THE COCOANUTS and VAUDEVILLE 101
(1929, Robert Florey, Joseph Santley) “Why a duck?” In booming Florida, Groucho manages the Hotel de Cocoanut (rare paying guest: Margaret Dumont), putting up with zany guests Harpo and Chico and scheming vamp Kay Francis. The Brothers’ feature debut, based on their Broadway musical comedy (with one of Irving Berlin’s most forgettable scores), "aroused considerable merriment" (The New York Times). DCP Restoration. Approx. 96 mins.
12:30, 4:20, 8:20
VAUDEVILLE 101 presented by Bruce Goldstein
Live vaudeville was once the leading form of American entertainment—until talkies killed it. But it was a training ground for movie icons like the Marx Brothers, Buster Keaton, Fred Astaire, Mae West, Eddie Cantor, Judy Garland, and even Cary Grant. Film Forum’s Bruce Goldstein re-creates vaudeville’s golden age with an illustrated talk originally presented at this year’s TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood.