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An American in Paris

“This is Paris, and I’m an American who lives here. My name is Jerry Mulligan (Gene Kelly), and I’m an ex-G.I. In 1945 when the army told me to find my own job, I stayed on. And I’ll tell you why: I’m a painter, and all my life that’s all I’ve ever wanted to do. […]

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Animal Crackers

Our story begins with the newspaper announcement of a big party at the Long Island home of Mrs. Rittenhouse (Margaret Dumont). She’s hosting as the guest of honor Captain Jeffrey T. Spaulding (Groucho Marx), a famous explorer who has just returned from Africa. It’s interesting to note that the opening credits list the character as […]

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A Night at the Opera

“Paging Mr. Driftwood… Mr. Otis B. Driftwood…” Thus begins an hour and a half of some of the funniest material ever to come from the Marx Brothers. By 1935 the Marx Brothers had hit full stride and “A Night at the Opera” was their sixth movie. Like most of their movies, there is no practical […]

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The Cocoanuts

Apparently, the Marx Brothers first movie was a silent film made in 1921 entitled “Humor Risk” (a.k.a. “Humorisk”). The movie was never released and it is assumed that the film is lost and likely never to be recovered. If that is truly the case, “The Cocoanuts” is the first of the Marx Brothers films available […]

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Reveille With Beverly

Unfortunately, Reveille With Beverly is not available on commercial DVD. The musical track is offered on a compact disc available from amazon.com. This is a wartime movie with a simple story and loads of fantastic music. Beverly Ross (Ann Miller) works as a telephone operator in a stuffy radio station. She wants to be on […]

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