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"Reading Hello, I Must Be Going is like really being there. And I should know. I love the book."
-- Zeppo Marx

"Hello, I Must Be Going is as funny, even funnier than Groucho has ever been."
-- Otto Preminger

"Charlotte Chandler's book is the real thing. Absolutely authentic, beautifully researched, a joy to read."
-- Billy Wilder

"Knowing Groucho was fascinating, but this book knows Groucho better than I did."
-- Mike Nichols

"The definitive book on Groucho Marx."
-- Irv Kupcinet, Chicago Sun-Times

"I wish I could have met Groucho, and now I have. In Hello, I Must Be Going, Groucho never disappoints."
-- Tennessee Williams

"I'd like to have a book like this written about me. Absolutely!"
-- Bette Davis

"Charlotte Chandler's Hello, I Must Be Going contains such a wealth of Groucho Marxisms that she qualifies as the late comedian's Boswell."
-- Richard R. Lingeman, The New York Times Book Review

"Hello, I Must Be Going is fabulous. The best book of its kind."
-- Elliott Gould

"Under those curls, Charlotte Chandler has a tape recorder in her head."
-- Jack Nicholson

About the Author

Charlotte Chandler is the author of several biographies of actors and directors, including Groucho Marx, Federico Fellini, Billy Wilder, Alfred Hitchcock, Bette Davis, Ingrid Bergman, Joan Crawford, and Mae West, all of whom she interviewed extensively. She is a member of the board of the Film Society of Lincoln Center and lives in New York City.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; Reprint edition (August 14, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416544224
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416544227
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,157,068 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 11, 2000
Format: Paperback
As the author points out, Groucho was a willing participant in this book but didn't live to see its publication. Charlotte Chandler spent a good deal of time with Groucho in his home toward the end of his life, and it's a perspective not offered by other authors (and I've read a number of books on the Brothers). Ms. Chandler conveys a sense of mutual warmth between herself and Groucho but doesn't idolize Groucho the Legend to the point of forgetting to capture the man. I also appreciated her kindness and restraint in treating Groucho's twilight-years relationship with the much, much younger Erin Fleming (the subject of a lawsuit by son Arthur Marx and many vitriolic pieces by the tabloid press). My husband points out that a few of the stories are told twice (anecdotally by the author, then in interview form), but that's well worth the price of admission. Transcripts of coversations with Woody Allen, Bill Cosby and others are priceless.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Eric Draves on August 23, 2000
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I've read part of this book in the library. It contains MANY anecdotes and quotes NOT found in any other Marx Bros. books-- and I've read most of the main ones! Thrill to the revelations about the sixth Marx brother! Gasp in Amazement at the meeting between Groucho and Woody Allen! Cheer at the revelation of the Missing Sketch from "I'll Say She Is!". And last but least, laugh. Of course some tiny smidgen (say, what IS a smidgen, anyway?) of information is incorrect, but hey, beggars can't be writers. Or is that critics can't be boozers?
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 27, 2007
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Unlike anything I have seen or read about the Marx Brothers, this book was,overall depressing. Constant focus on Groucho's mortality, especially his personal observation of it, were the main cause of this doom and gloom. Additionally, many stories of "the good ol' days" were repeated througout the book.
Although I concur this is new material, the material is not uplifting - the impending fall of an icon
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 25, 2009
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The writing style was something new for me in a book, as the author basically documented - verbatim - various interviews with different celebrities on their relationship and take on GROUCHO MARX. Although there was some interesting information, for the most part, I found the constant adulation from Celebrities to the "great Groucho" rather annoying, because it seemed ingenuous after awhile. I also have to admit that Groucho fell from grace a couple of notches for me. I don't know if he was trying to impress Charlotte (the author), but I found many of his comments, remarks and stories self-indulgent, egotistical and somewhat bigotted, as well as quite UNFUNNY. Maybe it's just that at this point in his life he was growing increasingly senile, but whatever the case, I find I now like the man on the screen much more that the man depicted in the book. I look forward to reading "HARPO SPEAKS" as it is often referred to in this book, along with comments from Groucho and other celebrities as to "what a great man, Harpo was." I'll read the book and see for myself if that's true.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By B. Zaranski III on November 26, 2009
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I have to agree with some of the reviewers in that it seems like Groucho in the twilight of his life was a grouchy old man. The book wastes too many pages talking about people you don't care about (friends of Groucho's) and repeats stories over and over again. At least to me, there weren't enough anecdotes about his life with his brothers and when they were mentioned they were about two paragraphs long. I know this book is about the friends of Groucho and his relationship with them, but still. To me it seemed there wasn't much mention (from Groucho) of his brothers and when he did say something it was the same comment over and over. There is some good insight from a few of his long-time friends but it's few and far between.

I was taken aback by Groucho's treatment of 'civilians' or those who weren't in show business. He didn't like mingling with them and was usually rude to them. Nice. It's us civilians who made you a star and now you look down on them. Typical. I was a very big Marx brother fan (still am) but this kind of changed my outlook on Groucho. And another reviewer is correct in that a lot the interaction between him and his friends was 'kissing up to a legend.' No wonder he thought so highly of himself.

I can (begrudgingly) recommend this book to Marx fans if only to check it off the list of 'Groucho' books to read. But it seems rambling, repetitive, and I found myself rolling my eyes at times. Go read 'Harpo Speaks' if you want a good 'Marx Brothers' book.
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this book was a complete surprise to me, it was Groucho Marx talking to Charlotte Chandler over a period of time on all kinds of subjects. wow. it was like he was right here in my room, at the dinner table insulting the waiters right along side of me. a great book for Groucho fans and people who like a really memorable read. i had read his autobiography and it was good with a lot of history to it...the vaudeville stuff. but he seemed distant and this book was not like that at all. a complete joy.
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This is easily one of the funniest books I've ever read. Not a biography as much as a series of recollections by Groucho of his many years in show business. One hilarious story after another,enough to leave the reader short of breath. It's also a portrait of his later years after the deaths of Harpo and Chico. You really get the idea how close they were by the reverence which with Groucho treats their memories.

A wonderful read

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