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The Cocoanuts (1929)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Musical | 3 August 1929 (USA)
During the Florida land boom, The Marx Brothers run a hotel, auction off some land, thwart a jewel robbery, and generally act like themselves.

Writers:

George S. Kaufman (book), Morrie Ryskind (adapted by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
The Marx Brothers
Zeppo Marx ... Jamison
Groucho Marx ... Hammer
Harpo Marx ... Harpo
Chico Marx ... Chico
Oscar Shaw ... Bob Adams
Mary Eaton ... Polly Potter
Cyril Ring ... Harvey Yates
Kay Francis ... Penelope Martin
Margaret Dumont ... Mrs. Potter
Basil Ruysdael ... Detective Hennessy
Gamby-Hale Ballet Girls Gamby-Hale Ballet Girls ... Dancers (as Gamby-Hale Girls)
Allan K. Foster Girls Allan K. Foster Girls ... Dancers
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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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Taglines:

The ANSWER TO A SQUIRREL'S PRAYER! (Print Ad- Pittsburgh Press,((Pittsburgh, Penna.)) 1 July 1929) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Musical

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?

Trivia

According to The Marx Brothers biographer Joe Adamson, the Marxes were so appalled by this film version of their hit Broadway show that they offered to buy the negative from Paramount so that they could burn it. See more »

Goofs

When Harpo and Chico break Bob out of jail it is obvious the cell door is unlocked to the point more than one character holds it shut as Harpo tries to unlock the door. See more »

Quotes

Bob Adams: Oh Mr. Hammer, there's a man outside wants to see you with a black mustache.
Hammer: Tell him I've got one.
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits are run against a background of negative film of the "Monkey-Doodle-Doo" number. See more »

Alternate Versions

Preview version reputedly ran 140 minutes; extensively cut to 96 minutes for the final release version. The cut material allegedly consisted mostly of additional musical numbers. See more »

Connections

Featured in Hollywood: The Gift of Laughter (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

THE BELL-HOPS
(1925) (uncredited)
Written by Irving Berlin
Danced by Gamby-Hale Ballet Girls
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Technically crude, but charming
26 September 2011 | by bwaynefSee all my reviews

"The Cocoanuts" was released in 1929, only two years after sound was introduced to the movies. Not surprisingly, it's a little crude technically, but I find that to be part of its charm. Like most Marx Brothers films, the plot isn't particularly important. It plays second-fiddle to their hilarious hi-jinks, and there are plenty of them to savor. The musical numbers can be a bit tedious, but they're worth sitting through while we wait for Groucho, Harpo, and Chico to take center stage. Oh, yeah, Zeppo's in this one, too, but who really expects much from him?

One of the delights of "The Cocoanuts" is the presence of a pre-stardom Kay Francis who would soon sign with Warner Bros. and become one of their highest paid stars. Sadly, her reign as the queen of Warners was short-lived, and she is rather obscure today, but she was not only a great actress, but an absolute babe! Having seen her in this, I now look forward to seeing more of her films.

Brian W. Fairbanks


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 August 1929 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)
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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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