The Cocoanuts (1929)

 


 

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Genre: Comedy,Musical

The Cocoanuts (1929)
   
Release Date: 3 August 1929 (USA)
Country: USA
Director:
Cast:
  • Zeppo Marx
  • Groucho Marx
  • Harpo Marx
  • Chico Marx
  • Oscar Shaw
  • Mary Eaton
  • Cyril Ring
  • Kay Francis
  • Margaret Dumont
  • Basil Ruysdael
  • Gamby-Hale Ballet Girls
  • Allan K. Foster Girls


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22 Responses to The Cocoanuts (1929)

  1. suspect148
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    Anybody catch Groucho almost call Chico, Ravelli? At least twice in the why a duck/wire fence scene, Groucho says, "Look, Rav…" before he continues with his lines.

    I believe that the Bros were performing Animal Crackers on Broadway at night and filming Cocoanuts during the day and that is why.

    But let’s face it, Groucho and Chico together were magic! Harpo and Chico were insane!

    JLT

  2. wilsons926
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    i love that song in this movie, everyone complains about it. i thought the dancing in it was good and it had a good, catchy, melondy.

  3. Gavno
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    One thing that’s always intrigued me about the number "Monkey Doodle Doo"…

    If you listen closely to the musical construction used here, especially the use of synchopation and chord progression, this thing has all of the earmarks of a George Gershwin composition!

    I’m hearing scraps of "Concert in F" (especially the second movement), and "Porgy and Bess" coming through loud and clear.

    Is it possible that Greshwin was moonlighting on this one, just for the fun of it, and hiding under a pseudonym to keep movie composition from possibly injuring his career as a "serious" composer?

  4. Marx_Bros_Fan86
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    The Loews Jersey theater is playing the Cocoanuts on Saturday October 3, at 4:00. I’ve seen many movies there and I can assure you it’s a great theater. Huge screen, great sound, and good prices ($6 tickets).

    http://loewsjersey.org/component/option,com_frontpage/Itemid,1/ It’s funny, the event is posted on their facebook page but not on their actual website yet. Give it time.

    Somebody blows their nose and you want to keep it? -Ghostbusters

  5. jmonholland-1
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    While this isn’t my favorite Marx Bros. film, I think this movie has some of my favorite moments (so far) of any of their films. I loved the early scene when Chico and Harpo are checking in (when Harpo starts devouring stuff, you can see Chico start to crack up), and when the lady flirts with Chico (and even funnier when she flirts with Harpo).

    However, my favorite part is when they are dressed up spanish style and the characters begin making speeches. Everytime someone starts talking Harpo acts like he is bored or in agony and he gets up and makes this scrunchy face and shuffles off to the alcohol. He does this repeatedly (everytime he comes back, he is a bit drunker) and it just kills me everytime he does it. He revisits this look quickly in Animal Crackers. So, is it just me, or is this scene genius?

    Man in Stadium Crowd: Hey Look! It’s Enrico Pallazzo!

  6. Baravelli_the_ice_lady
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    C’mon, people! It might not be Duck Soup, but this is easily one of the best films the Brothers made. It looks and sounds mighty tattered, but talkies were still quite new in ’29 and the entire process had not been perfected yet. As for the Marxes’ material, it’s sharp as ever! So let’s show this movie a little love, huh?

    Chico: "Why a duck? Why-a no chicken?"

    Groucho: "You try and cross over there on a chicken and you’ll find out why a duck!"

    Groucho: "You all know who DeSoda was. He discovered a body of water. I’m sure you’ve all heard of it: DeSoda Water."

    Groucho: "We don’t have any vacancies. We’ve got plenty of rooms, though!"

    Chico: (to Harpo) "You want a room?"

    Harpo: "(honks in the negative)"

    Chico: "No? Alright, we take a vacancy."

    Groucho: "Get away from that tree before it dies!"

    Groucho: "The first number of the evening will be a piccolo solo, which we will skip. Signor Pastrami will now play ‘A Cup of Coffee, a Sandwich and You’ from the opera I-Eat-A."

    Margaret: "Oh, Signor Pastrami, what is the first number?"

    Chico: "Number one!"

    "You’re just wasting your breath, and that’s no great loss, either."

