- 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: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,833,856 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 ›
Adamson, a college professor, brings an academic's seriousness of purpose and breadth of knowledge to bear on the Marx Brothers' lives and work. He also brings -- and this sets off this volume from most Hollywood hagiography -- an irreverent and entertaining prose style. He is serious but never stuffy.
Although he touches on every stage of their career, Adamson wisely concentrates on the '30s, when the Marx Brothers were at their creative peak. He examines almost scene by scene such movie classics as "The Coconuts," "Animal Crackers," "A Night at the Opera" and "A Day at the Races," demonstrating how and why the comedy team was funny.
Adamson also records their decline, more in the style of a documentary than a Hollywood expose. The book is packed with photographs and movie stills and dozens of excerpts of the madcap dialog that made them famous. And more anecdotes: Groucho "was probably not aware of everything he was saying when a 'You Bet Your Life' contestant stated that she had 13 children and could explain it only by proclaiming, 'I love my husband!' 'I like my cigar too,' said Groucho, 'but I take it out once in a while.'"
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Fascinating and funny. Even a long time Marx Brothers fan will learn a lot.Published 20 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
The man who wrote this book is an unfunny man who thinks his writing is rather funny. He must also think that he is more credible if he doesn't laud the team, but launches an... Read morePublished on July 20, 2009 by Roger Lynn