This Games's a Concoction

Contributed by: Rus Calisch



Any overtricks made in the play
Of the cards are important today.

This game's a concoction -
Not contract, but auction:

It's bridge for the friendly soiree.





Animal Crackers is a 1930 comedy film, in which mayhem and zaniness ensue when a valuable painting goes missing during a party in honor of famed African explorer Captain Spaulding. The film was both a critical and commercial success upon initial release, and remains one of the Marx Brothers' most beloved and often-quoted movies.

The film stars the four brothers, Groucho Marx, Chico Marx, Harpo Marx, and Zeppo Marx, as well as Lillian Roth and Margaret Dumont. It was directed by Victor Heerman and adapted from a successful 1928 Broadway play by George S. Kaufman and Morrie Ryskind, also starring the Marx Brothers and Margaret Dumont.

There is a famous scene in this most popular film about them at the bridge table. All the Marx brothers played bridge, or its predecessor Whist, from an early age. Charles Goren, in the early 1960s, began a career also in films by producing television shows with bridge as content. Charles Goren's show involved getting celebrities to show up and play bridge with him. In one show, he was introducing one of his guests and made a bid deal about Chico Marx.

Is the limerick writer correct? Is the game of bridge nothing more than a concoction, something contrived, something fabricated, something engineered.