History Creator / MarxBrothers

3rd May '16 7:11:15 AM Willbyr
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* DoubleEntendre: Groucho could turn anything into one with just a [[EyebrowWaggle wag of his eyebrows]] and a smirk. ''Anything.''



* DoubleEntendre: Groucho could turn anything into one with just a wag of his eyebrows and a smirk. ''Anything.''
3rd May '16 7:08:35 AM Willbyr
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[[caption-width-right:330:Left to Right: Zeppo, Chico, Harpo, and Groucho.]]

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[[caption-width-right:330:Left to Right: [[caption-width-right:330:L -R: Zeppo, Chico, Harpo, and Groucho.]]



* Harpo (Adolph Marx, [[OneMarioLimit later changed to "Arthur"]], though '''not''' for the reason you might assume [[note]]he just plain hated the name and had it legally changed in 1911, long before the world had heard of UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler and even before UsefulNotes/WorldWarI's anti-German hysteria was even an issue[[/note]]), nicknamed for his virtuoso harp playing (which was completely self-taught). His trademarks were harp playing, a silent mime performance (using a horn instead of speaking), and a clown-like costume featuring a raincoat with apparently [[{{Hammerspace}} bottomless pockets]], a curly red (later blond, as it looked better in black-and-white film) wig, and a top hat. He is a virtuoso kleptomaniac with a special knack for pickpocketing, ending up with such unlikely prizes as Groucho's boxers and a random man's birthmark. In the early stage shows, he did an [[{{Oireland}} Oirish]] accent, but it was eventually decided that having him be TheSpeechless was funnier. His mime routines (most notably the famous Mirror Scene from ''Duck Soup'') have become a staple for comedy shows today, and even inspired all of [[http://youtu.be/t2naQm0ZQT8 Mr. Funny]]'s entire character in the 2009 season of ''WesternAnimation/TheMrMenShow''.

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* Harpo (Adolph Marx, [[OneMarioLimit later changed to "Arthur"]], though '''not''' for the reason you might assume [[note]]he just plain hated the name and had it legally changed in 1911, long before the world had heard of UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler and even before UsefulNotes/WorldWarI's anti-German hysteria was even an issue[[/note]]), nicknamed for his virtuoso harp playing (which was completely self-taught). His trademarks were harp playing, a silent mime performance (using a horn instead of speaking), and a clown-like costume featuring a raincoat with apparently [[{{Hammerspace}} bottomless pockets]], a curly red (later blond, as it looked better in black-and-white film) wig, and a top hat. He is a virtuoso kleptomaniac with a special knack for pickpocketing, ending up with such unlikely prizes as Groucho's boxers and a random man's birthmark. In the early stage shows, he did an [[{{Oireland}} Oirish]] {{Oir|eland}}ish accent, but it was eventually decided that having him be TheSpeechless was funnier. His mime routines (most notably the famous Mirror Scene from ''Duck Soup'') have become a staple for comedy shows today, and even inspired all of [[http://youtu.be/t2naQm0ZQT8 Mr. Funny]]'s entire character in the 2009 season of ''WesternAnimation/TheMrMenShow''.



* Gummo (Milton Marx), nicknamed for the sneaky, or "gumshoe", way he had of walking around backstage, or a pair of galoshes ("gumshoes") he had as a child. Gummo left the act when drafted during World War I, although he never reached Europe, about the time the Marxes were first becoming famous. According to ThatOtherWiki, the contemporary actor Gregg Marx is his grandson.

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* Gummo (Milton Marx), nicknamed for the sneaky, or "gumshoe", way he had of walking around backstage, or a pair of galoshes ("gumshoes") he had as a child. Gummo left the act when drafted during World War I, UseefulNotes/WorldWarI, although he never reached Europe, about the time the Marxes were first becoming famous. According to ThatOtherWiki, the contemporary actor Gregg Marx is his grandson.












* OverlyLongGag: ''A Day at the Races'' features Harpo beginning to play the piano... before ''attacking'' it, spending two to three minutes just tearing it apart. Out of the wreckage, he pulls the strings, which he then proceeds to play as a harp, at which point, the scene stops being a gag and just becomes a very nice harp performance.
** Also, Chico's incredibly long piano scene in ''Animal Crackers''. And the scene where Harpo pours a truly remarkable amount of cutlery out of his pocket.

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* OverlyLongGag: OverlyLongGag:
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''A Day at the Races'' features Harpo beginning to play the piano... before ''attacking'' it, spending two to three minutes just tearing it apart. Out of the wreckage, he pulls the strings, which he then proceeds to play as a harp, at which point, the scene stops being a gag and just becomes a very nice harp performance.
** Also, ''Animal Crackers'' features Chico's incredibly long piano scene in ''Animal Crackers''. And and the scene where Harpo pours a truly remarkable amount of cutlery out of his pocket.



* StylisticSuck: According to one interpretation, this was the point of Zeppo's character. He was meant as an exaggerated parody of the typical feckless leading man character that headlined contemporary musicals and comedies of the late 1920s. His presence in ''Horse Feathers'' and ''Monkey Business'' makes much more sense in this light.
** Also Groucho's dancing. By the time the brothers started making their movies, he was an accomplished dancer (starting out as a awkward teen in vaudeville), but his floppy and slightly off-beat moves were just funnier.

