The Cocoanuts (1929)
Average Rating: 7.5/10
Reviews Counted: 19
Fresh: 18 | Rotten: 1
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While The Four Marx Brothers (Groucho, Harpo, Chico and Zeppo) were appearing nightly on Broadway in Animal Crackers in the spring of 1929, they spent their days shooting their first film, The Cocoanuts, at Paramount's Astoria Studios in Long Island. Based on their 1925 stage hit, The Cocoanuts is set in Miami, where hotel manager Mr. Hammer (Groucho Marx) struggles to keep his establishment from going under. Hammer's only paying guest is Mrs. Potter (Margaret Dumont), whose daughter Polly (Mary
Jan 1, 1929 Wide
Oct 10, 2000
MCA Universal Home Video
The Brothers' energy and madness is never in question: when the laughs come, they come loud and long.
Fun puts melody in the shade in the audible pictorial transcription of the musical comedy The Cocoanuts.
Watchable for some hilarious routines, but valued now mostly as a relic.
First Marx Brothers film is creaky, but has marvelous scenes
Creaky production is the Marx Brothers' first...and has its hilarious moments.
The daft anarchy of the Marx Brothers is often akin to watching the id personified and unleashed.
It shows its age, but it also captures the verve of the Marx Brothers at the start of their movies careers.
Not the best Marx Brothers film but close. It features the classic 'Why a duck' routine between Groucho and Chico.
Stagey, but with lots of great Marx routines and some Irving Berlin songs.
Audience Reviews for The Cocoanuts
- Mr. Hammer: Money will never make you happy, and happy will never make you money. That might be a wisecrack, but I doubt it.
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