The Silver Theatre: Season 1, Episode 15

Papa Romani (9 Jan. 1950)

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Papa Romani (Chico Marx) and his son and daughter are excited about getting a new phone installed. However... See full synopsis »

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Weak writing undoes this one....
27 November 2010 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is part of a set of public domain and ultra-cheap TV and radio shows featuring the Marx Brothers (individually and as a team). In addition, the prints are often pretty bad. Also, and this annoyed me, the company that produced "The Marx Brothers Collection" stamped a 'Marx Brothers' logo throughout the prints to establish that it was theirs--a rather nervy thing to do when you are using public domain prints!! It's not like they did anything to create the films or paid royalties for what they released on DVD!! Plus who would want to pirate films which are essentially junk and outtakes?! Jerks.

Fortunately for me, I did not purchase this set. Almost all the folks who left comments on Amazon about the set complained about its quality and selection (no films are included in the set). I had no real interest in any of the content except for this odd little half hour show featuring Chico Marx. I'd love to know exactly what the purpose was of "Papa Romani". Was it an attempt to create a sitcom for Chico? Was it just one of many other half hour shows in an anthology series?

The show has to do with the Romani family getting a telephone. Back in 1950, many, many families did not have telephones, so the Romanis getting one was apparently quite the event--especially since Mrs. Romani was afraid some bad would come of it. And, it turns out, she is correct, as the dopey neighbors began using and abusing this new phone--and the Romanis were too wimpy to tell them to go away and stop using their phone.

Overall, if it was a pilot episode, I can see why it was not picked up. The writing was pretty weak, as the characters were very tough to believe and the situations not particularly funny. Interesting to film historians and lovers of the Marx Brothers, but most others will find this very tough going.


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