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May212011

Impressions of the West: Marx Brothers

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In Go West, the Marx Brothers - Groucho, Chico and Harpo - travel back in time to the American West of 1870. Once there, they get all tied up in a scheme to force the New York and Western Railroad to purchase land in 'Dead Man's Gulch' as part of the route for their line west, but the action quickly gets derailed. Everything gets back on track in the end, in a brilliant and absurd train scene. Here are some of the best quotes from the film:

CHICO: "I would like the west better if it was in the east"

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CHICO: All we want to know is where is the train?
GROUCHO: The train? It's out on the tracks. It seldom comes in here.

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GROUCHO: There’s only one law in the west: the law of blood and bullets. It’s either shoot or be shot. What are we gonna do?
CHICO: Sue ‘em!

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GROUCHO: [dramatically] Suppose I brought you back to my native land. What- what would my people say?
DRUNK IN SALOON: Burp.
GROUCHO: Well, they'd phrase it more delicately.

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GROUCHO: [Obviously intoxicated, commenting on his glass having just been shot in half by another character] Less whiskey next time, my glass can't take it.

GROUCHO: Where have I seen your face before?
CHICO: Right where it is now.

Here's a great stagecoach scene:

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