Groucho Marx: Classic Movie Characters with Kickass Confidence

Groucho Marx — in anything!

Whether he’s playing Captain Spaulding in Animal Crackers, Dr. Hackenbush in A Day at the Races, or Otis B. Driftwood in A Night at the Opera, Groucho Marx will always have that instantly recognizable and unforgettable mark of confidence.

Groucho MarxPhoto: Groucho Marx as Rufus T. Firefly in Duck Soup (1933, director Leo McCarey)

Here’s a guy who’s totally comfortable with looking ridiculous.  That zany walk and those exaggerated eyebrows and moustache are all exclamation points to his wise-cracking remarks that—like his ever-present cigar–comically get in the face of anyone who stands in his way.

Confidence is getting past anything that holds you back, and you can bet your life, your sense of humor can be the answer.

–Michelle Kerrigan for Classic Movie Hub


Michelle Kerrigan is an expert in workplace performance who helps clients achieve success by developing the skills they need to increase their confidence. She shares “Classic Movie Characters with Kickass Confidence” because each of them has inspired her. She hopes that they inspire you too. For more about Michelle, visit


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