The Marx Brothers TV Collection
It's been almost 35 years since the last Marx brother passed away and almost a full century since their first movie (1921's The Cocoanuts) appeared on the silver screen. Yet, here we are still talking about them, which must mean they were doing something right with their brand of distinctive and anarchic comedy. The Marx Brothers left behind a wealth of movies, including classics like 1930's Animal Crackers, 1933's Duck Soup, and 1935's A Night at the Opera.

When they announced their retirement from the screen with the release of 1949’s “Love Happy,” it was the closing of one door but the opening of another, into the challenging new world of television. It would lengthen their careers by more than a decade.

This three-disc set collects complete copies of some shows on which they guested or starred, as well as excerpts, including commercials (such as the silent-tongued Harpo selling beer, evaporated milk and cola). Some shows are outstanding examples of Groucho’s wide range. In an episode of “GE Theater” titled “The Hold Out” (1962), he tries to convince teenager Dennis Hopper that it would be disastrous to marry the Groucho character’s equally young daughter. Not a laugh for 25 minutes, and Groucho is very convincing in this unique straight dramatic role.


3 x DVD9 | NTSC 4:3 | 630 minutes | 7.85 Gb + 7.79 Gb + 7.90 Gb + 3% rec
Language: English
Subtitles: none
Genre: Comedy

Don’t miss “Groucho,” a half-hour British TV show (1965) in which he demonstrates the same kind of wild, ad-libbed humor as a game-show host that he offered on his U.S. series “You Bet Your Life” (1950-61), the zaniest quiz of all time. Speaking of which, Groucho assumes that very role in a 1955 Jack Benny TV episode, with a disguised Benny as Groucho’s guest trying to say the magic word so a duck will fly down and pay him $100.
Harpo is utterly delightful in a one-hour 1962 Red Skelton episode in which he portrays a less-than-angelic angel. In the long-forgotten 1962 TV version of “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,” starring Fess Parker, Harpo does a harp number at the White House, reminding us what a grand musician he was. Chico and Harpo are hysterical in the “GE Theater” episode of “The Incredible Jewelry Robbery” (1959) as criminals who never speak a word as they rob store after store to get all the gear they need for their big holdup.
This unusual collection will appeal to not only those who love the brothers and want to see them again but also those who find such shows as “The Colgate Comedy Hour” (Harpo, Chico, Tony Martin), “The Kraft Music Hall” (1959) and “The Arthur Murray Party” (1953) pleasingly nostalgic.

Full list of episodes:

Disc 1:
• The General Electric Theater: The Incredible Jewel Robbery (March 8, 1959) CBS
• The Jack Benny Program (April 3, 1955) CBS
• Mr. Smith Goes To Washington (October 20, 1962) ABC
• The College Bowl (March 26, 1951) ABC
• Labatt's Beer Commercial # 1 (1960)
• I've Got A Secret (April 21, 1954) CBS
• All-Pure Evaporated Milk Commercial # 1 (Fall, 1951)
• The Colgate Comedy Hour (March 30, 1952) NBC
• All-Star Revue (October 4, 1952) NBC
• All-Pure Evaporated Milk Commercial # 2 (Fall, 1951)
• All Star Revue (October 4, 1952) NBC
• Showtime (October 4, 1959) BBC
• Foster's Freeze Commercial # 1 (Fall, 1951)
• U.S. Royal Showcase (January 20, 1952) NBC
• The Dinah Shore Chevy Show (October 4, 1959) NBC
• Labatt's Beer Commercial # 2 (1960)
• Kraft Music Hall With Milton Berle (January 14, 1959) NBC
• You Bet Your Life Stag Reel # 7 (1960 – 1961)
• Showdown At Ulcer Gulch (1958)
• The Marx Brothers Home Movie Collection

Disc 2:
• The Red Skelton Hour (September 25, 1962) CBS
• The General Electric Theater: The Hold Out (January 14, 1962)
• Celebrity Golf (April 23, 1961) NBC
• Championship Bridge With Charles Goren (October 16, 1960) ABC
• Groucho (July 1, 1965) ITV
• The Colgate Comedy Hour (March 30, 1952) NBC
• All-Pure Evaporated Milk Commercial # 3 (Fall, 1951)
• RCA Victor Show (February 1, 1952) NBC
• The Swift Show Wagon (May 21, 1955) NBC
• All-Pure Evaporated Milk Commercial # 4 (Fall, 1951)
• U.S. Royal Showcase (January 20, 1952) NBC
• McCall's Magazine Commercial (May 1961)
• The Colgate Comedy Hour (March 30, 1952) NBC
• Labatt's Beer Commercial # 3 (1960)
• The Perry Como Show (December 15, 1956) NBC
• I've Got A Secret (May 3, 1961) CBS
• Pepsi Cola Refreshment Musicale (November 27, 1957) NBC
• The Sunday Spectacular: Inside Beverly Hills (#1) (January 29, 1956) NBC

Disc 3:
• The DuPont Show With June Allyson: A Silent Panic (December 22, 1960)
• The Arthur Murray Party (November 16, 1953) NBC
• The DuPont Show Of The Week: The Wonderful World Of Toys (November 12, 1961) NBC
• Who Said That? (May 10, 1955) ABC
• Labatt's Beer Commercial # 4 (1960)
• The Colgate Comedy Hour (March 30, 1952)
• Foster's Freeze Commercial # 2 (Fall, 1951)
• The Sunday Spectacular: Inside Beverly Hills (#2) (January 29, 1956)
• I've Got A Secret (August 17, 1955)
• All-Pure Evaporated Milk Commercial # 5 (Fall, 1951)
• The Jackie Gleason Show (October 14, 1967)
• Celebrity Billiards (July 19, 1968)
• Candid Camera (May 14, 1961)
• The Martha Raye Show (April 17, 1956)
• The Dick Cavett Show (March 20, 1970)
• Right Guard Commercial (1971)
• Skidoo Trailer (1968)
• Beds (1976)

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