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The producer describes it as follows:
"INSIDE THE MARX BROTHERS is a [...] look at the personal and professional lives of Groucho, Harpo, Chico, Zeppo, and Gummo Marx, featuring classic clips from such Marx Brothers favorites as 'Animal Crackers', 'Monkey Business', 'Duck Soup', 'A Night at the Opera', and 'A Day at the Races.' Also included are rare newsreels, TV clips, home movies, and interviews with Groucho, Chico, Groucho's son, Arthur, and 'Room Service' co-star, Ann Miller. Rarer still are scenes from Harpo's 1925 silent film, 'Too Many Kisses' and [...] an actual sound clip of Harpo's voice! ..."

And this this exactly what you get. Not mentioned here is that it also features an interview with Steve Stoliar. The interviews with Steve and Ann Miller seem to have been done recently, whereas the interview with Arthur Marx looked like it was taken from an earlier production. Almost all of the material has been around for a while on non-commercial videos. Some picture quality is much better than the videos I have, but things like the "Chevalier" routine from the "Monkey Business" promo look very poor. The Harpo sound clip is exactly the same that was used in the BBC radio programme and which has been available on this website for a while. Everything happening after 1961 is handled in less than 5 minutes and although Groucho's Carnegie Hall concert is mentioned, there is no mention of Erin Fleming.
The main programme runs for about 60 minutes. The DVD extras are (I am not sure about the VHS video):
  • the trailer for Monkey Business from the promotional feature The House that Shadows Built which is the Chevalier routine originally performed in I'll Say She Is (5 min.)
  • The Edward Murrow interview with Groucho in the Person to Person series (15 min.)
If you haven't already got the bits and pieces, like movie trailers and home movies, this is worth getting. Or just get it anyway, because it is midprice.

Order from amazon:
- VHS, PAL: Passport International, 2003 UK DE
- DVD, Region 0: Passport International/Koch Vision Entertainment, PIP-DV-1540, 2003 / USA UK DE CA

 


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