The Cocoanuts Reviews
This was our first view of the Marx Brothers in movie theaters. It may not have had the refinement of Animal Crackers and Duck Soup, but it gave us a taste of things to come.
Hotel manager, Mr. Hammer (Groucho Marx) is trying to keep his failing Miami resort afloat, even if it means flirting with a paying customer, Mrs. Potter (Margaret Dumont). Her daughter, Polly (Mary Eaton) is interested in an architect, Bob Adams (Oscar Shaw).
Hammer also wants to make a little real estate money with the Florida land boom, but can he bid low with the likes of Chico and Harpo helping him. Then, of course there's the femme fatal, Penelope (Kay Francis) who is working with the jewel theif, Harvey Yates (Cyril Ring).
I think that it's interesting that the Shakespearian group is actually putting on Cocoanuts in Ashland, Oregon, using some of the Irving Berlin stage music that was never put in the movie.
Well worth a look, it's got some great bits and the Marx's never fail to amuse with their rapid fire delivery.
But when the comedy arrives, it's gold!
The Marx Brothers first film is not quite one of their best, but it does show glimpses of the genius that would follow.
Groucho romances a wealthy widow as his Florida hotel heads to bankruptcy. His real estate schemes are being ruined by Chico and Harpo.