The One, the Only….Groucho Marx

Submitted by Bob Ramsdell January 26th, 2011
Certifikitsch Winner

When I was a kid, I went to see every Marx Brothers movie. Later in his life, I watched him on “You Bet Your Life” on TV. Near the end of his life, I remember his farewell show. When he came on stage, everyone in the audience had one of these masks on.

6 Responses to “The One, the Only….Groucho Marx”

  1. Allee Willis

    I was forever intrigued by these as a kid. I’m sick that I have no photos of me in them because I had them on so often. I still have several pairs. What I also have that I haven’t posted in my blog yet is an incredible set of these but official swag made by Groucho himself. Everything is made of hard plastic and includes a cigar. Go Groucho!

  2. Lisa Rios

    My hero. I love Groucho. I have home videos of me impersonating Groucho when I was 3. And again at 12. A huge Groucho portrait hangs in my hall. I’ve always loved him. One of the smartest funniest men of all time!

    • Bob Ramsdell

      I have seen Frank Ferrante as Groucho twice and Allee has asked me to include a story about these from my blog which I will do soon. I recently contacted him by email to see if it was alright to give his website which has a schedule of his performances. The second time I saw him, he remembered me from the first. Any time he puts on a show near where you are, I would urge you to see him. You might even ask him if he knows Bob Ramsdell from both Paradise, CA and Florence, OR.

      • Lisa Rios

        You’re occasionally in Florence, OR?? Well, I’m in Bandon, OR and yes, Frank came here and I talked to him for a long time. I wanted him to know what a huge Marx Bros. fan I was. I dressed in my 40’s attire and practically became part of his show. Not unusual, as Frank does that in his shows. I teased him about the fact that he’s now played Groucho almost as long as Julius did. I have a wonderful DVD of one of Frank’s performances.

        • Bob Ramsdell

          I just got word from Allee that she had given my website entry a Certificate of AuthenKitschity today. I also included his site with his schedule in case anyone might have a chance to see his show.

          Bob Ramsdell
          Albany OR

  3. Nessa

    I have always been a big Marx Bros. fan.. I think I wrote papers /reports for school about them as early as 6th or 7th grade, haha. Every kid/person with any sense of humor needs a pair of these.