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The Marx Brothers TV Collection


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Product Details

  • Actors: Groucho Marx
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Shout! Factory
  • DVD Release Date: August 12, 2014
  • Run Time: 630 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00HRUQ992
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,527 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

Product Description

The Marx Brothers became entertainment icons through a long and brilliant career on vaudeville and Broadway stages, and they sealed their immortality in a string of celebrated feature films. But the end of their film career was perfectly timed for a collision with the birth of television. The new medium provided Groucho, Chico and Harpo with unprecedented exposure: which meant, of course, an opportunity to bring laughter to millions of people all at once. It was as if live vaudeville was being beamed to the entire nation. For the next 20 years, the Marx Brothers’ appearances on television (individually and together) included sitcoms, game shows, variety programs and even the occasional drama.


This first of its kind set (featuring long-lost material from the Marx Brothers’ own collections) presents a broad and genuinely rare array of television work from the comedy legends, who still had plenty of laughs left in them after the movies. For Marx Brothers fans, and fans of comedy in general, this is truly must see TV.


Over 50 Television Appearances

GE Theater, The DuPont Show, The Jack Benny Program, The Jackie Gleason Show, The Colgate Comedy Hour, The Dick Cavett Show, All Star Revue, The Dinah Shore Chevy Show, Kraft Music Hall, The Red Skelton Hour, The RCA Victor Show, The Perry Como Show, The Arthur Murray Party, Championship Bridge, Celebrity Golf, Celebrity Billiards and many, many more!

Review

If you’re a baby boomer like me, these shows and clips create a nostalgia trip to a time when it was commonplace to see the greats of show business on television. We didn’t know how good we had it then. This marvelous collection brings back a wave of happy memories. For me, it’s the DVD event of the year. --Leonard Maltin, Indiewire.com, August 11, 2014

Customer Reviews

A real treat.
Steves
If you insist on the younger Marx Bros from movies, fine, since they're all available but you can enjoy these as well.
Col William Russell
The details on the contents of this set can be found on Shout!
W. Gary Wetstein

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

81 of 85 people found the following review helpful By Edward WATZ on May 24, 2014
I don't like to buy a DVD collection without knowing what I will be getting in advance, but then who does?

Here is the complete list of everything that's included on this set of extreme Marx Brothers rarities:

DISC 1
1. The General Electric Theater: The Incredible Jewel Robbery (March 8, 1959)
2. The Jack Benny Program (April 3, 1955)
3. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (October 20, 1962)
4. The College Bowl (March 26, 1951)
Bonus TV Clips:
1. Labatt's Beer commercial # 1 (1960)
2. I've Got a Secret (April 21, 1954)
3. All-Pure Evaporated Milk commercial # 1 (Fall, 1951)
4. The Colgate Comedy Hour (March 30, 1952)
5. All-Star Revue (October 4, 1952)
6. All-Pure Evaporated Milk commercial # 2 (Fall, 1951)
7. All Star Revue (October 4, 1952)
8. Showtime (October 4, 1959)
9. Foster's Freeze commercial # 1 (Fall, 1951)
10. U.S. Royal Showcase (January 20, 1952)
11. The Dinah Shore Chevy Show (October 4, 1959)
12. Labatt's Beer commercial # 2 (1960)
13. Kraft Music Hall with Milton Berle (January 14, 1959)
Bonus Short Films:
1. You Bet Your Life Stag Reel # 7 (1960 - 1961)
2. Showdown at Ulcer Gulch (1958)
3. The Marx Brothers Home Movie Collection, with music and narration by Harpo's son Bill Marx
DISC 2
1. The Red Skelton Hour (September 25, 1962)
2. The General Electric Theater: The Hold Out (January 14, 1962)
3. Celebrity Golf (April 23, 1961)
4. Championship Bridge with Charles Goren (October 16, 1960)
5. Groucho (July 1, 1965)
Bonus TV Clips:
1. The Colgate Comedy Hour (March 30, 1952)
2. All-Pure Evaporated Milk commercial # 3 (Fall, 1951)
3. The RCA Victor Show (February 1, 1952)
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49 of 54 people found the following review helpful By W. Gary Wetstein on May 24, 2014
I never write reviews for products before they're released, but I consider it SO unfair that one customer has seen fit to give this set a one star review simply because he doesn't know what's included, that I'm temporarily posting this review to bring the average back up. The details on the contents of this set can be found on Shout! Factory's web site. This is going to be the most significant release of new Marx Brothers material in our lifetimes. How anyone could dismiss it so casually is completely beyond me.
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43 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Robert Furem on May 5, 2014
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Sorry, Amazon, but Marx Brothers enthusiasts need to know that that you get a free bonus DVD when this item is ordered directly from Shout Factory.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By David Calhoun on July 18, 2014
If you order from Amazon you will receive 3 total discs. If you order directly from the Shout Factory website you will receive a 4th disc, More Bits & Pieces.

More Bits and Pieces is NOT included with the Amazon version, and features the following:

FULL SHOWS
Silver Theater: Papa Romani (May 15, 1950)
Chico filmed two episodes of Papa Romani for the Silver Theater anthology series in 1950. The first one, broadcast on January 9th, is not known to survive. This second episode, featuring William Frawley and Margaret Hamilton, survives in a syndicated version from the Hollywood Half Hour series.

The Christophers: It's Your Serve (December 18, 1954)
Father James Feller founded the Christophers organization in 1945 and enlisted numerous Hollywood stars to help deliver his message. Father Keller began hosting a weekly inspirational television show in 1952. This episode features Harpo, Pat O'Brien, Jerry Colonna, James Gleason, Charles Farrell and tennis stars Jack Framer, Pancho Gonzalez, Ken McGregor and Frank Sedgerman. Harpo performs his composition "Guardian Angels".

BONUS TV CLIPS
See You At The Polls (October 9, 1956)
Groucho and George Fenneman urge voters to participate in the upcoming 1956 presidential election in this appeal filmed on the set of You Bet Your Life. It was broadcast on the special See You at the Polls with similar messages from other stars.

The Hollywood Palace (March 15, 1964)
Groucho hosted The Hollywood Palace twice. This performance of "Dr. Hackenbush" from the first show features Dee Hartford, Groucho's sister-in-law. Dee was the former wife of legendary director Howard Hawks.
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Simply an amazing set, filled with gems you've been waiting years to see, things the experts said no longer existed, and others you didn't even know ever existed. The energy level the brothers show in live performance before an audience is astonishing. As the very informative forty page accompanying booklet points out, some of the routines done here go back to the brothers' earliest days in vaudeville in the 1910's. Groucho's performance of Schnitzlebank goes back earlier, to his teenage days as a member of The Three Nightingales. The Harpo & Chico appearance on the Colgate Comedy Hour is among my favorites on the set, performing their four handed piano piece and also the knife dropping bit (among other things).

An added treat are home movies that stretch back to the late 1920's with narration and musical accompaniment by Son of Harpo: Bill Marx. Those who have read about Harpo's experience performing with Alexander Woollcott in Yellow Jacket will be amazed to see vibrant colour home movies of that.
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