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Writers:
George S. Kaufman (book)
Morrie Ryskind (adapted by)
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Release Date:
3 August 1929 (USA) See more »
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Paramount's All Talking-Singing Musical Comedy Hit! See more »
Plot:
During the Florida land boom, the Marx brothers run a hotel, auction off some land, thwart a jewel robbery, and generally act like themselves. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Great Marx Film - but we'll always regret "Always". See more (54 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

The Marx Brothers
Zeppo Marx ... Jamison

Groucho Marx ... Hammer

Harpo Marx ... Harpo

Chico Marx ... Chico
Oscar Shaw ... Bob
Mary Eaton ... Polly
Cyril Ring ... Yates

Kay Francis ... Penelope

Margaret Dumont ... Mrs. Potter
Basil Ruysdael ... Hennessy
Gamby-Hale Ballet Girls ... Dancers (as Gamby-Hale Girls)
Allan K. Foster Girls ... Dancers
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sylvan Lee ... Bell Captain (uncredited)

Barton MacLane ... Bather (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert Florey 
Joseph Santley 
 
Writing credits
George S. Kaufman (book of stage play)

Morrie Ryskind (adapted by)

Produced by
James R. Cowan .... associate producer
Jesse L. Lasky .... executive producer (uncredited)
Walter Wanger .... executive producer (uncredited)
Walter Wanger .... producer (uncredited)
Adolph Zukor .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Frank Tours (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
George J. Folsey (photographed by) (as George Folsey)
 
Film Editing by
Barney Rogan (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Joseph Ruttenberg .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Irving Berlin .... music and lyrics by
Frank Tours .... musical director
 
Other crew
Monta Bell .... originally produced on the stage by
Sam Harris .... from the stage production: originally presented by (as Sam H. Harris)
Jesse L. Lasky .... present
Adolph Zukor .... present
Allan K. Foster .... dance director (uncredited)
Erna Kay .... choreographer (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
96 min | USA:140 min (preview) | Spain:89 min (DVD edition)
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1.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric System)
Certification:
Australia:G | Finland:K-8 (1974) | Finland:S (1930) | UK:U | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:TV-G (TV rating) | USA:Approved (certificate not issued at release)

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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:Believe me, you gotta get up early if you want to get out of bed.See more »
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Referenced in To Each His Own Cinema (2007)See more »
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MONKEY-DOODLE-DO0See more »

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12 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Great Marx Film - but we'll always regret "Always"., 13 February 2006
Author: theowinthrop from United States

Unless the legendary "HUMORISK" ever shows up, COCONUTS will have the honor of being the first Marx Brother comedy. It is set in Florida, during the 1920s land boom down there (by the time the show opened in 1928, a hurricane had destroyed the land boom). Groucho runs a seedy hotel, where Mrs. Potter and her daughter Polly (Margaret Dumont and Mary Eaton) are residing. So is Polly's boy friend, the architect Bob Adams (Oscar Shaw), as well as black sheep socialite Harvey Yates (Cyril Ring) and Penelope (Kay Francis). Yates needs money, and is trying to marry Polly. Penelope is willing to assist him, as she wants to steal Mrs. Potter's jewelry. Mrs. Potter is favorable to Yates because he is one of "the Boston Yates", but Polly favors Bob - who is still struggling to get any backers for his architectural ideas. Because he is not making money (or from money) Mrs. Potter dislikes his attentions to Polly.

Groucho's Mr. Hammer (and his assistant Jamison - Zeppo) are hoping to sell various lots of real estate to their hotel guests at an auction. Then two new guests arrive: Chico and Harpo. Groucho notices their luggage is empty. "That's okay," says Chico, "It will be full when we leave." Naturally the arrival of Chico and Harpo excites the suspicions of the local sheriff, Hennesy (Basil Ruysdaal).

It is impossible to sensibly discuss the humor of the Marx Brothers, in this their first sound film and one of their zaniest. Just a few choice moments:

Groucho and Chico (as a plant) at the auction, where Chico knows he has to raise the bids. Unfortunately he does not realize when to stop doing so, so that when Hammer frantically tries to stop him from preventing someone with money from buying a lot, Chico keeps ignoring. "I go higher...higher...I have plenty of numbers left!", he says.

Groucho, Chico, and Harpo playing musical rooms with Dumont and Kay Francis, on the night of the jewel robbery. And Francis discovering that her "come-on" line, "Has anyone ever told you you look like the Prince of Wales?", is being used by everyone else.

Even a slightly sad moment is memorable. When Bob is arrested at one point, a tearful Mary Eaton watches this - Harpo walks over to her and hands her a flower. She embraces the silent brother, who just looks perplexed about what else to do.

It is constantly brought up that Eaton and Shaw are drags on the film. Actually Ms Eaton was quite lively when given a chance, and Shaw is game in one of the routines with Groucho and Harpo. Kay Francis would later show a comic flair in movies too, but here she is relatively subdued as far as comedy is concerned (until her last shot with Cyril Ring). Ring is a non-entity. Ruysdaal has one really glorious moment (when he demands his shirt - he can't be happy without his shirt!). And of course, Margaret Dumont got her first chance to show what an asset she was to the Marx Brothers in seven films.

For a musical comedy the surviving songs, mostly by Irving Berlin (one is by Victor Herbert!) are passable only. "When My Dream Comes True" can linger in the memory, but it is not grade-A Berlin. Sadly, Irving composed "Always" for the show, but George Kaufman showed his contempt for the tune and and angry Berlin took it back. A case of pearls before swine there.

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