The Marx Brothers

The Marx Brothers
Cocoanuts (1929)

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The Marxes' 1st film came fresh from Broadway in 1929. Groucho stars as Mr. Hammer, owner of the Cocoanuts Hotel during the Florida land boom in the 20's. Chico and Harpo are 2 con men out to steel everything. Contains the classic viaduct ("Why a duck?") routine and an insane auction. (J. Bradley Main)

HAMMER: You - you know what an auction is, eh?
CHICO: I come from Italy on the Atlantic-Auction.

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Groucho Marx   Mr. Hammer
Harpo Marx   Harpo
Chico Marx   Chico
Zeppo Marx   Jamison
Margaret Dumont   Mrs. Potter
Mary Eaton   Polly Potter
Oscar Shaw   Bob Adams
Cyril Ring   Harvey Yates
Kay Francis   Penelope Martin
Sylvan Lee   Bell captain
Gamby-Hall Ballett Girls   Dancing bellhops
Allan K. Foster Girls   Dancing bellhops
Barton MacLane   Lifeguard / Party Guest
Basil Ruysdael   Hennessey

Director    Joseph Santley
    Robert Florey
Written by    George S. Kaufman (also play)
    Morrie Ryskind (also play, uncredited)
Music    Irving Berlin
Cinematography    George J. Folsey
Art director    Ernst Fegté
Editor    Barney Rogan
Music director    Frank Tours
Choreographers    Chester Hale
    Maria Gambarelli
Assistant directors    Ray Cozine
    Bert Granet
Producer    Monta Bell
Associate Producer    James R. Cown
In Charge of Production    Walter Wang
Presented by    Adolph Zukor
    Jesse L. Lasky
Production company / Distributor    Paramount Famous Lasky (A Paramount Picture)
Runtime    96 min.
New York Premiere    23 May 1929
Release date    03 Aug 1929
Spanish title    Los Cuatro Cocos
French title    Noix de coco
Italian title    Noci di cocco
Finnish title    Kookospähkinöitä

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