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An insightful but not too serious look at the Marx Brothers films and careers from three guys who've spent way too much time thinking about them. Hosted by Matthew Coniam ("The Annotated Marx Brothers", "That's Me, Groucho!"), Noah Diamond ("Gimme a Thrill: The Story of I'll Say She Is") and Bob Gassel (he'll write a book someday). Featuring guest appearances by Marx experts, authors and notable fans. Inspired by The Marx Brothers Council Facebook group. New episodes post monthly.

Check out our blog: marxbrotherscouncilpodcast.com

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Join the lively discussion on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1389369721281242

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The Marx Brothers Council Podcast Matthew Coniam, Bob Gassel & Noah Diamond

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    • 4.8, 50 Ratings

An insightful but not too serious look at the Marx Brothers films and careers from three guys who've spent way too much time thinking about them. Hosted by Matthew Coniam ("The Annotated Marx Brothers", "That's Me, Groucho!"), Noah Diamond ("Gimme a Thrill: The Story of I'll Say She Is") and Bob Gassel (he'll write a book someday). Featuring guest appearances by Marx experts, authors and notable fans. Inspired by The Marx Brothers Council Facebook group. New episodes post monthly.

Check out our blog: marxbrotherscouncilpodcast.com

Follow us on Twitter: @MarxBrosPodcast

Join the lively discussion on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1389369721281242

...or contact us directly at: marxbrotherscouncilpodcast@gmail.com

    26 “The Marx Brothers In A Nutshell” In A Nutshell

    26 “The Marx Brothers In A Nutshell” In A Nutshell

    Our long overdue look at the definitive Marx Brothers documentary, with special guests, producer/meme Robert B. Weide, and writer/editor Joe Adamson.

    The guys take us on Nutshell’s long journey, full of roadblocks and last minute scrambling. How did they get both Paramount and MGM clips when told it was impossible? Why did PBS viewers not see Woody Allen, and no one see Betty Marx? What happens when you ask Gene Kelly to do a retake? These and other questions you never asked will all be answered...

    Oh, and if you want to watch “The Marx Brothers in a Nutshell” before listening, you can purchase a dvd at: http://duckprods.com/store.html

    Name-checked in this episode: Kurt Vonnegut, Lauren Bacall, Mort Sahl

    • 1 hr 44 min
    25 “Send Out The Clowns”

    25 “Send Out The Clowns”

    Our contractually obligated deep dive into “At The Circus”, where your hosts are as enthused watching the film as the Marxes were in making it. We try our best to make sense out of this jumble of wonderful and embarrassing moments.

    You’ll scream as you experience the lost courtroom scene that MGM cut instead of "Two Blind Loves"….you’ll thrill as we struggle to remember plot points no one cares about anyhow…you’ll jump for joy as we play no clips of Groucho yelling “Help Pauline!”

    NOTE: This ep does contain moments of explicit language, which should be a hint to those still wondering what we thought of the film.

    Name-checked in this episode: Marilyn Monroe, Eddie Deezen, Adolf Hitler.

    • 1 hr 54 min
    24 “Take a Letter!”

    24 “Take a Letter!”

    This month we are joined by Zeppo expert/loyalist/fangirl/critic/stalker Andrea Orlando for a two-hour examination of the youngest Marx.

    Was he the funniest Marx Brother offscreen? Was he even a Marx Brother onscreen? Andrea rips some of Zeppo’s performances, then drools over his ripped shirt in Duck Soup. Matthew adds up his screentime, Noah secretly wonders if this was worth surviving Covid-19 for, while Bob questions how Vanity Fair will react.

    Yes, we said two hours. About Zeppo Marx. You have something better to do?

    Name checked in this episode: Frank Sinatra, Barbara Stanwyck, Hal Thompson

    • 2 hr 5 min
    BONUSCAST - The Jay Hopkins Interviews: Volume 4 - Steve Stoliar

    BONUSCAST - The Jay Hopkins Interviews: Volume 4 - Steve Stoliar

    Still stuck in quarantine, we’ve dug up another vintage interview from Jay’s archives. From 1979, Jay talks with Steve Stoliar, who worked in Groucho’s house as secretary during his final years and later wrote the essential account of this era, “Raised Eyebrows”. Steve details how he helped get “Animal Crackers” rereleased after being out of circulation for twenty years, and how this led to him meeting Groucho and being hired by the infamous Erin Fleming. Steve recounts his fascinating duties, and meeting the many characters and celebrities that were always around. Of course, unlike our previous archive subjects, Steve is still with us…but this interview dates from much closer to his time with Groucho than even his book, so his memories are especially crystal clear.

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    -Follow us on Twitter: @MarxBrosPodcast
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    • 1 hr 14 min
    23 “Monkey Distance”

    23 “Monkey Distance”

    Quite the opposite of the live get-together this episode was supposed to document, your three quarantined hosts do their best to help you through COVID-19…

    First, we reveal the results of “The Marx Brothers Nonsensus” where fans made it known what they like and what they want. Let’s just say there are some curious folks out there...or at least a couple of wise guys.
    Then we dive into the virtual mailbag and play clips of your comments and questions. Many submissions are videos, so we recommend viewing the YouTube version of this ep at: https://youtu.be/SpQBlCvD-kU to best enjoy it.

    Name checked in this episode: Jim Carrey, Sydney Greenstreet, Bill Maher.

    • 2 hr 7 min
    CORONASCAST - The Jay Hopkins Interviews: Volume 3 - Arthur Marx

    CORONASCAST - The Jay Hopkins Interviews: Volume 3 - Arthur Marx

    Taking advantage of a captive audience, we are proud to present the latest in our exclusive series of vintage interviews from the archives of Marx Brotherhood founder, Jay Hopkins. From 1984, Jay talks with Groucho’s son...author, playwright, tv scribe and screenwriter Arthur Marx. Arthur discusses the pitfalls of writing showbiz biographies, the gestation and disappointment of “Minnie’s Boys”, being passed over to write the screenplay for “The Impossible Years”, and the star of a Groucho one-man show he REALLY didn’t like…

    • 1 hr

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Wonderful podcast that I eagerly anticipate every month. Thoughtful, entertaining discussion and analysis of the brothers and their films (and other work) and lives. Three knowledgable guys, each of whom brings their perspective, personality, and accent to the podcast. Most of all, they are fans like the rest of us. So get into your sidecar and leave the guy on the motorcycle behind; subscribe today.

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