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Groucho And Me [Paperback]

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1 Aug 1995
With impeccable timing, outrageous humor, irreverent wit, and a superb sense of the ridiculous, Groucho tells the saga of the Marx Brothers: the poverty of their childhood in New York's Upper East Side; the crooked world of small-time vaudeville (where they learned to carry blackjacks); how a pretzel magnate and the graceless dancer of his dreams led to the Marx Brothers' first Broadway hit, I'll Say She Is!; how the stock market crash in 1929 proved a godsend for Groucho (even though he lost nearly a quarter of a million dollars); the adventures of the Marx Brothers in Hollywood, the making of their hilarious films, and Groucho's triumphant television series,You Bet Your Life! Here is the life and lunatic times of the great eccentric genius, Groucho, a.k.a. Julius Henry Marx.

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  • Paperback: 376 pages
  • Publisher: DaCapo Press; 1st Da Capo Press Ed edition (1 Aug 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0306806665
  • ISBN-13: 978-0306806667
  • Product Dimensions: 22 x 14 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 894,604 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'The temptation to write about yourself is irresistible, especially when you are prodded into it by a crafty publisher into it by a crafty publisher who has slyly baited you into doing it with a miserly advance of fifty dollars and a box of cheap cigars ...' - Groucho Marx

told with humour and wit and in Groucho's own unique style, Groucho & Me : The Autobiography is a rags to riches story with a difference. Son of a Yorkville tailor and his wife, the most outrageous and voluble of the legendary Marx Brothers had a career that stretched from Vaudeville to gameshow, conquering Hollywood on the way. From the triumphs and disasters of a life spent in show business, to his unconsummated loves and self-proclaimed yearning for the young. As TS Eliot said of him: 'the mind boggles.'

'The only thing the man can't do is sing, and that gave me an opening. But he can do everything else. I envy him this book, most of his wives and all of his talent' - Frank Sinatra

'In this book, Groucho gives all - and he deserves every dime of his royalties. I'm looking for my percentage for this puff' - Jack Benny

'Groucho brought the spirit of of carnival to Hollywood. This book allows us to linger over the gags that went too fast on the screen' - Alistair Cooke

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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As a member of the Marx Brothers, Julius (1895--1977), a.k.a. Groucho, enjoyed a sensational career on Broadway and in Hollywood with such comedy classics as Animal Crackers, Duck Soup, and A Night at the Opera. His solo career included work as a film actor, television game show emcee, and author of Groucho & Me, his autobiography.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Groucho and Me is just what it says: it's his own off-beat view of himself. Thankfully far from the 'celebrity' puff piece, this book digs deep into vaudeville history, immigrant city life, fast talking street smarts... and comes up with Groucho Marx' unique take on life. And what's more he wrote it himself. no 'ghosts' at work here.

When the Marx Brothers' films are seen today, they offer a different reality to what is available at the multiplexes. Although they were set in an equally make believe world -- where the studios decided what public taste probably wanted at the time -- the big difference between then and now is in the role of the throwaway gag; the one-liner; the quick riposte.

And here lies Groucho's special contribution. His wit, sharpened in traveling the vaudeville theater circuits with his brothers (an unlikely bunch of non-theatrical misfits who somehow pulled it together) is what remains, on celluloid, and in this book.

Groucho Marx is not widely known as a writer: but write he did for American periodicals of note in the middle years of the twentieth century. That skill is shown in this excellent, witty, history lesson. More a series of anecdotes than an autobiography in the boring old sense: it tells us much about the man, how he picked up the skills he needed, and then passed them back to us on stage, in films, and here.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Groucho and Me 11 Feb 2011
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This is a well written,interesting and enjoyable autobiography.I ended up rocking with laughter a number of times during the reading of this book.Go on,buy it,just for the fun of it.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Full Marx 24 April 2002
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Well, it's perfect isn't it. Simply very funny indeed. Perhaps a lot less acerbic than you might expect if you remember some of the dialogue he was given in the Marx Brothers movies; a lot less aggrssive. He wrote beautifully and self-deprecatingly. He narrates particular episodes (hugely embellished for comic effect I'm sure) so gently and then nails you with a wonderful non-sequitur or a pun out of nowhere. It's a joy. He was an incredibly funny man.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SUPERB 4 Mar 2010
By MR LANC
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I RECEIVED THIS AS A PRESENT ABOUT 15 YRS AGO AND NEARLY HAD A HERNIA LAUGHING SO MUCH .

