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In early 1929 the Marx Brothers (Groucho, Harpo, Chico and Zeppo) were appearing on Broadway in the show Animal Crackers by night and were shooting their first feature film on Long Island by day. Adapted from their 1925 stage hit, The Cocoanuts is a musical comedy set in Miami, where a hotel manager desperately tries to make the business work despite an unholy array of characters including jewel thieves and out-of-control bellhops. It's clearly a debut film but nonetheless endlessly mad and sporadically hilarious.
Life in a slow, quiet French village is just fine for Francois the postman, until his insight into the rapid US post leads him to update his delivery.
All ages 80 mins
Often regarded as Laurel and Hardy's best film, here the hapless pair sneak away from their wives for an annual get-together with pals.
All ages 64 mins
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