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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
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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 »

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Comedy | Musical

Certificate:

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Release Date:

3 August 1929 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Miljonärernas paradis  »

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

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

Of the film's two directors, Groucho Marx once said, "One of them [French-born Robert Florey] didn't understand English, and the other one [former dance director Joseph Santley] didn't understand comedy." See more »

Quotes

Hammer: Now here is a little peninsula and here is a viaduct leading over to the mainland.
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Connections

Edited into Visions of Light (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

THE BELL-HOPS
(1925) (uncredited)
Written by Irving Berlin
Danced by Gamby-Hale Ballet Girls
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A mixed bag at best, but Harpo is at his most aggressive.
14 September 2002 | by See all my reviews

The first Marx Brothers film is not one of the best. Comic material of about 30 minutes' worth is padded by gratuitous musical numbers until it fits into a prolonged 90-minute format. And the two romantic leads, Mary Eaton (whose incomprehensible "Monkey Doodle-Doo" piece should've been cut out altogether) and especially Oscar Shaw, are AWFUL! Even Margaret Dumont is worse than usual. However, the reports on the film's staginess are rather exaggerated; I've seen 50's and 60's comedies that were just as stagy ("The Seven Year Itch" is one that comes to mind). Groucho does have a few funny one-liners ("Sorry gentlemen but we seem to have no vacancies. We have plenty of rooms though!"). And Harpo really does make a very strong impression; far from being the good-natured, buffoonish clown that he became in some of the team's later films, here he's wily, amoral, and even a little mean-spirited (though with one tender moment), always coming out on top in every situation, always too fast for the others (including his brothers!) to follow. He's an extraordinary creation, making the picture worthy of a second viewing just to see him again. (**1/2)


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