The Cocoanuts (1929)
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A fast-talking Miami hotel manager tries to stay in business during the Florida land rush. Transferring their hit stage show directly to the screen, the Marx Brothers' first feature film is technically crude and utterly hilarious, with a script by George S. Kaufman and music by Irving Berlin.
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Critic Reviews for The Cocoanuts
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
The first of the Marx Bros. movies and, while stagey, most certainly a delight. Margaret Dumont, as ever, is a fortress of femininity against the leering onslaught of Groucho's questionable machinations and grandly so, while Chico and Harpo are the best worthless con men ever. One of the very reasons for film.More
You can tell that this is their first movie, it isn't as slick and structured as their other movies. Still, they use the routines which are staples of their later movies, and they are just as funny, but the rest of the actors are all over the place trying to take attention away from the Marx Brothers. Plus, I didn't like the ending.More
What I love about the Marx Brothers is that they never overshoot. There films are filled with slapstick and puns a like, but they never completely miss in their humor. This is my fourth film from them (Duck Soup, A Night in Casablanca, & A Night at the Opera). The only one I would pick this over is A Night In Casablanca, but this is still packed with laughs. I thought the scene where they were going from to room to room was way to long, and I didn't care for the music scenes. Unfortunately this started to lose me in the concluding minutes, but overall I liked it. Especially the auction scene, and the one before it.More
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