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Groucho And Me Paperback – 1 Aug 1995
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About the Author
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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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.
Author of 'My Life With Kate Bush'
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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