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.
Classics , Comedy , Musical & Performing Arts
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MCA Universal Home Video


Groucho Marx
as Hammer
Harpo Marx
as Harpo
Chico Marx
as Chico
Zeppo Marx
as Jamison
Margaret Dumont
as Mrs. Potter
Kay Francis
as Penelope
Mary Eaton
as Polly Potter
Cyril Ring
as Yates
Basil Ruysdael
as Hennessey
Sylvan Lee
as Bell Captain
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Critic Reviews for The Cocoanuts

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (3)

The Brothers' energy and madness is never in question: when the laughs come, they come loud and long.

Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Fun puts melody in the shade in the audible pictorial transcription of the musical comedy The Cocoanuts.

Full Review… | March 24, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

An eminently watchable antique.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Sophisticated absurdity and sublime nonsense. [Blu-ray]

Full Review… | October 18, 2016
Groucho Reviews

Chock with some classic gags and lines...

Full Review… | August 14, 2006

Watchable for some hilarious routines, but valued now mostly as a relic.

Full Review… | October 12, 2005
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Audience Reviews for The Cocoanuts

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.

Daniel Dolgin
Daniel Dolgin

Super Reviewer

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.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


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.

Aj V
Aj V

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