Coffee with Groucho (Coffee with...Series)

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With a foreword by the actor, director, and playwright described as “the greatest living exponent of Groucho Marx’s material” by The New York Times, and text by the author of Monkey Business, a biography of the Marx Brothers, this bio brings the wisecracking, cigar-chomping, eyebrow-raising comedian to life on the page. Groucho discusses such issues as the film Duck Soup, the rules of comedy, the directors he worked with, and his talented brothers Harpo and Chico (“You know, of course, those two aren’t really ...
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Overview

With a foreword by the actor, director, and playwright described as “the greatest living exponent of Groucho Marx’s material” by The New York Times, and text by the author of Monkey Business, a biography of the Marx Brothers, this bio brings the wisecracking, cigar-chomping, eyebrow-raising comedian to life on the page. Groucho discusses such issues as the film Duck Soup, the rules of comedy, the directors he worked with, and his talented brothers Harpo and Chico (“You know, of course, those two aren’t really acting when they play those scenes. They’re just being themselves.”).
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781844835157
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 9/1/2007
  • Series: Coffee with...Series
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 1,221,358
  • Product dimensions: 4.56 (w) x 5.56 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents


Foreword   Frank Ferrante     6
Introduction     10
Groucho Marx (1890-1977): His Life in Short     14
Now Let's Start Talking...
Getting Started     34
Adapting to War and the Movies     40
Family, Marriage, and Consequences     47
Stage vs. Screen     54
Politics and the Depression     63
The Marx Brothers in Hollywood     70
Duck Soup, Pacifism, and the Rules of Comedy     78
Documentary Truth, Fiction, and Comedy     86
Surrealism and Insecurity     94
The Last Hurrahs and Groucho Alone     103
Television and the "Secret Word"     113
The Summing Up, or Life Lessons of an Old Ham     122
Refill? Further Reading and Appreciation     135
Index     139
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2009

    Nice approach to the insight of Groucho as a person

    Entertaining and at the same time enough information about Groucho and his life to understand him as a person.

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