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The Cocoanuts ()


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

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Jamison
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Hammer
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Harpo
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Chico
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Bob
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Polly
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Yates
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Penelope
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Mrs. Potter
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Hennessy
Gamby-Hale Ballet Girls ...
Dancers (as Gamby-Hale Girls)
Allan K. Foster Girls ...
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Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sylvan Lee ...
Bell Captain (uncredited)
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Bather (uncredited)

Directed by

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Robert Florey
Joseph Santley

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George S. Kaufman ... (book of stage play)
 
Morrie Ryskind ... (adapted by)

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James R. Cowan ... associate producer
Jesse L. Lasky ... executive producer (uncredited)
Walter Wanger ... executive producer (uncredited) / producer (uncredited)
Adolph Zukor ... executive producer (uncredited)

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Frank Tours ... (uncredited)

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George J. Folsey ... (photographed by) (as George Folsey)

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Barney Rogan ... (uncredited)

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Joseph Ruttenberg ... camera operator (uncredited)

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Irving Berlin ... music and lyrics by
Frank Tours ... musical director

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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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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines See it three times and even then you won't get them all. (Print Ad, Black River Democrat, Lowville, NY 2 January 1930) See more »
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Also Known As
  • Noix de coco (France)
  • Los cuatro locos (Spain)
  • Los cuatro cocos (Spain)
  • Miljonäärien paratiisi (Finland)
  • Orzechy kokosowe (Poland)
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  • 96 min
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Budget $500,000 (estimated)

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Trivia The first use of the overhead camera shot (from the roof of the sound stage looking down at the dancers forming kaleidoscopic patterns) is usually credited to Busby Berkeley, the Broadway dance director whom Samuel Goldwyn brought to Hollywood to stage numbers for Eddie Cantor comedies. But a year before Busby's appearance on the scene in Whoopee! (1930), the overhead shot is used for the first time in an American sound film in The Cocoanuts. See more »
Goofs In the opening scene, Hammer sends Jamison to meet a 4:15 train. When Jamison gets back, he refers to it as a 4:30 train. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The 46th Annual Academy Awards (1974). See more »
Soundtracks FLORIDA BY THE SEA See more »
Crazy Credits The opening credits are run against a background of negative film of the "Monkey-Doodle-Doo" number. See more »
Quotes Chico: Right now I'd do anything for money. I'd kill somebody for money. I'd kill *you* for money.
[Harpo looks dejected]
Chico: Ha ha ha. Ah, no. You're my friend. I'd kill you for nothing.
[Harpo smiles]
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