?Professor Gehring has written a valuable compact handbook on the greatest comedy team in the history of the cinema. The reputation of the Marx Brothers has perhaps slipped a little recently. Woody Allen has taken over part of their role and has produced a more sophosticated New York Jewish humour. But each generation of adolescent film buffs will discover for themselves the unique joys of Grouch, Harpo and Chico let loose on the screen. This volume is a good start for any scholar attempting to analyse their achievement. A hundred pages of biography is followed by a short summary of their influence on film comedy, three extracts from their own writings, a comprehensive bibliography and further reference information. No Marx Brothers fan who is crazy enough to want to find out how his heroes put their act together should be without this work?-Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television
Well-researched and informative, this volume brings new light on the comedians' contribution to screen art.