nose glasses

Groucho glasses

Groucho glasses, often called funny glasses or beaglepuss, are a novelty disguise that caricature Groucho Marx. Typically consisting of black horn-rimmed glasses with attached eyebrows, large plastic nose, and bushy moustache, Groucho glasses were marketed as early as the 1940s. Groucho glasses today are often used as a shorthand for slapstick and general silliness such as the "world record most people at one time wearing Groucho Marx glasses."

Cultural References

In the video game Zak McKracken and the Alien Mindbenders, nose glasses (as they are called in the game) play a notable role as a disguise.

Woody Allen disguised two characters in Groucho glasses for interviews in his mockumentary Take the Money and Run.

George Burns, Art Carney, and Lee Strasberg used Groucho glasses as a diguise to rob a bank in Going in Style.

References

  1. Gary Giddins, There Ain't No Sanity Claus, The New York Times, June 18 2000
  2. Steven R. Pritzker, The Effect of Groucho Marx Glasses on Depression, Psychology Today, September/October issue 1999
  3. Shaun Byron, Groucho Marx helps high school students break into record books, The State News, May 28 2003

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