Monday, September 26, 2016

What was playing at the Palace on Sept. 26, 1946?

Seventy years ago today, Lorain’s Palace Theater offered none other than the Marx Brothers – Groucho, Chico and Harpo – starring in A Night in Casablanca

It was the comedy team's swan song, the last real Marx Brothers movie, and a pretty good one at that.

The above ad ran in the Lorain Journal on September 25, 1946.

The movie ads are kinda funny, with the middle-aged Brothers leering at Lois Collier, although it has nothing to do with the plot. It was just part of their "girl-hungry” shtick, which would probably be seen as politically incorrect today.

Here’s an amusing clip of the Brothers in action from the movie. Chico and Harpo are trying to “protect” hotel manager Groucho by making sure his dinner isn’t poisoned – by eating it for him, among other things.

I like the line in the movie ad about the film: “THE BIG LAUGH LORAIN NEEDS.” Lorain could use a few laughs now, too!

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