The Cocoanuts
The Cocoanuts (1929)

While The Four Marx Brothers (Groucho, Harpo, Chico and Zeppo) were appearing nightly on Broadway in Animal Crackers in the spring of 1929, they spent their days shooting their first film, The Cocoanuts, at Paramount's Astoria Studios… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 10, 2000
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Critic Score: 95% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Time Out

The Brothers' energy and madness is never in question: when the laughs come, they come loud and long.

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Dan Schneider

Chock with some classic gags and lines...

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Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan

Creaky production is the Marx Brothers' first...and has its hilarious moments.

Mordaunt Hall
New York Times

Fun puts melody in the shade in the audible pictorial transcription of the musical comedy The Cocoanuts.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Watchable for some hilarious routines, but valued now mostly as a relic.

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Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

There's a true benefit of starting at the beginning.

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Don Druker
Chicago Reader

An eminently watchable antique.

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Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International

First Marx Brothers film is creaky, but has marvelous scenes

Matt Bailey
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

The daft anarchy of the Marx Brothers is often akin to watching the id personified and unleashed.

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Flixster Audience Score: 71% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
The first of the Marx Bros. movies and, while stagey, most certainly a delight. Margaret Dumont, as ever, is a fortress of femininity against the leering… More
Marion Ravenwood
Pretty slow in the beginning, but it picks up. Not my favorite Marx Bros, film, but it's still great fun.
Aj V
You can tell that this is their first movie, it isn't as slick and structured as their other movies. Still, they use the routines which are staples of… More
Daniel Dolgin
What I love about the Marx Brothers is that they never overshoot. There films are filled with slapstick and puns a like, but they never completely miss in their… More