The Cocoanuts (1929) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Cocoanuts (1929)




Critic Consensus: Brought to life by the Marx Brothers' charming anarchy, The Cocoanuts is a groundbreaking musical romp.

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A fast-talking Miami hotel manager tries to stay in business during the Florida land rush. Transferring their hit stage show directly to the screen, the Marx Brothers' first feature film is technically crude and utterly hilarious, with a script by George S. Kaufman and music by Irving Berlin.


Zeppo Marx
as Jamison
Margaret Dumont
as Mrs. Potter
Kay Francis
as Penelope
Mary Eaton
as Polly Potter
Basil Ruysdael
as Hennessey
Sylvan Lee
as Bell Captain
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Critic Reviews for The Cocoanuts

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (3)

The Brothers' energy and madness is never in question: when the laughs come, they come loud and long.

June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Fun puts melody in the shade in the audible pictorial transcription of the musical comedy The Cocoanuts.

March 25, 2006 | Full Review…

An eminently watchable antique.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

Squeaks by on the top-notch comedy quotient.

October 29, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Sophisticated absurdity and sublime nonsense. [Blu-ray]

October 18, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Chock with some classic gags and lines...

August 14, 2006 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Cocoanuts

The first of the Marx Bros. movies and, while stagey, most certainly a delight. Margaret Dumont, as ever, is a fortress of femininity against the leering onslaught of Groucho's questionable machinations and grandly so, while Chico and Harpo are the best worthless con men ever. One of the very reasons for film.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

What I love about the Marx Brothers is that they never overshoot. There films are filled with slapstick and puns a like, but they never completely miss in their humor. This is my fourth film from them (Duck Soup, A Night in Casablanca, & A Night at the Opera). The only one I would pick this over is A Night In Casablanca, but this is still packed with laughs. I thought the scene where they were going from to room to room was way to long, and I didn't care for the music scenes. Unfortunately this started to lose me in the concluding minutes, but overall I liked it. Especially the auction scene, and the one before it.

Daniel Dolgin
Daniel Dolgin

Super Reviewer


You can tell that this is their first movie, it isn't as slick and structured as their other movies. Still, they use the routines which are staples of their later movies, and they are just as funny, but the rest of the actors are all over the place trying to take attention away from the Marx Brothers. Plus, I didn't like the ending.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

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