- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: Darien House (1971)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0821203738
- ISBN-13: 978-0821203736
- Package Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.4 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,104,996 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Why a Duck? Visual and Verbal Gems from the Marx Brothers Movies Hardcover – 1971
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Here it is – a book of visual and verbal gems from the Marx Brothers movies with over 600 illustrations. Remember the stateroom scene from A Night at the Opera? The tutsie-fruitsie scene from Day at the Races? The auction scene from the Cocoanuts? Here they are. Not publicity stills but frame-by-frame blow-ups of the scenes in their hilarious entirety, with the actual dialogue from the soundtrack. WHY A DUCK? (Chico’s wacky Italinate mispronunciation of “Viaduct”) shows all the great comic sequences from the nine films the brothers Marx made during the 1930s and 40s. MONKEY BUSINESS, HORSE FEATHERS, DUCK SOUP, BIG STORE, AT THE CIRCUS and GO WEST, presented in a unique form which faithfully translates the filmed original to the book page. Richard Shepard (1923-1998), culture critic for the New York Times from 1962-1969, known for his amiably down-to-earth manner, has added a one-of-a kind personal note – telling of his own experience in seeing the Marx Bros. films when they first hit the unsuspecting world.
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Most material used herein is from the brother's earliest movies: "Coconuts" thru "A Night at the Opera", as the final films that the brothers made, have less quality material in the writing department. This is NOT a biography of their movies or personal histories... BUT if you enjoy the great humor of The Marx Brothers, this one is a MUST READ. You are indeed LUCKY that this is still available.
It is very funny reading and spares you the need to see some of the later films. On the other hand, why not just buy "Duck Soup" and enjoy it first hand?
If you want to get a true feel of the wit, timing and marvelous play on words of the Marxes, this is most definitely the place. It is a pity that this book is now out of print. I would give my eye teeth for a copy.