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(YouTube)   Why did Harpo Marx not speak, and what did he actually sound like? Listen to this clip from the BBC for answers to both of these questions -- HONK HONK   (youtube.com) divider line 61
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2013-05-22 08:56:46 PM  
Sounds a bit like Groucho.  Great find, subby, thanks.
 
2013-05-22 09:01:48 PM  
Good find.  There is a video out there of an interview Teller (of Penn & Teller) did.  Weird hearing him talk too.
 
2013-05-22 09:05:01 PM  
Thanks!
 
2013-05-22 09:24:38 PM  
I always thought he was a mute or something.

Great find subby
 
2013-05-23 12:00:52 AM  
Harpo became more interesting to me after I read an essay by him a few months ago.  It detailed a night out with John Barrymore and entourage.  Old-timey Hollywood sounded like it was a blast.
 
2013-05-23 12:38:44 AM  
I'd heard his voice a few years ago, I think he spoke two lines in a film or something.  This was new to me, though, and a much better sample to hear.  Based on it, I can completely understand the review, it was a really smooth baritone that doesn't seem like it would fit at all with the "Harpo" persona.  The BBC interviewer was right, it was a great voice for radio.
 
2013-05-23 12:48:23 AM  
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2013-05-23 12:49:30 AM  
The Marx brothers rule.
 
2013-05-23 12:53:09 AM  
Almost ALL these^^^^^ except for cartoon: what's up with that?

VERY cool suabster! Thanks so much.
NOW find one with Chico using his normal voice instead of the Eye-tie accent and you'll have something.
 
2013-05-23 12:56:23 AM  
Some say that he is the reincarnation of Harpo Marx, and that his blood has an octane rating of 108.

All we know is he called The Stig, and he once held an interview with a Dutch lady.
 
2013-05-23 12:58:04 AM  
Cool find subz. My dad tells me him and I saw Groucho at a department store when I was very young. He talked with him a moment but I don't recall.
 
2013-05-23 01:08:05 AM  
upload.wikimedia.org
HONK!
 
2013-05-23 01:11:18 AM  

Bob Down: [upload.wikimedia.org image 436x585]
HONK!


3.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-05-23 01:12:44 AM  

AdolfOliverPanties: Good find. There is a video out there of an interview Teller (of Penn & Teller) did. Weird hearing him talk too.


Teller also talks in the movie "Penn & Teller Get Killed".
 
2013-05-23 01:17:04 AM  

timujin: I can completely understand the review, it was a really smooth baritone that doesn't seem like it would fit at all with the "Harpo" persona.  The BBC interviewer was right, it was a great voice for radio.


My thoughts exactly.
 
2013-05-23 01:52:04 AM  

albuquerquehalsey: Bob Down: [upload.wikimedia.org image 436x585]
HONK!

[3.bp.blogspot.com image 295x400]


Somehow that feels like a violation of first amendment rights.
 
2013-05-23 01:58:38 AM  
It's also pretty well known that Harpo was the wittiest one among the brothers.

/Loves loves loves the Marx Brothers
 
2013-05-23 02:08:27 AM  
If you've never read his autobiography "Harpo Speaks" you should seek it out. It's very good. It's ghostwritten of course but the author really manages to get the tone right. Great stories of what it was like growing up in New York City at the turn of the century.
 
2013-05-23 02:17:07 AM  
Thanks Subby!!

You know the great think I like about all those old radio shows and movies is that they are still funny. They don't have to have toilet humor to be funny. Groucho was a comedic genius. I also loved Burns and Allen, Fibber and Molly and Jack Benny. Good stuff.  Love the radio classics.


Side note, I was on Army stuff a few months ago and got to go to Camp Roberts and stand in Soldier Bowl where many a silver screen star had entertained troops during WW2.  Kind of cool.

http://www.militarymuseum.org/CampRobertsSoldierBowl.html
 
2013-05-23 02:40:52 AM  

wildcardjack: Somehow that feels like a violation of first amendment rights.


It definitely sounds like it calls for widespread honking...

//the resulting sexual harassment lawsuits will be totally worth it..
 
2013-05-23 02:44:27 AM  
Wow. I grew up watching Marx Brothers movies, and I can't believe I just heard Harpo talk. Mind = blown.
 
2013-05-23 02:50:49 AM  

AdolfOliverPanties: Good find.  There is a video out there of an interview Teller (of Penn & Teller) did.  Weird hearing him talk too.


Teller addresses a magician's convention
 
2013-05-23 03:12:52 AM  
Harpo was always tied with Groucho as my favorite Marx Brother. Then Zeppo and way down on the list was Chico.
 
