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Marx Brothers' Memorable Movies on Disc

1 Oct, 2004 By: Angelique Flores

America's classic comedic siblings are coming up on their 75th anniversary. Universal Studios Home Video will commemorate the milestone by releasing the The Marx Brothers Silver Screen Collection on DVD Nov. 9 (prebook Oct. 5).

The collection of the Marx brothers' famous slapstick comedy will be priced at $59.98.

The six-disc set will include the first five films made by Groucho, Chico, Harpo and Zeppo Marx: The Cocoanuts, Animal Crackers, Monkey Business, Horse Feathers and Duck Soup. These are the only films starring all four brothers together.

The American Film Institute (AFI) ranked Duck Soup No. 5 on its list of America's 100 Greatest Comedies. The 1933 comedy, perhaps the brothers' best-known film, also earned a place on AFI's 100 Best Films of all time.

In addition to a 40-page collectible booklet, the boxed set contains a bonus disc featuring rare archived telecasts from the “Today” show. One interview highlights Harpo in an amusing and touching interview during which he performed in his characteristic quiet manner. In another clip, Groucho recounts an interesting anecdote about working with a bit player who got the part based solely on her distinctive walk. That “bit player” turned out to be the legendary Marilyn Monroe.

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