Go West

1940

Go West

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In this Marx Brothers comedy, Joseph Panello (Chico Marx), S. Quentin Quade (Groucho Marx), and Rusty Panello (Harpo Marx) travel to the Old West where they get tangled up in a land acquisition scheme. This film features a number of songs, including "As If I Didn't Know," "Ridin' the Range," and "Oh Susanna."

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  • Oct 08, 2010
    This movie starts out hilarious, but then it looses steam. The Marx Brothers do a lot of their normal gags, but then they start to do some other ridiculous jokes that are beneath them. Still, this movie is worth watching if you're a big fan of the Marx Brothers, if not don't see it.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • Feb 26, 2008
    Same director as At the Circus, Buzzell, but new producer in Jack Cummings who had experience with musicals. Groucho is S. Quentin Quale some sort of business man heading out west in 1870. He has $60 out of the $70 he needs for a stagecoach ticket. Chico and Harpo are the Panello brothers who only have $10 for a stagecoach ticket. Groucho kind of reprises the Tootsie Fruitsie Ice Cream scam, but Chico's and Harpo's money has a string attached. Then without any explanation they are out west. The story of this film is a mess. There is more unsynchronized audio and video, the young couple and villains are unclearly defined, and there are a lot of questions of why and how the characters do what they do in the plot. Carroll and Lewis are from rival old west families. King returns as another villain, Beecher, with Barrat as Red. The big picture is that Beecher and Red are trying to steal a land deed and the Marx Brothers cause mayhem around them. You're not supposed to ask any questions beyond that. A year after Stagecoach (1939), there is a good comic bit that takes place on a stagecoach ride. There is a nice little Gene Autry type musical number while the young couple and the Marx Brothers are on their way to stay on an Indian reservation. But among the Native Americans their comedy is derailed. Harpo turns a weaving loom into a harp, but while the song is sweet, the comic business that provides book ends for his performance is uncomfortably embarrassing. Chico gets a standard piano solo in Red's saloon that is mediocre. And MacCloy as Red's girl Lulubelle sings a snorer of a tune that is interesting only for how deep her voice is. Groucho still dishes out some surprising quips and jabs throughout. Buster Keaton was an uncredited writer, which probably accounts for some of the train chase action and gags. There are a couple worthwhile bits of humor as the boys try to creatively stop the train and then keep it going, but nothing that memorable.
    Byron B Super Reviewer
  • Jun 05, 2007
    Hands down the least funny Marx Brothers film
    Ken S Super Reviewer
  • Jan 13, 2007
    My husband loves these but I'm just not into this kind of humor.
    Ida K Super Reviewer

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