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Directed by Robert Florey and Joseph Santley • 1929 • United States
Starring Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Chico Marx
Based on the stage show of the same name, THE COCOANUTS was the first movie from anarchic comedy virtuosos the Marx Brothers, but you would never know it from the sheer quantity and quality of on-screen hijinks. Florida hotel manager Mr. Hammer (Groucho Marx) struggles to keep his establishment from going under. Hammer’s only paying guest is Mrs. Potter (Margaret Dumont), whose daughter (Mary Eaton) is in love with an aspiring architect (Oscar Shaw). Mrs. Potter would prefer that Polly marry the respectable Harvey Yates (Cyril Ring); what she doesn’t know is that Yates is a jewel thief, in cahoots with the slinky Penelope (Kay Francis). Add Chico, Harpo, and Zeppo to the mix and the only guarantee, besides hilarity, is that nothing will go as planned!