Tell ‘Em Groucho Sent Ya…


Julius Henry “Groucho” Marx was born on October 2, 1890 in New York City.  His mother Minnie worked as a promoter for her brother, Julius’s Uncle Al Shean, a famous vaudeville comedian (“Absolutely, Mr. Gallagher” “Positively, Mr. Shean”).

Groucho was willing to give up performing and pursue a dream of becoming a doctor, but Minnie organized Groucho, his younger brother Gummo, and a girl named Mabel O’Donnell into a vaudeville act called The Three Nightingales.

Before long, Groucho’s older brothers Chico and Harpo joined the act, which eventually metamorphosed into The Six Mascots (Minnie and the boys’ Aunt Hannah rounded out the sextet). The Marx Brothers changed overnight into a comedy group.  Later blacklisted from vaudeville by E.F. Albee, the Marx Brothers made their fame and fortune in the movie industry beginning in the late 1920’s.

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(To read a witty and sarcastic letter that Groucho Marx wrote back to Warner Brothers, who warned him of possible infringement of WB’s film “Casablanca” starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, as the Marx Brothers were making a comedy called “A Night in Casablanca.” …click here).

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Groucho certainly was grouchy.  At times, he was difficult to get close to. He suffered from depression but he was truly an American original.  Woody Allen praised him by saying, “”Groucho Marx was the best comedian this country ever produced. He is simply unique in the same way that Picasso or Stravinsky are.”

A famous French witticism states “Je suis Marxiste, tendance Groucho.”; “I’m a Marxist of the Groucho variety”.

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My favorite all-time Groucho Marx quote is:  “I don’t want to belong to any club that will accept me as a member.”

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