- Series: A Touchstone book
- Paperback: 464 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster (Paper) (April 1983)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0671470728
- ISBN-13: 978-0671470722
- Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.3 x 1.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #884,474 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Groucho, Harpo, Chico and Sometimes Zeppo: A History of the Marx Brothers and a Satire on the Rest of the World (A Touchstone book) Paperback – April, 1983
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As a fan of the movies I was much looking forward to reading this work. But it did not prove to be as good as I had hoped.
It's perfectly alright for a writer to occasionally work his or her opinion into a work of nonfiction. However, Adamson does it so often that it just comes across as biased and unprofessional, like he couldn't put aside his own prejudices or views in the interest of writing a balanced neutral account.Read more ›
This book is supposed to be factual and informative. This man has done some research, but writes of his personal feelings. Adamson knows very little of Chico, and, in my opinion, he writes him off as part of the comedy team. There is an incredible amount of nit-picking in this book, and in the case of Chico, Adamson has to prove that the line "It's better to have loft and lost than to never have loft at all" is a poor pun. He looks over the bigger picture which includes in this scene a crazy man yelling and throwing things from a hay loft and that Chico is very reluctant to get any nearer to this guy. At this point Chico's eager to employ any excuse to leave, and he actually delivers the line superbly.
Most unforgivable is Adamson's failure to recognize "I'm Daffy Over You" as an original composition of Chico's, first appearing in Animal Crackers. He associates Chico with "Sugar In the Morning". That song was published in 1957 and was written by men who weren't even alive when Chico first played his piece. I wouldn't be surprised if he pronounced Chico's name "Cheeko" instead of "Chick-o".
In an attempt at humor, Adamson explains that logic is illogical. Anything that is a certainty will only be contradicted by another certainty and that his statement isn't a certainty or it would contradict itself. I think that deserves a nomination for the most idiotic and inane string of words in the English language. What a pointless half a page!Read more ›
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Fascinating and funny. Even a long time Marx Brothers fan will learn a lot.Published 21 months ago by JWL
Read this book first in high school and it's always been a favorite. Amusingly written and great analysis of the Marx Brothers, Adamson's book is a must-read and must-study for... Read morePublished on October 2, 2013 by Stephen Hoover
Is there someone living who doesn't like the Marx Brothers? If so then this is the book that will turn them around. Read morePublished on October 12, 2011 by Lew Troop
Too many words. Tries to be funny but only succeeds about 10% of the time and unfortunately tries about 1,000 times. Read morePublished on February 3, 2010 by Michael West