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5.0 out of 5 stars Top Marx!
Sorry about the awful pun, there. Rest assured the book itself contains nothing as inane as that. Superb examples of his own wit as well as that of his writers abound in this very well researched and presented book. Of course there is a little duplication from other published works, but this one manages to pull together more than a few unknown pearls. The last...
Published on 24 July 2000 by misterbee64@hotmail.com

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3.0 out of 5 stars A greatest hits (plus B sides) from a master craftsman
I was raised on Groucho Marx. A lot of children are given milk. Some would call this child abuse. Some would've had the sense not to type this. It was great fun to thumb through some of the classic scripts Groucho and Co worked on but they were missing one thing for me. His delivery. I know it sounds like I'm whinging but you get used to it. The genius word play...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Top Marx!, 24 July 2000
Sorry about the awful pun, there. Rest assured the book itself contains nothing as inane as that. Superb examples of his own wit as well as that of his writers abound in this very well researched and presented book. Of course there is a little duplication from other published works, but this one manages to pull together more than a few unknown pearls. The last section of supposed ad-libs from his TV show is worth the price alone. Danger - Genius at Work.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Groucho the genius, 21 April 2013
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The Essential Groucho, really does capture the essence of the Goucho comedy writing genius and provides an insight to some of his brilliant script writing. A thoroughly enjoyable read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's very funny, 7 Aug 2009
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This review is from: The Essential Groucho: Writings by, for and about Groucho Marx (Penguin Modern Classics) (Paperback)
The only complaint I have is the book is too short. A wonderful collection of scripts and tales. The Groucho letters chapter illustrates the genius of the man.

Highly recommended for anyone who has laughed at A Marx Bros scetch
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3.0 out of 5 stars A greatest hits (plus B sides) from a master craftsman, 25 April 2013
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Christopher Long "Phone Monkey" (Rugby, UK) - See all my reviews
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I was raised on Groucho Marx. A lot of children are given milk. Some would call this child abuse. Some would've had the sense not to type this. It was great fun to thumb through some of the classic scripts Groucho and Co worked on but they were missing one thing for me. His delivery. I know it sounds like I'm whinging but you get used to it. The genius word play and lethal wit are all here but they are not as much fun as watching the films or listening to the radio shows again. The excerpts, quotes from You Bet Your Life and newspaper articles are fairly good, but they're a little dated and dusty for me. A fun book to dip into but, for me, you'd do better sticking to watching the great man on the screen.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Groucho, 25 Mar 2011
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J. B. Hourston "50s fanatic" (Orkney, UK) - See all my reviews
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This was bought for a third Party but he assures me that it was well worth the money. Also the book was delivered in very good time.
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