2013-05-23 03:52:56 AM  

PizzaJedi81: Harpo was always tied with Groucho as my favorite Marx Brother. Then Zeppo and way down on the list was Chico.


But how do you feel about Gummo?
 
2013-05-23 03:55:07 AM  
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Still thinks he should have mailed his diary to them.
 
2013-05-23 04:00:55 AM  

Soulcatcher: It's also pretty well known that Harpo was the wittiest one among the brothers.

/Loves loves loves the Marx Brothers




Actually, Zeppo was supposed to be the funniest of the Marx Brothers in person.
His role was the most subversive-he was mocking the straight laced Hollywood hero that was popular at the time. The problem is, when those types disappeared from the screen, his parody was lost.

He was also the only actor that could be the right straight man that enhanced the comedy.
 
2013-05-23 04:31:27 AM  

AdolfOliverPanties: Weird hearing him talk too.


Even weirder, when he met Penn he was a Latin teacher.
 
2013-05-23 05:09:19 AM  

Smashed Hat: If you've never read his autobiography "Harpo Speaks" you should seek it out. It's very good. It's ghostwritten of course but the author really manages to get the tone right. Great stories of what it was like growing up in New York City at the turn of the century.


This.

Until I read it, I had no idea that Harpo was part of the Algonquin Round Table.
 
2013-05-23 06:15:33 AM  
you can never get enough anti-semitism.
 
2013-05-23 07:24:50 AM  
"Because it tells me to."
 
2013-05-23 07:41:35 AM  

Snapper Carr: AdolfOliverPanties: Good find.  There is a video out there of an interview Teller (of Penn & Teller) did.  Weird hearing him talk too.

Teller addresses a magician's convention


I met both of them in person. Penn is a ball of nervous energy that has no idea how to interact with people on a face-to-face basis. Teller, on the other hand, is suave, and very friendly. Of the two, Teller's the one I'd like to hang out with.
 
2013-05-23 07:53:42 AM  

t3knomanser: Snapper Carr: AdolfOliverPanties: Good find.  There is a video out there of an interview Teller (of Penn & Teller) did.  Weird hearing him talk too.

Teller addresses a magician's convention

I met both of them in person. Penn is a ball of nervous energy that has no idea how to interact with people on a face-to-face basis. Teller, on the other hand, is suave, and very friendly. Of the two, Teller's the one I'd like to hang out with.


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You know, you wouldn't think they'd work well together given their differences, but some how it just jells and you get magic.
 
2013-05-23 07:54:18 AM  

OtherLittleGuy: "Because it tells me to."


Reebo and Zooty see what you did there.
 
2013-05-23 08:14:48 AM  

Spaced Lion: Smashed Hat: If you've never read his autobiography "Harpo Speaks" you should seek it out. It's very good. It's ghostwritten of course but the author really manages to get the tone right. Great stories of what it was like growing up in New York City at the turn of the century.

This.

Until I read it, I had no idea that Harpo was part of the Algonquin Round Table.


"Harpo Speaks" is a good read, and you can look up the books that film historian Richard J Anobile did - "The Marx Brothers Scrapbook," and "Why a Duck?" - for  more stories and background about the brothers. "Scrapbook" is hilarious as Groucho was, for once, not censored. An amazingly talented group, Groucho's comment on his brothers is classic: "Harpo's friends were all writers and artists, intellectuals. Chico's friends were actors who gambled, producers who gambled, and girls who farked."

And I have yet to have a girlfriend who didn't get introduced to the Groucho line - when asked before leaving "Do you have everything?" he always responded "I haven't had any complaints yet."

/looks like a tong war
 
2013-05-23 08:31:47 AM  

t3knomanser: Snapper Carr: AdolfOliverPanties: Good find.  There is a video out there of an interview Teller (of Penn & Teller) did.  Weird hearing him talk too.

Teller addresses a magician's convention

I met both of them in person. Penn is a ball of nervous energy that has no idea how to interact with people on a face-to-face basis. Teller, on the other hand, is suave, and very friendly. Of the two, Teller's the one I'd like to hang out with.


Teller appeared quite regularly on History Channel and Discovery channel documentaries about stage
magic and the like in the 1990s.  At first he would just be an actual talking head, but later appearances
he'd have his face/head in shadows as if he had finally realized "Hey!  They can see my face!"

I believe he also is the voice of MoFo The Psychic Gorilla when they do that bit on stage.
 
2013-05-23 08:35:35 AM  

dittybopper: You know, you wouldn't think they'd work well together given their differences, but some how it just jells and you get magic.


Why, you could even say that it was "the bomb".
 
