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Groucho Marx

Julius Henry "Groucho" Marx (; October 2, 1890 – August 19, 1977) was an American comedian, writer, stage, film, radio, and television star. A master of quick wit, he is widely considered one of America's greatest comedians.

He made 13 feature films with his siblings the Marx Brothers, of whom he was the third-born. He also had a successful solo career, most notably as the host of the radio and television game show You Bet Your Life.

His distinctive appearance, carried over from his days in vaudeville, included quirks such as an exaggerated stooped posture, spectacles, cigar, and a thick greasepaint mustache and eyebrows. These exaggerated features resulted in the creation of one of the most recognizable and ubiquitous novelty disguises, known as Groucho glasses: a one-piece mask consisting of horn-rimmed glasses, a large plastic nose, bushy eyebrows and mustache.

Birth and Death Data: Born October 2nd, 1890 (Manhattan), Died August 19th, 1977 (Cedars-Sinai Medical Center)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1933 - 1951

Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist, speaker

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor MS-76129 16-in. 5/15/1933 Flywheel, Shyster, and Flywheel. Episode XXV The Marx brothers Radio broadcast : Comedy speaker  
Victor MS-76130 16-in. 5/15/1933 Flywheel, Shyster, and Flywheel. Episode XXV The Marx brothers Radio broadcast : Comedy speaker  
Victor MS-76316 16-in. 5/22/1933 Flywheel, Shyster, and Flywheel. Episode XXVI The Marx brothers Radio broadcast : Comedy speaker  
Victor MS-76317 16-in. 5/22/1933 Flywheel, Shyster, and Flywheel. Episode XXVI The Marx brothers Radio broadcast : Comedy speaker  
Decca L 6388 8/12/1951 How d'ye do and shake hands Danny Kaye ; Jane Wyman vocalist  
Decca L 6389 8/12/1951 Black strap molasses Danny Kaye ; Jane Wyman vocalist  
Decca L 6530 11/26/1951 Go West, young man Groucho Marx vocalist  
Decca L 6531 11/26/1951 Hooray for Captain Spaulding Groucho Marx vocalist  
Decca L 6532 11/26/1951 Dr. Hackenbush Groucho Marx vocalist  
Decca L 6541 11/27/1951 Omaha, Nebraska Groucho Marx vocalist  
Decca L 6542 11/27/1951 Father's day Groucho Marx vocalist  
Decca L 6543 11/27/1951 Show me a rose Groucho Marx vocalist  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Marx, Groucho," accessed July 29, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102376.

Marx, Groucho. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 29, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102376.

"Marx, Groucho." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 29 July 2021.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102376

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