Classic Movie Legend Tribute: Groucho Marx

Happy Birthday to Classic Movie Legend, Groucho Marx, born on October 2, 1890!

Sometimes you have a bad day. Your car won’t start, your computer at work crashes, or your boss blames you for all the problems in the office. On days like that, life seems dreary and hopeless, and you simply don’t want to do anything but sleep the day away. On days like that, I want to watch someone with the gall to do and say as he pleases with a wit so sharp and a tongue so acerbic, no one dare even object. I want to watch the common man stand up to the elite and beat them at their own game. On days like that, I want to watch — Groucho Marx. His lines, his delivery, his oh-so-recognizable face always manage to cheer me up on even the rainiest and most miserable days. So, if you are having a bad day, have no fear, for I have provided you with three of my favorite moments from my favorite Marx Brothers’ film, Duck Soup, starring Groucho Marx as the unforgettable Rufus T. Firefly.


Groucho Marx exhibiting his great comedic skill.

Rufus T. Firefly: Now, how about lending this country twenty million dollars, you old skinflint?
Ambassador Trentino: Twenty million dollars is a lot of money. I’d have to take that up with my Minister of Finance.
Rufus T. Firefly: Well, in the meantime, could you let me have twelve dollars until payday?
Ambassador Trentino: Twelve dollars?
Rufus T. Firefly: Don’t be scared, you’ll get it back. I’ll give you my personal note for ninety days. If it isn’t paid by then, you can… keep the note.


Groucho Marx mixing two of my favorite things: political satire and musicals in Duck Soup (1933, Leo McCarey director)


How could I include a tribute to Groucho Marx and Duck Soup without this moment. That’s right. I couldn’t.


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