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Monkey Business: The Lives and Legends of The Marx Brothers Paperback – 1709

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  • Paperback
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312283822
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312283827
  • Product Dimensions: 13.6 x 3.1 x 21.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 499 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,873,625 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Told with tremendous style and sparkle, Louvish's composite portrait of the Marx Brothers offers an indispensable overview of the actors' saga."-"Publishers Weekly" "Mr. Louvish has written a well-researched and playful version of this hysterical history."-"The Orlando Sentinel" "[The Marx Brothers are] well captured in Simon Louvish's zippy group portrait, "Monkey Business", which ferrets out the facts behind the brothers' often murky accounts of their lives with a care that never interferes with the fun."-"Elle" "Louvish is a . . . committed researcher and has come up with new material . . . [He] has interesting things to say about scripts versus finished films and fills in details [others] omit."-"The New York Times Book Review " --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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The first authentic account of the Marx Brothers, their origins and the roots of their comendy. This is the first full and properly researched biography of all five Marx Brothers?Chico, Harpo, Groucho, Gummo and Zeppo. First and foremost, this is the saga of a family whose theatrical roots stretch back to mid-19th century Germany. From Groucho Marx?s first warblings with the singing Leroy Trio, this book brings to life the vanished world of America?s wild and boisterous variety circuits, leading to the Marx Brothers? Broadway successes and their alliance with New York?s theatrical lions, George S. Kaufman and the ?Algonquin Round Table.? Never-before-published scripts, well-minted Marxian dialogue, and much madness and mayhem feature in this tale of the Brothers? battles with Hollywood, their films, their loves and marriages, and the story of the forgotten brother Gummo. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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