As my family will tell you, I love, love, love the Marx Brothers. Years ago Dadchcap and I toured the Kaufman Astoria Studios – 3412 36th Street, Astoria, Queens, New York City, New York where the brothers filmed The Cocoanuts and Animal Crackers.  On one of our trips to California we searched out and drove past Groucho’s Hollywood home, Quite a few Marx brothers’ one liners are regularly used by our family. “What’s the password?” Alexis knows the correct answer is, “Swordfish!”

I am especially fond of the movies starring the four Marx Brothers. These include- The Cocoanuts (1929), Animal Crackers (1930), Monkey Business (1931), Horse Feathers (1932), and Duck Soup (1933).

There were five Marx brothers in the family. Chico (Leonard), Harpo (Adolph- and after 1911: Arthur), Groucho (Julius), Gummo (Milton), and Zeppo (Herbert). Different combinations of the brothers appeared in their stage act. Gummo never appeared in any of their movies. Zeppo only appeared in the movies mentioned above.

Their humor was a brilliant mix of word play, sarcasm, and physical comedy. Whatever scheme they were involved in, the viewer always rooted for these lovable rogues with amusing character names like: Captain Geoffrey T. Spaulding, Professor Quincy Adams Wagstaff, or Rufus T. Firefly. Their movies are an important part of my dvd collection. They continue to brighten my spirit and make me laugh every time I watch them.