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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 »

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Comedy | Musical

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3 August 1929 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Miljonärernas paradis  »

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

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1.20 : 1
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Trivia

The stage rights were originally bought by United Artists in 1928, and sold to Paramount the following year. See more »

Quotes

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

Referenced in Busby Berkeley: Going Through the Roof (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

BALLET MUSIC
(1929) (uncredited)
Written by Frank Tours
Danced by Gamby-Hale Ballet Girls
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The first Marx comedy - huge laughs.
19 November 1999 | by (California, U. S. A.) – See all my reviews

"The Cocoanuts" is the very first film the Marx Brothers did and is essentially a filmed recording of their Broadway triumph. Talkies were still in their infancy, and the technical aspects of this flick prove it! The camera can barely keep up with the boys as they leap around. But don't let the staginess and crummy musical interludes and subplots distract you... this film has some of the great moments in Marx comedy. Chico is especially aggressive with his lines (he just annoys the hell out of Groucho, foiling his plan to rig an auction with his denseness) and Harpo (with his original red wig, which films dark brown) has never been better, destroying the hotel lobby by eating buttons off bellboy's uniforms and swilling ink. Groucho has some of his most potent insults. Zeppo, surprisingly, has even less to do here than in subsequent outings. This film is hilarious and head-and-shoulders above their later MGM films like "Go West" and "At the Circus." Funny, funny, funny!


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