2009-04-04 03:30:54 UTC
sort through some very old magazines and newspapers, when I came
across a TV Guide from 1969, and inside was the April 3rd broadcast of
the film ; “Big Parade of Comedy”, on the 10:30 PM WGN Channel 9
For those not familiar with the film, it consists of clips of classic
MGM comedies from the 1920’s to the 1940’s, including the Marx
Brother’s film; “Go West” (1940).
This was my first introduction to the Brothers; although I had heard
about them from my grandfather who knew them from his vaudeville days,
thus starting my long time appreciation for there works.
Over the years, I have seen all fourteen films, (Counting “Story of
Mankind”), plus most of their solo work in movies and television, read
many books, saw the big renewed popularity in the seventies, which of
course led to the major rerelease of “Animal Crackers”, I have had
copies of their films on Super 8, 16mm, VHS, Laserdiscs, and DVD.
Now, forty years later, I appreciate the Marx Brothers even more, and
they are still a major influence on my work in Animation.
Thank you Groucho, Harpo, Chico, Zeppo, and even Gummo, for forty
years of laughter!