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Groucho and Me

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Muriwai Books #ad - 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. His solo career included work as a film actor, television game show emcee, Memoirs of a Mangy Lover, and author of The Groucho Letters, and his classic autobiography, Groucho and Me.

With impeccable timing, 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, and Groucho’s triumphant television series, 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!, irreverent wit, and a superb sense of the ridiculous, outrageous humor, the making of their hilarious films, You Bet Your Life!.

Groucho and Me #ad - Here is the life and lunatic times of the great eccentric genius, Groucho, a. K. A. The “me” in the title is a comparatively unknown marx named julius 1895-1977, horse feathers, enjoyed a sensational career on Broadway and in Hollywood with such comedy classics as Animal Crackers, A Night at the Opera, under the nom de plume of Groucho, who, Monkey Business, Duck Soup, and A Day at the Races.

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Harpo Speaks!

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NightHawk Books #ad - Harpo speaks!, first published in 1961, is the autobiography of much-loved comedian Harpo Marx, the 'unspeaking' member of the Marx Brothers. Harpo, who delighted audiences worldwide with his facial expressions, wild antics, use of props, and harp-playing. Throughout the book, empathy, harpo's great sense-of-humor, and down-to-earth wisdom are evident, making Harpo Speaks! an inspiration to generations of readers.

Included are 30 pages of photographs. Harpo offers insight into his life and career; from the marx family's humble, impoverished beginnings in New York, and finally, his struggles during the Great Depression, to his start on stage, his travels and movie-making with his brothers, his marriage to Susan Fleming and his family life with their four adopted children.

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Lou's on First

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Crossroad Pres #ad - Their live skits including "who's on first?", and films such as One Night in the Tropics, Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, Buck Privates, radio programs, and In the Navy made comic history. Behind the scenes, costello faced numerous crises: a bout with rheumatic fever that left him bedridden for months, the drowning death of his young son, however, and constant haggles with Universal Studios over its reluctance to adequately finance productions of Abbott and Costello films.

Lou's on First #ad - . Lou's on first goes beyond costello's clownish persona to explore his Pagliacci nature: the private demons behind the happy public face, the heartbreaking moments in an otherwise storybook marriage, the business ventures soured by unscrupulous managers, and the true nature of the breakup of his twenty-one-year partnership with Bud Abbott.

Starting in the 1930s, costello attained enormous fame touring the burlesque circuits with straight man Bud Abbott 1895-1974. This intimate portrait of lou costello 1906-1959 offers a rare look at one of the most talented comedians of all time.

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Treadmill to Oblivion: My Days in Radio

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NightHawk Books #ad - Treadmill to oblivion, first published in 1954, is comedian Fred Allen's account of his career in radio as host of his comedy-variety show 1934-1949. Fred allen died in new york City in 1956 at the age of 61. Filled with allen's wit and humor, and stars such as jack Benny and George Jessel, his wife Portland, the book includes many radio skits featuring Allen, and provides a fascinating look at radio during its “Golden Age.

Prior to his radio career, allen was a vaudeville star; those exploits are recounted in his book Much Ado About Me.

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The Golden Ham: A Candid Biography of Jackie Gleason

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NightHawk Books #ad - The golden ham, first published in 1956, recounts the career of entertainer and comedian Jackie Gleason 1916-1987 from his beginnings in show-business to the mid-1950s when he was at the peak of his early success with The Honeymooners. From the book's dust jacket: in his foreword, author Jim Bishop says of Jackie Gleason that when the comedian read the manuscript for the first time “he did not ask that anything be either omitted or altered.

The result is a kind of theatrical biography that is entirely new and, like Gleason himself, is made up of a great deal of a great many things. If you never had any special attitude toward Jackie Gleason, you will have one by the time you have finished this book. Gleason, a 4-pack-a-day smoker, passed away at his home in Florida on June 24, 1987.

The Golden Ham: A Candid Biography of Jackie Gleason #ad - Millions know him, and he’s a great talent. As bishop says: “There are several Jackie Gleasons. And most important, he began and ended his job with Jackie Gleason’s guarantee that nothing Bishop wrote would be censored. If you like him, or less, it may make you like him more, depending on the kind of person you are.

There is Gleason the comedian. Then there is Gleason the producer and Gleason the writer. To it Mr.

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Hope: Entertainer of the Century

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Simon & Schuster #ad - Hope could be cold, tight with a buck, self-centered, and perhaps the least introspective man in Hollywood. Scrupulously researched, likely definitive, and as entertaining and as important to an understanding of twentieth- and twenty-first-century pop culture as its subject once genuinely was” Vanity Fair, Hope is both a celebration of the entertainer and a complex portrait of a gifted but flawed man.

As richard zoglin shows in this “entertaining and important book” the Wall Street Journal, there is still much to be learned about this most public of figures, from his secret first marriage and his stint in reform school, to his indiscriminate womanizing and his ambivalent relationships with Bing Crosby and Johnny Carson.

But he was also a tireless worker, devoted to his fans, and generous with friends. For me, it’s a feast. ”. A wonderful biography, ” says Woody Allen. Revelatory…fascinating” the new york times: The first definitive biography of Bob Hope, featuring exclusive and extensive reporting that makes the persuasive case that he was the most important entertainer of the twentieth century.

