An Evening With Groucho - Single Episodes

(4.6 stars; 61 reviews)


An Evening with Groucho is a look at the life of Groucho Marx and the Marx Brothers, as told by Groucho. Groucho Marx Biography: Born: October 2, 1890 in New York City, New York Died: August 19, 1977 in Los Angeles, California Groucho was born Julius Henry Marx on October 2, 1890 in New York. He was the third of the five surviving sons of Sam and Minnie Marx. He was the first of the brothers to start stage career aged 15 in an act called The Leroy Trio. Other acts followed, but none of them was a great success. Twice the other members of the act disappeared overnight and left him penniless in a town far away from home. When his brothers came on stage, they finally had a success with the musical comedy called I'll Say She Is. It was at one of the performances of this show that Groucho got his painted moustache. He arrived late at the theater and used greasepaint to create a moustache. He found this so much easier than a glued on moustache that he insisted on using this technique from then on. I'll Say She Is was followed by two more Broadway hits -- The Cocoanuts and Animal Crackers. The latter of which has the character of Captain Spaulding which remained (with the song Hooray for Captain Spaulding) a trademark for Groucho for the rest of his life. The Cocoanuts and Animal Crackers were also the first movies (except for one unreleased on) made by the Brothers and were filmed in New York. The remaining movies were made in Hollywood. In the later years of the Marx Brothers movie career, Groucho started working on radio. He hosted several programs and was a guest on many shows. His biggest success was the comedy quiz show You Bet Your Life which started in 1947. The show later moved to television and was on the air until 1961. Groucho also appeared in a few movies without his brothers. Always being a liberal, Groucho sometimes made critical remarks about politics and had friends which were regarded as communist by the US of the 1950s. This let to Groucho being investigated by the FBI. When Marx Brothers became popular again in the last sixties/early seventies Groucho made a comeback with a show in Carnegie Hall in 1972. At the film festival in Cannes in 1972, he was made Commandeur des Arts et Lettres and in 1974 he received a special Academy Award for the achievements of the Marx Brothers. Groucho died on August 19th, 1977 at Cedars Sinai Medical Center. His ashes are at Eden Memorial Park, San Fernando, California. From the Old Time Radio Researcher's Group. See "Note" Section below for more information on the OTRR.

This recording is part of the Old Time Radio collection.



You can learn a lot from LibriVox !

(5 stars)

This is the one show I can't listen to at night. Can't suppress the giggles and guffaws. deeelightful! Nickname above given me by a colleague. This was before tattoos on the masses (say 79-89: and it drove at least one guy a little crazy wondering where and what tattoos ? But if they got the Marx Bros. reference, it was a more interesting kind of guy. Librovox isn't a bad place to look for the like-minded, come to think of it.

Great Show but 1st half is low resulution

(3 stars)

Its great to hear the show, but one wonders why the first 20 files were only encoded at 20.5k? Files 21-39 are full bandwidth 44.1k encoded & sound much better. Restricted bandwidth recordings are hard to listen to, taking some of the enjoyment out of the show.

amazing to have such arcives available to listen to.

(3.5 stars)

amazing to have such archives available to listen to. Like George Burns, the man could not sing worth a rotten tomato, but the audience loved each and every little ditty he sang because each one told a little witty story. I liked this recording very much.

Looking for Marx radio show

(5 stars)

Just read of The Circle, apparently a semi-improvisational show involving Grouch, Basil Rathbone, and others. It's referred to in the text of a Jan Shepherd broadcast I read about; it was apparently a show that made quite an impression on him.

Thank You

(5 stars)

I have the lp of this and have been looking for a great download os it. I Thank You soo much. I began a fan of the Marx Brothers and Groucho in 1973 or so when he was on the Academy Awards.

One of the treasures at the Internet Archive

(5 stars)

This downloadable audio treasure is a must for all fans of Groucho's magnificent wit and timeless humor. It is a joy to listen to from time to time as time permits.

A prayer answered

(5 stars)

This is an awesome recording...and I used to have the cassette version which has finally unravelled. I keep hoping that this will be released on cd...but now...I can hear it again...thank you!

An Evening with Groucho

(5 stars)

I actually have this entire show on vinyl. The record was released shortly after this performance at Carnegie Hall. Never thought I would be able to get this, this way.