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- Nov 15, 2009
- Austin, Tx
I know Harpo was a musician did any of the other Marx’s play instruments?
I can’t remember which film but there’s a scene where Groucho is playing a nice arch top gibson in a boat on a pond and he stops play and he throws it into the water ( although it turns into a cheaper guitar for the throwing)
I could never tell if it was actually him playing or not
I guess most those guys who started in vaudeville could play or sing
the GIrl can't Help It- the other one I'd posted, boasts a cast including Little Richard, Fats Domino, Gene Vincent, Eddie Cochran, The Platters, and The TreniersHigh School Confidential--one of my all time favorite movies.
What a cast.
Drew Barrymore's father. A young Michael Landon, Russ Tamblyn, Jackie Coogan (uncle Fester) playing the the drug kingpin, Charlie Chaplin's son, and of course Mamie Van Doren and her two enormous talents.
The opening scene with Jerry Lee Lewis playing in the pickup truck is priceless.
I watched the movie scrooged earlier and got me thinking about musicians or singers appearing in movies
So what’s some of your guys favorite movies where a musician either stars or makes a cameo
Or just movies with musicians you have seen
including movies with music as a part of the plot and without anything to do with music
Scrooged - David johansen (New York dolls) as cabby and ghost of Christmas present
Rockula- Bo Diddly- blues guitarist in bar and in rockulas band
Cole miners daughter- Levon Helm - as Ted Webb Loretta Lynn’s father
Crossroads- Steve vai - satan in guitar duel
And of course
Blues Brothers- Steve cropper-himself
Donald “duck” Dunn- himself
Matt “guitar” Murphy- himself
Ray Charles- owner of rays music store
John Lee hooker - blues artist in street
Aretha Franklin- Matt’s wife
Cab Calloway-Mc/brothers mentor