Hail, Hail, Euphoria!: Presenting the Marx Brothers in Duck Soup, the Greatest War Movie Ever Made

Hail, Hail, Euphoria!: Presenting the Marx Brothers in Duck Soup, the Greatest War Movie Ever Made

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by Roy Blount Jr.
     
 

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Nearly eighty years after its release, the Marx Brothers film Duck Soup remains one of the most influential pieces of political satire in history. In Hail, Hail, Euphoria!, bestselling author Roy Blount Jr. tells the history and making of Duck Soup, examining the comedic genius of the Marx Brothers in their finest hour and nine minutes.

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Nearly eighty years after its release, the Marx Brothers film Duck Soup remains one of the most influential pieces of political satire in history. In Hail, Hail, Euphoria!, bestselling author Roy Blount Jr. tells the history and making of Duck Soup, examining the comedic genius of the Marx Brothers in their finest hour and nine minutes.

In Duck Soup, a slim, agile, quick-witted, self-assured young man is summoned to save a nation from financial ruin. As the nation’s new president, he brings together a team of rivals, a band of brothers. Those brothers are Pinky, Chicolini, and Lt. Bob Roland. Their leader? None other than Rufus T. Firefly.

The humor and idiosyncratic wit of Duck Soup are saluted by the author’s own in this gem of a book, offering a behind-the-scenes tale of show business and brotherhood that only a true Marx Brothers aficionado could tell.

Editorial Reviews

Wall Street Journal
“Hail, Hail, Euphoria! is the most lyrical, insightful, scholarly, illuminating and celebratory 144 pages I’ve ever sat down with. This book is a stream of fun.”
Booklist
“Readers will enjoy the stories behind this iconic film and the careers of the Marx Brothers.”
Washington Post
“Roy Blount Jr. knows from humor. In [Hail, Hail, Euphoria!], he sets out to remedy the lack of a scene-by-scene commentary on the Marx Brothers’ greatest movie, the sublimely nonsensical Duck Soup.”
Los Angeles Times
“Roy Blount Jr. deconstructs the Marx Brothers’ magic.”
Dennis Drabelle
Roy Blount Jr., knows from humor…In this short, zippy tribute, he sets out to remedy the lack of a scene-by-scene commentary on the DVD of the Marx Brothers' greatest movie, the sublimely nonsensical "Duck Soup" (1933).
—The Washington Post
Dana Stevens
…Roy Blount Jr. takes on "Duck Soup," not as a film critic or as a culture pundit or even as a comedy writer, but as a passionate amateur fan…Folksy, warm and up on his Marx lore—he seems not only to have seen every one of the brothers' movies, but to have read early drafts of every script—Blount makes for swell company.
—The New York Times
Library Journal
Blount (Robert E. Lee: A Life; Alphabet Juice), the renowned humorist and NPR contributor (Wait Wait…Don't Tell Me!), offers a fully entertaining part biography, part film review, and part sociocultural exploration. He readily admits that he has long been a convert to the cult of the Marx Brothers and that Duck Soup is one of the greatest films ever made. More than just a compendium of reasons the film and the Marxes are still influential nearly 80 years after its release, the narrative jumps among the film—which Blount was watching on YouTube as he was writing—the script, and the historical background of some of the film's most obscure references. VERDICT An essential read for Marx Brothers fans, those curious about the melding of war and humor in film, and browsers looking for a good read.—Teri Shiel, Westfield State Coll. Lib., MA

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061808173
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
11/22/2011
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
473,995
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author

Humorist, sportswriter, poet, performer, lecturer, dramatist, and author of seventeen books, Roy Blount Jr.’s writing has appeared in numerous publications, including The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, and National Geographic. His work has also been anthologized in such collections as The Best of Modern Humor and The Ultimate Baseball Book. He lives in western Massachusetts and New York City.

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Hail, Hail, Euphoria!: Presenting the Marx Brothers in Duck Soup, the Greatest War Movie Ever Made 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
The_Booker More than 1 year ago
I've been a long time fan of Groucho, Harpo, Chico and yes - even Zeppo. I've read many bios and insider reports, so I really appreciate the author's different outlook in this book. It's a moment-by-moment review of the classic film "Duck Soup," and also includes insider scoop about the brothers that relate to what's happening on the screen. Some of the personal Marx info most of us already know - but there was enough I didn't know about to keep me entertained throughout. Plus this book is a great reminder of how classic "Duck Soup" is. One of the greatest anti-war movies of all time. The ebook had some formatting problems - but nothing that was lasting or distracting. It was a fast read, entertaining and enjoyable.
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