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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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Cast

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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)
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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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One of the earliest of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by MCA ever since.See more »
Quotes:
Hammer:Why, it's the most exclusive residential district in Florida. *Nobody* lives there.See more »
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Referenced in The Man Who Came to Dinner (2000) (TV)See more »
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FLORIDA BY THE SEASee more »

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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
The Marx Brothers on Broadway, 22 October 2005
Author: Vincentb341 from United States

Contrary to popular belief, Cocoanuts was not the first Marx Brothers movie. That honor belongs to Humorisk, a silent film which no longer exists. It was greeted with such hostility that one master reel was burned, and the other deteriorated in a producer's closet. It is difficult to imagine Chico and Groucho in a silent film, and while one might envision Harpo as the ultimate silent comedian, his whistling and horn-honking formed an essential part of his act.

By 1929, however, sound was here to stay, and many silent comics suddenly found themselves out of work. In fact, the only two comedians to successfully make the transition from silent to sound were Laurel and Hardy (Chaplin didn't make his first sound movie until 1940, and was never comfortable with sound). Comedy teams like Stan and Ollie and the Marx Brothers needed dialog; even Harpo communicated with his brothers using broad gestures and the aforementioned honks and whistles.

The biggest story of 1929 (besides the stock market crash) was the Florida land boom. Mr. Hammer (Groucho) is the manager of a struggling hotel, trying to lure customers so that he can sell them Florida lots. Of course, Astoria, Long Island, where this movie was filmed, is not exactly the Sunshine State, and the opening tribute to "sunny Florida" shows us some sand poured on a sound stage to simulate a beach and a painted backdrop of palm trees and coconut. Groucho pursues the rich Mrs. Potter (Margaret Dumont), whose daughter Polly (Mary Eaton) is in love with Bob Adams (Oscar Shaw). Also interested in Polly (or rather, her mother's money) is Harvey Yates (Cyril Ring). Together with his parter Penelope (Kay Francis), they decide to steal Mrs. Potter's expensive necklace and blame it on Bob, easing the way for Yates to marry Polly.

The highlight of the film is the famous "Why a duck?" routine. It's Chico versus the English language, and guess who wins? When Groucho tells Chico that there's going to be an auction, he replies: "I come from Italy on the Atlantic Auction." When Groucho talks about levees, Chico thinks that's the Jewish neighborhood. When he asks him what a radius is, Chico responds that it's WJZ, at that time a popular New York radio station. And when it comes to the word "viaduct" he is totally lost.

Groucho: "Here's a little peninsula and here is a viaduct leading over to the mainland."

Chico: "OK, why a duck? Waya no chicken?" Having been told by Groucho to keep the bidding high during the auction, Chico, in a very funny scene, takes over the whole show, refusing to let anyone else in on the action.

As far as the music is concerned, it is difficult to imagine Irving Berlin writing such drivel as "When My Dreams Come True" and "Monkey Doodle-Do." The former is sung in a duet between Mary Eaton and Oscar Shaw (whom Groucho described as "strictly no-talent"). Indeed it's hard to determine which is worse-Shaw's acting or his singing.

There was a song written for "Cocoanuts," however, that was rejected because it made the show too long. It became one of Berlin's greatest hits. The song was "Always."

The print quality varies from good to fair. It appears that Universal spliced together scenes from several different prints to make one entire movie.

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