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CHICO (LEONARD) MARX - DOCUMENT SIGNED 12/21/1943 - HFSID 152877

CHICO MARX The eldest of the five Marx Brothers and one of the core members of the comedy group, this signed bank document hints at his gambling problem Partly Printed Bank Form signed: "Chico Marx", 8½x5½. Las Vegas, Nevada, December 21, 1943.

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CHICO MARX The eldest of the five Marx Brothers and one of the core members of the comedy group, this signed bank document hints at his gambling problem Partly Printed Bank Form signed: "Chico Marx", 8½x5½. Las Vegas, Nevada, December 21, 1943. Letter of Advice from the Hotel El Rancho Vegas to the Bank of Nevada relating to a check. The bank stamped this document "Returned Unpaid". On this carbon, the amount is $11,000. Chico Marx loved to gamble and had to find jobs to pay off his debts. 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 creased. Two folds, one vertical and one horizontal. Tackhead-size stain at blank area. Three staple holes at upper margin, Two staple holes at lower left margin. Nicked at upper edge.

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