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Around this day in the Marx Brothers history

10 Aug 1932: The Marxes' film, "Horse Feathers," had it's New York premiere.
An original poster from the Marxes' fourth Paramount picture, Horse Feathers.

Audio Highlights from Horse Feathers

  1. Opening theme, Wagstaff (Groucho) is appointed President of Huxley College.
  2. Wagstaff addresses the Trustees' suggestions in song: "Whatever It Is, I'm Against It." He goes on to explain how he deals with double crossers in, "I Always Get My Man" (with segue by Frank Wagstaff [Zeppo]). Wagstaff then ticks off his son, Frank, on his relationship with the college widow, Connie Bailey (Thelma Todd). Frank changes the subject by bringing up Huxley's lousy football record and suggesting a speakeasy where Wagstaff can find a couple of football players for Huxley's team.
  3. Baravelli (Chico) is guarding the door to the speakeasy when Wagstaff shows up. Wagstaff shrewdly guesses the password, gains entry, and mistakes Baravelli and his partner, Pinky (a.k.a., The Dog Catcher [Harpo]) for the football players he's supposed to buy. Swordfish!
  4. Frank pays a visit to Miss Bailey against his father's wishes and gives us the picture's first rendition of "Everyone Says I Love You." Pinky proclaims his love to his horse by sharing his lunch and whistling a chorus of this tune.
  5. Wagstaff explains the importance of football to his advisors. They point out that his son is paying too little attention to his studies and too much to the college widow, whereupon Wagstaff contacts Miss Bailey and sets up a meeting to discuss the matter. Baravelli and Pinky come to deliver ice, and Wagstaff signs them to the team.
  6. Wagstaff introduces his two new football players to the biology class and takes over the lecutre when they throw the biology professor (Robert Grieg) out of the room.
  7. While Connie Bailey is trying to get Huxley's football signals, our heros' signals get crossed and everyone shows up at her apartment at once. Baravelli pretends to be a music teacher and takes this opportunity to play and sing his version of "Everyone Says I Love You," followed by a piano solo.
  8. Frank informs his father that he bought the wrong players at the speakeasy. Jennings (David Landau) tries, unsuccessfully, to buy Huxley's signals from Baravelli, and Wagstaff sends Baravelli to kidnap the right players (who are playing for the opposing team now).
  9. Pinky takes his turn playing "Everyone Says I Love You" for Connie Bailey.
  10. Jennings sends Connie on a canoe trip with Wagstaff in a further attempt to get Huxley's signals. Wagstaff serenades her with his version of "Everyone Says I Love You," Connie tries to steal the signals, Wagstaff shoves her overboard and goes home with a duck.
  11. After a botched kidnapping, Baravelli and Pinky show up just in time to botch the football game (but win nonetheless).
  12. The obligatory happy ending, where everyone (except Zeppo) gets to marry the college widow and we listen to the closing theme.
 
10 Aug 1948: Groucho appeared on Armed Forces Radio's "Command Performance."  
11 Aug 1922: Groucho's letter, "Marx Bros.' Explanation," appeared in Variety.  
11 Aug 1946: The Marxes' film, "A Night in Casablanca," opened in New York.
Theatrical poster for the Marxes in their penultimate film, A Night In Casablanca.  
This site uses material originally created by Frank Bland for his website Why A Duck?. Frank did kindly give me permission to use this material.

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