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The Cocoanuts (1929)

Passed  |   |  Comedy, Musical  |  3 August 1929 (USA)
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During the Florida land boom, the Marx brothers run a hotel, auction off some land, thwart a jewel robbery, and generally act like themselves.

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Zeppo Marx ...
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Oscar Shaw ...
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Polly
Cyril Ring ...
Yates
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Penelope
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Mrs. Potter
Basil Ruysdael ...
Hennessy
Gamby-Hale Ballet Girls ...
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Allan K. Foster Girls ...
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Storyline

Mr. Hammer runs a bankrupt Florida hotel. He'll try anything to make money, even make love to rich Mrs. Potter. But his main scheme, selling real estate, is in danger of sabotage from zanies Chico and Harpo, who also reduce the schemes of a pair of jewel thieves to chaos. A subplot involves the star-crossed love of Polly Potter and architect Bob Adams. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Paramount's All Talking Musicomedy Sensation See more »

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Comedy | Musical

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

3 August 1929 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Miljonärernas paradis  »

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Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric System)

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1.20 : 1
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Trivia

Zeppo Marx was one of only two of The Marx Brothers to play a recurring role in their films (not counting when they used their own names). He played the role of "Jamison" in both The Cocoanuts (1929) and Animal Crackers (1930). See more »

Quotes

Hammer: Florida folks, land of perpetual sunshine. Let's get the auction started before we have a tornado.
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Soundtracks

TALE OF THE SHIRT
(1925) (uncredited)
Music written by Georges Bizet, from "Carmen"
Lyrics by Irving Berlin
Sung by Basil Ruysdael and chorus
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The Cocoanuts (1929) ***
23 November 2004 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

This first Marx Brothers film is quite funny sporadically, as long as you focus on the antics of Groucho, Harpo and Chico and don't let the very dated singing and poor production values get in your way.

Being one of the very earliest sound films, there are less than stellar production values and some very old fashioned and grating musical numbers to intrude during the course of THE COCOANUTS. But fortunately, any time the Marx Brothers grace the screen, it's well worth the wait and they are always entertaining... and after all, aren't they the main reason we're watching?

***/****


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