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Sunday, August 2, 2009

Steve's Church-less Movie Of The Week ...

Yoinked from Wikipedia ...

"At the Circus is a 1939 Marx Brothers comedy film in which they save a circus from bankruptcy. It is notable for Groucho Marx's classic rendition of 'Lydia the Tattooed Lady' and co-stars include Margaret Dumont, Eve Arden, and Kenny Baker.

The Marx Brothers had been out of favor at MGM since the sudden 1936 death of their producer and benefactor Irving Thalberg during the production of A Day at the Races (1937). So in the middle of the production of 'At the Circus,' longtime Thalberg rival Louis B. Mayer removed songwriters Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg from the Marx Brothers film and reassigned them to the 'prestige' MGM production The Wizard of Oz (1939).

Buster Keaton worked on the film as a gag man. His career was on the downside and he was forced to work for scale. His complex and sometimes belabored gags (recalled in the book Groucho, Harpo, Chico and sometimes Zeppo) did not work well with the Marx Brothers' brand of humor, and was a source of friction between the comedian and the group.

When Groucho called Keaton on the inappropriateness of his gags for the Marx Brothers, Keaton responded, 'I'm only doing what Mr. Mayer asked me to do. You guys don't need help.'

One of Groucho's stories about the film concerned the fake gorilla skin that an actor wore. During production, the skin was switched from a gorilla to an orangutan, which perplexed some viewers who would ask Groucho about it if they happened to meet him."

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