CHICO (LEONARD) MARX - BOOK PHOTOGRAPH SIGNED - HFSID 76379
CHICO MARX This page torn out of a book features an image of the Marx Brothers and is signed by the eldest one Book Photograph Signed: "Chico Marx", 1p, 7¼x9¾. The Marx Brothers are pictured at lower margin.
Sale Price $450.00
CHICO MARX This page torn out of a book features an image of the Marx Brothers and is signed by the eldest one Book Photograph Signed: "Chico Marx", 1p, 7¼x9¾. The Marx Brothers are pictured at lower margin. Photograph is captioned: "Behind the Screen, 6: One of the events of the year was the re-uniting of the three Marx Brothers, who for United Artists made 'A Night in Casablanca', their first movie since 'Big Store' in 1941. Here they are - quite, quite serious as the camera catches them unaware - during a script conference at the start of one of their pictures. Incidentally the gentleman pointing the pencil is famous director Sam Wood". Leonard "Chico" Marx (1887-1961) was the oldest of the five Marx Brothers and one of the main three performers (including Groucho and Harpo). These three brothers appeared in 17 films together, 1 unreleased and probably lost (Humor Risk, 1921). In most of the films, Chico and Harpo play a troublemaking, crime-committing duo, with Harpo in the silent dunce role and Chico playing the crafty but dim-witted leader. After the brothers' mother and business manager passed away in 1929, Chico took over as business manager for the comedy group. He is credited with the first deal for performers that involved the receiving of a set percentage of a production's gross receipts. During the war years, Chico headed his own orchestra and created a solo comedy act that he continued into the late 1940s. Chico was a skillful imitator of Italian dialect, and he played the piano well enough to entertain an audience. Chico's financial difficulties were a major factor in the group's decision to remain active into the late 1940s and 1950s. They released A Night in Casablanca (1946) to help their brother pay off his gambling debts. Lightly soiled at blank margins. Irregular right edge from removal from bound book. Overall, fine condition.
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