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Tuesday, October 02, 2018

It’s Groucho’s Birthday!


Today is the 128th anniversary of the birth of Julius Henry Marx.   Let us celebrate with wine, woman, song and more women.  Then some more song, then more wine.  Much, much more wine!

Please enjoy this song and dance from Animal Crackers.  But don’t dawdle.  It looks like he’s in a hurry to leave.


(Thank you for reading.  Please pardon the appearance of the Africans at the beginning.  They are not stereotypes.  They are actors working for scale!)

5 Comments:

Blogger Raybeard said...

I must have seen the film at some time but don't recall this scene at all.

Groucho's was an act impossible to imitate, and I don't think I've ever seen anyone attempt it. He was one of the very original 'quickfire wits' - even if his words were largely pre-scripted (presumably).

October 3, 2018 at 1:44 AM  
Blogger Dave R said...

You can see the Vaudeville in his dancing. He and his brothers were great!!

October 3, 2018 at 3:16 PM  
Blogger todd gunther said...

There is at least one actor who currently tours as Groucho. I think his name is Frank Ferante. We saw him in a revival of Animal Crackers at the Arena Stage in DC about 20 years. Thanks for sharing, Raybeard.


Thank you, Dave R. They were wonderful.

October 6, 2018 at 6:19 AM  
Blogger Ur-spo said...

He was without doubt one of the funniest men of the 20th century.

October 7, 2018 at 3:57 PM  
Blogger todd gunther said...

A good analysis, Spo!

October 14, 2018 at 8:59 AM  

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