The Marx Brothers – Chico, Groucho, Harpo and Zeppo – are one of the cornerstones of American comedy. Starting out in vaudeville, they conquered Broadway and the big screen in their own inimitable style, at once innovative, irreverent, anarchic, physical, musical, ludicrous and hilarious.
With the advent of the ‘talkies’, the Brothers signed to Paramount Pictures and brought their stage act to cinema audiences. They made five films in five years, and we will be showing two of their best March 13th in an unmissable double bill:
HORSE FEATHERS (1932)
Director: Norman Z. McLeod
'In their penultimate film at Paramount, Horse Feathers, the head of Huxley University, Quincey Adams Wagstaff (Groucho) strives to to hire professional football players to help his son's (Zeppo) football team win their first ever game.'
DUCK SOUP (1933)
Director: Leo McCarey
'In their last film for Paramount the four brothers gave us what many regard to be one of the greatest comedies of all time. Directed by one of the most exceptional of all Hollywood comedy directors, Leo McCarey, DUCKS SOUP sees the Marx clan spinning a satirical tale of war and war-makers as Groucho's Rufus Firefly declares war on the neighbouring state of Sylvania.'
20 minute intermission between films.