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!
If youre 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 didnt know how good we had it then. This marvelous collection brings back a wave of happy memories. For me, its the DVD event of the year. --Leonard Maltin, Indiewire.com, August 11, 2014