Groucho’s last starring comedy was A Girl in Every Port (1952). In the film he and The Life of Riley’s William Bendix play a couple of swabbies on shore leave who buy a racehorse, precipitating “hilarity”. At the time, Groucho was 62 years old. Ya know what? If we’re ever that hard up for ordinary seamen I’ll enlist. The love interest for both of these old salts is My Friend Irma’s Marie Wilson. This is essentially the same “three way” formula as Double Dynamite, although with lesser co-stars. After this I don’t know what the plan would have been. Perhaps Groucho with Kukla and Fran. But as we say, this was his last movie with top billing. Also in the cast Don Defore (later of Ozzie and Harriet and Hazel), Gene Lockhart, and Percy Helton. Not to mention Dee Hartford, whose sister Eden Groucho married in 1954 (divorced 1969).
After this, Groucho continued to make film appearances through 1968’s Skidoo, but they were all essentially cameos. And he had the game show You Bet Your Life to console him through 1961.
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I’ll have to check this movie out. Groucho looks pretty for 62, though I think all the Marx Brothers held their age fairly well (especially when you consider how old they were when they finally got on the silver screen). I wonder if it was difficult after all those years of playing with a team (especially your brother) to go it alone (so to speak) in a movie. Looks like a fun movie (if kind of lightweight).