Shout Factory Press Release: The Marx Brothers TV Collection

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    THE MARX BROTHERS TV COLLECTION

    TO BE RELEASED IN A 3-DVD SET FROM SHOUT! FACTORY

    AUGUST 12, 2014

     

    Los Angeles, CA – Adding to the celebration of the 100th anniversary of The Marx Brothers’ nicknames—today!--Shout! Factory announces the August 12 release of The Marx Brothers TV Collection, the first set of its kind dedicated to the comedic trio. The set features more than 50 performances on TV programs including The GE Theater, The DuPont Show with June Allyson, The Jack Benny Program, The Jackie Gleason Show, The Colgate Comedy Hour, The Dick Cavett Show, All Star Revue, The Dinah Shore Chevy Show, The Kraft Music Hall, The Red Skelton Hour, The RCA Victor Show, The Perry Como Show, The Arthur Murray Party, Championship Bridge, Celebrity Golf, Celebrity Billiards and many, many more, all here on DVD – with many not seen anywhere in decades. The collection also features a 40-page book with rare photos from the Marx Brothers family archive, program notes and an essay by Marx Brothers historian Robert S. Bader.

     

    Customers ordering from shoutfactory.com will receive a free, limited-edition poster, free U.S. shipping, early shipping on July 15, and a free bonus DVD titled More Bits and Pieces, featuring 90 minutes of content, including appearances on Silver Theater: Papa Romani (5/15/50), The Christophers: It's Your Serve (12/19/54), Hollywood Palace (4/17/65), Hollywood Palace (3/14/64), See You At the Polls (10/9/56), One Man Show (11/1/69), and the Maxine Marx Interview (1971).

     

    As Bader writes in the essay, “the Marx Brothers became entertainment icons through a long and brilliant career on vaudeville and Broadway stages, and they sealed their immortality in a string of celebrated feature films. Nearly 50 years into their careers, the new medium of television provided them with unprecedented exposure — which meant, of course, an opportunity to bring laughter to millions of people all at once. For the next 20 years, the Marx Brothers' appearances on television — individually and together — included sitcoms, game shows, variety programs and even the occasional drama.

     

    “Television was like a fountain of youth for the Marx Brothers — and they discovered it in front of the largest audience they’d ever had. Groucho, Harpo and Chico had come full circle. They had arrived on America’s vaudeville stages, and said farewell by invading its living rooms.

     

    “The Marx Brothers TV Collection presents a broad and genuinely rare array of television work from the comedy legends, who still had plenty of laughs left in them after the movies. For Marx Brothers fans — and fans of comedy in general — this is truly must–see TV.”

     

    Shout! Factory, LLC is a diversified multi-platform entertainment company devoted to producing, uncovering, preserving and revitalizing the very best of pop culture. Founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos have spent their entire careers sharing their music, television and film favorites with discerning consumers the world over. Shout! Factory’s DVD and Blu-Ray™ offerings serve up feature films, classic and contemporary TV series, animation, live music and comedy specials in lavish packages crammed with extras.  Shout’s audio division boasts GRAMMY®-nominated box sets, new releases from storied artists, lovingly assembled album reissues and indispensable “best of” compilations.  In addition, Shout! Factory maintains a vast digital distribution network which delivers video and audio content to all the leading digital service providers in North America.  Shout! Factory also owns and operates Timeless Media Group, Biograph Records, Majordomo Records, HighTone Records and Video Time Machine. These riches are the result of a creative acquisition mandate that has established the company as a hotbed of cultural preservation and commercial reinvention.  Shout! Factory is based in Santa Monica, California. For more on Shout! Factory, visitshoutfactory.com

     

    The Marx Brothers TV Collection

    DISC 1

    1. The General Electric Theater: The Incredible Jewel Robbery (March 8, 1959)

    2. The Jack Benny Program (April 3, 1955)

    3. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (October 20, 1962)

    4. The College Bowl (March 26, 1951)

     

    Bonus TV Clips:

    1. Labatt’s Beer commercial # 1 (1960)

    2. I’ve Got a Secret (April 21, 1954)

    3. All-Pure Evaporated Milk commercial # 1 (Fall, 1951)

    4. The Colgate Comedy Hour (March 30, 1952)

    5. All-Star Revue (October 4, 1952)

    6. All-Pure Evaporated Milk commercial # 2 (Fall, 1951)

    7. All Star Revue (October 4, 1952)

    8. Showtime (October 4, 1959)

    9. Foster’s Freeze commercial # 1 (Fall, 1951)

    10. U.S. Royal Showcase (January 20, 1952)

    11. The Dinah Shore Chevy Show (October 4, 1959)

    12. Labatt’s Beer commercial # 2 (1960)

    13. Kraft Music Hall with Milton Berle (January 14, 1959)

     

    Bonus Short Films:

    1. You Bet Your Life Stag Reel # 7 (1960 – 1961)

    2. Showdown at Ulcer Gulch (1958)

    3. The Marx Brothers Home Movie Collection, with music and narration by Harpo’s son Bill Marx

     

