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.
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35 “This Magnificent Chest” (The Marx Brothers TV Collection)
You want to see Groucho as an over-protective father, Harpo hiding in a Coke machine, or Chico trying to pass himself off as Harpo? Well, you’ve come to the right place as we dissect Shout Factory’s DVD set featuring Marx TV appearances from the ‘50s thru the ‘70s.
We uncover the many treasures, failures, and sublime moments this collection offers to Marx fans, including Groucho’s rebooting of You Bet Your Life in 1960’s England, Harpo’s lead role in a Twilight Zone-like drama, and Chico’s two short-lived series…both of which were actually pretty good.
We’ll also dive into the set’s gathering of Marx family home movies, as well as the super rare bonus disc…which may include the best (and worst) clips of all!
Don’t miss this show, unless you want to hear good things about Minnesota Fats…
NOTE: North American fans can access many of these clips and shows for free on shoutfactorytv.com
34 “OUR DINNER WITH DEEZEN”
ACTOR AND VOICE ARTIST EDDIE DEEZEN (GREASE, 1941, WAR GAMES) JOINS US FOR AN INDESCRIBABLE 90 MINUTES OF FREE WHEELING AND POTENTIALLY LITIGIOUS TALK ABOUT THE MARX BROTHERS.
EDDIE RANKS THE MARX FILMS, OBSESSES ON CHICO’S SEXUAL PROWESS, AND GENERALLY TRIES TO STEER THE CONVERSATION TOWARDS THE BEATLES, MARTIN & LEWIS, AND THREE STOOGES WHENEVER POSSIBLE.
EDDIE’S UNIQUE TAKE ON THE BROTHERS, PLUS SOME MIND-BOGGLING THEORIES, MAKE FOR UNFORGETTABLE LISTENING.
*Our apologies that Eddie's audio is not up to our usual standards, we worked hard to make it sound as best we could.
BONUS MINICAST: Adamson in Casablanca
An addendum to our “A Night in Casablanca” deep dive (episode 33), Joe Adamson, author of “Groucho, Harpo, Chico and Sometimes Zeppo”, joins us for a further look. Comparing the finished film to the original script and studio call sheets, Joe theorizes on why changes were made, tantalizes us with scenes which didn’t make the cut, and even mourns a few moments that remain.
Not joining us for this episode: Scott Alexander.
33 “The Boys Are Back In Town” ("A Night in Casablanca" Deep Dive featuring Scott Alexander)
Noted screenwriter and Marx devotee Scott Alexander returns, this time for a deep dive into “The Howl Raiser of 1946”, A Night in Casablanca.
The Marxes' screen comeback after five years was a triumph both artistically and financially, though not really appreciated until recent decades. With sharper writing and surprising moments of surrealism, it almost feels like a return to Paramount…but, as we point out, the Thalberg softening of the team was still in evidence. We detail our first experiences with the film, point out plot discrepancies, note classic lines, and most importantly, realize the Marxes could defeat the Nazis even without Zeppo.
And as a bonus, The Not Ready For Online Players return for two more deleted scene recreations…
WARNING: This episode contains explicit language.
32 “I Don’t Think This Damn Thing is Safe”
Our deep dive into 1972’s "An Evening With Groucho" LP, and his historic, yet bittersweet, performance at Carnegie Hall.
To be frank, we’re as conflicted about this as you probably are…Groucho finally gets the late-in-life showcase he craved and obviously deserved, but perhaps a bit too late for him to take full advantage of. We point out the triumphs, tragedies, and missed opportunities that Groucho dealt with in 1972, culminating with this hit album.
We detail favorite moments as well as our disparate experiences first hearing this LP, and whether it is a piece of entertainment, a piece of history, or both...
Love love love and look forward to every episode. This last one was just over an hour. I like really long ones, keep talking, guys. Love the opinions and the interviews
Better than two hard boiled eggs. Honk! Honk!
Make that three hard boiled eggs.
The Flywheel episode in November 2020 was one of the best things I’ve heard in a long time. Absolutely fascinating!!!
The ideal podcast for anyone interested in the Marx brothers. Each episode is informative and surprising