THE MARX BROTHERS - AUTOGRAPH CO-SIGNED BY: HARPO (ADOLPH) MARX, CHICO (LEONARD) MARX, GROUCHO (JULIUS) MARX - HFSID 156638
THE MARX BROTHERS: GROUCHO MARX, HARPO MARX, and CHICO MARX The three core members of the Marx Brothers signed this paper Signatures: "Groucho Marx", "Me too/Harpo" and "& Chico", 3x2¾.
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THE MARX BROTHERS: GROUCHO MARX, HARPO MARX, and CHICO MARX The three core members of the Marx Brothers signed this paper Signatures: "Groucho Marx", "Me too/Harpo" and "& Chico", 3x2¾. The Marx Brothers appeared together on Broadway before appearing in films from 1929 to 1950, with their greatest performances including Monkey Business (1931), Duck Soup (1933), A Night at the Opera (1935) and A Day at the Races (1937). The leader of the zany Marx Brothers, Groucho Marx (1890-1977, born Julius Henry Marx in New York City), enjoyed success in vaudeville, on Broadway, in motion pictures and on television. He was famous for his crouched walk, greasepaint mustache, ever-present cigar, and lecherous glances at female co-stars. Groucho also hosted the radio and TV comedy quiz show, You Bet Your Life (1950-1961). Adolph Arthur "Harpo" Marx (1888-1964) was known for his pantomime and harp playing in the zany Marx Brothers comedies, in which he also chased blondes and created general mayhem. Ironically, he never truly learned how to play; as a young boy, he developed his own way of “tuning” the instrument. He usually wore a pink (later red) wig, but in the black and white film era, it looked blonde. As the silent participant in the various comedy acts he had a role in, his character was drawn from the silent character archetype of traditional vaudeville acts. In 1961, the "silent Marx brother" published Harpo Speaks, his autobiography. 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. Fine condition. Framed in the Gallery of History style: 22¾x22.
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