DS, one page, 8.5 x 7.25, April 5, 1929. Document between the Marx Brothers and producer and theater owner Sam H. Harris, exercising the option covering their "services for the Season of 1929-1930," signed at the conclusion by the famed comedic troupe using their given names: Chico Marx ("Leo Marx"), Zeppo Marx ("Herbert Marx"), Harpo Marx ("Arthur Marx"), and Groucho Marx ("Julius H. Marx"). Also signed by Harris. Includes four pieces of 1927 Western Union telegram correspondence between Harris and the Marx Brothers: Harris's telegrams, in part, "I would like to have you advise me if I am to be the big manager for you boys next season…If you guys decide to blackball me the swimming privileges at my estate will be denied you," and "Kindly advise what arrangement you boys want to make with me for the new show...I saw Kaufman and after talking new play over we both feel it advisable to make it into a musical play. He told me when he talked to you boys you thought it best to write it as a farce," plus two identical messages from Chico, in part, "We intend to play a few weeks of picture houses in the west and if possible do a picture…As we have no place to go swimming we are compelled to work under your management for the next few years." In fine condition, with light creasing, and staple holes to the top.
In 1928, the Marx Brothers staged the Harris-produced musical farce Animal Crackers, with the book written by George Kaufman. It became the Marx Brothers' second hit on Broadway, and was adapted for the screen in 1930—most of the principal leads reprised their roles, and most musical numbers were cut. A significant document with important associated correspondence between the Marx Brothers and their manager.
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