Humor Risk

Humor Risk, also known as Humorisk, is a 1921 comedy short film that was the first film to star the Marx Brothers.wikipedia
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Marx Brothers

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Humor Risk, also known as Humorisk, is a 1921 comedy short film that was the first film to star the Marx Brothers.
Their first two released films (after an unreleased short silent film titled Humor Risk) were adaptations of the Broadway shows The Cocoanuts (1929) and Animal Crackers (1930).

Jo Swerling

Humor Risk was directed by comedy film director Dick Smith (1886-1937), and was the first film written by Jo Swerling, who later co-wrote It's a Wonderful Life, Gone with the Wind and many other films.
He also wrote their first movie, the unreleased silent comedy short film Humor Risk (1921).

Richard Smith (silent film director)

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Humor Risk was directed by comedy film director Dick Smith (1886-1937), and was the first film written by Jo Swerling, who later co-wrote It's a Wonderful Life, Gone with the Wind and many other films.
Smith directed the Marx Brothers in 1921 in their first film, titled Humor Risk, which has since been lost.

Jobyna Ralston

Jobyna Ralston is most often mentioned as the female lead.
She also co-starred in Humor Risk (1921), the fabled lost comedy short film that was to be the film debut of the Marx Brothers.

Groucho Marx

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Another version of the story says that Groucho Marx, unhappy with the film's quality, intentionally burned the negative after a particularly bad premiere screening.

List of American comedy films

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Al Posen

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Alvah Posen (October 2, 1894 - June 10, 1960) was an American cartoonist on several comic strips, but he is best known for his 1933-1960 comic strip Sweeney & Son and as co-producer of the now-lost Marx Brothers film, Humor Risk (1921).

Harpo Marx

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His first screen appearance was in the film Humor Risk (1921), with his brothers, although according to Groucho, it was only screened once and then lost.

Mildred Davis

However, some sources say that Mildred Davis—star and later wife of Harold Lloyd—was also in the film.

Short film

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Humor Risk, also known as Humorisk, is a 1921 comedy short film that was the first film to star the Marx Brothers.

Lost film

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It was never released and is now considered a lost film.

It's a Wonderful Life

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Humor Risk was directed by comedy film director Dick Smith (1886-1937), and was the first film written by Jo Swerling, who later co-wrote It's a Wonderful Life, Gone with the Wind and many other films.

Gone with the Wind (film)

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Humor Risk was directed by comedy film director Dick Smith (1886-1937), and was the first film written by Jo Swerling, who later co-wrote It's a Wonderful Life, Gone with the Wind and many other films.

Fort Lee, New Jersey

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It was filmed in Fort Lee, New Jersey.

Fannie Hurst

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The film's title was a spoof of the Fannie Hurst drama Humoresque, one of the biggest film hits of 1920.

Humoresque (1920 film)

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The film's title was a spoof of the Fannie Hurst drama Humoresque, one of the biggest film hits of 1920.

The Cocoanuts

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The Marx Brothers would finally find success in motion pictures with The Cocoanuts (1929).

Harold Lloyd

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However, some sources say that Mildred Davis—star and later wife of Harold Lloyd—was also in the film.

Esther Ralston

The websites Marxology and SilentEra both state that the leading lady could have been one of two other actresses, Esther Ralston or Helen Kane.

Helen Kane

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The websites Marxology and SilentEra both state that the leading lady could have been one of two other actresses, Esther Ralston or Helen Kane.