Groucho and Me

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Pickle Partners Publishing, 2017 M07 11 - 275 páginas
The “Me” in the title is a comparatively unknown Marx named Julius (1895-1977), who, under the nom de plume of Groucho, enjoyed a sensational career on Broadway and in Hollywood with such comedy classics as Animal Crackers, Monkey Business, Horse Feathers, Duck Soup, A Night at the Opera, and A Day at the Races. His solo career included work as a film actor, television game show emcee, and author of The Groucho Letters, Memoirs of a Mangy Lover, and his classic autobiography, Groucho and Me.

With impeccable timing, outrageous humor, irreverent wit, and a superb sense of the ridiculous, Groucho tells the saga of the Marx Brothers: the poverty of their childhood in New York’s Upper East Side; the crooked world of small-time vaudeville (where they learned to carry blackjacks); how a pretzel magnate and the graceless dancer of his dreams led to the Marx Brothers’ first Broadway hit, I’ll Say She Is!, how the stock market crash in 1929 proved a godsend for Groucho (even though he lost nearly a quarter of a million dollars); the adventures of the Marx Brothers in Hollywood, the making of their hilarious films, and Groucho’s triumphant television series, You Bet Your Life!. Here is the life and lunatic times of the great eccentric genius, Groucho, a.k.a. Julius Henry Marx.

“The book is never less than readable and its glimpses of American show business at its least glamorous are simple, true and sometimes rather touching.”—Times Literary Supplement

“My advice is to ration yourself to a chapter a night—it’s that delectable.”—Chicago Sunday Tribune
 

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His life from childhood through his TV show "You Bet Your Life." There are some musing on life subjects that struck me as very mild, some interesting background material, and lots of very funny ... Leer comentario completo

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I've never liked autobiographies or biographies, for that matter, but I've read this one several times. It's filled to the brim with Groucho's wonderful wit. Wisecracks and abound, and Groucho brings ... Leer comentario completo

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Contents
TELEGRAPH YOUR PUNCHES? 21
34
TOMFOOLERY 82
ACT 94
OUT OF OUR LITTLE MINDS AND INTO
WHITE NIGHTS WHY ARE YOU BLUE?
CHAPTER 17 MEANWHILE BACK AT THE RANCH HOUSE 131
WHY DO THEY CALL IT LOVE WHEN THEY MEAN SEX? 162
MELINDA AND ME 169
MY PERSONAL DECATHLON 174
YO HEAVE HO AND OVER THE RAIL 181
GO FISH 185
FOOT IN MOUTH DISEASE 192
WHAT PRICE PUMPERNICKEL? 197
YOU BET MY LIFE 202

THEY CALL IT THE GOLDEN STATE 136
INSIDE HOLLYWOOD 145
THE PATIENTS DILEMMA 156
REQUEST FROM THE PUBLISHER 206
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Groucho Marx (born Julius Henry Marx, October 2, 1890 - August 19, 1977) was an American writer, comedian, stage, film and television star. He was known as a master of quick wit and is widely considered one of the best comedians of the modern era. His rapid-fire, often impromptu delivery of innuendo-laden patter earned him many admirers and imitators.

He made 13 feature films with his siblings the Marx Brothers (Harpo Marx and Chico Marx), of whom he was the third-born. He also had a successful solo career, most notably as the host of the radio and television game show You Bet Your Life.

His distinctive appearance, carried over from his days in vaudeville, included quirks such as an exaggerated stooped posture, glasses, cigar, and a thick greasepaint mustache and eyebrows. These exaggerated features resulted in the creation of one of the world’s most ubiquitous and recognizable novelty disguises, known as Groucho glasses: a one-piece mask consisting of horn-rimmed glasses, large plastic nose, bushy eyebrows and mustache.

He authored the books Groucho and Me (1959), Memoirs of a Mangy Lover (1963), The Groucho Letters: Letters From and To Groucho Marx (1967) and Beds.

Groucho Marx died in Los Angeles, California in 1977, aged 86.

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