Hope: Entertainer of the Century #ad - With his topical jokes and his all-american, from vaudeville in the 1920s all the way to television in the 1950s, brash-but-cowardly screen character, Bob Hope was the only entertainer to achieve top-rated success in every major mass-entertainment medium of the century, 1960s, and 1970s. He virtually invented modern stand-up comedy.

Above all, an enterprising builder of his own brand, he helped redefine the very notion of what it means to be a star: a savvy businessman, and a public-spirited entertainer whose Christmas military tours and unflagging work for charity set the standard for public service in Hollywood.

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Memoirs Of A Mangy Lover

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Da Capo Press #ad - Memoirs Of A Mangy Lover #ad - Here are groucho's improbable tales of true romance, narrated with his characteristic panache and illustrated with splendid New Yorker-esque cartoons.

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I Love Her, That's Why!: An Autobiography

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NightHawk Books #ad - From humble beginnings in new york, television, radio, Burns and Allen went on to become much-loved stars of stage, and the big-screen, one of the few entertainers to be successful in each venue. The book begins with Burns' childhood and early struggles in vaudeville before he meets Gracie Allen. I love her, that's why!, first published in 1955, is an entertaining look at the life and career to 1955 of comedian George Burns and his wife Gracie Allen.

. George burns, born in 1896, passed away at age 100 in 1996. Included are 16 pages of illustrations. Gracie allen preceded him in death, passing away in 1964. Burns then details his efforts to win her affections; their marriage and adoptions of two children; radio, film, and TV productions including the script of a 1955 show for their television series.

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Jack Benny and the Golden Age of American Radio Comedy

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University of California Press #ad - Through the character of the vain, gender, commercialism, Benny created a fall guy, whose frustrated struggles with his employees addressed midcentury America’s concerns with race, cheap everyman, and sexual identity. The king of radio comedy from the great Depression through the early 1950s, Jack Benny was one of the most influential entertainers in twentieth-century America.

Fuller-seeley contextualizes her analysis of jack benny and his entourage with thoughtful insight into the intersections of competing entertainment industries and provides plenty of evidence that transmedia stardom, branded entertainment, and virality are not new phenomena but current iterations of key aspects in American commercial cultural history.

Jack Benny and the Golden Age of American Radio Comedy #ad - A master of comic timing and an innovative producer, Benny, developed a weekly situation comedy to meet radio’s endless need for new material, with his radio writers, at the same time integrating advertising into the show’s humor. Kathryn H.

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My Wonderful World Of Slapstick

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Golden Springs Publishing #ad - Buster keaton’s life story will enchant and thrill all those who enjoy looking past the glitter and the grease paint into a magnificent performer’s mind and heart. Over half century ago the society for the prevention of Cruelty to Children complained to Mayor Van Wyck, of New York, that Joe Keaton, a vaudeville actor, was brutally mistreating his five-year old son.

Unable to find a bruise or scratch on the lad, Mayor Van Wyck refused to ban the act. The “human mop” bounced on to worldwide fame as Buster Keaton, one of this century’s greatest comedians. In this intimate autobiography buster keaton tells his whole personal and professional story, beginning with his colourful and exciting childhood as the undentable tot in the “Three Keatons” whose proudest boast was having the rowdiest, roughest act in vaudeville.

At each afternoon and evening performance the child, was slammed on the floor, hurled into the wings, billed as “The Human Mop”, and sometimes banged into bass drums. He came out to help create the golden age of Comedy with his friends Charlie Chaplin, Arbuckle, Harold Lloyd, Mack Sennett and the Keystone Cops.

My Wonderful World Of Slapstick #ad - Buster has played with all the great ones, from George M. Marital troubles and alcoholism once got Buster down, but could not keep him down. My wonderful world of slapstick was written with the collaboration of Charles Samuels, co-author of His Eye Is On the Sparrow, Ethel Waters’ best-selling autobiography.

Cohen and bojangles robinson and al jolson to jack Paar and Ed Sullivan and Red Skelton, silent and talking pictures, during his sixty years as a star in vaudeville, night clubs and television.

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The Annotated Marx Brothers: A Filmgoer’s Guide to In-Jokes, Obscure References and Sly Details

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McFarland #ad - Each reference is listed by its running time, with time code given for both PAL and NTSC DVD. Have you ever watched a marx brothers film and wondered what “habeas irish rose” is? What is the trial of Mary Dugan with sound? What is a college widow? When exactly did Don Ameche invent the telephone? Their films are full of such in-jokes and obscure theatrical, literary and topical references that can baffle modern audiences.

The Annotated Marx Brothers: A Filmgoer’s Guide to In-Jokes, Obscure References and Sly Details #ad - An introduction for neophytes and a resource for fanatics, this book is a travel guide to the rambling landscape of these remarkable comedies. In this viewer’s guide to the marx brothers you will find the answer to such mysteries, along with an exhaustive compilation of background information, obscure trivia and even the occasional busted myth.

. Each of the marx brothers’ 13 films is covered by a running commentary, with points in the film discussed as they appear.

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