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Groucho Marx Collection, 1911-1978

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Collector:
Marx, Groucho (Julius Henry) (comedian) 1890-1977
Artist:
Benton, Thomas Hart 1889-1975
Creator:
RKO Pictures
Warner Brothers
Paramount Pictures
United Artists
Marx Brothers
Subject:
Marx, Harpo 1888-1964
Marx, Chico
Palmer, Minnie
Three Nightingales
Four Nightingales
Physical description:
12 cu. ft.: 39 boxes
Audio-visual materials : 20 cu. ft
4 films, 16mm
Approx. 12 reels 35mm film
Type:
Photographs
Collection descriptions
Personal papers
Sheet music
Scrapbooks
Photographic prints
Motion pictures (visual works)
Correspondence
Place:
Hollywood (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Date:
1911
1911-1978
1920-1970
20th century
1930-1950
Notes:
Born Julius Henry Marx in New York City, he began his entertainment profession at an early age when his first job was singing in an Episcopal church choir. Later, with members of his family, he toured in a vaudeville skit called "Fun in Hiskule," 1904-1941, and found success on Broadway and in the film industry. Groucho then made six movies as a solo, as well as teaming up with many other well-known entertainers in radio and television shows. After a ten-year retirement, he returned to show business in 1972, and died in 1977, at 87.
Summary:
Includes materials covering Marx's professional life, such as scrapbooks, movie and play scripts, book manuscripts, sheet music, and photographs, correspondence (1932-1977), films, audiotapes, and miscellaneous materials. Contains some original art, including a drawing of Groucho by Thomas Hart Benton,
Cite as:
Groucho Marx Collection, 1911-1978, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Topic:
Comedians
Entertainment
Comedy
Theater
Radio programs
Vaudeville
Radio comedies
Local number:
1988.3083 (NMAH Acc.)
Data Source:
Archives Center - NMAH
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