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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

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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

A musical number featuring Groucho Marx and Margaret Dumont, "A Little Bungalow" was deleted after the previews. In the stage play, it was originally sung by the characters Polly Potter and Robert Adams (the romantic leads). Instead, Irving Berlin wrote "When My Dreams Come True" especially for this film as a love theme. See more »

Quotes

Jamison: Any luck with the 4:30?
Hammer: Yeah. It didn't hit me.
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Connections

Referenced in You Bet Your Life: Episode #8.28 (1958) See more »

Soundtracks

BALLET MUSIC
(1929) (uncredited)
Written by Frank Tours
Danced by Gamby-Hale Ballet Girls
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The start of it all
9 November 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I've been told it's the first musical comedy to have been made. God only knows what that makes The Jazz Singer then - heavyweight drama, I suppose.

The first problem you're going to have if you want to see it is actually seeing it. The film has been very hard to find on DVD. A copy is now available on the recently released version of the UK box set of their early films but as yet has not been released on it's own. I believe this situation varies elsewhere in the world.

The second problem you'll have if you want to see it is actually seeing it. Beware cheap copies from distant lands. The film has fallen into disrepair due to neglect. This has meant that some copies of the film are almost totally unwatchable. I remember being given a copy of the film that was released in Australia where parts of the picture had been almost completely washed away while the soundtrack could barely be heard of the crackles of the tape.

Still, if you do find a good copy it is well worth watching. The filming is very static and the acting wooden in comparison to their later movies. However, given that this was their first release and based upon their second successful Broadway run, I think that can be forgiven.

The characters are already clearly drawn out and some of the sketches are as funny as anything they did later on in their career. The 'Why a Duck' sketch can rate along side the 'tootsie-frootsie' sketch as one of the best sketches between Groucho and Chico.

The music is forgettable, the plot wafer thin, but you'll laugh out loud more than the majority of the films you'll ever see.


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