Saturday, March 31, 2012

The Cocoanuts (1929)

Hammer (Groucho Marx) is the owner of a failing Florida hotel. There's a bit of a love story, some songs, a jewel thief, but mostly it's a throw-away story designed around the Marx Brothers comedy. Chico and Harpo pretend to be interested in buying the hotel but in actuality just want to lift items from the guests, of which there are very few. Margaret Dumont is one.

All in all (dare I be sacrilegious) it's a very skipable movie. As the earliest true talkie I've seen, the sound quality was rather poor. They filmmakers had to soak the paper used in various scenes to keep the crinkling sound from overloading the recording equipment. It looked like cloth.

There were some funny scenes but not one of their best works. I saw their last and now their first. I'm sure the ones in the middle are much better. AMRU 2.5.
Hammer: Now here is a little peninsula and here is a viaduct leading over to the mainland.
Chico: Why a duck?

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