Even their little scam routines that they play on one another and the world at large wouldn't work as well having panels interspersed to explain their banter. In many ways, they are the ultimate sound movie comedians as their work demands to be both seen and heard.
You said it brother! I was watching the movie Foul Play with Chevy Chase and Goldie...very bad, but I enjoy it so much..guilty pleasure. The final stage scene reminds me so much of a A Night At the Opera Harpo run around. There is a lot of that, like the other scene where the stuff the cabin full of people. I think of the ending of Mr. Mom being the same damn gag!
Not only do I think of Penn and Teller when it comes to Harpo..but think how Angus Young acts in AC/DC. The facial expression..the "crazy" guy.
Groucho=Bugs Bunny and so many other hundreds that came after him. Most commedians today are trying some aspect of his style.
For Chico...take a look at Pacino in Scarface. The likeness is uncanny. The walk..the talk..the style. I could go on and on. Like most greats, the more you see them, the more you realize how truly innovative they were.
Even the music is very reminiscent. I think of Lydia The Tattood Lady in At the Circus and then take a look at the style used for Lucy In the Sky with Diamonds. The tone that Groucho sings is very similar. Especially the "you can leeaaarrrnnn alot from Lydia" as opposed to John singin "kalleeeeiiidiscope eyes". I remember reading somewhere that The Beatles were Marx Brother's fans and their style in A Hard Days Night reflects that. There was another specific song "Alone" in A Night at The Opera which was also Beatle Like. It was pissing me off cause I couldn't remember the Paul McCartney/Beatle tune. Something like Paul singing "with you....my love". Oh well, it is obvious, but I just can't place the damn song title!
Harpo plays a little of "Alone" mixed in this clip..but the part where he whistles is the part that maybe someone could discern.
http://home.comcast.net/~cathycva/ANigh ... ra1935.wmv