“…The (Marx) brothers are almost universally known by their stage names: Chico, Harpo, Groucho, Gummo, and Zeppo. There was a sixth brother, the first born, named Manfred (Mannie), who died in infancy; Zeppo was given the middle name Manfred in his memory…”
From: The Changing Scene (1937), by Arthur Calder-Marshall:
“In this country, where from an early age we are taught to repress our negative and sexual emotions because they are unnatural and unchristian, the humour of the Marx Brothers is not very popular: though the humour of Walt Disney, which is of the same nature but more disguised, is entirely successful. The Marx Brothers have an enthusiastic reception in London, but in the provinces they are not very popular. Unlike Chaplin, they are not financially independent. Their last film, A Night at the Opera, was an attempt on the part of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer to popularise their humour. The film was diluted with light opera. Chico and Harpo were made the friendly assistants of a young singer and in one part gave a concert to little children. Formerly Chico has played his piano and Harpo his harp. But they played because they wanted to play and not to delight the hearts of the progeny of emigrants. It was not a success as a film.
The story goes that after the film was made, the Marx Brothers went to see Mr. Irving Thalberg, the Napoleon of Metro-Goldwyn. They were told they would have to wait a long time. They went out and lit a fire under his window. After a little while, Mr. Thalberg came to the window to see where the smoke was coming from. The Marx Brothers waved to him and went away. They had done what they had come for. They had seen Mr. Thalberg.
But they are making no more films for Metro-Goldwyn.”
*” All I Do Is Dream of You” is a popular song. The music was written by Nacio Herb Brown, the lyrics by Arthur Freed. The song was published in 1934. It was originally written for the Joan Crawford film Sadie McKee (1934) when it was played during the opening credits and later sung by Gene Raymond three times. It was also sung in the film by Earl Oxford in a show. The song is also featured in the films Singin’ in the Rain, A Night at the Opera and Crimes and Misdemeanors.”