When Legends Gather #355


W.C. Fields and Groucho Marx

6 comments:

swac said...

Wow, great image!

I'm trying to think if I've ever seen a pic of them together before, but I'm drawing a blank...

Vanwall said...

My exact thought! This actually one of the best pics of either one, in itself.

SomeNYGuy said...

My childhood idols! Odd that there aren't more pictures of them together, as their tenures at Paramount overlapped. Perhaps they didn't really like each other?

swac said...

They seem quite convivial in this shot...I'm guessing they probably knew each other from the theatrical days as well.

Tom Sutpen said...

Somenyguy:

The Marx Brothers didn't appear in any Paramount pictures other than their own starring vehicles; which can't be said of Fields or most of their other contract players (Charlie Ruggles, Bing Crosby, etc.). Perhaps it was a matter of their deal with Paramount, but they seemed to exist apart from the rest of the studio in a sense. You didn't expect to see the Marxes turn up in a bit in, say, The Big Broadcast or International House or any of their other Musical-Comedy revues. It just didn't happen.

Now that I think of it, Mae West didn't appear in any of those pictures either.

That said, I'm pretty sure Stephen's correct and that the two ran into one another before they got to Hollywood. It's almost impossible that they didn't.

swac said...

Also keep in mind that nearly half of the Marx Brothers time at Paramount was spent at the New York studio, in Astoria, and they were only in Hollywood for a couple of years of their Paramount contract, which also diminishes the opportunities for these two to appear onscreen together.