Why a Duck?
Why a Duck? is a comedy routine featured in the Marx Brothers movie The Cocoanuts. In a scene in which Groucho and Chico are discussing a map, Groucho mentions the presence of a viaduct between the mainland and a peninsula. Chico, who is playing the role of an immigrant with poor English skills, replies "Why a duck?" This leads into a long schtick with Chico responding "Why a no chicken?", "I catch ona why a horse", and so forth.
The duck is a recurring reference throughout the Marx's and especially Groucho's career. His signature walk was called "the duck walk" and on Groucho's television program You Bet Your Life a stuffed duck made up to resemble Groucho would drop from the ceiling to give contestants money if they said the day's secret word. Ducks are the only animals that perform lines in the song "Everyone says I Love You" in the Marx Brother's sixth film Horse Feathers. Their seventh film was called Duck Soup
- Anobile, Richard. Why a Duck? Avon Books, 1980. ISBN 0-380-00452-6
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