Matinee: A Day At The Races

August 10, 2011 § 2 Comments

Many things are said to get better with age, cheese, wine, whisky. Another is most certainly the comedy stylings of The Marx Brothers. I was introduced to The Marx Brothers by my dad when I was about 5 or 6, instead of watching Saturday morning cartoons, he would indulge me in these vaudeville’s of the 1930s. And today I am truly thankful.

A Day At The Races is probably my favourite out of all their films, the brother’s continue to stick their winning formula of cracking one liners, ridiculous slapstick, glorious pranks, complex and groundbreaking physical comedy all mixed together with addidtional song and dance routines.

As I continue to watch their films, they never fail to give me decompression sickness through laughter. Groucho’s glare, look, a twitch of the eyebrow, a smile, his wisecracking pranks teamed up with energy, precision and sheer lunacy of his brother’s Chico and Harpo make for exceptional viewing every single time. Their comedy is indeed timeless and it proves that comedy does not need to be overly clever or overly anything. It just needs to be sharp, well structured and bloody funny and The Marx Brother’s is just that.

I could go on for days waxing lyrical about the genius of these three New Yorkers, but I’d rather let them do the talking, if you haven’t yet watched a Marx Brothers film, do yourself a favour and do it today. You’ll feel much better for doing so.

“Getta Ya Tootsie-Frootsie Ice-a-Cream!!!”


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