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Product Details

  • Paperback: 309 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books; Rev Exp Ne edition (January 17, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857687786
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857687784
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #233,046 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"An imposing compendium of all facts Marxian. It's a tribute to the density of the bros.' work that there's so much to be found in this volume." - Blogcritics

"Being that the Marx style of comedy is timeless, many generations to come will benefit greatly from such a detailed source of information on the team." - The Daily Rotation

"To say this volume is extensive doesn’t quite do it justice. The author touches upon everything you’d need to know about the Brothers." - Nerdy Nothings

"An incredible compendium of facts." - Flixist

"Densely packed with information about anything you could ever ask about the Brothers." - The Retroist

"Truly a vastly informative tome, this is a must for Marx fans and any lover of vintage comedy performers and their lasting contributions to show business." - Cool Ass Cinema

About the Author

Glenn Mitchell is a renowned author and historian of silent cinema and the early talkies, and a popular comedy scriptwriter for both radio and television. 

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Al Richard Reinhard II on October 20, 2012
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Glenn Mitch has the monopoly on encyclopedias of old movie comedy. I'm an antique comedy film junky. I believe that's who these books are for, The old comedy movie junkies.

I have every one of his encyclopedias. Chaplin, Laurel & Hardy, A-Z of Silent Film Comedy and now The Marx Brothers Encyclopedia. All for old, little boys like me.

It's all here (or most of it). I was glad to read one part in particular about why one scene of Horsefeathers is always so chopped up in every print. Closure about the frustrating condition of a classic..

These books by Mitchell are all great fun. A lot of facts and photos. That's all I'm looking for.The Marx Brothers Encyclopedia
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By Scott M. Kruse on January 21, 2014
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A good overview of the Marx Brothers and family. Lots of photographs and anecdotes that help flesh out the history and influence of the family. Many do not understand the movies were successful and polished because they were first performed on the New York stage. It gives good insight into Groucho's "You Bet Your Life" in the late 1940s and 1950s and why these shows remain timely today.
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By Jon E. Drabyk on February 18, 2013
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I have always enjoyed watching the Marx Brothers movies. I have many in my video library. This book follows the Brothers careers through all their movies. Great history.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By B. Robinson on January 29, 2013
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Any "encyclopedia" that doesn't include the name Schoenberg, when written about the Marx family, is like writing a book about George Washington and not mentioning the Potomac River or that fabled cherry tree or his wooden teeth. The British authors of this tome clearly have passion and a love of minutia, but they miss the real guts of the story. I am a life long Marx fan with over 50 books on the subject. I've been published in comedic film journals, museum magazines and I know this subject and I was astonished to find such simple errors.

Its sad. We Marx fans agree this is a useful guide, but like the rest of the 21st century, this is FORM...not CONTENT. I say, see the films and laugh and use this book to start a fire.
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