The Cocoanuts
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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 in Long Island. Based on their 1925 stage hit, The Cocoanuts is set in Miami, where hotel manager Mr. Hammer (Groucho Marx) struggles to keep his establishment from going under. Hammer's only paying guest is Mrs. Potter (Margaret Dumont), whose daughter Polly (Mary Eaton) is in love with aspiring architect Bob (Oscar Shaw). Mrs. Potter would prefer that… More
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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