Monday, May 04, 2015

Monday Music Break: Lydia the Tattooed Lady

Here's the one, the only, Groucho Marx in a classic scene from 1939's The Marx Brothers At The Circus:

The movie itself is not one of the Marx Brothers best efforts. That said, it isn't all that bad, even though to our modern sensibilities the scene with the ensemble black singers and musicians with Harpo is at times painful in its broad stereotypes. But really, this movie did put a lot of black people to work filming that scene, and I can't name another movie from the 1930s that didn't use common stereotypes for pretty much all minorities.