Tuesday, October 23, 2018

The Fifth of the Four Marx Brothers -- October 23, 2018

Everyone remembers Groucho, Harpo and Chico.  Some people remember Zeppo.  The firth Marx Brother, Gummo, whose given name was Milton, was born 125 years ago today, on 23-October-1893.  Gummo was the first brother to appear on stage, and the first to quit, when he joined the Army during World War One.  Zeppo replaced him in the act.  Gummo went into the clothing business and then became a theatrical agent. The article is from the 13-August-1933 Washington Star

Fifth Marx Brother.

SUDDENLY out of the nowhere into Hollywood has come "Gummo" Marx, the fifth of the famous four Marx brothers. Gummo, it seems, was one of the original quartet, but for some strange reason decided he liked the clothing business better. He pulled up stakes from the team and became a merchant. Zeppo filled in for him. Now Gummo has returned to the fold to act as business adviser for his brothers, who are busily engaged in making their latest film, "Duck Soup."

Incidentally, it is reported that Harpo Marx has shaved his head, adopted a cane and monocle and decided to call himself Harpo von Marx, on account he insists he resembles Erich von Stroheim.

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