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Full Marx - A Marx Bros. Podcast
158 minutes | Nov 28, 2018
Full Marx – 14 – Listener’s Questions
Hello, fellow Marxists! Welcome to the final episode of Full Marx. This week we basically turned the show over to our listeners and let them decide what we would talk about this week. Lots of people wanted us to cover the brothers’ post-Marx Brothers career so we talked about that and some of their late career appearances. We also talked about some of our favourite movie moments and our general thoughts about the Marx Brothers amazing achievements and career. Finally, thanks to all our listeners for their kind words and active participation during this series. We’ve appreciated all your comments and suggestions. You made doing this a lot of fun so thanks! And thanks for listening.
137 minutes | Nov 14, 2018
Full Marx – 13 – Love Happy
Hello, everyone! Well, here it is: our final “Marx Brothers” film. We put “Marx Brothers” in quotation marks because is this really a Marx Brothers film? Answer: sort of? Other answer: Not a very satisfying one! But David and Ian still have some opinions about it and you should really give them a listen. Thanks for listening.
121 minutes | Oct 31, 2018
Full Marx – 12 – A Night in Casablanca
Greetings, fellow Marxists! (The good kind!) This week Ian and Dave take a fond look at the late period Marx Brothers film A Night in Casablanca. This is the first Marx Brothers film that Dave ever saw. Does it hold up to his Grade 5 memories? Well, you’ll just have to listen to find out what the fellows think.
138 minutes | Oct 17, 2018
Full Marx – 11 – The Big Store
This week Ian and Dave watch and discuss the Marx Brothers’ final MGM film The Big Store. We won’t bother to pretend that there is a possibility that Ian or Dave may have actually thought this was a great or even a good movie; they didn’t. It’s a so-so movie and here’s why… We really enjoyed Virginia O’Brien’s appearance in the film. Here is a couple of fun appearances by her:
110 minutes | Oct 3, 2018
Full Marx – 10 – Go West
Hello, fellow Marxists! This week Ian and Dave sit patiently through the Marx Brothers’ Go West – a film some feel is the best of the late period MGM films; others say, “Meh”. Where do Ian and Dave fall in this controversy? Well, give this podcast a listen and all will be made clear…as mud.
142 minutes | Sep 19, 2018
Full Marx – 09 – At the Circus
This week, Ian and Dave discuss the Marxes’ ninth film: At the Circus – commonly felt to be the first signs of the cracks in the foundation of the Marx Brothers movies. What do Ian and Dave think? Do they agree with the critical consensus or wend their own merry way? Listen and learn!
113 minutes | Sep 5, 2018
Full Marx – 08 – Room Service
This week we ask the question: Is Room Service a Marx Brothers movie? Does it quack like a duck? Does it walk like a duck? Why a duck? Viaduct! Exactly! So even if it isn’t quite a Marx Brothers film, it does have the three Marx Brothers in it so…what did Dave and Ian make of it? Listen and you will know all.
136 minutes | Aug 22, 2018
Full Marx – 07 – A Day at the Races
On this episode of Full Marx, Ian and David take a long look at A Day at the Races – a really long movie that took a long time to make! It was their most popular film that made a lot of money for them, but is it any good? Ian and David will tell you. Thanks for listening. Groucho sings “Dr. Hackenbush”, the Kalmar and Ruby song that was cut out of A Day at the Races:
142 minutes | Aug 8, 2018
Full Marx – 06 – A Night at the Opera
Hello, fellow Marx Brothers fans! This week Ian and Dave turn their attention to the first film of the Marxes MGM period: A Night at the Opera. Featuring the return of ace writing team George S. Kaufman and Morrie Ryskind, and the disappearance of Zeppo, it was definitely a high point in the Marx Brothers film career, but what did Ian and Dave think of it? Well, give this week’s show a listen and all will be revealed!
139 minutes | Jul 25, 2018
Full Marx – 05 – Duck Soup
Hello, Marx Brothers fans! This week is our most controversial episode yet! Ian and Dave take a look at the Marx Brothers final Paramount picture, Duck Soup. Directed by the very talented Leo McCarey, with great songs by Kalmar and Ruby. What could go wrong? Well, here’s the thing: one of the fellas is not a fan of what must be the Marx Brothers most zany picture. Who loved it? Who was left cold? You’ll just have to listen to the episode to find out!
102 minutes | Jul 11, 2018
Full Marx – 04 – Horse Feathers
This week on Full Marx, we take a long and slightly confused look at the weird, wild and wacky Horse Feathers. Their fourth Paramount picture; their second original screenplay; their second directed by a perhaps tired Norman Z. McLeod. What will Ian and Dave make of it? During our Monkey Business episode, there were some who wished for less plot and more Marx Brothers madness. Well, be careful what you wish for…
132 minutes | Jun 27, 2018
Full Marx – 03 – Monkey Business
This week on Full Marx, Ian and David are joined by David’s daughter Mary to discuss one of her favourite movies, Monkey Business. The Marx Brothers third film and their first based, for the most part, on entirely original material. A great setting, great gags and a weak ending. A weak ending? What could the Full Marx gang be thinking??? Well, you’ll just have to tune in to find out! Here is the Theatrical Manager’s Office sketch from I’ll Say She Is as it appeared in The House That Shadows Built: Here is a short film starring Thelma Todd and Zasu Pitts: And here is a snippet of the episode of the Twilight Zone directed by Norman Z. McLeod and starring Buster Keaton:
104 minutes | Jun 13, 2018
Full Marx – 02 – Animal Crackers
Welcome to the second episode of Full Marx! On this episode, Ian and David put on their African explorers costumes and take a journey into deepest, darkest Animal Crackers, the Marx Brothers second film and an amazing improvement on their first. What did Ian and Dave think of it? Well, you’ll just have to listen to find out! Thanks for listening. .
127 minutes | May 30, 2018
Full Marx – 01 – The Cocoanuts
Hellooooo, everyone! Welcome to the first episode of Full Marx brought to you by the fine folks from the Sneaky Dragon podcast! This week, Ian Boothby and David Dedrick take a humorous look at the Marx Brothers, starting with their rough, up and down career in vaudeville, and their first movie, the early talkie The Cocoanuts – the film was a big success, but the Marx’s were very disappointed in it. Found out why on this week’s inaugural episode of Full Marx! Thanks for listening.
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