Copacabana

Overview

Groucho Marx made his first solo film appearance away from his brothers in the musical comedy Copacabana. Groucho plays two-bit theatrical agent Lionel Q. Devereaux, whose favorite client--indeed, his only client--is fireball Brazilian entertainer Carmen Novarro Carmen Miranda. Hoping for a double commission, Devereaux gets Carmen two different singing jobs at the Copacabana nightclub, through the simple expedient of having Carmen wear a veil and pose as a French chanteuse. Steve Hunt Steve Cochran, manager of ...
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Overview

Groucho Marx made his first solo film appearance away from his brothers in the musical comedy Copacabana. Groucho plays two-bit theatrical agent Lionel Q. Devereaux, whose favorite client--indeed, his only client--is fireball Brazilian entertainer Carmen Novarro Carmen Miranda. Hoping for a double commission, Devereaux gets Carmen two different singing jobs at the Copacabana nightclub, through the simple expedient of having Carmen wear a veil and pose as a French chanteuse. Steve Hunt Steve Cochran, manager of the Copa, falls in love with one of the Carmens, much to the dismay of pretty bookkeeper Anne Gloria Jean.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Simply because of the talent involved, Copacabana should be a hilarious treat. After all, what could be more interesting that teaming up the uniquely bizarre Carmen Miranda with the bizarrely unique Groucho Marx? Sure enough, the stars don't disappoint, but their talents are squandered in a vehicle that is as dull and pedestrian as one can imagine. The premise -- that Groucho tries to pass his client Carmen off as two different performers -- is certainly full of promise, but it's as if the writers exhausted themselves coming up with it and couldn't find the energy to do anything original or interesting with it. Even these two personalities need material, and what they have here is weak, weak, weak. There are highlights, of course, including Groucho exulting "Go West, Young Man," and Carmen sinking her teeth into "Tico Tico," but not enough to make the film special. In addition, Groucho seems a bit at sea without his brothers and Margaret Dumont; the creators haven't figured out a context into which his special personality can be shown off to its best advantage, and that hurts things. So, for that matter, do the bland performances of Andy Russell, Steve Cochran and Gloria Jean. Copacabana is a missed opportunity, redeemed somewhat by its stars.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/23/2013
  • UPC: 887090059503
  • Original Release: 1947
  • Rating:

  • Source: Olive Films
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: B&W
  • Time: 1:32:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 33,106

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Groucho Marx Lionel Devereaux
Carmen Miranda Carmen Novarro
Andy Russell Himself
Steve Cochran Steve Hunt
Gloria Jean Anne
Ralph Sanford Liggeti
Abel Green Columnist
Louis Sobol Columnist
Andrew Tombes Murphy
Earl Wilson Columnist
Technical Credits
Alfred E. Green Director
Allen Boretz Screenwriter
Phil Cahn Editor
Larry Ceballos Choreography
Sam Coslow Producer
Bert Glennon Cinematographer
Howard Harris Screenwriter
Laszlo Vadnay Original Story, Screenwriter
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Copacabana
1. Chapter 1 [:00]
2. Chapter 2 [9:43]
3. Chapter 3 [11:10]
4. Chapter 4 [9:41]
5. Chapter 5 [6:34]
6. Chapter 6 [10:02]
7. Chapter 7 [18:23]
8. Chapter 8 [11:39]
9. Chapter 9 [14:47]
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Disc #1 -- Copacabana
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