Letter called on J. Edgar Hoover to investigate Groucho Marx over a joke

Evidence of Marx’s Communist ties included friendship with Charlie Chaplin and an anti-American punWritten by JPat BrownEdited by Michael MorisyFor Groucho Marx, sharing a surname with the author of the Communist Manifesto wasn’t winning him any friends in Middle America at the height of the Red Scare, and his pathological inability to hold anything sacred wasn’t helping, either. But according to files released to Michael Best, where he finally crossed the line for one couple – leading to them calling on the FBI to investigate him immediately – was when he used the country’s name in vain.If the Bureau had followed through on this tip, this would mean Marx would have beaten fellow comedian George Carlin to being investigated over a pun by a good nine years. But the FBI’s response, written by J. Edgar Hoover’s secretary was, shall we say, diplomatically noncommittal.

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