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HARPO MARX TALKS IN COURT-"HELD PLENTY OF ACES"
(From Our Own Correspondent)
NEW YORK, Tuesday.
Harpo Marx, silent member of the Marx brothers movie team, spoke up loudly to-day at a Fede- ral Court trial of the film execu- tive, Joseph Schenck, who was ac- cused of income tax evasion.
The comedian testified that he won almost 8,000 dollars (£A2,660) playing bridge with Schenck by "holding plenty of aces."
Earlier the captain of Schenck's yacht Caroline astonished the Court with testimony that the ves- sel cruised in southern Californian waters with a "crew" containing the names of Harpo Marx, Irving Berlin, Douglas Fairbanks, Darryl Zanuck, and other film notables, while Mrs. Marx, Mrs. Berlin, Kay Francis, Merle Oberon, and Con- stance Bennett were signed on as waitresses or stewardesses to avoid complications with the Mexican im- migration authorities.
Schenck claimed half of 80,000 dollars, cost of operating the yacht, as a "business expense" deduction
from income tax.