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Harpo Marx Collection

Honk, honk, old time radio shows starring the silent member of the Marx Brother Troupe who had a bicycle horn, wore a red wig and prop filled trench coat.

18 old time radio show recordings
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1 MP3 CD
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4 Audio CDs


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Play a sample episode from May 09, 1946:

"Burns and Allen with Harpo Marx"



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About this Old Time Radio Show

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Harpo Marx and three of his children joking around wearing Harpo wigs in Los Angeles, Calif., 1954

Groucho: Who is this?
Chico: Dat's-a my partner, but he no speak.
Groucho: Oh, that's your silent partner!

The second oldest of the Marx Brothers, Harpo Marx was born Adolph Marx and later changed his name to Arthur Marx. He earned the nickname Harpo from his family because he played the harp like his mother Minnie Marx.

Harpo MarxAs a child, Harpo Marx was small for his age and due to his Jewish heritage, he was bullied. He claims he was thrown out of the classroom window by two big Irish boys. The bullying happened daily and he would not tell the teacher about the bullies for fear of retribution. He left school in the second grade to sell newspaper with his older brother Chico.

He secretly taught himself to play the harp, tuning the strings himself. He tunned the harp strings incorrectly, allowing the strings to be looser than normal. He played this way the rest of his life despite hiring teachers to teach him otherwise.

In 1910, he joined his brothers Groucho and Gummo to form a singing group The Three Nightingales. Originally Harpo pretended to be Irish on stage learning the accent and mannerisms from high school and donning a big red wig. A theater critic later suggested that Harpo perform in panemine. He developed his character to have a bicycle horn, cane, and a big trench coat with never ending props. He also chased girls on screen, but in real life was a dedicated husband and father of four adopted children.

FACTOID #1:

The only line that Harpo spoke during a movie was in a silent film and he lip synched "You sure you can't move?"

 

FACTOID #2:

In 1933, Harpo Marx traveled to the Soviet Union as a goodwill ambassador, but secretly sent messages in and out of Russia in a sealed envelope taped to his leg.

He used facial expressions and body language to express himself onstage and in films. Often his character would try to convey an important message to another character through hilarious pantomime and horn honking.

Harpo's look and likeness can be seen in a number of early cartoons from Disney to Popeye. He appeared in over 25 films during his career. His best known films were those made with his brother Groucho and Chico Marx The Cocoanuts, Animal Crackers, Monkey Business, Horse Feathers, Duck Soup, and A Night on the Opera.

See also: Groucho Marx and Chico Marx Collections.

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These classic recordings are available in the following formats:
  • MP3 CDs are delivered by mail. These archival quality MP3 CDs are playable in your computer and many MP3 player devices.



    18 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $5.00
    total playtime 3 hours, 22 min
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      18 shows - total playtime 3 hours 22 minutes
      1. Burns Allen 460509 515 W Harpo Marx.mp3
      2. Command Perf 440617 125 Jack Benny Harpo Marx Bing Crosby.mp3
      3. Command Perf 441014 142 Highlights Of 1944 Assembled Show.mp3
      4. Command Perf 480120 307 Anita Ellis Harpo Marx Sweeney.mp3
      5. Harpo A Night At Opera.mp3
      6. Harpo Autumn Leaves.mp3
      7. Harpo Big Store.mp3
      8. Harpo Everyone Says I Love You Horse Feathers.mp3
      9. Harpo Go West.mp3
      10. Harpo Harp.mp3
      11. Harpo Hungarian Rhapsody Night In Casablanca.mp3
      12. Harpo I Got Rhythm.mp3
      13. Harpo Marx A Conversation With Harpo.mp3
      14. Harpo Monkey Business.mp3
      15. Harpo Solitude.mp3
      16. Harpo Stardust.mp3
      17. Harpo Why Am I So Romantic.mp3
      18. Mail Call 450321 137 F Morgan Burns Allen Harpo.mp3
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    18 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00
    total playtime 3 hours, 22 min
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      18 shows - total playtime 3 hours 22 minutes
      1. Burns Allen 460509 515 W Harpo Marx.mp3
      2. Command Perf 440617 125 Jack Benny Harpo Marx Bing Crosby.mp3
      3. Command Perf 441014 142 Highlights Of 1944 Assembled Show.mp3
      4. Command Perf 480120 307 Anita Ellis Harpo Marx Sweeney.mp3
      5. Harpo A Night At Opera.mp3
      6. Harpo Autumn Leaves.mp3
      7. Harpo Big Store.mp3
      8. Harpo Everyone Says I Love You Horse Feathers.mp3
      9. Harpo Go West.mp3
      10. Harpo Harp.mp3
      11. Harpo Hungarian Rhapsody Night In Casablanca.mp3
      12. Harpo I Got Rhythm.mp3
      13. Harpo Marx A Conversation With Harpo.mp3
      14. Harpo Monkey Business.mp3
      15. Harpo Solitude.mp3
      16. Harpo Stardust.mp3
      17. Harpo Why Am I So Romantic.mp3
      18. Mail Call 450321 137 F Morgan Burns Allen Harpo.mp3
  • Standard Audio CDs are delivered by mail on archival quality media with up to 60 minutes on each CD and play in all CD players



    18 recordings on 4 Audio CDs
    total playtime 3 hours, 22 min

    Disc A001

    1. Harpo A Night At Opera
    2. Harpo Autumn Leaves
    3. Harpo Big Store
    4. Harpo Everyone Says I Love You Horse Feathers
    5. Harpo Go West
    6. Harpo Harp
    7. Harpo Hungarian Rhapsody Night In Casablanca
    8. Harpo I Got Rhythm
    9. Harpo Marx A Conversation With Harpo
    10. Harpo Monkey Business
    11. Harpo Solitude
    12. Harpo Stardust
    13. Harpo Why Am I So Romantic

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    Disc A002

    1. Command Perf 440617 125 Jack Benny Harpo Marx Bing Crosby
    2. Command Perf 441014 142 Highlights Of 1944 Assembled Show

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    Disc A003

    1. Mail Call 450321 137 F Morgan Burns Allen Harpo
    2. Burns Allen 460509 515 W Harpo Marx

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    Disc A004

    1. Command Perf 480120 307 Anita Ellis Harpo Marx Sweeney

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