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"The only thing the man can't do is sing, and that gave me an opening. But he can do everything else. I envy him this book, most of his wives and all of his talent" (Frank Sinatra)

"In this book, Groucho gives all - and he deserves every dime of his royalties. I'm looking forward to my percentage for this puff" (Jack Benny)

"Groucho brought the spirit of carnival to Hollywood. This book allows us to linger over the gags that went too fast on the screen" (Alistair Cooke)

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The most outrageous of the Marx brothers, in his own words

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4.0 su 5 stelle Groucho and Me 9 novembre 2012
Di Alan Bute - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Copertina flessibile Acquisto verificato
I take pleasure in seeing pictures from and reading anything about circa early nineteen hundreds. Groucho tells of a time when you could make good clean fun out of dirt, or anything else for that matter. Out of being born dirt poor one day and then with fifteen years of hard core comedic work be filthy rich the next. He's telling stories of all the amusing circumstances along his way to the top. He shows how things have not change in the stock market; the mob buys into to market, everybody gets rich on paper and because they don't know when to sell they lose it all, in Groucho's case $250,000. In his charming way he pokes fun of everything, narrating wonderful "true story" lessons in history from that time period. If you like Groucho and stories about the Marx Brothers of Vaudeville, Broadway, Movies, and TV; stories about the show business industry from this time period then you will enjoy this book.
5.0 su 5 stelle Groucho Marx was a very funny man. He was irreverent and cutting 8 settembre 2015
Di Januari M Works - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Copertina flessibile Acquisto verificato
Without even trying, Groucho Marx was a very funny man. He was irreverent and cutting, but never malicious. You should read his letter to Warner Brothers when they sent him a 'cease and desist' letter about the movie Night in Casablanca. If you are looking for a non-autobiography autobiography, this is it. He constantly tries to avoid talking about his personal life, but the whole book is clearly about his personal life. There just aren't any like him left out there anymore.
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2.0 su 5 stelle Groucho and Meandering 11 agosto 2013
Di J.D. Guinness - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
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Odd that a book written by someone I consider the Funniest Man In The World, my single favourite comedian of all time, should be such a disappointment. Published in 1959 at the height of his popularity on the comedy-quiz radio and TV program You Bet Your Life, this is more of an anti-autobiography, Groucho Marx characteristically doing his anarchic thing by telling only briefly of his youth and early stage successes in vaudeville and on Broadway and then veering off constantly (and unsteadily) into meditations on love, sex, marriage, Hollywood and even the poor souls at the publishing company who actually expect him to write a "straight" account of himself, which he of course refuses to do.

Groucho Marx, it's been said, had a natural inborn greatness that defied analysis (but I'll still try!). There was something about his silly walk, his nasal whine, his defiance, his sudden punning broadsides, and sheer anarchic presence that just was Funny Incarnate. He is famous for a long stream of clever, provocative one-liners and for just saying such random, improvisational things onstage as "Pardon me while I have a strange interlude", or, "You're very fortunate the Theatre Guild isn't putting this on. And so is the Guild".

Just looking at those isolated lines in an Amazon.com review you already see it; this is a type of comedy that's probably not so good on paper.
Dick Cavett always says Groucho was "a great writer", but I disagree. I think Cavett's appraisal is colored by his personal fondness for his old friend, the irresistibly playful and sneaky sound of Groucho's voice, and this is what Cavett really cherishes and misses. I believe a great deal of what made Groucho funny was thus performance; unlike Peter Cook, Woody Allen, Monty Python, or Bob & Ray, whose material was funny just to read. Groucho and the Marx Brothers benefitted enormously from their writers, George S. Kaufman, Morrie Ryskind, S. J. Perelman, Arthur Sheekman, Nat Perrin, etc. Basically they provided the structure and the brothers would polish and embellish. It's possible that Groucho's, dare I say it, shortcomings, are less noticeable in the Marx Brothers' many wonderful movies; flanked as he was by brother Chico's malapropisms, illogic, and crazy piano playing, plus Harpo's madcap pantomime and harp playing. The Marx Brothers as a unit are as strong and entertaining a comedy team as I could possibly imagine. Their originality and talent remain stunning, their mark on comedy history of course indelible. But on his own, Groucho always seemed too meandering, which is what Steve Allen might have been getting at (in his book Funny People's chapter on Groucho) about not considering Groucho's own "act" as being very strong. There is some truth to it; after the Marx Brothers amicably broke up Groucho never even tried to be a regular stand-up comic in nightclubs, which was wise. He was clearly at his very best in impromptu conversation, something his producers on You Bet Your Life seemed to know better than Groucho himself.

Ultimately he's a good writer because he's charming. The reason he isn't a great writer is his disregard of structure. That's why The GrouchoPhile, his later autobiography, is so much better; the structure. And, tellingly, it was written by Groucho and Someone Else.

Groucho and Me, by contrast, is good but not great. Still, I love and cherish my 1960 paperback copy of it...because it's got that iconic Groucho Marx rolled-eye, chin-on-fist-holding-cigar-pose and a facsimile of his signature on the cover. Pathetic fan-boy that I am. ☺
5.0 su 5 stelle Pure Groucho 7 agosto 2016
Di George W. Roden - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
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No ghost writer here. I could hear Groucho's voice speaking every single word. Not so much a biography as it is a series of wonderful stories that occurred throughout his life.

If you're a Groucho fan you'll really enjoy this book. Once started, it's hard to put down until finished.
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3.0 su 5 stelle Just OK 29 aprile 2014
Di Amazon Customer - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
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Just OK, basically a compilation of stories with little background information on his career and that of his brothers. Groucho says upfront that it's not a biography of his personal life but I thought it would delve further into the professional relationship of the Marx brothers and a more substantive look at their rise from vaudeville to movies and television. I wouldn't recommend it.