W C Fields on the Marx Brothers

He said that The Marx Brothers were the only act he couldn’t follow on the live stage. He is known to have appeared on the same bill with them only once, during an engagement at Keith’s Orpheum Theatre in Columbus, Ohio, in January 1915. At the time, the Marx Brothers were touring “Home Again”, and it didn’t take Fields long to realize how his quiet comedy juggling act was faring against the anarchy of the Marx’s.

Fields later wrote of the engagement (and the Marx’s), “They sang, danced, played harp and kidded in zany style. Never saw so much nepotism or such hilarious laughter in one act in my life. The only act I could never follow… I told the manager I broke my wrist and quit.”.

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