Saturday, May 26, 2018

Episode 3: You Don't Have To Pay Us, But You Can't Fire Us

In Episode 3 of The Marx Brothers Council Podcast, actor / writer / director Frank Ferrante, the world's most renowned Groucho Marx impressionist, and star of An Evening With Groucho, joins us for a deep dive into A Day at the Races. Frank details his personal history with the film, and we mercilessly dissect it. Noah reveals a surprising secret and, later, Frank answers questions from Council members.

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  1. Quite enjoyable to sit through this hour-plus podcast while lying in bed this morning. As I have said before (and will say again), I love most of the comedy scenes in Races, and especially how they seem to get more and more raucous as the film goes on. The problem is - the film goes on and on and on... Once the Brothers jump on Hi-Hat and ride out of the examination room, the movie is over for me. But compared to the Opera comedy scenes, a couple of which are nothing but two people talking, the Races comedy scenes are more fun. But Opera holds up much better as a movie.

  2. An excellent podcast with a balanced, perceptive critique of ADATR and great to hear Frank Ferrante's views on the film and playing Groucho. I feel the three casters are just hitting their stride so I can't wait for episode 4.

  3. Wonderful epuside - fun to hear Frank's input.

  4. The part about "Races" that always bothers me is the scene where Chico writes the telegram. He tells Judy "If she wants a Hackenpuss, she gonna get a Hackenpuss." And then he writes the telegram for Hackenbush.


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