  7. Herald7
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    I don’t know how long this will be up, but for their documentary Make ‘Em Laugh, PBS’s website has this poll on your favorite classic comedian. Right now The Marx Brothers are #3! Not bad, but feel free to contribute your vote! : D

    http://www.pbs.org/wnet/makeemlaugh/

  8. plynwalt-1
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    The chorus line dancing in this movie is awful. I think that any amateur group

    could do as well. I notice this in a lot of old(20’s,30’s) movies. I wonder why?

  9. jlobosco
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    It’s one of the first scenes in the film when Groucho is standing on the stairs talking to his bell staff. Right after he invites them to the future wedding of his Aunt Fanny’s 8 lb baby boy he later on tells them (this is what I thought I heard him say.)” I want you to F-up” Naturally I repeated the scene several times and I heard the same thing.After over 70 years, am I only person who heard that? How could it have gotten past the censors back then?

    Who can confirm this? Please tell me I did not mis-hear him?

  10. jmonholland-1
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    Wow. I recently stumbled across the Marx Bros. and have been furiously watching their films. My fave (of course) is Harpo, and he completely kills in this flick! I’m just surprised their isn’t more talk about it. Is this is one their lesser seen movies?

    So, where would you rank Cocoanuts? So far, my picks would be:

    -A Day At The Races

    -Animal Crackers

    -The Cocoanuts

    -Duck Soup

    -A Night At The Opera

    Man in Stadium Crowd: Hey Look! It’s Enrico Pallazzo!

  11. rosemarywater
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    This movie was terrible…

  12. wilsons926
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    i like how this film has a old look to it, but some parts look like they were dragged around on asphalt. if this film was considered to be lost for years, there could not of have been too much handling of the film being done, so how can it look so bad? does film really decay that much just from sitting around?and how come noone has even tried to resored it? it is probaly in the exact condtition it was found in. you would think they would fix some of it up, but it is all terrible. i don’t want them to make it look perfect. the white lines and dots add character to it. but like the jail scene, or when they first sing "when my dream comes true" just look horrible.

  13. sarks77
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    does anybody know how he blew that bubble with his cigarette smoke?

  14. Anonymous
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  15. tokyostory2000
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    Harpo’s hat is in pretty good shape in this movie. In "The Big Store" (about 12 years later) it is so beaten up and holey that a big patch of his hair stick out. Does anyone know if he actually used the same hat for several films? Chico’s hat always looks the same…

  16. Videogameguy
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    i did not know Harpo could play the clarinet!

    apparently there are a lot of things you dont know about them.

  17. grvdggr
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    There’s a song which the girl is dancing solo near the end of the movie that really caught me.

    Anyone know the name of it or the band/orchestra playing it?

  18. zao6685
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    Hey everyone i am looking for a script of The Cocoanuts. if anyone knows a site and could give me a link i would be incredibly happy!

  19. Shaolin_Apu
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    Just finally got to see this gem and generally saying it was even better than I expected. No way inferior to the other early Marx-films and the songs are also great.

    Some points however needed extra attention.

    Quality of the film is not always great. The film was generally in good condition, but some scenes were a bit ‘worn out’. Has the film been compiled from different reels? The scenes that were obscure were ‘Stealing the Badge’, ‘Woman asking Chico and Groucho into her Room’, ‘Monkey Doodle Doo Song’, ‘The Auction Scene’ and ‘Harpo’s Jailbreak’.

    The DVD featured three short extras from ‘Today’s Show’ with Harpo, Groucho and Harpo’s son William.

    Play it again, Frank, I don’t give a damn.

  20. Vaderdoggy
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    I’ve only seen the film once, so I don’t remember the guy’s name, but when the cop guy starts singing the "I want my shirt" song, what classical piece is he singing along to?

  21. cheval_52
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    GREAT NEWS

    The original soundtrack music from the Marx Brothers movies "The Cocoanuts/Monkey Business" and "Horse Feathers/AnimalCrackers"

    are now available at Amazon.com. The music and soundtracks have been electronically remastered with the prices listed below.

    "Cocoanuts/Monkey Business" Audio CD; $9.49

    "Horse Feathers/Animal Crackers" Audio CD; $13.99

    Cheval52

  22. cinema_universe
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    ….now, I’ve got a nickel in my pocket…"(Groucho, to the hotel staff)

    Patchy, though it may seem to some, this is nothing short of a brilliant absurdist piece that must have thrilled Broadway audiences when the Marx Brothers first did "The Cocoanuts" live on the stage.

    I can find nothing wrong with any of it…

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