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YMMV: Marx Brothers
  • Acceptable Targets
    • A little person is mocked and threatened in At The Circus. It works because it makes Groucho seem cowardly and weak instead of cruel.
    • Upper class people don't generally come up with the longer end of the stick either. Of course, a lot of that comes from the Depression Era roots of the act; The Three Stooges and other comedy troupes of the time did the same. But then again, few people get treated well by the characters the Marxes play.
  • Base Breaker: One of the the most hotly debated topics among fans is whether or not Harpo sang in the "Sweet Adaline" bit at the opening of Monkey Business.
  • Covered Up: A rare non-song example: A Night at the Opera and A Day at the Races are better known as Queen albums than as Marx Brothers movies.
  • Designated Protagonist Syndrome: You'd be surprised how many of their movies had Zeppo in the lead role. Despite being a talented actor and comedian in his own right, Zeppo was invariably overshadowed by his much hammier brothers.
  • Fandom Rivalry: Often with the fans of The Three Stooges.
  • Once Acceptable Targets
    • Chico's portrayal of an Italian immigrant, Harpo's original "Irish bruiser" character from his vaudeville days, etc. Hey, it was the '30s!
    • Of course then there's the scene in The Big Store where they have black actors literally picking their cotton in-store...

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