History Creator / MarxBrothers

17th Oct '17 4:37:14 PM FordPrefect
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* SurrealHumor: Harpo has a coat that appears to contain everything he wants. Certain gags are physically impossible and/or break the fourth wall. Groucho and Chico frequently discussing absurd topics and Groucho himself also has absurd non-sequitors.

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* SurrealHumor: Harpo has a coat that appears to contain everything he wants. Certain gags are physically impossible and/or break the fourth wall. Groucho and Chico frequently discussing discuss absurd topics topics, and Groucho himself also has absurd non-sequitors.non-sequiturs.



** 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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** Groucho's dancing. By the time the brothers started making their movies, he was an accomplished dancer (starting out as a an awkward teen in vaudeville), but his floppy and slightly off-beat moves were just funnier.
17th Oct '17 4:32:41 PM FordPrefect
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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 {{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''.

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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 wig (later blond, as it looked better in black-and-white film) wig, film), 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 {{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''.
1st Oct '17 10:10:33 AM nombretomado
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* Both Harpo and Groucho appeared on separate episodes of the GameShow ''IveGotASecret'', and Groucho appeared as both panelist and Mystery Guest in episodes of ''WhatsMyLine''.

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* Both Harpo and Groucho appeared on separate episodes of the GameShow ''IveGotASecret'', ''Series/IveGotASecret'', and Groucho appeared as both panelist and Mystery Guest in episodes of ''WhatsMyLine''.
8th Sep '17 12:17:42 PM GrammarNavi
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* Groucho performed the part of Ko-Ko in a production of ''TheMikado'' on ''The Bell Telephone Hour''.

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* Groucho performed the part of Ko-Ko in a production of ''TheMikado'' ''Theatre/TheMikado'' on ''The Bell Telephone Hour''.
7th Sep '17 2:26:38 AM ClintEastwood
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* DoWrongRight: Being entirely self-taught, Harpo inadvertently learned the harp ''backwards.'' (he put it on the wrong shoulder -- then saw a greeting card with an angel holding it the right way.) After he became successful, he tried to take lessons to learn how to do it the right way, but his teachers were all too enraptured by his playing to ever instruct him. The one exception was [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PNFtRU_c2Ec Mildred Dilling]], who broke him of a lot of bad habits and coached him in certain songs he wanted to learn. When he got stuck he would call her up and she'd pull her harp over next to the phone and they'd play back and forth until he could correct the problem. In other cases, he was asked to share his technique with formally-trained harpists, which he found entirely impossible.


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* FiveManBand:
** TheLeader: Groucho
** TheLancer: Chico
** TheBigGuy: Harpo
** TheSmartGuy: Zeppo (or equivalent)
** TheChick: Margaret Dumont (or equivalent)
7th Sep '17 2:19:24 AM ClintEastwood
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* TheCastShowOff: Each brother had a specific talent that was highlighted at least [[OncePerEpisode once per movie]] Chico plays the piano, Harpo the harp, and Groucho would sing and dance.



* FunnyCharacterBoringActor: Inverted. Zeppo normally played the CloserToEarth OnlySaneMan, yet in RealLife was said to be [[UpToEleven even funnier than Groucho]] (who was indeed as witty as the characters he played). Groucho reportedly felt bad about this and made sure that Zeppo's character always got the girl (being played by the most traditionally handsome Marx Brother helped).
6th Sep '17 6:29:26 PM ClintEastwood
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* JerkAss: Groucho, although he's also most times a JerkWithAHeartOfGold.

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* JerkAss: {{Jerkass}}: Groucho, although he's also most times a JerkWithAHeartOfGold.



* StuckInTheirShadow: Creator/GrouchoMarx and Creator/HarpoMarx have always been the most prominent names in the group. If you're lucky some people may remember Chico's name too. The one that everyone forgets is Zeppo (though, granted he only appeared in their movies until Film/DuckSoup (1933) and was usually the straight member, thus less memorable.)

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* StuckInTheirShadow: Creator/GrouchoMarx and Creator/HarpoMarx have always been the most prominent names in the group. If you're lucky some people may remember Chico's name too. The one that everyone forgets is Zeppo (though, granted he only appeared in their movies until Film/DuckSoup ''Film/DuckSoup'' (1933) and was usually the straight member, thus less memorable.)


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* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: After Zeppo left the act, several men filled his spot - Allan Jones (''A Night at the Opera'', ''A Day at the Races''), Frank Albertson (''Room Service''), Kenny Baker (''At the Circus''), John Carroll, (''Go West''), Tony Martin (''The Big Store'') and Charlie Drake (''A Night in Casablanca)''.
18th Jun '17 5:40:01 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* BookWorm: Groucho, who always regretted barely spending any time in school as a child, was an avid bookworm, attempting to read a new book every day and even writing several himself. One of his proudest moments was when several of his writings were preserved in the Library of Congress for historical significance. He often remarked that "Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read."


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* BookWorm: Groucho, who always regretted barely spending any time in school as a child, was an avid bookworm, attempting to read a new book every day and even writing several himself. One of his proudest moments was when several of his writings were preserved in the Library of Congress for historical significance. He often remarked that "Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read."
18th Jun '17 2:52:49 PM nombretomado
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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. Having a lifelong dislike of being onstage, Gummo left the act right before it became famous to join the army during UseefulNotes/WorldWarI, although he was never sent to Europe due to the war ending shortly after. Zeppo, who until then was considered too young to be in the act, took over his place. Like Zeppo, he later became a manager for his siblings and other talent, but he kept at it longer than his younger sibling. He died four months before Groucho, with the latter not being informed of his death in fear of making his already frail health worse. 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. Having a lifelong dislike of being onstage, Gummo left the act right before it became famous to join the army during UseefulNotes/WorldWarI, although he was never sent to Europe due to the war ending shortly after. Zeppo, who until then was considered too young to be in the act, took over his place. Like Zeppo, he later became a manager for his siblings and other talent, but he kept at it longer than his younger sibling. He died four months before Groucho, with the latter not being informed of his death in fear of making his already frail health worse. According to ThatOtherWiki, Wiki/ThatOtherWiki, the contemporary actor Gregg Marx is his grandson.
11th May '17 8:52:30 PM Mdumas43073
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* SecretWord: Groucho and Chico have a famous routine based on this concept in Film/HorseFeathers. HilariousInHindsight is the fact that Groucho would later become the host of a game show called Film/YouBetYourLife where a secret word was also an important part of the game.

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* SecretWord: Groucho and Chico have a famous routine based on this concept in Film/HorseFeathers. ''Film/HorseFeathers''. HilariousInHindsight is the fact that Groucho would later become the host of a game show called Film/YouBetYourLife ''Film/YouBetYourLife'' where a secret word was also an important part of the game.
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