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The Late Movies: Harpo Marx, Harpist

Harpo Marx, the “silent” Marx brother, was a phenomenal self-taught harpist — hence the nickname. (His given name was Adolph, later Americanized to Arthur.) Today I saw a clip of Harpo playing “Blue Moon” quite brilliantly, and thought I’d dig in to find some other performances — and I was really pleased by [...]

Action Figures For The Politically Inclined

Marx, Thoreau, Mao and Lenin take a hike. This sounds like the set up for a joke, doesn’t it?. These Mountain Men action figures from Mountain Research come equipped with rucksacks, walking sticks and cute little hiking boots and are ready for a revolution or a picnic on a scenic mountain peak – your choice. [...]

The Quick 10: 10 Interesting Prints at Grauman’s Chinese Theater

Grauman’s Chinese Theater has been entertaining celebs and tourists alike since it opened in 1927. That was the same year stars first had their autographs, handprints and footprints immortalized in the concrete forecourt of the theater as well. It didn’t take long for those creative types to start jazzing up the cement squares with more [...]

A Night in Casablanca

I had heard long ago about how Warner Brothers was upset about the then-upcoming 1946 Marx Brothers movie A Night in Casablanca because the studio was protective of their own 1942 film Casablanca. It turns out that the story I heard was not what really happened. Groucho Marx did write a series of hilarious letters [...]