I LENT IIT OUT LOADS OF TIMES AND IT BECAME QUITE TATTY OVER YEARS AS I RE READ IT MANY TIMES AND MY FREINDS,SOME OF WHO DIDNT LIKE GROUCHO OR HIS BROS DOUBLED UP IN LAUGHTER ESPECIALLY THE BIT ABOUT HIS ESCAPADE CAMPING
I SCOURED MANY BOOKS SHOPS LOOKING FOR A REPLACEMENT FOR A LONG TIME WITH NO JOY, AND WAS ECSTATIC TO FIND I COULD STILL GET IT
ILL FRAME MY OLD BOOK AND GET ON WITH TURNING THIS ONE INTO THE SAME CONDITION
IF YOU LOVE A GOOD READ THAT WILL CHEER YOU UP THIS IS A MUST ITS A BOOK THAT WILL NOT DATE,I CAN SEE PEOPLE READING IT IN THE NEXT CENTURY
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A bit disappointing 17 Jan 2003
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I am a huge Marx Brothers fan, but 'Groucho and Me' left me a bit cold. The humour in it is tired and the tone almost arrogant, and I got the impression that the whole book was simply a good idea for a last minute money spinner. It does reveal some interesting and funny anedotes about the Brothers, but these are retold better by some of the good biographiers out there. I would read Kanfer's 'Groucho' bio over this everytime.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 11 July 2014
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My mums nearly finished this book but really enjoying it
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 5 July 2014
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Good!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Boring 23 Jan 2014
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For one of the two funniest men in the world (Chaplin is the other) this is a really boring succession of anecdotes.
The book by his brother Harpo (the osilent one of the brothers) is far, far funnier.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Worth a read but then again
first half of book very informative then faded as if the remainder of the book was a pain to complete
Published 2 months ago by MR STEVEN O'DONNELL
5.0 out of 5 stars Gift
Bought this as a gift so I cannot really comment. It arrived at my home in tip top condition and in record time. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Pammy
2.0 out of 5 stars I'll say he did....
Let me say from the outset that I've been a fan and admirer of the great man since I was knee high.
I've read and re-read hundreds of times his collection of letter. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Bloodnock
5.0 out of 5 stars Even without the promised Fried Egg & Bag of Corn. An excellent book!
My 2nd Autobiography and also, it just happened to be my 2nd Marx Brothers book too.
I found Harpo's Autobiography was better (but this likely comes down to favoritism. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Koopa90
5.0 out of 5 stars Groucho and Me
Holiday reading for my husband. He only reads books when on holiday and likes autobiographies and biographies. He enjoyed this very amusing book.
Published 14 months ago by kimberleycat
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book
Don't often see much on Marx Bros - good book If you like Marx Bros - great value too - very pleased
Published 20 months ago by chris
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful book.
My partner and I only got into the Marx brothers films last year. Watching each of them, chronologically, has been a joy. Read more
Published on 29 Dec 2011 by Mr. Riaz Ali
1.0 out of 5 stars Groucho
I started this off with high hopes expecting it to be funny as I have enjoyed his humour thru watching the brothers films. Read more
Published on 5 Oct 2011 by R. Gardner
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect gift
I got this book for my birthday and it's absolutely brilliant! I didn't know that much about Groucho before reading it (just the usual) but now I've become a huge fan. Read more
Published on 6 Jun 2011 by Irene Adler
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