A NIGHT IN CASABLANCA
1946, Westchester Films, 85 min, USA, Dir: Archie Mayo

Among the final features from the Marx Brothers, this comedy puts Groucho, Chico and Harpo in postwar Casablanca, where escaped Nazi Heinrich Stubel (Sig Ruman) is trying to recover a fortune in stolen art. The loot is hidden in a local hotel, and when Groucho becomes manager of the place, he winds up on Stubel's hit list.


THE COCOANUTS
1929, Universal, 96 min, USA, Dir: Robert Florey, Joseph Santley

The Marx Brothers’ very first film finds Groucho trying to save his sinking-fast Florida hotel with the aid of Chico and Harpo, but things don’t go the way he planned (largely thanks to his two crazy helpers). Co-starring Kay Francis, Zeppo Marx and of course, Margaret Dumont.


MONKEY BUSINESS
1931, Universal, 77 min, USA, Dir: Norman Z. McLeod

The Marx Brothers’ first original screenplay - by S.J. Perelman and an uncredited Ben Hecht, among others - is perhaps their most bizarre (and the only one in which they have no character names). They’re stowaways on an ocean liner, wreaking havoc and getting mixed up with rival gangsters as well as Thelma Todd. Includes the famous scene where all four try to get through customs by pretending to be Maurice Chevalier.


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