We will examine the socio-political statements of the Marx Brothers, focusing on the films they made between 1931 and 1937. In the earliest of these, we see the brothers as stowaways aboard a luxury liner and eventually sneaking into the United States. Assuming their standard personae as the Italian, Irishman, Eastern European Jew, and the immigrant of undetermined origin, the brothers represent the influence of the outlier on American culture. First, they invade the country itself, then the worlds of academics, politics, the arts, and, finally, the sciences. At the end of A Day at the Races, released some 30 years before the March on Washington, the brothers present a powerful political statement as they embark on a multicultural civil rights march of their own.
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