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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 ...
Bob
Mary Eaton ...
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-Singing Musical Comedy Hit! See more »

Genres:

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)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

The first use of the overhead camera shot (from the roof of the sound stage looking down at the dancers forming kaleidoscopic patterns) is usually credited to Busby Berkeley, the Broadway dance director whom Samuel Goldwyn brought to Hollywood to stage numbers for Eddie Cantor comedies. But a year before Busby's appearance on the scene in Whoopee! (1930), the overhead shot in used for the first time in an American sound movie in this movie. See more »

Quotes

Hammer: [to Margaret Dumont] An empty bungalow just for you and me, where we could bill and cow - no, we could bull and cow...
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Soundtracks

BALLET MUSIC
(1929) (uncredited)
Written by Frank Tours
Danced by Gamby-Hale Ballet Girls
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CORNY AND WONDERFUL
29 August 1999 | by (NYC) – See all my reviews

A wonderful slice of early movie history. Talkies still in infancy. Basically a broadway play put on film. There's so much to enjoy and study. The fashion is still 20's flapper, and look at those hips and thighs, amazing. Check out the jokes, they probably were funny back then. A rich 'time machine' tapestry to appreciate. Don't try to compare but view it on its own uniqueness. Corny and wonderful.


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