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Suit worn by Groucho Marx

Suit worn by Groucho Marx

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Tuxedo suit owned by Groucho Marx, very likely worn in the 1933 Marx Brothers film Duck Soup. The tailored suit is comprised of one jacket and a pair of trousers. The black wool jacket has a black silk lining, black cord trim and padded shoulders. The jacket has 5-1/2" wide cuffs with two buttons each, 3" wide lapel, full-slit tails, and one front button, with a front breast pocket on right side. The black and gray striped wool blend trousers are semi-lined with black cotton fabric at waist and pockets, four cotton-lined pockets, two in front at side seams and two in back, back left pocket buttons. The unpleated, regular-cut pants are slightly flared at bottom and bottom of trouser legs are cut at a slight angle, making them longer at the back.
Julius H. "Groucho" Marx (1890-1977) was an influential, popular, and versatile entertainer best known for his film appearances alongside brothers Arthur ("Harpo") and Leonard ("Chico") in the 1930s and 40s. The Marx Brothers, including lesser-known siblings Herbert ("Zeppo") and Milton ("Gummo") began their careers singing and cracking jokes on vaudeville stages across the country in the 1900s. By the 1920s, the Marx Brothers had become the most popular comedians on the Broadway stage, each with a characteristic costume and persona they combined to create antic and zany performances in a series of successful musical comedies. Groucho was known for his signature eyeglasses, greasepaint mustache and eyebrows, and irreverent wisecracks The brothers' films The Coconauts, Animal Crackers, Monkey Business, Horse Feathers, Duck Soup, and A Night at the Opera among others, were critical and popular successes. In his later years Groucho was a popular solo radio, television, and film performer, helming the quiz series You Bet Your Life from 1947-1961.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
suit
user
Marx, Groucho
maker
Eric Ross and Co.
place made
United States: California, Beverly Hills
location where used
United States: California, Beverly Hills
Physical Description
cotton (overall material)
silk (overall material)
wool (overall material)
Measurements
cuffs: 5 1/2 in; 13.97 cm
overall: 42 in x 17 in; 106.68 cm x 43.18 cm
lapel: 3 in; 7.62 cm
trousers: 41 in x 34 in; 104.14 cm x 86.36 cm
ID Number
1987.0588.30
accession number
1987.0588
catalog number
1987.0588.30
Credit Line
Bequest of Julius H. "Groucho" Marx (through Arlene M. Breitbart)
subject
Motion Pictures
Comedy
Comedians
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Popular Entertainment
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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