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NH Film Series : The Cocoanuts

May 22, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Film Series 2019:

Sound Comes to Keene

at the Keene Public Library

 At the events, film historian Larry Benaquist will provide insight into the introduction of ‘talkies’ in Keene’s theatres and more about the history of the films.

The Cocoanuts

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

7:00 pm at The Keene Public Library


Keene’s Scenic Theatre first premiered this Marx Bros. comedy film in August 1929.  An instant hit with local audiences, the theatre brought The Cocoanuts back on two more occasions that year.  In the film, the Marx Brothers reenact many vaudeville routines from their Broadway show to create a film about a Florida land boom, a hotel, and a jewel robbery. While watching the film, the Historical Society wants the audience to note that the film crew had trouble following the Marx Brothers around with microphones to catch their dialogue.  The grips, out of desperation, resorted to hanging microphones from fishing poles to create mobile mics.  Discussion with film historian Larry Benaquist to follow.  The Cocoanuts is shown as part of the Historical Society of Cheshire County and Keene Public Library’s film series entitled “Sound Comes to Keene.”


May 22, 2019
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Event Category:


Historical Society of Cheshire County
Keene Public Library


The Keene Public Library
30 Winter Street
Keene, NH 03431 United States
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