Inside the Marx Brothers

Inside the Marx Brother 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, and home movies!
Chico MarxGroucho MarxHarpo Marx
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Zeppo Marx
Dante J. PuglieseSteve Stoliar
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4.5 out of 5 stars

38 global ratings

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Matthew G. SherwinReviewed in the United States on December 13, 2007
4.0 out of 5 stars
it's just like home video !!!
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Inside The Marx Brothers is a rather good documentary that I enjoyed. It's not perfect; but it does have rare newsreel footage, a sound clip of Harpo's voice, a couple of great extras, interview footage with Arthur Marx, Groucho's son--and more!

The documentary goes roughly in chronological order; we see the Marx Brothers and their parents through the early years in still photos with some rare footage of Harpo in a 1925 silent film entitled Too Many Kisses; and we also get footage of an early vaudeville comedy routine the four brothers replicated for a 1931 Paramount promotional film, The House That Shadows Built. The quality of the older footage is not good, unfortunately; and this is particularly frustrating in the twenty minute extra when Groucho is interviewed in 1954 by Edward R. Murrow.

On the other hand, we get good insights about the four brothers and their personal married lives with the children they raised; and we see them survive the move from Paramount Studios to MGM Studios. The group did well at MGM until Irving Thalberg died suddenly; after that things slowly but surely went downhill for The Marx Brothers essentially because Louis B. Mayer, head of MGM Studios, just didn't personally like their act.

Look also for rare footage from an ill fated 1959 comedy sitcom pilot that was scrapped very early on because it was poorly conceived; and Ann Miller gives a good interview about the Marx Brothers as well.

Overall, this documentary isn't completely thorough but it does offer interview and rare footage that we don't get in the other documentary entitled The Marx Brothers In A Nutshell. I am beginning to think that to truly cover all the ground a Marx Brothers fan will simply have to pick out more than one documentary to get the fullest understanding of this great comedy team.

Four stars.
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SmoochieReviewed in the United States on June 10, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Cool footage I'd never seen....
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Great!! a must view, rare footage, I'd never seen. I've been a Marx Brothers fan my entire life.
keynotesReviewed in the United States on January 2, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
I've always enjoyed the Marx Brothers movies
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I've always enjoyed the Marx Brothers movies. I have their complete set on DVD but I really like to learn more about them as people behind the camera. If you enjoy true comedy and dry humor with innuendos, this comedy team is made for you.
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feltonfanReviewed in the United States on April 8, 2010
2.0 out of 5 stars
Sub-par documentary with one point of real interest.
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This is one of those lame biography-type documentaries that Passport and other cheapie video companies put out. You know the type. Public domain footage, trailers, still photos, etc. Except this one has one segment that will either thrill Marx Brothers fans or bore them. It's an audio clip with Harpo's actual voice! Frankly, I was very excited to hear this piece. You may not feel the same. Either way, do yourself a favor: only buy this DVD if you can get it for under $10. It isn't worth any more.
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Michael PlechatyReviewed in the United States on January 10, 2017
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Five Stars
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I'm a big marx brothers fan and enjoyed this documentary type biography.
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on December 27, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Behind the scenes Marx Brothers
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Great video. Anyone who enjoys the Marx Brothers will enjoy the insights about them in this video.
AustinReviewed in the United States on November 23, 2016
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Four Stars
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Interesting, and even as a long-time Marx Brothers fan, I still learned a few new tidbits.
Mr. Denis J. O'LearyReviewed in the United States on May 29, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great performers
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Loved this, as all their fans will.
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