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The Cocoanuts (1929)

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Budget $500,000

Running Time
1 hour, 36 minutes

Country USA

Studio Paramount

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• The Cocoanuts



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Genre: Comedy, Musical, Slapstick, Satire, Racy, Thieves, Love, Scams And Cons

Tagline: Paramount's All Talking-Singing Musical Comedy Hit!

Plot: The first Marx Bros. movie is an adaptation of their George S. Kaufamn-penned stage hit, and also one of the very first musical "talkies" and as such it suffers from occasionally fuzzy sound and static camerawork, but it is nonetheless a sidesplitting riot. The story finds Groucho as the owner of a Florida hotel, trying to put over a land auction scheme. Margaret Dumont is Mrs. Potter, the rich widow who drops into his romantic sights. Chico and Harpo are a couple of tramps come to rob the place blind. The bad guys are a smooth talking thief (Cyril Ring) and his girl (Kay Francis). Of course Mrs. Potter has a sweet young daughter (Mary Eaton) who sings some songs by Irving Berlin including "When My Dreams Come True" with the dull romantic lead (Oscar Shaw). Harpo plays his harp, Chico plays the piano, Groucho plays with Margaret Dumont, and there's plenty of flapper-filled musical dance numbers. Though sometimes raw as a film, it's both a valuable example of the early days of sound as well as a record of the legendary show that launched the Marxes to stardom back in the golden days of Broadway.

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 Directed by
Robert Florey
Tarzan and the Mermaids, The Beast with Five Fingers, Murders in the Rue Morgue
 Written by
George S. Kaufman
A Night at the Opera, You Can't Take It with You, Animal Crackers
Morrie Ryskind
My Man Godfrey, Animal Crackers, Penny Serenade
 Cast
Zeppo Marx
Duck Soup, Animal Crackers, Horse Feathers
Groucho Marx
Duck Soup, A Night at the Opera, A Day at the Races
Harpo Marx
Duck Soup, A Night at the Opera, A Day at the Races
Chico Marx
Duck Soup, A Night at the Opera, A Day at the Races
Mary Eaton
Glorifying the American Girl
Cyril Ring
My Favorite Wife, I Wake Up Screaming, Murders in the Zoo
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 Music By
Irving Berlin
Top Hat, Easter Parade, There's No Business Like Show Business



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