|A Day at the Races
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Brand: Warner Manufacturing
Doctor Hugo Hackenbush, Tony, and Stuffy try and save Judy's farm by winning a big race with her horse. There are a few problems. Hackenbush runs a high priced clinic for the wealthy who don't know he has his degree in Veterinary Medicine.
A Day at the Races is the Marx Brothers at their commercial and popular peak, working with a top Hollywood director (Sam Wood of The Pride of the Yankees), supported with a healthy screen budget paying for such extras as a blue-tinted ballet sequence, love songs from crooner Allan Jones, and decorative sets. But the brothers are also at the top of their game in terms of their own comic material and timing. The story finds Groucho, Chico, and Harpo helping out at a sanatorium, where their longtime foil in the movies, Margaret Dumont, is the leading patient. The film has some of the trio's funniest and most memorable bits and a dazzling horserace at the climax. Not quite as good as its predecessor, A Night at the Opera, this is still a highlight in the Marxian filmography. --Tom Keogh
|Groucho Marx - You Bet Your Life
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Groucho Marx is one of many stars to make a radio broadcast their debut, only to move to TV once the radio show reached popularity. But Marx didn't go the usual route with a sitcom or talk show; rather, he made a name for himself hosting a game show called, You Bet Your Life. The show, broadcast on radio, originally aired in 1947, becoming a televised radio show in 1950.
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The legendary Marx Brothers – Groucho, Harpo, Chico and Zeppo – made their motion picture debut in the outrageously funny adaptation of their Broadway play The Cocoanuts. Groucho portrays the owner of the Hotel de Cocoanut who tries to fleece everyone from innocent bellboys and bellgirls to wealthy society matron Mrs. Potter (Margaret Dumont). Chico and Harpo play resort hotel con men who arrive with empty suitcases they plan to fill by robbing guests. Featuring elaborate musical productions with music by Academy Award winner Irving Berlin, this comedy treasure includes some of the Marx Brothers' best stage routines, such as Groucho's land auction, the excruciatinglyfunny 'viaduct' dialogue and Polly Potter's engagement party.
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Hippies take over the yacht of a crime kingpin named "God," letting a reformed gangster off the hook of doing one last job.
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The iconic Marx Brothers – Groucho, Harpo, Chico and Zeppo – head for the high seas in the outrageously funny Monkey Business. While hiding from the authorities on a luxury cruise ship, a quartet of stowaways inadvertently find themselves posing as bodyguards to rival gangsters. Complete lunacy ensues as the brothers get mixed up in a kidnapping and must save the day. Featuring some of the legendary comedy team’s wackiest scenes ever, including all four brothers each trying to pass themselves off as real-life actor Maurice Chevalier, this unforgettable film earned a place on the AFI’s 100 Years…100 Laughs list.
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Harpo, Chico and Groucho race a dangerous blonde to a diamond necklace.
|Liberace TV Classics
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Liberace decided early in his career that to be different and to separate himself from other stage personalities, he needed to add flair to his show that would broaden his appeal to the masses. By using dramatic lighting, costume changes, humor and more, the talented and flamboyant pianist performed musical numbers that made you feel like he was playing just for you. His television performances featured enthusiasm and wit. He performed a variety of styles and his musical selections were broad, including classics, show tunes, film melodies, Latin rhythms, ethnic songs, and boogie-woogie to name a few, and he often catered his shows to specific themes or holidays. His show became so popular with his mostly female television audience that he received ten thousand fan letters per week. In 1960 Liberace received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his contributions to the television industry.
This special 2 disc set includes 7 episodes of The Liberace Show and 3 bonus features that include Liberace as a guest!
The Liberace Show
1. Ladies Night (1955)
2. Musical Shopping Tour (1955)
3. The Orchestra Steps Out (1956)
4. Christmas Special (1954)
5. Mother's Day Special (1965)
6. New Orleans Special (1956)
7. Fan Favorites (1955)
1. The Jack Benny Show: Liberace Show (1954)
2. The Easter Seal Teleparade of Stars (1955)
3. You Bet Your Life: The Secret Word is Hat (1950)
|TV's Greatest Game Shows - A Tribute to the Pioneers of Television Quiz Shows
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An Incredible Collection of Over 20 Classic Shows - Celebrity Hosts - Guest Appearances from the Biggest Names in Hollywood! America's love affair with television grew by leaps and bounds in the 50's and 60's and so did its appetite for TV game shows. Night after night, network and syndicated shows kept Americans glued to their sets waiting to see who would become the next BIG WINNER! From the wacky and weird to the quickest and most challenging games ever created, you'll be treated to over 90 minutes of some of the best and worst game shows to ever hit the tube! Laugh along at live bloopers, learn little known facts about the shows and re-live great moments with some of the most famous hosts and celebrity contestants in television game show history! I'VE GOT A SECRET TO TELL THE TRUTH TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES STUMP THE STARS BEAT THE CLOCK YOU BET YOUR LIFE MASQUERADE PARTY THE $64,000 CHALLENGE THE PRICE IS RIGHT TIC TAC DOUGH CHANCE OF A LIFETIME THE NAME'S THE SAME PDQ And many more... INCLUDES THESE PIONEERS OF TELEVISION GAME SHOW PRIME TIME TV: GARY MOORE BILL CULLEN SEBASTIAN CABOT BERT PARKS JUNE LOCKHART ROSS MARTIN GROUCHO MARX VINCENT PRICE BETSY PALMER BESS MYERSON JAN MURRAY BOB CRANE MONTY HALL And many more... Color & B/W
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Brand: Olive Films
A zany agent books a Brazilian bombshell again, as a French singer, in the same club on the same night.
- Brand Name: OLIVE FILMS Mfg#: 887090059503
- Shipping Weight: 1.00 lbs
- Manufacturer: OLIVE FILMS
- Genre: Comedy
- All music products are properly licensed and guaranteed authentic.
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The Hustler was a favorite movie of the time and practically made a household name of Rudolph 'Minnesota Fats' Wanderone, so let's get him a TV show. And Celebrity Billiards is born.
The show started on a stage that was a mock-up of a pool hall not unlike what you see on ESPN's coverage of billiards today with a table in the center and a few rows of audience surrounding on three sides. The host, Ted Travers, started the show interviewing the two competitors, one of course being the house celebrity Fats and the other a major celebrity of the time.