Thursday, April 2, 2009

The Cocoanuts hits London!

Thanks to Anthony Blampied for these two unusual adverts used during the London run of The Cocoanuts.
The first is a real puzzler: who are these men?


And I love that quintessentially British mix of wild hyperbole and sober grammar: "It is impossible to resist splitting with laughter."

The other one is more straightforward:

I suppose I should point out to our younger readers, however, that neither "Ziegfeld's famous stars making love" nor "London's coolest theatre" mean quite what you think they do.

4 comments:

Lolita said...

And two hard-boiled eggs. Really interesting poster, the first one! Can't really figure it out, neither...

Matthew Coniam said...

Sure is an odd one. So strange to think there was a time when the Marxes were so unfamiliar that caricaturists had that much license...
I'm assuming it is Zeppo with Chico's hat, yes?
And two Harpos. He obviously found it impossible to resist splitting with laughter.

wendyg said...

Any chance it was early enough in their career that Gummo was part of the act? More realistically, I think the top left two are Zeppo (in the uniform) and Chico (in the hat).

wg
(btw, could you email me so I can talk to you about The Skeptic's book, please?)

Matthew Coniam said...

I've tried to get in touch, Wendy...