2013-05-23 08:56:40 AM  

FirstNationalBastard: PizzaJedi81: Harpo was always tied with Groucho as my favorite Marx Brother. Then Zeppo and way down on the list was Chico.

But how do you feel about Gummo?


Zeppo never gets enough credit as the straight, something none of the others could do. He's underrated in my book.
 
2013-05-23 09:21:32 AM  

thesharkman: Zeppo never gets enough credit as the straight, something none of the others could do. He's underrated in my book.


The straight-man is the backbone of any comedic endeavor, and the Marx brothers were spoiled for choice- Margaret Dumont was also a great straight-woman. Of course, in her case, the story goes that the jokes went over her head. <groucho>Of course they went over her head, it was the shortest way around.</groucho>
 
2013-05-23 09:38:10 AM  

Waldo Pepper: I remembering seeing an interview with one of Harpo's kids and I remember them saying that when Harpo came home after work it was often after midnight and their Mom would wake them up so they could play with their father for a little bit and then go back to bed.

I thought what a great idea, instead of complaining about having no time, make the time even if it is a bit unique.


awwww
when i work my 2nd job it's 11pm to midnight before i get home. i love the nights that my 3 year old son isn't asleep yet, even though he should be (he's regularly up till at least 10pm, though). and on sunday mornings when i'm getting ready to go in to work, he usually gets up and we have time just to ourselves.

the boy is my true mini-me...we've had complete strangers tell me how much we look alike
 
2013-05-23 09:54:19 AM  
In one of their memoirs (cant remember which) they mentioned doing a stage play in the late 30s. just to stay sharp they ould occasionally play each others roles -- Groucho doing harpo, chico doing Groucho etc. I'd KILL to have seen that.
 
2013-05-23 10:18:55 AM  
Thinking about those old Marx Bros. comedies makes me wish there were still Jews in Hollywood.
 
2013-05-23 10:21:10 AM  

JasonOfOrillia: Harpo became more interesting to me after I read an essay by him a few months ago.  It detailed a night out with John Barrymore and entourage.  Old-timey Hollywood sounded like it was a blast.


Is that the story about the dead body they took on a pub crawl?
 
2013-05-23 10:24:44 AM  

uselessgit: Thanks Subby!!

You know the great think I like about all those old radio shows and movies is that they are still funny. They don't have to have toilet humor to be funny. Groucho was a comedic genius. I also loved Burns and Allen, Fibber and Molly and Jack Benny. Good stuff.  Love the radio classics.


Side note, I was on Army stuff a few months ago and got to go to Camp Roberts and stand in Soldier Bowl where many a silver screen star had entertained troops during WW2.  Kind of cool.

http://www.militarymuseum.org/CampRobertsSoldierBowl.html


T'ain't funny McGee!

/Heh, she said t'ain't
 
2013-05-23 10:31:14 AM  
Honk!  Make that 3 hard boiled eggs.

Thanks, Sub!
 
2013-05-23 10:31:48 AM  
Harpo and the Marx Brothers were brilliant and we will never see their like again.
 
2013-05-23 10:50:05 AM  

Smashed Hat: If you've never read his autobiography "Harpo Speaks" you should seek it out. It's very good. It's ghostwritten of course but the author really manages to get the tone right. Great stories of what it was like growing up in New York City at the turn of the century.


Borrow George Fenneman's copy.
 
2013-05-23 11:02:59 AM  
Everyone at the whore house has the measles ...

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2013-05-23 11:07:38 AM  

Snapper Carr: AdolfOliverPanties: Good find.  There is a video out there of an interview Teller (of Penn & Teller) did.  Weird hearing him talk too.

Teller addresses a magician's convention


I heard Teller at The Amazing Meeting. The guy is brilliant.

There's a story that Harpo wasn't able to cash an unemployment check because, "Harpo can't talk." He came back in full dress, with honker, and got his money.
 
2013-05-23 11:09:41 AM  
In the perennial Christmas classic, The Man Who Came to Dinner, Jimmy Durante plays a character that is based on Harpo Marx . In real life, Alexander Woollcott and Harpo Marx were good friends. Since the play's main character, Sheridan Whiteside, is a thinly veiled version of Woolcott, the authors decided to include a version of Harpo, too. The movie is worth seeing (it's funny). Plus, it casts Bette Davis greatly against type as a hard-working, put-upon, average-Jill secretary.
 
2013-05-23 11:14:51 AM  
Under the makeup, the Marx Brothers actually looked very similar. Occasionally they would trade costumes and play each other: Groucho would do Harpo, Chico Groucho, Zeppo Chico, etc. Supposedly they were very good at it. I think there's film footage of this routine somewhere, but my google-fu failed me today.
 
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