Marx Re-Marx

“If you keep having birthdays, you’ll eventually die.” – Groucho Marx

One of Groucho’s favorite quotes in regard to shuffling off this mortal coil comes from Woody Allen, “I don’t mind dying. I just don’t want to be there when it happens.” I conjure the subject because every August 19th since 1977, I have thought of Groucho. This is the date that “Captain Spaulding…” as one obituary headline wrote “Finally Goes.” I was 14 when my hero passed away and I’ve done my best to keep the Marx cigar aflame.

We hope you’ve enjoyed this new site launched by Groucho Marx Prods., Inc. The site is designed to keep aficionados intrigued ongoing. Like Groucho’s humor, the thought is to keep grouchomarx.com fluid, surprising and fresh. I submit for your approval the daily posts on our landing page “Today in Groucho History” and Groucho Internet Radio will be updated monthly with twelve hours of Groucho’s radio work played 24/7. Some broadcasts are more familiar and some not so much – featuring episodes from “You Bet Your Life,” “The Big Show,” “Command Performance,” “The Circle,” “Flywheel, Shyster & Flywheel,” Birdseye Open House” (Dinah Shore), “Philco Radio Time With Bing Crosby” and “Columbia Presents Corwin.”

Groucho fans may be delighted to discover that after a hiatus, officially licensed Groucho Marx products are now available. Rockin Pins is responsible for the newly available Groucho T-shirt, enamel pins and forthcoming stickers and ‘Groucho For President’ bumper sticker. Feel free to peruse the items on our ‘Shop’ page and when you order ‘tell them Groucho sent you.’

And in conclusion…the 130th anniversary of Groucho Marx’s birth on October 2nd is fast upon us. For those of you on social media, I will be celebrating this day with live readings as Groucho on the Facebook fan page “An Evening With Groucho.” Details to be shared in the September blog here. Please join us. (“Why are you coming apart?”)

Until then, remember that “East is east and west is west. And if you take cranberries and stew them like applesauce they taste much more like prunes than rhubarb does.”

Hooray for Captain Spaulding,

Frank Ferrante, Groucho Marx Productions, Inc.

MARX RE-MARX

“Why should I care about posterity? What’s posterity ever done for me?” – Groucho Marx

Hello, fans of all things Marx. And welcome back to our site. Thank you all for your positive feedback regarding the grouchomarx.com launch. Our goal here is to share with the public Groucho’s legacy and, as keepers of the cigar flame, perpetuate his contributions to comedy. 

Many have mentioned to me on social media pages that during this particularly challenging time, it is a grand escape into laughter whilst immersing here. The video excerpts seem to be a highlight and many of you commented on the Groucho magazine cover category. Groucho internet radio has also elicited enthusiastic response. Know that we will continue to add visuals to the categories of magazines covers and sheet music and more video and radio content. A Groucho book category is in the makes. We will continue attempting the balance between entertainment and information so that it’s an oasis for the diehard and uninitiated.

I’ve noticed in recent weeks, a rise in interest in the Marxes. It’s been a delight to see Turner Classic Movies showcase of late Marx Brothers films. Perhaps that should be expected in a pandemic during an election year. Groucho was there through many a crisis from the last pandemic, the Great Depression, the Cold War, Vietnam – and his humor sparks and lifts today. As Groucho used to say, “There’s no such thing as an old joke…if you’ve never heard it before.”

Groucho reminders are out there. It’s been a particular kick to see Groucho’s iconic visage on the newly licensed t-shirts from Rockin Pins. Penn Jillette of Penn & Teller and film historian Leonard Maltin were recently spotted proudly clad in theirs. Rockin Pins will soon offer Groucho enamel pins, stickers and a ‘Groucho For President’ bumper sticker. Their work is the highest quality and you’ll be able access on this site under ‘Shop.’ 

New Marx Brothers related projects are on the horizon as we work in collaboration with Marx Brothers, Inc. representing the legacies of Chico and Harpo Marx. I will keep you apprised as Groucho-related book, film, television and stage matters emerge. In the interim, I hope you enjoy another jaunt through grouchomarx.com.

Hail Freedonia!

Frank Ferrante, Groucho Marx Productions, Inc.

MARX RE-MARX

Greetings, fellow Marxists, and welcome to the official Groucho Marx website. Though our hero would never belong to any club that would have him as a member, we hope he’d approve of this clubhouse of Marxian celebration.

As a dedicated Marx Brothers fan of 45 years, it was important to me that the site include rarer images, video and trivia. Groucho Internet Radio is a particular delight running twenty-four hours of Groucho content highlighting “You Bet Your Life, ” “Flywheel, Shyster & Flywheel” and some lesser accessible programs. And a glance at the Archives under Magazine Covers is a vivid reminder of Groucho’s prevalence, longevity and impact on pop culture.

I would like to thank Robert Bader, Marxian nonpareil, for providing the site’s content and Bay Dariz for his design. And thank you, dear reader, for taking the deep dive into Groucho’s world. Expect updates, new content and messages from yours truly on a regular basis. Keep laughing and enjoy.

Hail Freedonia!

Frank Ferrante
Groucho Marx Productions, Inc.