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Trailers from Hell: John Landis Meets Groucho, Harpo & Chico 'At the Circus'

Photo of Trailers From Hell By Trailers From Hell | Thompson on Hollywood August 27, 2012 at 12:16PM

"Groucho, Woody and... Chevy?" week kicks off at Trailers from Hell, with director John Landis introducing the Marx brothers' "At the Circus," featuring Groucho's iconic song, "Lydia the Tatooed Lady."
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"At the Circus"
"At the Circus"

"Groucho, Woody and... Chevy?" week kicks off at Trailers from Hell, with director John Landis introducing the Marx brothers' "At the Circus," featuring Groucho's iconic song, "Lydia the Tatooed Lady."

John Landis was the natural choice to talk about this middling post-Thalberg Marx Bros. movie. Can you guess why? Because it has Charlie Gemora in a Gorilla Suit! Groucho introduces the now iconic, W.S. Gilbert-inspired song "Lydia the Tatooed Lady". This is the one where the boys save a circus from bankruptcy. Kinda topical, except for the circus part.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.