All Groucho did was walk across the screen - left to right. About half way across he turned to the right and looked at the camera. The eyebrows did their up and down dance, he turned back to the left and kept on walking. I laughed so hard I fell off the chair.

A couple of months ago I nearly did the same thing again.

Brilliant. Simply brilliant.
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I think I'm going to rent the entire Marx Brothers collection this weekend.
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Yes, Chicolini, I mentioned that - also, in Harpo's autobiography, he talks about how they were often mistaken for one another especially in their youth. Chico had a job playing piano in a club and Harpo would routinely substitute for him on nights when he wanted to go gambling or whatever. The problem was that Chico knew a whole repertoire of songs while Harpo knew exactly two.

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