The Cocoanuts
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A fast-talking Miami hotel manager tries to stay in business during the Florida land rush. Transferring their hit stage show directly to the screen, the Marx Brothers' first feature film is technically crude and utterly hilarious, with a script by George S. Kaufman and music by Irving Berlin.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The Brothers' energy and madness is never in question: when the laughs come, they come loud and long."
‑ , Time Out
"Chock with some classic gags and lines..."
‑ Dan Schneider,
"Creaky production is the Marx Brothers' first...and has its hilarious moments."
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"It shows its age, but it also captures the verve of the Marx Brothers at the start of their movies careers."
‑ , Film4
"Fun puts melody in the shade in the audible pictorial transcription of the musical comedy The Cocoanuts."
‑ Mordaunt Hall, New York Times
"Watchable for some hilarious routines, but valued now mostly as a relic."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"There's a true benefit of starting at the beginning."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"Not the best Marx Brothers film but close. It features the classic 'Why a duck' routine between Groucho and Chico."
‑ Beth Accomando,
"An eminently watchable antique."
‑ Don Druker, Chicago Reader
"First Marx Brothers film is creaky, but has marvelous scenes"
‑ Daniel Eagan, Film Journal International
"The daft anarchy of the Marx Brothers is often akin to watching the id personified and unleashed."
‑ Matt Bailey, Not Coming to a Theater Near You
"Stagey, but with lots of great Marx routines and some Irving Berlin songs."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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