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I Shot an Elephant in My Pajamas/the Morrie Ryskind Story (Inglese) Copertina flessibile – gen 1994

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5.0 su 5 stelle THE WAY HE WAS 28 aprile 2017
Di E.C. Norton - Pubblicato su
Formato: Copertina flessibile Acquisto verificato
Mr. Ryskind deserves more acclaim for his writing efforts on behalf of the Marx Brothers in their early movIes, and for his later writing classics like "My Man Godfrey," which I can watch twice a year--and still laugh. In his youth Ryskind was a rebel--at Columbia and on Broadway and later in Hollywood. But he had a conservative conversion in the early 50s when he left the progressive [read: Communist] movement and found that he was persona non grata among the studios. He became a Bill Buckely columnnist. The value of this autobio is in his accounts of his young life amid the performers.
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4.0 su 5 stelle Some great stories working Gershwins, Marx brothers, Kaufman etc 24 novembre 2012
Di Rebecca - Pubblicato su
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Morrie Ryskind was a writer for Broadway and Hollywood from the late 1920 to 1950s.This is not the book to buy if you don't know much about that era and that broadway crowd - this book is for someone who has already read a ton and is just hungry for every last tidbit.

The middle part of this book has some wonderful and magical stories of his friendships with the Gershwins, the Marx Brothers and George Kaufman etc, and the plays and movies they worked on, such as Animal Crackers, Of Thee I sing, The Cocoanuts, Strike Up the Band etc. I wish he had gone into even greater detail on these, really interesting.

Then he kind of goes on too long about his political leanings, he was to the right but he manages to sound like it's just his opinion, not dogmatic so it's not too annoying but so uninteresting compared to hearing about George Kaufman and gang which are priceless.

It isn't the best organized. I see another reviewer wrote that the book was compiled from a series of interviews and it does feel that way a little.
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5.0 su 5 stelle Witty short biography of a great writer 10 novembre 2009
Di Thomas Stamper - Pubblicato su
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Morrie Ryskind was the screenwriter of classic movies such as My Man Godfrey, Stage Door, and numerous Marx Brothers films. He also wrote plays with George S. Kaufman, musicals with the Gershwins and Irving Berlin. Thankfully he lived long enough to also write this witty and compelling tale at the end of his life in and out of showbiz.

One of my favorite stories in the book was Ryskind being kicked out of Columbia University just a few weeks before graduation by writing a satire about the President of the University. A few years later that same President was forced to present him with a Pulitzer prize for a play he wrote. Sweet revenge.

Later in life Ryskind became an avowed anti-communist and it cost him his career in Hollywood. He may be the only guy in history who could claim to be a close personal friend of Groucho Marx and William F.. Buckley.

This is a short book, but full of interesting stories about 1930s Hollywood, the early battles of the screenwriters guild, and how communists and the Hollywood Ten changed motion pictures. The writing is sharp and funny every step of the way.

I learned of this book through Simon Louvish's reference in his biography of the Marx Brothers called, Monkey Business: The Lives and Legends of The Marx Brothers. That's another book well worth reading.
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Good airplane read, I know because that's where I read it. Intelligent and witty.

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