On consecutive Mondays in August—August 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31—Marc Strauss will host the first five Marx Bros. films at 7 pm each week on the quarantine medium of choice, Zoom. Set at the start of their film career for Paramount Pictures during the Pre-Code Censorship era, from 1929 to 1933, these five films star all four Marx Bros.: Groucho, Chico, Harpo, and Zeppo. Co-hosted by Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater, Dr. Strauss will present historically contextualized Introductions, showing of the movies, and post-screening discussions with participants. $10/event or $30 for all five. Come re-live the zany antics of these smartly subversive vaudevillians at their very best.
1. Monday, August 3, 7 pm—The Cocoanuts (1929): Musical comedy film version of their first Broadway show, it boasts five songs by Irving Berlin (!) and stars Margaret Dumont in her first of seven films with the boys. Why-a-duck? Why not a chicken? (1 hour, 33 minutes)
2. Monday, August 10, 7 pm—Animal Crackers (1930): Their second professional production transferred to the screen almost completely intact from Broadway, the riotous songs “Hello, I Must Be Going” and “Hooray for Captain Spaulding” were written by famed composers Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby. Look for the surreal soliloquy straight out of a Eugene O’Neill play. (1 hour, 39 minutes)
3. Monday, August 17, 7 pm—Monkey Business (1931): With up to 12 writers contributing dialogue—the Brothers were notoriously difficult to write for—the film was banned in some countries because censors feared it would encourage anarchic tendencies. (1 hour, 18 minutes)
4. Monday, August 24, 7 pm—Horse Feathers (1932): Written by Bert Kalmar, Harry Ruby, and S. J. Perelman, Kalmar and Ruby included their big hit “Everyone Says I Love You.” “Oh no, boss, I can’t let you in until you say the password.” (1 hour, 8 minutes)
5. Monday, August 31, 7 pm—Duck Soup (1933): A box office disappointment at the time, the film has since achieved the status of a classic. Look for the Mirror Scene and always remember, “That’s irrelephant.” (1 hour, 8 minutes)
Tickets available here.
Zoom Invitations will be sent prior to each film.