An analysis of groucho marxs letter to the warner brothers

In Marx Brothers movies, he almost always played characters with unusual first names, a middle initial and unlikely last names; i. Hackenbush and Otis B.

An analysis of groucho marxs letter to the warner brothers

April 5, Update: Apparently not quite true see commentsbut still funny. I can imagine Groucho doing this.

An analysis of groucho marxs letter to the warner brothers

Dear Warner Brothers, Apparently there is more than one way of conquering a city and holding it as your own. For example, up to the time that we contemplated making this picture, I had no idea that the city of Casablanca belonged exclusively to Warner Brothers.

However, it was only a few days after our announcement appeared that we received your long, ominous legal document warning us not to use the name Casablanca. It seems that inFerdinand Balboa Warner, your great-great-grandfather, while looking for a shortcut to the city of Burbank, had stumbled on the shores of Africa and, raising his alpenstock which he later turned in for a hundred shares of commonnamed it Casablanca.

Even if you plan on releasing your picture, I am sure that the average movie fan could learn in time to distinguish between Ingrid Bergman and Harpo.

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You claim that you own Casablanca and that no one else can use that name without permission. Do you own that too? You probably have the right to use the name Warner, but what about the name Brothers? Professionally, we were brothers long before you were.

Do you maintain that yours is an original name? It was used long before you were born. As for you, Harry, you probably sign your checks sure in the belief that you are the first Harry of all time and that all other Harrys are impostors. I can think of two Harrys that preceded you. The last I heard of him, he was selling neckties at Weber and Heilbroner.

Now about the Burbank studio. I believe this is what you brothers call your place. Old man Burbank is gone. Perhaps you remember him. He was a great man in a garden. His wife often said Luther had ten green thumbs.

What a witty woman she must have been! Burbank was the wizard who crossed all those fruits and vegetables until he had the poor plants in such confused and jittery condition that they could never decide whether to enter the dining room on the meat platter or the dessert dish. Some of my best friends are Warner Brothers.

It is even possible that I am doing you an injustice and that you, yourselves, know nothing about this dog-in-the-Wanger attitude. I have a hunch that his attempt to prevent us from using the title is the brainchild of some ferret-faced shyster, serving a brief apprenticeship in your legal department.

I know the type well—hot out of law school, hungry for success, and too ambitious to follow the natural laws of promotion. This bar sinister probably needled your attorneys, most of whom are fine fellows with curly black hair, double-breasted suits, etc.

No pasty-faced legal adventurer is going to cause bad blood between the Warners and the Marxes. Groucho responded with an utterly ridiculous storyline, and, sure enough, received another stern letter requesting clarification. A Night in Casablanca was released in Groucho Marx () as Rufus T.

Firefly. Yesterday, Blawgletter quoted at full length a combative letter from Groucho Marx to Warner Brothers. The dispute centered on the studio's belief that an impending Marx Brothers movie, A Night in Casablanca (), would impinge on the intellectual property that Warner Brothers embodied four years earlier in Casablanca ().

Nov 16,  · When the legal department of Warner Bros. were notified of a forthcoming feature-length Casablanca spoof in - A Night in Casablanca, featuring a lead character named 'Humphrey Bogus' - they were naturally curious as to the specifics, and so innocently requested more information from the movie's creators, the Marx Brothers.

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There are items related specifically to Chico Marx. This series is arranged chronologically. An Analysis of Groucho Marx’s Letter to the Warner Brothers ( words, 2 pages) In , four years after the release of the Warner Brothers film Casablanca, Groucho Marx wrote a letter to the Warner Brothers pertaining to the the legal matter of the name Casablanca.

Groucho Marx Precis #1 Precis #2 Marx in his letter to Warner Brothers claims that their objection to the Marx brothers' use of the name Casablanca in a movie title is completely unreasonable.

Marx's supports his claim by listing examples of . When Warner Brothers got wind that the Marx Brothers were intending to release "A Night in Casablanca" the legal dept. sent a warning shot regarding the use of "Casablanca" in a movie title. The following is Groucho's response: Dear Warner Brothers: Apparently there is more than one way of conquering a city and holding it as your own.

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