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Dookus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 09:56 PM
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Poll question: Groucho or Harpo?
Who cracked you up more? Just the movies, not You Bet Your Life.

Sorry, polls are turned off at Level 3.

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NoPasaran Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 10:04 PM
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1. Who do you think?
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Dookus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 10:05 PM
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2. I voted Harpo
as a young kid I was a HUGE Marx Bros. fan. I loved 'em all, but always had a special place in my heart for Harpo.
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moof Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 10:17 PM
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4. Honk, but a tub full of frogs
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NoPasaran Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 10:48 PM
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7. I like Chico as well
The exchanges between Groucho and Chico (like "Why a Duck" in the Coconuts or "Tootsy Fruitsy Ice Cream" in A Day at the Races)are some of my favorite parts of Marx Brothers flicks.
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Dookus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 10:58 PM
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8. yeah... I love him, too
but I'm a die-hard fan.

But the fact is, Groucho and Harpo were the real comic geniuses, and Chico was along for the ride.

I'd recommend any of a variety of biographies of them, or any of their autobiographies. Fascinating background. Frenchie, Minnie, early vaudeville.... a fantastic American success story.
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NoPasaran Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 11:26 PM
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11. I've read several biographies over the years
Including Harpo Speaks.

I've never quite been able to believe that Margaret Dumont never understood what they were doing.
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Dookus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-07-04 12:36 AM
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12. heheh
that's one of my favorite aspects of them. Evidently she really didn't have any clue. Which might explain why she was such a good straight-woman.

I've also read a number of reports that Lucille Ball was distinctively unfunny off-camera. It can happen.
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tokenlib Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 10:17 PM
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3. You would make this difficult...
I can't do it. I cannot choose between these two.
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Dookus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 10:19 PM
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6. good for you
Edited on Thu May-06-04 10:20 PM by Dookus
I adore them both, too. Comic geniuses, both of 'em. Groucho was the intellectual one, and his humor holds up today. Harpo was just a fantastic character.

Have you ever read Harpo's autobiography, Harpo Speaks? I read it when I was a kid and just fell in love with him. He was as smart and witty as Groucho, but did all his comedy silently. He was part of the Algonquin Round Table, hanging out with Dorothy Parker, S. J. Perelman, Alexander Woollcott, etc.
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mitchum Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 10:19 PM
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5. Surprisingly, Harpo...
although I'm a Groucho type (if he were taller, clean-shaven and WASP)
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corporatewhore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 10:58 PM
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9. Chico!!
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Dookus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 11:07 PM
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10. Zeppo!
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OneBlueSky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-07-04 02:01 AM
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13. love Harpo, but gotta go with Groucho . . .
he was the glue that held the Marx Brothers together . . .
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