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Million Dollar Movie

In “Hannah and her Sisters,” Woody Allen goes to the Metro movie theater on Broadway and watches “Duck Soup,” the Marx Brothers’ finest movie and it restores his faith in life. I wasn’t have any kind of life crisis last night, there was just nothing on TV that interested me, so I put on “Animal Crackers,” the Marx Brothers’ second movie. It was released in 1930 and based on the stage play of the same name.

I hadn’t watched it in a few years and I laughed a lot. Pressed pause and said to the wife, “Look at Harpo, watch this, watch this,” and then laughed some more.

Later, she looked up from her book and said, “Wait, so that’s where you got that line from?”


Watching the Marx Brothers makes life better.


1 BronxToCT   ~  Dec 16, 2011 9:52 am

Those guys were the best - wouldn't you love to have seen them on stage? I used to watch Duck Soup (and Bugs Bunny cartoons) to clear my head just before taking law school exams.

2 Alex Belth   ~  Dec 16, 2011 10:04 am

Oh, yeah, and "The Coconuts" and "Animal Crackers" are really nothing more than filmed plays.

3 Matt Blankman   ~  Dec 16, 2011 10:45 am

[2] and The Coconuts realllly creaks.

Hello I must be going!

4 Alex Belth   ~  Dec 16, 2011 10:50 am

I stay a week or two, I'll stay the summer through, but I am telling you...I must. Be. Going.

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