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A NIGHT AT THE MOVIES: THE MARX BROTHERS ON THE BIG SCREEN 2012

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Double Featured film duos listed under dates

Thu, March 8 • 7:30pm
A NIGHT AT THE MOVIES: THE MARX BROTHERS ON THE BIG SCREEN!

A DAY AT THE RACES / THE BIG STORE

A 75th anniversary screening of A DAY AT THE RACES, paired with slapstick farce THE BIG STORE (in which Groucho is the world's worst private detective to a department store heir), kick off our 4-night celebration of Marx Brothers comedy classics!
75th Anniversary!

A DAY AT THE RACES
1937, Warner Brothers, 1937 min, Dir: Sam Wood

The Marx Brothers’ second (and most expensive) MGM film serves up Groucho as Dr. Hugo Z. Hackenbush, who arouses all sorts of suspicion as the new head of a posh sanitarium - and with good reason: He’s actually a veterinarian! Includes the celebrated "tootsie-fruitsie" and examination routines, as well as a tremendous cast including Maureen O’Sullivan, Allan Jones, Douglass Dumbrille, Sig Rumann, Esther Muir and, of course, Margaret Dumont.
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THE BIG STORE
1941, Warner Bros., 83 min, USA, Dir: Charles Reisner

When department store co-owner and heir Tommy Rogers (Tony Martin) makes the unpopular decision to sell and an attempt is made on his life, he hires the world’s worst private detective, Wolf J. Flywheel (Groucho Marx), to protect him and track down the assailant. Groucho is joined by Chico and Harpo in this hilarious slapstick farce, with freewheeling department store antics that include the use of elevators, chandeliers, roller skates and a mail chute!
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Egyptian Theatre • Fri, March 9 • 7:30pm
A NIGHT AT THE OPERA / ROOM SERVICE

Book signing in the Egyptian lobby at 6:30 PM of Steve Stoliar’s Raised Eyebrows: My Years Inside Groucho’s House and Robert Bader’s Groucho Marx and Other Short Stories and Tall Tales: The Selected Writings of Groucho Marx.
A NIGHT AT THE OPERA
1935, Warner Brothers,

The Marx Brothers' first film for MGM, first without Zeppo, and their biggest box office hit, finds them in the mix with a couple of beleaguered opera singer pals who are having career trouble. Enjoy the stateroom scene, the contract routine and tons of great one-liners. And remember: "There ain't no sanity clause!" Numerous writers (many uncredited) include George S. Kaufman and even Buster Keaton. With Kitty Carlisle, Allan Jones, Sig
Ruman, and Margaret Dumont.
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ROOM SERVICE
1938, Warner Bros., 78 min, USA, Dir: William A. Seiter

Groucho, Chico and Harpo stall to extend their hotel credit while trying to mount a play - with the expected chaotic results - in this zany Marx Brothers farce. Based on the play by Allen Boretz and John Murray, ROOM SERVICE is not only a delightful showcase for the brothers themselves, but for comedienne Lucille Ball, whose presence almost makes up for the lack of Margaret Dumont!
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Screening formats: 35mm

Double Feature!
A NIGHT AT THE MOVIES: THE MARX BROTHERS ON THE BIG SCREEN!

Egyptian Theatre • Sat, March 10 • 7:30pm
DUCK SOUP / ANIMAL CRACKERS

More Marx Brothers comedy with DUCK SOUP, in which Margaret Dumont appoints Groucho (Rufus T. Firefly) as Prime Minister of Freedonia, and he promptly declares war on a neighboring country for no particular reason - and ANIMAL CRACKERS, which finds the boys running amuck at a swanky Long Island estate where a priceless painting has been stolen.
Book signing in the Egyptian lobby at 6:30 PM of Robert Bader’s Groucho Marx and Other Short Stories and Tall Tales: The Selected Writings of Groucho Marx and Bill Marx’s Son of Harpo Speaks!

DUCK SOUP
1933, Universal, 68 min, USA, Dir: Leo McCarey

Margaret Dumont appoints Groucho (Rufus T. Firefly) as Prime Minister of Freedonia, and he promptly declares war on a neighboring country for no particular reason. With the legendary mirror sequence and Harpo and Chico’s mercurial harassing of the lemonade vendor.
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ANIMAL CRACKERS
1930, Paramount, 97 min, USA, Dir: Victor Heerman

The Marx Bros.’ second film finds them running amok at a swanky Long Island estate where a priceless painting has been stolen. This invaluable record of their last Broadway show features Groucho’s immortal theme song, "Hooray for Captain Spaulding," the classic bridge game and dictating-a-letter routines, and delightful support from the legendary Lillian Roth, plus Louis Sorin, Robert Greig and, of course, Margaret Dumont.

Egyptian Theatre • Sun, March 11 • 7:30pm
MONKEY BUSINESS / THE COCOANUTS

In this Marx Brothers' "firsts" double feature you'll see MONKEY BUSINESS, 1931), their frst original screenplay - by S.J. Perelman and an uncredited Ben Hecht, among others - and THE COCOANUTS (1929), their very first film!
MONKEY BUSINESS
1931, Universal, 77 min, USA, Dir: Norman Z. McLeod

The Marx Brothers’ first original screenplay - by S.J. Perelman and an uncredited Ben Hecht, among others - is perhaps their most bizarre (and the only one in which they have no character names). They’re stowaways on an ocean liner, wreaking havoc and getting mixed up with rival gangsters as well as Thelma Todd. Includes the famous scene where all four try to get through customs by pretending to be Maurice Chevalier.
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THE COCOANUTS
1929, Universal, 96 min, USA, Dir: Robert Florey, Joseph Santley

The Marx Brothers’ very first film finds Groucho trying to save his sinking-fast Florida hotel with the aid of Chico and Harpo, but things don’t go the way he planned (largely thanks to his two crazy helpers). Co-starring Kay Francis, Zeppo Marx and of course, Margaret Dumont.
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