    DISC 2

    1. The Red Skelton Hour (September 25, 1962)

    2. The General Electric Theater: The Hold Out (January 14, 1962)

    3. Celebrity Golf (April 23, 1961)

    4. Championship Bridge with Charles Goren (October 16, 1960) 

    5. Groucho (July 1, 1965)

     

    Bonus TV Clips:

    1. The Colgate Comedy Hour (March 30, 1952)

    2. All-Pure Evaporated Milk commercial # 3 (Fall, 1951)

    3. The RCA Victor Show (February 1, 1952)

    4. The Swift Show Wagon (May 21, 1955)

    5. All-Pure Evaporated Milk commercial # 4 (Fall, 1951)

    6. U.S. Royal Showcase (January 20, 1952)

    7. McCall’s Magazine commercial (May 1961)

    8. The Colgate Comedy Hour (March 30, 1952)

    9. Labatt’s Beer commercial # 3 (1960)

    10. The Perry Como Show (December 15, 1956) 

    11. I’ve Got a Secret (May 3, 1961)

    12. Pepsi Cola Refreshment Musicale (November 27, 1957)

    13. The Sunday Spectacular: Inside Beverly Hills (January 29, 1956)

    DISC 3

    1. The DuPont Show with June Allyson: A Silent Panic (December 22, 1960)

    2. The Arthur Murray Party (November 16, 1953)

    3. The DuPont Show of the Week: The Wonderful World of Toys (November 12, 

    1961)

    4. Who Said That? (May 10, 1955)

     

    Bonus TV Clips:

    1. Labatt’s Beer commercial # 4 (1960)

    2. The Colgate Comedy Hour (March 30, 1952)

    3. Foster’s Freeze commercial # 2 (Fall, 1951)

    4. The Sunday Spectacular: Inside Beverly Hills (January 29, 1956)

    5. I’ve Got a Secret (August 17, 1955)

    6. All-Pure Evaporated Milk commercial # 5 (Fall, 1951)

    7. The Jackie Gleason Show (October 14, 1967)

    8. Celebrity Billiards (July 19, 1968)

    9. Candid Camera (May 14, 1961)

    10. The Martha Raye Show (April 17, 1956)

    11. The Dick Cavett Show (March 20, 1970)

    12. Right Guard Commercial (May 1972)

     

    Bonus Short Films:

    1. Skidoo trailer (1968)

    2. Beds (1976)

     

     

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    Wow! This looks like a really great collection of things no one has seen in 50 or 60 years. Other than Harpo's appearance on I Love Lucy, I didn't even know of the brothers other than Groucho appearing on tv. Thanks Shout for releasing this.
     
  3. Ronald Epstein

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    Joe,

    There are two fantastic documentaries, one is THE UNKNOWN MARX BROTHERSand I forgot the second one, which show clips from the Marx Brothers' years on
    television. Only Groucho had the biggest success with television. The others, not
    so much.
     
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    There's some known existing material missing -

    Off the top of my head -

    Harpo on Ed Sullivan
    Groucho's Time for Elisabeth
    Groucho's The Mikado
    Grouch on Cosby's Variety Series
    The Unaired Deputy Seraph footage
    Groucho's Great Panel appearance on "What's My Line?"!
    The other "Stag" Reels for "You Bet Your Life"I'd be there is enough material for a second volume :)
     
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    Marx Brothers in a Nutshell is also an excellent documentary.
     
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    Order it from SHOUT! in order to get the extra stuff and an early release/shipping date for it.
     
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    I have both Unknown Marx Bros & Marx Bros in a Nutshell and both are excellent and worth buying. I will get the Shout Factory release but i do wish Universal will release the early movies on blu-ray one day. It's nice to see Love Happy go blu but lets go for the good stuff the boys made.
     
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    Don't think I have seen Marx Bros in a Nutshell.

    The one I believe I saw was Inside the Marx Bros.

    In that documentary, there is a clip of Harpo talking.

    Will have to consider getting Marx Bros in a Nutshell.

    Also considering this set from Shout Factory.
     
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    Ron, Marx Brothers in a Nutshell originally aired on PBS many years go and has that famous Chevalier skit from a Paramount publicity still called "i'll Say She Is"...
     
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    Love this too...
     
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    Got this in the mail today direct from SF! Only watched the Jack Benny episode so far though.
     
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    Travis, do they have the Hollywood Palace skit with Groucho and Margaret Dumont in it?
     
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    They do indeed, but it is on the bonus disc only available directly from Shout Factory.
     
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    Received the 3-disc set about a week ago. Been picking at it little by little
    as I write up a review for it.

    Much better set than I had anticipated. Some nice gems in there.

    Quality is mixed overall. The material was not cleaned up (or if it was, marginally).

    Most is very watchable. One or two segments that I have seen thus far is in poor condition.
     

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