CHICO (LEONARD) MARX - BOOK PHOTOGRAPH SIGNED - HFSID 76383
CHICO MARX The comedian and musician signed this page out of a book that features an image of him and his brother Harpo Book Photograph Signed: "Kindest regards/Chico Marx", 1p, 7x9¾.
Sale Price $450.00
CHICO MARX The comedian and musician signed this page out of a book that features an image of him and his brother Harpo Book Photograph Signed: "Kindest regards/Chico Marx", 1p, 7x9¾. Photograph picturing Chico (right) and his brother, Harpo, is captioned: "Half Marx! These are two of the four MARX BROTHERS - Harpo and Chico, to be precise - as they appeared in 'Monkey Business'; or any other film for the matter of that. Groucho, Harpo, Chico and Zeppo do the craziest things in the craziest films, but everyone just goes ahead and laughs a lot. Their real names, in the same order, are Julius, Arthur, Leonard and Herbert. Ha, ha!" Unrelated photograph on verso. Monkey Business was released in 1931. 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. Slightly creased. Otherwise, fine condition.
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