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* StylisticSuck: StylisticSuck:
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According to one interpretation, this was the point of Zeppo's character. He was meant as an exaggerated parody of the typical feckless leading man character that headlined contemporary musicals and comedies of the late 1920s. His presence in ''Horse Feathers'' and ''Monkey Business'' makes much more sense in this light.
** Also Groucho's dancing. By the time the brothers started making their movies, he was an accomplished dancer (starting out as a awkward teen in vaudeville), but his floppy and slightly off-beat moves were just funnier.



* YouWouldntHitAGuyWithGlasses: Groucho says this in ''Go West''. Yes, the guy would.

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* YouWouldntHitAGuyWithGlasses: YouWouldntHitAGuyWithGlasses:
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Groucho says this in ''Go West''. Yes, the guy would.



-->'''Groucho:''' Say, why don't you guys fight over there, you wanna break my glasses?

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-->'''Groucho:''' --->'''Groucho:''' Say, why don't you guys fight over there, you wanna break my glasses?glasses?


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5th Apr '16 7:56:52 PM Salmobook
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** In the letter dictation scene from Duck Soup, the underappreciated Zeppo deadpans circles around Groucho.
29th Jan '16 3:54:36 PM LentilSandEater
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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: In ''The Cocoanuts'' Harpo wore his red wig from their stage show, which appears dark grey on the black and white film. He quickly decided that a blonde wig would look better in the rest of their movies.
** Actually, it was the same wig, bleached to a light pink. That's why he's called Pinky in some of the films. Many fans do think of Harpo as blond.

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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: In ''The Cocoanuts'' Harpo wore his red wig from their stage show, which appears dark grey on the black and white film. He quickly decided that a blonde wig it would look better in the rest of their movies.
** Actually, it was the same wig,
bleached to a light pink. That's why he's called Pinky in some of the films. Many fans do think of Harpo as blond.
2nd Jan '16 9:45:54 AM Doug86
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* Harpo appears in one of the Hollywood arc episodes of ''ILoveLucy'' (complete with harp and mirror routine) with Ricky and Fred dressed as Groucho and Chico.

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* Harpo appears in one of the Hollywood arc episodes of ''ILoveLucy'' ''Series/ILoveLucy'' (complete with harp and mirror routine) with Ricky and Fred dressed as Groucho and Chico.
31st Dec '15 2:08:31 PM CaptEquinox
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** Actually, it was the same wig, bleached to a light pink. That's why he's called Pinky in some of the films. Many fans do think of Harpo as blond.
15th Dec '15 3:12:13 PM SirSapphire
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** In ''A Day At The Races'' he barn dance has the lyric "All God's children got swing." which is a call back to ''Duck Soup'' where the line was "All God's children got ''guns''."
8th Dec '15 6:52:12 PM dannybeans
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* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: Harpo was a prop comic mime harpist.
26th Nov '15 5:25:08 AM kchishol
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A family act, the Marx Brothers went through several incarnations under varying names (including "The Four Nightingales", "The Six Mascots", and others) before an appearance in Texas, where the audience left the theatre during a performance [[IncrediblyLameFun to go watch a mule]]. This outraged the team, and they began breaking from their script to abuse the audience, which [[SpringtimeForHitler went over better than they expected]]. Their act quickly incorporated a significant component of what would be referred to today as {{improv}} comedy, frequently mocking theatrical clichés and tropes, and they began to move up the ranks of vaudeville performers, eventually reaching the pinnacle of vaudeville fame, performing at New York's Palace theatre. A disagreement with the executive running the biggest vaudeville circuit at the time exiled them from big-time vaudeville, and sent them into regional touring, which was difficult and draining. The troupe was about to disband when a backer willing to fund a legitimate theatre production was found. Success on the road with ''I'll Say She Is'', a revue based in part on their vaudeville routines, continued when the show was brought to Broadway. Their performance caught the attention of the theatrical critics as well as the audience, and their relatively haphazard, underfunded show ran for months. Their subsequent show was also a success, and was adapted to film, starting one of the greatest series of film comedies ever made.

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A family act, the Marx Brothers went through several incarnations under varying names (including "The Four Nightingales", "The Six Mascots", and others) before an appearance in Texas, where the audience left the theatre during a performance [[IncrediblyLameFun to go watch a mule]]. This outraged the team, and they began breaking from their script to abuse the audience, which [[SpringtimeForHitler went over better than they expected]].expected]] with the audience finding it hilarious. Their act quickly incorporated a significant component of what would be referred to today as {{improv}} comedy, frequently mocking theatrical clichés and tropes, and they began to move up the ranks of vaudeville performers, eventually reaching the pinnacle of vaudeville fame, performing at New York's Palace theatre. A disagreement with the executive running the biggest vaudeville circuit at the time exiled them from big-time vaudeville, and sent them into regional touring, which was difficult and draining. The troupe was about to disband when a backer willing to fund a legitimate theatre production was found. Success on the road with ''I'll Say She Is'', a revue based in part on their vaudeville routines, continued when the show was brought to Broadway. Their performance caught the attention of the theatrical critics as well as the audience, and their relatively haphazard, underfunded show ran for months. Their subsequent show was also a success, and was adapted to film, starting one of the greatest series of film comedies ever made.
5th Nov '15 4:40:48 PM crazysamaritan
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[[caption-width-right:330:Left to Right: Zeppo, Chico, Harpo, and some [[Series/YouBetYourLife game show host]].]]

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[[caption-width-right:330:Left to Right: Zeppo, Chico, Harpo, and some [[Series/YouBetYourLife game show host]].Groucho.]]
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