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The Cocoanuts (1929) was a Comedy - Musical Film directed by Robert Florey and Joseph Santley and produced by Jesse L. Lasky, Walter Wanger and Monta Bell.

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The Cocoanuts (1929, Robert Florey and Joseph Santley)

By Andrew Wickliffe on Jul 7, 2018 From The Stop Button

The only stand-out sequence in The Cocoanuts comes at the end, when Chico is playing the piano. One of the directors?or both of them?finally had a good instinct and cut to a close-up of Chico?s hands playing. It overrides the first shot of the piano playing, which doesn?t show Chico?s hands at all a... Read full article


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Hammer: Jail is no place for a young fellow. There's no advancement.


Hammer: Wages? Do you want to be wage slaves? Answer me that!
Bellhops: No.
Hammer: No, of course not. But what makes wage slaves? Wages!


Bob Adams: Oh Mr. Hammer, there's a man outside wants to see you with a black mustache.
Hammer: Tell him I've got one.


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The Cocoanuts opened at the Lyric Theater in New York City on December 8, 1925 and ran for 276 performances starring the four Marx Brothers, Margaret Dumont and Billy De Wolfe with songs by Irving Berlin.
Although his character is not named in the credits, in one scene Harpo is referred to as "Silent Red."
Co-writer Morrie Ryskind claims he was told that movie audiences would not accept the musical convention of having an orchestral background appear from nowhere at the start of a song. For an entire day, an orchestra was hired to be filmed as playing the background to the movie's love songs, but the movie's crew forgot to film them. The movie went out without the orchestra shots, and, "No one cared, of course," said Ryskind.
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