MARX BROTHERS FILMS, RANKED BEST TO WORST
I was obsessed with them as a young child, thanks to my dad, mostly. Anyone wanna have a Groucho quoting contest, I'm here whenever
- •A Night at the Opera (1935)The state room scene. "How'd you like to feel the way she looks?" The contract sketch. Totally makes up for all that unnecessary opera singing
- •Duck Soup (1933)Everyone is all up on this movie's nuts, and I get it - it's political satire extraordinaire. But it always felt just a LIIIITTLE flat to me, mirror scene notwithstanding
- •Animal Crackers (1930)This movie was my inspiration for dressing up for a friend's birthday party as Captain Spaulding. I was six. It did not go over with my friend's mom, who accused my mother of attempting to raise "a little lesbian"
- •Monkey Business (1931)"Maurice Chevalier, eh?" To me, at five, this was the funniest shit ever. Even though it was 1995 and I had no idea who Maurice Chevalier was.
- •The Big Store (1941)Film #7392926 in which Margaret Dumont plays a gullible heiress who is romanced by Groucho. Tiny Caitlin adored the sequence of all the novelty beds - was fascinated by the concept of a Murphy bed, which my Brooklyn-dwelling father had to talk me out of. Also: Groucho turning to the camera and saying "this is a bright red dress, but technicolor is SO expensive" sticks with me to this day
- •At the Circus (1939)Decidedly meh, BUT - "Lydia the Tattooed Lady"
- •A Day at the Races (1937)Memory of this film totally eclipsed because it includes a song titled "All God's Chillun Got Rhythm" performed by several African-American actors. I remember even at about six years old thinking "holy FUCK is this racist"
- •Room Service (1938)Don't they kill Harpo in this movie? Also: Ann Miller, the ingenue, was only 15 when she filmed this, and if that doesn't skeeve you out, there's something wrong with you
- •Horse Feathers (1932)I think I turned this one off part way through. Always get it mixed up with "Day at the Races" because of the name
- •The Cocoanuts (1929)Remains unmatched by me because the local Blockbuster's only copy of the tape was severely damaged. Yet another reason I'm glad they're out of business