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The Unknown Marx Brothers (1993)

A tribute to the lives and careers of the Marx Brothers utilizing rare archival footage and personal interviews.


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Credited cast:
Leslie Nielsen ... Himself - Narrator
Maxine Marx Maxine Marx ... Herself - Chico's Daughter
Robert Fisher Robert Fisher ... Himself - Co-Author: 'Minnie's Boys'
Bill Marx Bill Marx ... Himself - Harpo's Oldest Son
Robert Dwan Robert Dwan ... Himself - Director: 'You Bet Your Life' (as Bob Dwan)
George Fenneman ... Himself - Announcer: 'You Bet Your Life'
Paul Wesolowski Paul Wesolowski ... Himself - Marx Brothers Historian
Miriam Marx ... Herself - Groucho's Older Daughter (as Miriam Marx Allen)
Irving Brecher Irving Brecher ... Himself - Screenwriter-Director (as Irv Brecher)
Gene Lester ... Himself - Saturday Evening Post Photo Journalisit
Steve Allen ... Himself
John Guedel John Guedel ... Himself
George Schlatter ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jack Benny ... Himself (archive footage)
Milton Berle ... Himself (archive footage)


Leslie Nielsen hosts this retrospective of the Marx Brothers, from their early career on stage to their post-film career in television. Their children and co-workers are interviewed, and numerous clips and rare footage being shown. Written by Samuel Stoddard <ss1@cisunix.unh.edu>

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Release Date:

8 June 2009 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Bröderna Marx okända sidor See more »

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Crew Neck Productions See more »
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Black and White (archive footage)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Video version runs 126 minutes. See more »


References Love Happy (1949) See more »

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Unspectacular But Solid
28 September 2000 | by darren shanSee all my reviews

Interesting documentary about the Marx Bros. The first half focuses on their early career and their movie heydays. It doesn't have any great revelations to make, but it's fun and insightful. The second half's of more interest to fans, covering their later years and TV lives. Some priceless footage of Groucho on "You Bet Your Life" and clips of Harpo and Chico in some of their post-movie ventures. Works well as either a nice introduction to their work, or as a nostalgia piece for already confirmed fans.

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