Only a maniac would call a 1500 word essay the "nutshell" version of anything. So here, finally, is the Marx Brothers story in fewer than 100 words:
Groucho, Harpo, Chico = funny
Zeppo = not funny
Gummo = who?
The Monkey's Top Five Marx Brothers movies:
1) Duck Soup
2) A Night At The Opera
3) Animal Crackers
4) Horse Feathers
5) A Day At The Races or Monkey Business or maybe The Cocoanuts. But definitely not Love Happy.
Now go to it.
(The Marx Brothers wallpaper is courtesy of Stephanie Willey.)