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The reason Harpo never spoke…

Lew Bundles

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As most of you probably guessed, Harpo wasn’t actually mute: he just played one on TV (or, really, the movies). However, Groucho did write in his memoirs that Harpo wasn’t the best at memorizing lines. So, instead of forcing him to do something that he wasn’t good at, the Marx Brothers used it to their advantage and simply made Harpo’s character mute. Because, ya know, something about life and lemons and lemonade.


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George Fenneman - Groucho's sidekick on "You Bet your Life" - was funnier than all heck when he was sidekicking. Though Groucho deserves credit for how he kinda egged the guy and thus getting the funny reactions / responses.

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