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Love Happy (1949)
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Crime | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

The Marx Brothers help young Broadway hopefuls while thwarting diamond thieves.

Director: David Miller
Stars: Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Chico Marx
The Big Store (1941)
Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A detective is hired to protect the life of a singer, who has recently inherited a department store, from the store's crooked manager.

Director: Charles Reisner
Stars: Groucho Marx, Chico Marx, Harpo Marx
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Musical | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A veterinarian posing as a doctor, a race-horse owner and his friends struggle to help keep a sanitarium open with the help of a misfit race-horse.

Director: Sam Wood
Stars: Groucho Marx, Chico Marx, Harpo Marx
At the Circus (1939)
Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The Marx Brothers try to help the owner of a circus recover some stolen funds before he finds himself out of a job.

Director: Edward Buzzell
Stars: Groucho Marx, Chico Marx, Harpo Marx
Mr. Music (1950)
Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A golf-crazy songwriter tries to avoid the long, solitary hours of concentration needed to produce a hit musical. His producer and his secretary conspire to get him back on track.

Director: Richard Haydn
Stars: Bing Crosby, Nancy Olson, Charles Coburn
Certificate: Passed Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The Marx Brothers are employed at a hotel in postwar Casablanca, where a ring of Nazis is trying to recover a cache of stolen treasure.

Director: Archie Mayo
Stars: Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Chico Marx
The Cocoanuts (1929)
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

During the Florida land boom, the Marx brothers run a hotel, auction off some land, thwart a jewel robbery, and generally act like themselves.

Directors: Robert Florey, Joseph Santley
Stars: Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Chico Marx
Room Service (1938)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A penniless theatrical producer must outwit the hotel efficiency expert trying to evict him from his room, while securing a backer for his new play.

Director: William A. Seiter
Stars: Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Chico Marx
Go West (1940)
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Musical | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The Marx Brothers come to the rescue in the Wild West when a young man, trying to settle an old family feud so he can marry the girl he loves, runs afoul of crooks.

Director: Edward Buzzell
Stars: Groucho Marx, Chico Marx, Harpo Marx
Drama | Fantasy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

The devil and the spirit of mankind argue as to whether or not humanity is ultimately good or evil.

Director: Irwin Allen
Stars: Ronald Colman, Hedy Lamarr, Groucho Marx
Humor Risk (1921)
Comedy | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

This silent short saw the Marx Bros. teamed for the first time prior to their move to features. The film had only one public screening. Groucho later claimed that it was not very good.

Director: Richard Smith
Stars: Mildred Davis, Chico Marx, Groucho Marx
Short | Comedy | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

The Brian Sisters are also featured in this short.

Director: George Sidney
Stars: Reginald Denny, George Hamilton, Louis & Celeste
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Shame, shame, Shamus!
2 April 2002 | by (Minffordd, North Wales) – See all my reviews

Jimmy "Shamus" Culhane was a major Disney animator and the author of a how-to book which continues to inspire budding artists to become animators. On Hollywood's social ladder, animators have always occupied a very low rung ... but Culhane was the son-in-law of Chico Marx, a relationship which enabled Culhane to socialise with the Marx Brothers and their famous Hollywood friends such as Bob Hope and Bing Crosby.

Culhane shanghaied some of those big stars to appear in this awful little film.

"Showdown at Ulcer Gulch" is Culhane's home movie. It's about as funny as your Uncle Irving's home movies, with slightly better production values. Like a lot of other Hollywood animators, Culhane wanted to escape from the cartoon ghetto and get a job making "real" movies; "Showdown at Ulcer Gulch" was apparently meant to be his demo reel. This film has lots of arty-tarty little "auteur" touches that make it even less funny than it started out to be.

Ted Key, the creator of the grossly unfunny Saturday Evening Post feature "Hazel", is credited(?) with the script of this film. There doesn't really seem to be a script. Most of the participants ("actors" would be the wrong word) seem to be ad-libbing, and they're ad-libbing very badly. Even those great improv-meisters Groucho and Chico Marx are ad-libbing badly here. Actually, maybe I'm not being fair to Chico here, because (taking a leaf from his brother Harpo, perhaps?) Chico doesn't speak any lines at all in his brief appearance: he just plays the piano. But he acts nervous and unprepared, as if he hasn't decided what tune he's going to play: he and Groucho both seem to have been press-ganged in front of a camera, and they don't know what to do next.

When you look at IMDb's cast list for this film - Groucho, Chico, Hope and Crosby, Ernie Kovacs and his wife (the under-rated Edie Adams) - you'll assume that "Showdown at Ulcer Gulch" must be a lost masterpiece of comedy, a sure-fire laff-riot. No, honestly: it's awful. I'll rate it one point out of 10,


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