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The Wicked Wit of the West: The Last Great Golden-Age Screenwriter Shares the Hilarity and Heartaches of Working With Groucho, Garland, Gleason, Burns, Berle, Benny and Many More (Inglese) Copertina flessibile – 17 gen 2009

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5.0 su 5 stelle I had high expectations - and this book exceeded them 16 giugno 2011
Di tomsherm - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Copertina flessibile Acquisto verificato
Mind you, I'm a nut about the Marx Brothers and the great comedians of that era. Prior to this book I could only view it through old movies and the haze of time. With this delightful book, I get invited to the roundtable - I hear the best stories first hand from a living, breathing sharp-witted participant. I hear all these one liners and I smile. Reading this, I imagine the creativity of the era and I laugh out loud - again and again. Is this a history book and 100% accurate? I doubt it. These stories could be enhanced by his imagination, distorted thru retelling - or a merger of both - it doesn't matter - they are wonderful and they provide a hard-to-find insight of a long-gone era.

I am so pleased that Hank Rosenfeld was lucky enough to befriend a man who had a fascinating and funny connection to an important part of American comedic history - and pleased that Irving gave in to the threat of Lysistrata and agreed to publishing these priceless memoirs.
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5.0 su 5 stelle The Wicked Wit Shares Insight into Life & Death 10 marzo 2009
Di Pamela M. Vetter - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Copertina flessibile Acquisto verificato
I had to take a moment to tell you how much I love "The Wicked Wit of the West." At a book signing, I heard some of the recorded conversations author Hank Rosenfeld had with screenwriter Irv Brecher. I can tell you that this is one of the most authentic memoirs I've ever read because it uses exact conversations Hank had with Irv. This is a book you will want to read and re-read. It's a keeper. Irv makes you laugh and while there are great stories you've never heard before, it's also peppered with an honest attitude toward death. A meaningful journey has been captured throughout the pages. When you find yourself quoting stories from the book, you know you've found something memorable. This book is a winner!
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5.0 su 5 stelle A Fabulous Book! 15 dicembre 2012
Di J. Viola - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
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This is a truly wonderful book, both a great history of Hollywood and a wonderful insight on the entire Marx brother family.
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3.0 su 5 stelle God stories bad jokes 24 marzo 2010
Di Markku Ojanen - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Copertina flessibile Acquisto verificato
What is wrong with me? Everybody seems to enjoy this book a lot. I do not care about the jokes in this book. I once buyed a Bob Hope joke book and it was a waste of money. However,I like visual humor and enjoy Marx brothers a lot. There are some good stories about Groucho et al. The great expectation may be the reason for my disappointment. I admit that Brecher is a great person. Having studied schizophrenia for 40 years I could sympathize with the plight of Brecher and his wife. I almost cried. Add one star for this touching story. The lot of parents is often very hard. Perhaps some of the stories were a bit too wicked for me. I hope they were not quite true. I also do not like the common use of the f-words and similar low style expressions by Brecher. He says he does not like films having a lot of these words, but he was using them. If you are reading this opinion, remember that I may be the only European who has read this book. Trust those previous ratings.
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5.0 su 5 stelle A Funny Memoir from a Very Funny Jokester 27 febbraio 2009
Di Rob Hardy - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
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Groucho Marx and S. J. Perelman both agreed: the fastest quippers, the best wits able to come back with "one line impromptus" were George S. Kaufman, Oscar Levant, and Irving Brecher. Irving Who? Brecher was behind the camera or behind a typewriter most of the time, but the subtitle of his memoir will tell you that he had connections: _The Wicked Wit of the West: The Last Great Golden-Age Screenwriter Shares the Hilarity and Heartaches of Working with Groucho, Garland, Gleason, Burns, Berle, Benny, & Many More_. The book is by Brecher "as told to Hank Rosenfeld", and for once the collaboration seems genuine and meaningful. Rosenfeld is himself a comedy writer, and he spent seven years hanging around the elderly Brecher, in plain hero worship. Much of the book is a transcription of their conversations, and it works well as a documentation of a friendship between two men who like bantering and kidding. It also includes some of Brecher's standup routines, but best of all, it has his stories of working and laughing with comic stars all through the twentieth century. Brecher died last November at 94, and didn't get to see the publication of the memoir he and Rosenfeld had been working on, but this merry book is one of the best last laughs you'll ever read. "So here it is," he says near the beginning of the book, "I'm saying it. I admit I am very funny. I don't like to quote myself, but unfortunately everybody I know who should be quoting me is dead. Fine friends they turned out to be."

Brecher was one of those Hollywood denizens that got his start the classic way, as an usher in New York City. As a teenager he would send in gags on postcards to columnists Walter Winchell or Ed Sullivan who would credit him by name. He got a long-term assignment of writing gags for one of the most visible comedians in the business, Milton Berle, and this material brought him to the attention of Hollywood. Brecher was astonished to be working with stars he used to see in the Nickelodeon when he was a kid, including his idols, the Marx Brothers. Brecher helped punch up _The Wizard of Oz_. And then he was assigned to write the Marx picture _At the Circus_; with that and with the later _Go West_, he was the only writer to get sole credit on Marx movies. There are wonderful stories about the Marxes here, anecdotes any fan will adore. Brecher went on to write movies like _Meet Me in St. Louis_ and _Bye Bye Birdie_. While writing movies, he also wrote the radio sitcom _The Life of Riley_.

Brecher became a widower from one long-term marriage and then entered another. He does not seem to have used his wit against his wives but rather as a palliative during arguments. He remembers an argument with his first wife who was so upset she said, "That's it! I'm leaving you!" He gave her the reply, "That's OK with me. But if you go, I'm going with you." Looking back at that bit of dialogue forty years later, he remarks, "It worked." Brecher never really left show business, though he pays tribute over and over again to the comics he worked with whose funerals he had to attend. He was attending tributes through his last years and doing stand-up when just standing up was difficult. In fact, he would get to the podium with a walker; his wife called it "The Rolls". Asthma was a problem, too: "For about ten minutes I'm all right. And then I'm gasping. You can't ask the public to spend money to see an old Jew gasping. It's not nice." But his material was still good: "Yes, I did have eye surgery. I knew I needed it when the other morning, I woke up and my vision was so bad, I couldn't find my hearing aid." _The Wicked Wit of the West_ (the title comes from a designation Groucho had given him) is full of wonderful stories and laugh-out-loud jokes from a jubilant joke-maker. "OK, so maybe I don't look at the world through rose-colored implants", the elder Brecher observes, "In fact, I really like the world. It's the putzes in it! And I don't resolve to change. If I've said anything snide, I'm sorry. Unless it gets a laugh."