Full Marx

Anyone who is a fan of comedy would know of “The Marx Brothers”. They were five siblings, Groucho, Harpo, Chico, Zeppo and Gummo. They were a comedy act from New York and had great success doing stage shows. Gummo and Zeppo dropped out of the act early; while the other three went on to make some of the funnies talkies of the 1930s. Though Zeppo featured in the first five movies, his character was that of a straight man, nothing exceptional.

Groucho, Chico and Harpo went on to create distinctive stage personalities which mirrored in their movies.

Groucho was a wit and could bring the house down with a single line. His trademark walk, glasses and the greasepaint moustaches and eyebrows, gave him a distinctive look. His style has been copied by many, both on stage and on screen.

Chico’s played the character of a stereotyped Italian. Though he wasn’t quoted as much as Groucho was, his comments too, generate a lot of laughs. Sometimes more than Groucho’s because, of the fact that you haven’t heard them before. He was also a pianist and has shown his talent in many movies.

Harpo’s style was that of a pantomime and a clown. His trademark style was a red/pink curly wig and a walking stick with a bulb horn on the handle. He never spoke a word in the movies. He used props, played the harp and like Chico, displayed his talent with the instrument in many of his movies. Along with Groucho, he has been caricatured in many animated shorts, which include animations by Walt Disney, in Popeye cartoons and in Bugs Bunny shorts.

Some of their best movies include The Night at the Opera, A Day at the Races, Monkey Business, Animal Crackers, Duck Soup and Horse Feathers.



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