Director Edward Buzzell
Year 1940
Starring Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Chico Marx
Run Time 80min
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This is part of our months-long Saturday afternoon COMPLETE MARX BROTHERS RETROSPECTIVE!

Originally conceived during the years the Marxes worked with Hollywood titan Irving Thalberg, GO WEST remains one of their more underappreciated films. It finds the trio in, you guessed it, the Old West and, you guessed it, hilarity and chaos ensue.

The brothers' fifth picture with MGM and tenth (!) overall GO WEST should feel more stale and Marx-by-numbers than it is, which is really a testament to their genius.

Groucho plays S. Quentin Quale, a con man heading west to strike it rich. On his way there he teams up with the Panello brothers (Chico and Harpo) who are crooks themselves. While that's the narrative backbone of the movie it really just plays as a great excuse to see the comedians in set piece after set piece in the West.

Following what are considered "minor" Marx films (ROOM SERVICE, AT THE CIRCUS) it understandably gets lumped in...but it shouldn't.

In fact, when the final, infamous climatic action sequence takes place it actually feels like a special moment in Marx Bros. history, when the guys somehow found their way into an A-list action movie and couldn't be any less out-of-place. Yet their comedic finesse makes them pull off brilliant gag after brilliant gag. Oh, and the songs are pretty great, too.


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