Film Series
The Cocoanuts
Paramount (1929)
Thu, Aug 3, 10:00 - 11:45 am
Sheffer Recital Hall, The Shedd Institute
While The Four Marx Brothers (Groucho, Harpo, Chico and Zeppo) were appearing nightly on Broadway in Animal Crackers in the spring of 1929, they spent their days shooting their first film, The Cocoanuts, at Paramount's Astoria Studios in Long Island. Based on their 1925 stage hit, The Cocoanuts is set in Miami, where hotel manager Mr. Hammer (Groucho Marx) struggles to keep his establishment from going under. Hammer's only paying guest is Mrs. Potter (Margaret Dumont), whose daughter Polly (Mary Eaton) is in love with aspiring architect Bob (Oscar Shaw). Mrs. Potter would prefer that Polly marry the respectable Harvey Yates (Cyril Ring); what she doesn't know is that Yates is a jewel thief, in cahoots with the slinky Penelope (Kay Francis). — Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

Written by George S. Kaufman, The Cocoanuts boasts a score mostly by Irving Berlin (Victor Herbert's "Gypsy Love Song" in also in the score). Berlin's contributions are "FLORIDA BY THE SEA", "WHEN MY DREAMS COME TRUE", "THE BELL-HOPS", "MONKEY-DOODLE-DO0", "TALE OF THE SHIRT" (lyrics only; music from 'Carmen') (96 minutes)

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Sheffer Recital Hall
The John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts
285 E Broadway
Eugene, Oregon
541-434-7000

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Irving Berlin's America Musical Overview
Irving Berlin's America Schedule
Tuesday Aug 1
6:00 pmG. Bellows' America
Thursday Aug 3
10:00 amThe Cocoanuts
1:30 pmAlex's Ragtime Band
4:30 pmBerlin's Songs
7:30 pmCheek To Cheek
Friday Aug 4
10:00 amTop Hat
2:30 pmHeat Wave
4:30 pm20s In Revue
7:30 pmBlue Skies
Saturday Aug 5
10:00 amLet Yourself Go!
2:30 pmA Day In The Life
4:30 pmThe Real Anthem
7:30 pmAnnie Get Your Gun
Sunday Aug 6
2:30 pmAnnie Get Your Gun
Tuesday Aug 8
10:00 amAnnie Get Your Gun
7:30 pmAnnie Get Your Gun
Wednesday Aug 9
10:00 amFollow The Fleet
2:30 pmCome On And Hear
4:30 pmTin Pan Alley & The South
7:30 pmAnnie Get Your Gun
Thursday Aug 10
10:00 amHoliday Inn
2:30 pmFace The Music
4:30 pmBerlin The Man
7:30 pmYou're Just In Love
Friday Aug 11
10:00 amCall Me Madam
2:30 pmMan Bites Dog
4:30 pmBerlin On America
7:30 pmAnnie Get Your Gun
Saturday Aug 12
2:30 pmMy Walking Stick
7:30 pmSay It With Music
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