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The Marx Brothers: A Bio-Bibliography (Popular Culture Bio-Bibliographies) Hardcover – July 28, 1987

ISBN-13: 978-0313245473 ISBN-10: 0313245479 Edition: First Edition

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  • Series: Popular Culture Bio-Bibliographies
  • Hardcover: 277 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwood; First Edition edition (July 28, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0313245479
  • ISBN-13: 978-0313245473
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,234,977 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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?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

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Well-researched and informative, this volume brings new light on the comedians' contribution to screen art.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 14, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Make a snack, sit down in your favorite chair and get ready for all there is to know about the Marx Brothers. This book is a reference guide to dates, names, films and darn near anything else that occurred in the life of this amazing team. It is chock full of interesting stories, fascinating facts and just plain silly stuff that kept me captivated the whole way through. Its one drawback was that it is picture free. It is pure reference material. For the true fan or just for the person who would like to know everything about them without starting a library this one is for you. If the price is the only thing holding you back be is worth every penny and more!
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By Garrett on June 18, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Valuable for any serious student of the Marx Brothers. The long, extensively footnoted biography of (primarily) Groucho, Chico, and Harpo, with comments on Gummo and Zeppo, contains few new nuggets on America's funniest family act, but it cross-indexes information from many sources to give ideas on the sources for some of their cinema gags from "The Cocoanuts (1929) to "Love Happy" (1950) and personal commentary on the brothers and their families. Gehring includes a short essay on their unique bibliographical essay contains valuable extended commentary on books, shorter works, archives and film sources on the Marx Brothers. A long checklist on sources plus valuable appendixes, filmographies, a discography, and index round out the text. Essential for any library supporting film research--R. Blackwood, City Colleges of Chicago, Wilbur Wright College, "Choice" (March 1988), vol.25,p. 1104
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