The Marx Brothers Council Podcast

The Marx Brothers Council Podcast


Latest Episodes

18 “Marx Brothers: Unsolved”
September 16, 2019

Marx Brothers scholar Stewart Tryster returns as we try to explain curious moments in the Marxes' films and career. Who was that in the dark in "Animal Crackers"? Did pressure from Italians result in the pigeons being cut from “A Day at the Races”? W ...

BONUSCAST - The Jay Hopkins Interviews: Volume 2 - Erin Fleming
August 23, 2019

The second in our exclusive series of vintage interviews from the archives of Marx Brotherhood founder, Jay Hopkins. From 1979, Jay talks with the infamous Erin Fleming, Groucho’s secretary, personal manager, and companion in his final years. Erin de ...

BONUSCAST - The Jay Hopkins Interviews: Volume 2 - Erin Fleming
August 22, 2019

The second in our exclusive series of vintage interviews from the archives of Marx Brotherhood founder, Jay Hopkins. From 1979, Jay talks with the infamous Erin Fleming, Groucho’s secretary, personal manager, and companion in his final years. Erin de ...

17 “Hail and Farewell” (NOT our final episode)
August 03, 2019

This month we take a deep dive into the misunderstood “Room Service”, perhaps not the best Marx film, but the one with the most interesting backstory…as well as the most frustrating compromises. Matthew enlightens us on how it almost became more of a ...

16 “(After) The End of The Marx Brothers”
June 29, 2019

Though the Marx Brothers stopped performing together after 1949’s “Love Happy”, that didn’t stop the constant stories, rumors and false starts of future projects. This month we take a look at the Marxes’ 1950s post-career, which included a few moment ...

BONUSCAST - The Jay Hopkins Interviews: Volume 1 - John Guedel
June 12, 2019

The first in our exclusive series of vintage never-before-heard interviews from the archives of Marx Brotherhood founder, Jay Hopkins… From 1979, Jay talks to “You Bet Your Life” creator and producer John Guedel about the genesis of the show, how i ...

15 “This Magnificent Display of Effusion” (featuring Jay Hopkins)
May 28, 2019

Founder of the legendary Marx Brotherhood fan club, Jay Hopkins, joins us for a look at the 1970s Marx renaissance. What caused it? Could it happen again? What was Nat Perrin’s apartment number? We examine Groucho’s part in the movement, as well as h ...

14 “Look at Chicolini” (featuring Trav S.D.)
April 29, 2019

We are joined by writer/performer/bon vivant Trav S.D. for an in-depth analysis of the world of Chico. We examine his strengths, weaknesses, contradictions and roller skating. Is he the most underrated of the three, or the most overrated of the four? ...

13 “You’ll Duck Soup The Rest Of Your Life”
March 28, 2019

This month we take a deep dive into “Duck Soup”, which Matthew acknowledges as one of his thirteen favorite Marx Brothers films. Bob fixates on trivial moments, while Noah savors the early scripts way more than Leo McCarey did. By the end, we all rel ...

12 “We Get Mad Because We Can’t Read” (featuring Scott Alexander)
February 27, 2019

Screenwriter and lifelong Marx fanatic Scott Alexander (“Ed Wood” “Man on the Moon” “The People vs. Larry Flynt”) joins us to discuss Kyle Crichton’s 1950 biography of the Marxes, which established many of the myths that hold to this day. Later, Scot ...