The Marquis Chimps - Trio of chimpanzees who
starred on the situation comedy THE HATHAWAYS/ABC/1961-62.
This zany program told the story of real estate agent Walter Hathaway (Jack
Weston) and his wife Elinore (Peggy Cass), a theatrical agent who booked a group
of the frisky chimpanzees (The Marquis Chimps: Charlie, Enoch and Cindy) on a
variety of show business gigs. In between their engagements, the chimps lived in
the Hathaway's home with the obvious hilarious results. In real life, the chimps
were owned and trained by Gene Detroy.
The Marquis Chimps made guest-star appearances on a series of JACK BENNY HOUR
specials, as well as THE ED SULLIVAN SHOW, THE HOLLYWOOD PALACE, and THE KRAFT
MUSIC HALL "Comedy Survival Kit" episode No. 102 (February 28, 1968) with Steve
Allen, Jerry Stiller, Anne Meara, Louis Nye, Allen and Rossi.
Marquis Chimp with Jack Benny
The Marquis Chimps also starred in a popular TV commercial for
Red Rose Tea
where they played wild musicians who chanted the lyrics "Red Rose Tea" at the
end of the ad spot.
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TRIVIA NOTE: THE HATHAWAYS opening sequence is animated. First we, see a wooden
barrel next to a house - right below a rainspout. Suddenly, one by one, a trio
of chimpanzees pop out of the barrel and walk off to the right of the screen. As
the third and smallest of the chimps (Cindy) tries to climb out of the barrel,
it rocks back and forth and then falls over which affords her an easy exit
route. She crawls out dragging a large white sign.
With a wooden backyard fence as backdrop, the trio of chimps start to stand on
top of each others shoulders. The chimp on top (Cindy) shows her white sign full
to the screen. The sign begins to display the name of the show, cast credits and
animated versions of the human stars (Peggy Cass, Jack Weston).
At the end of the narration, the sign reading, "Featuring the Marquis Chimps"
bumps both humans inside the sign which makes them fall down. Their tumble
causes the precarious tower of chimps to collapse as well.
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