Talk:Gummo Marx

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Movie[edit]

the movie "gummo" is supposedly named after gummo marx. is this true? if anyone knows, do they know why it was named after him, if it was?

  • It doesn't say anything about that on the trivia page at the IMDb, but it's an interesting thought. -Litefantastic 23:58, 13 September 2005 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Goofy picture[edit]

I get the distinct impression the picture for this page was someone's experiment in Photoshop. Do we have an unaltered version kicking around? -Litefantastic 23:58, 13 September 2005 (UTC)Reply[reply]


I have paintings/caricatures of Broadway Plays signed by Milton Marx. Could it be this person & does anyone know how I can find out??

Birthdate[edit]

http://www.marx-brothers.org/biography/gummo.htm

"While the census of 1900 gives 1892 as his birth year, on his death certificate and his grave the year 1893 is given."

So which do we believe? Wspock50 apparently belives the death certificate and grave marker. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Manway (talkcontribs) 03:29, 23 October 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

The rule of thumb in historical document research and genealogy is that the document closest to the event is the more accurate one, so the two closest to his birth should be used which is 1892. --Richard Arthur Norton (1958- ) (talk) 00:17, 20 August 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Fake obituary[edit]

This whole business about Gummo being a colonel in the US Army during World War II is utter nonsense. It is based on fake obituaries of the Marx Brothers written by someone who is interested in alternative history. See http://members.iglou.com/jtmajor/WhatIfs.htm. 87.210.29.13 (talk) 12:34, 31 December 2014 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Apparently another editor has now found a legitimate source and changed the content -- which I will double-check in my print sources as soon as I can get home. (Fog here in Delhi is wreaking havoc with the flight schedule.) But for future reference, when you alter existing content in any article, you should explain what you are doing in the edit summary at the very least, and on the article's talk page when a lengthier explanation is required. Unexplained edits, however well-intentioned, tend to get reverted more or less automatically as a matter of principle.
It will be January 1 in just over an hour here in India, so let me be among the first on the English-language WP to wish everyone throughout the community around the world a happy and prosperous New Year. Cheers, DoctorJoeE review transgressions/talk to me! 17:21, 31 December 2014 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Wait a second. Before reverting something based on a comment by an IP address user who has less than a dozen contributions to wikipedia to their name, I think you should have asked the person who put the information there to begin with. That person was me. Let me say first that I'm not an expert on this topic. Second, that I found the image (which was later removed) from the Library of Congress' archive. It could be a case of mistaken identity but since the article didn't give any indication of what Gummo Marx was doing between 1918 and the 1950s I thought it made sense to look around. The source I found was the website the IP address user referred to as a "fake." Please tell me whether the image from the U.S. Library of Congress is also a fake or that the Army Times article never existed. That information would be grounds to remove things from the article.Monopoly31121993 (talk) 09:03, 14 January 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I didn't revert based on the IP's say-so, I did it because the link the IP gave (to a page titled "The Alternate History Page") showed that the obituaries were fake. That alone is good reason to remove anything based on that source.
I've found no evidence that Gummo served in the army during WWII. There was a Milton Marx, born in Chicago, Illinois, January 11, 1898. He served in the Army Air Force (source: Portrait of an Army, available on Google Books), so that's the person in the photo. Looking around a bit more, I found The Marx Brothers : Their World, Their Movies, Their Lives, Their Humour and Their Legacy by Robert G. Anstey that has a chapter about Gummo, saying that after a short stint in the Army he worked as a businessman and a talent agent. So yes, the Army Times article never existed and the photo is a case of mistaken identity. Sjö (talk) 20:04, 14 January 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]

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