Does Groucho Marx appear in the movie The Candidate (1972)?
March 27, 2011 12:11 AM   Subscribe

Does Groucho Marx appear in the movie The Candidate (1972)?

This is repeated as fact all over the internet, including the IMDb. But I just watched this movie, and he was nowhere to be seen, as far as I could tell. Did anyone ever spot him there?
posted by Silky Slim to Media & Arts (15 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
 
Is this him?
posted by amyms at 12:22 AM on March 27, 2011


No, that's Melvyn Douglas.
posted by spasm at 12:35 AM on March 27, 2011


Spasm's right.
posted by Silky Slim at 12:41 AM on March 27, 2011


Maybe this one?
posted by amyms at 1:19 AM on March 27, 2011


That one looks more like Groucho to me.
posted by That's Numberwang! at 2:18 AM on March 27, 2011


I think that's George Meyer, "Man in Urinal". (And Michael Lerner in the back.) It's definitely not Groucho, who would've been 82 in 1972.
posted by Silky Slim at 2:32 AM on March 27, 2011


Groucho looked like this in 1972.
posted by tumid dahlia at 5:09 AM on March 27, 2011 [3 favorites]


Amyms' link looks like Jack Benny to me.

Groucho often wore a hat in his later years, if that helps any. And he had whatever the opposite of crossed eyes is. (Walleye is probably not the right term...)
posted by gjc at 7:58 AM on March 27, 2011


As far as I'm aware, the last film Groucho was in was Otto Preminger's Skidoo in '68 or '69.
posted by The Great Big Mulp at 8:16 AM on March 27, 2011


Benjamin Dwight, the pollster at 1:42.

Bearded Peter Boyle! Hippie Natalie Wood! Old Melvyn Douglas! In color! I really enjoyed this movie. Even if that's not the right guy, thanks for the recommendation.
posted by lesli212 at 9:33 AM on March 27, 2011


No way, much too waspy :^)
Groucho was unmistakable, even in his old age. We'd have known him if we saw him...
posted by Silky Slim at 10:36 AM on March 27, 2011


So for now, I'm filing this under "The whole internet got it wrong" (!)
Did Robert Redford ever mention meeting Groucho? He would have mentioned it if it happened, right?
lesli212 - you're welcome. Also, thanks tumid dahlia for that awesome pic.
posted by Silky Slim at 11:37 PM on March 27, 2011


I still haven't found any concrete evidence of Groucho appearing in The Candidate, but IMDB has two pictures (1, 2) of Groucho at a party for George McGovern that might give creedence to the claims that he had an uncredited walk-on, since McGovern and other famous people in those same political and social circles made cameo appearances in the movie.
posted by amyms at 7:44 PM on March 28, 2011




OK, I'm convinced Groucho is nowhere to be seen in this film. Unless someone can provide a screenshot to the contrary...
posted by Silky Slim at 1:34 AM on August 20, 2011


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