Marx Brothers Classics Weekend

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Marx Brothers Marathon

Watch the Marx Brothers binge-fest weekend on The Beat Chicago.

The family that entertains together stays together. The Marx Brothers began their careers over 100 years ago on stages as vaudeville acts, on Broadway, movies and then TV.

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The Marx Brothers were born in New York City, the sons of Jewish immigrants from Germany and France. Their mother Miene “Minnie” Schoenberg (professionally known as Minnie Palmer, later the brothers’ manager) was from Dornum in East Frisia, and their father Samuel (“Sam”; born Simon) Marx was a native of Mertzwiller, a small Alsacian village, and worked as a tailor whose name was changed to Samuel Marx, and he was nicknamed “Frenchy”.

The family lived in the Yorkville district of New York City’s Upper East Side, centered in the Irish, German and Italian quarters. The brothers we all grew to know and love were: Groucho, Harpo, Chico, Zeppo, and Gummo.

Below you’ll find some of our favorite classic movies to watch. Use the share feature on our website to share this to your social networks so others can enjoy them all.  NOTE: We tried to find their first silent movie titled “Humor Risk” from 1921 but it’s just not anywhere to be found.

Click here for more information about The Marx Brothers and then check out this great website highlighting all of their performance history dating back to 1905!

The Cocoanuts (1929)

This was their first full-length feature film starring Groucho, Harpo, Chico, Zeppo, Mary Eaton and Margaret Dumont in the first of seven Marx Brothers movies she’d appear in over the years. The movies did over 1.8 million dollars in receipts that year, imagine that in 1929!

Animal Crackers (1930)

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Monkey Business (1931)

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Horse Feathers (1932)

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Duck Soup (1933)

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A Night At The Opera (1935)

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A Day At The Races (1937)

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Room Service (1938) (colorized)

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At The Circus (1939)

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Go West (1940)

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The Big Store (1941)

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A Night In Casablanca (1946)

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Love Happy (1949)

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ABOUT THE MARX BROTHERS

Click here to learn 10 things you may not have known about The Marx Brothers

The Marx Brothers were an American family comedy act line of business that was successful in vaudeville, masters on Broadway, and in motion pictures from 1905 to 1949.

Five of the Marx Brothers’ thirteen feature films were selected by the American Film Institute as among the top 100 comedy films, with two of them (Duck Soup and A Night at the Opera) in the top twelve. They are widely considered by critics, scholars, and fans to be among the greatest and most influential comedians of the 20th century.

The Marx brothers were included in AFI’s 100 Years.100 Stars list of the 25 greatest male stars of Classic Hollywood cinema, the only performers to be inducted collectively. The Marx Brothers documentary is their real story.

The Marx Brothers is almost universally known today by their stage names: Chico, Harpo, Groucho, Gummo, and Zeppo. There was a 6th brother, the firstborn, named Manfred (Mannie), who died aged 7 months; Zeppo was given the middle name Manfred in his memory.

Enjoy a lost documentary about the family below.

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