I was watching "A Night at the Opera" this evening on TCM and it reminded me about Harpo who I loved watching as a child. I remember watching him do a routine with bananas and his whistling to get other people's attention. He would always hang his leg over the straight man's arm too. Anyway, I teach piano to youngsters and when they introduce the pedal the song is called "Harp Song" and it consists of playing a broken G chord and D7. The picture on top is of Harpo in costume playing the harp. I get a kick out of it each time. I always ask the children if they know who Harpo is and almost always they don't. Then last week I had a hit, I asked the student how she had heard of him. "Well," she said,"I want to learn the harp and I looked it up and found his name." So today I thought I'd see if I could find a picture to show the students from now on.
(By the way that movie had several scenes from Il Trovatore and the music was played straight. I wonder if that was really Kitty Carlisle singing? I once sang the duet that was shown at just before the end of the movie. Great stuff.
The piano book is from the Alfred Piano Series. I believe it is book 2 and it is brown. It is at the introduction of playing the pedal.
It is great that we can still see the old movies. I loved Groucho also. I can remember my Dad laughing at him when he was on TV.