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The Cocoanuts

1929 1h 36m Musical Comedy List
95% Tomatometer 22 Reviews 69% Audience Score 5,000+ Ratings In an effort to keep his business, Hotel de Cocoanuts, from bankruptcy, owner Hammer (Groucho Marx) flatters and cajoles the wealthy Mrs. Potter (Margaret Dumont), his only paying guest. While Mrs. Potter's daughter, Polly (Mary Eaton), has romantic designs on the hotel clerk, Bob (Oscar Shaw), two other guests compete with Hammer for Mrs. Potter's attentions. Meanwhile, brothers Harpo (Harpo Marx) and Chico (Chico Marx) take advantage of Hammer's inattention to wreak havoc around the hotel. Read More Read Less
The Cocoanuts

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Brought to life by the Marx Brothers' charming anarchy, The Cocoanuts is a groundbreaking musical romp.

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Time Out The Brothers' energy and madness is never in question: when the laughs come, they come loud and long. Jun 24, 2006 Full Review Mordaunt Hall New York Times Fun puts melody in the shade in the audible pictorial transcription of the musical comedy The Cocoanuts. Mar 25, 2006 Full Review Don Druker Chicago Reader An eminently watchable antique. Jan 1, 2000 Full Review Danielle Solzman Solzy at the Movies It's not on the same level of their later Paramount features but the Four Marx Brothers shine in The Cocoanuts. Rated: 4/5 Nov 15, 2023 Full Review Matt Brunson Film Frenzy This and Animal Crackers squeak by on the top-notch comedy quotient. Rated: 3/4 Nov 12, 2023 Full Review Peter Canavese Groucho Reviews Sophisticated absurdity and sublime nonsense. [Blu-ray] Rated: 3.5/4 Oct 18, 2016 Full Review Read all reviews

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Steve D Not one of their best but the Marx are always fun. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 05/08/23 Full Review Mark A The Marx Brothers' first movie. Still hilarious. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 12/16/22 Full Review Audience Member Another wildly entertaining Marx Brothers movie. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/31/23 Full Review Ethan S Definitely a clunky earlier Marx brothers effort (their first film I believe). It has its moments, but you can really tell this was basically a filmed stage-play and variety act. Still, interesting to see the Brothers Marx and Margaret Dumont taking on roles that will be played to much greater comic effect in later pictures. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/29/21 Full Review Audience Member The best comedy movie ever made! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/26/23 Full Review Audience Member The Marx Brothers are in expectedly solid form and it's a joy when they're onscreen. However, the extended musical numbers bog down the movie's pacing and distract from the better aspects of the movie. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/16/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis In an effort to keep his business, Hotel de Cocoanuts, from bankruptcy, owner Hammer (Groucho Marx) flatters and cajoles the wealthy Mrs. Potter (Margaret Dumont), his only paying guest. While Mrs. Potter's daughter, Polly (Mary Eaton), has romantic designs on the hotel clerk, Bob (Oscar Shaw), two other guests compete with Hammer for Mrs. Potter's attentions. Meanwhile, brothers Harpo (Harpo Marx) and Chico (Chico Marx) take advantage of Hammer's inattention to wreak havoc around the hotel.
Director
Joseph Santley, Robert Florey
Producer
Monta Bell, James R. Cowan
Production Co
Paramount
Genre
Musical, Comedy
Original Language
English
Release Date (Streaming)
Oct 8, 2020
Runtime
1h 36m