gif: the cocoanuts

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You really got to see Chico’s evolution as an actor throughout the Marx Brothers films. He started off a bit stone faced (though always funny) in Cocoanuts and Animal Crackers, and then by Night at the Opera and Day at the Races, he was charmingly holding his own as the loyal friend of the romantic leads. Groucho never seemed as comfortable playing it straight. So hats off to you, Chico Marx, and happy 130th birthday! 

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Outtake footage of the newsreel promoting the 1954 musical remake of A Star Is Born. The premiere after party for several hundred guests at the Ambassador Hotel’s Cocoanut Grove nightclub hosted by Jack Warner.