TCM Greatest Classic Films Collection: Marx Brothers (A Day at the Races / A Night in Casablanca / Room Service / At the Circus)
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"At the Circus" and "A Night in Casablanca" are OK. On the bright side "At the Circus" has Margaret Dumont. On the not so bright side it is infected with musical numbers that are, quite frankly, boring. "A Night in Casablanca" almost gets the boys back to the quality they had in the mid 30's under Thalberg, so it is worthwhile viewing, although it does lend a generosity to the boys that simply does not fit their brand of humor.
"Room Service" (1938) is actually an RKO film, so for once no musical numbers.Read more ›
In "A Day at the Races" (1937), Groucho is Dr. Hackenbush, the epitome of quackery whose special patient is Mrs. Emily Upjohn (Margaret Dumont). There was never a better comic foil than Ms. Dumont and she is in great form here, especially when she undergoes a medical examination that includes a shoeshine, manicure, and shave. Groucho and Chico engage in a seven-minute routine in which Chico, hawking "tutsi-fruitsi ice cream," sells Groucho a racing tip which requires a succession of books to decode.
"At the Circus" (1939) is memorable mostly for Groucho's rendition of "Lydia, the Tattooed Lady," which became one of his signature songs. Margaret Dumont is on hand again, this time as Mrs. Dukesbury to Groucho's J. Cheever Loophole, and Eve Arden contributes her comic talents as Peerless Pauline, a shady acrobat.
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love it, but HATE 2 sided dvd's.... cant tell tittle till u put it in, but luv marx BrosPublished 4 months ago by usmc7274
Excellent Collection. Would have liked a few more crammed into this, but I am more than satisfied with what is here.Published 9 months ago by Rick Marrari