The Cocoanuts Reviews
The plot of Florida Lamdowners is backseat to comics gags & overlong musical numbers.
Had a few cute moments but no means the quality of the later films. Rather weak & bland unfortunately.
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.
But when the comedy arrives, it's gold!