- They presented as higher status than the Marx Brothers or Three Stooges. They were usually portraying artists, college students and wealthy eccentrics, unlike the ethnic caricatures of the Marxes or the working class goons of the Howards. This led to them having fewer roles with more narrative impact, by without the breadth of work of the others.
- They didn’t capitalize on television when it rolled in. Groucho Marx had become something distinct from his movie persona when hosting his game show, and the Three Stooges used television syndication to sidle in next to Popeye and Bugs Bunny and become beloved among children. The Ritzes were nightclub performers and thus didn’t have television inroads.
Because of these, the Ritz Brothers are largely forgotten, despite being arguably more popular than the Stooges and more liked by the studios than the Marxes. And history forgot them because of their middle parh road.