Groucho Marx: Mysteries and Scandals (2000)


“So anytime that you can make people laugh and make fun of the institution of war, I think, you know you’re way ahead of the game.” – Richard Belzer

Number of Times Seen – 1 (14 May 2017)

Brief Synopsis – A behind the scenes look at the troubled home life of actor and comedian Groucho Marx.

My Take on it – I love watching these kind of films because they give us so much insight into the life of someone we only know by watching them on screen.

Groucho Marx was a very talented comedian and actor and it is always enjoyable to watch his perform onscreen, but learning about his home life gives us much more insight into what made his tick.

The interviews here of friends, colleagues and family members shed so much light on the man both on and off the screen and I truly feel that I am wiser about who he really was based on what they say about him.

The anecdotes that they relate about his life are sometimes sad yet they all have a punchline attached to them that shows us the comedic genius of this man who didn’t need a script to be hilarious and on the mark!

Like with most mortals, Groucho had his Achilles heal which helped lead to many troubles in his life and they do a great job of exposing us to the many battles he needed to fight behind the scenes and at home due to it.

Bottom Line – Great inside story that we don’t usually get to see about a famous person’s personal life. The interviews by friends, colleagues and family help make this story feel even more personal.  Loved hearing so many anecdotes about his life and some show how hilarious this man was even when not following a script.  As with many people, Groucho had an Achilles heal that helped him to constantly have problems in life. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – His distinctive appearance, carried over from his days in vaudeville, included quirks such as an exaggerated stooped posture, glasses, cigar, and a thick greasepaint mustache and eyebrows. These exaggerated features resulted in the creation of one of the world’s most ubiquitous and recognizable novelty disguises, known as Groucho glasses: a one-piece mask consisting of horn-rimmed glasses, large plastic nose, bushy eyebrows and mustache. (From Wikipedia)

Rating – Globe Worthy

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2 thoughts on “Groucho Marx: Mysteries and Scandals (2000)

  1. I’ve never even heard of this movie. I’ve seen most if not all of the Marx Brothers movies. Read a couple of Groucho’s books as well as one written by his son Arthur – and had the privilege of meeting him after a WGA night for him at Paramount Studios. After his talk – which was ribald and hysterical – I introduced myself to his companion – Erin Fleming. Told her what a big fan I was and she was kind enough to take me over to Groucho and I got to tell him and shake his hand. It was a great night.

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