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The Marx Bros. Scrapbook

4.02  ·  Rating Details ·  161 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
On January 17, 1913, alone and near starvation, Douglas Mawson, leader of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition, was hauling a sledge to get back to base camp. The dogs were gone. Now Mawson himself plunged through a snow bridge, dangling over an abyss by the sledge harness. A line of poetry gave him the will to haul himself back to the surface. Mawson was sometimes reduce ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published January 28th 2013 by W. W. Norton Company (first published January 1st 1973)
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Jan 25, 2011 Sarah rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction, biography
I seem to recall hearing that Groucho actually later tried to have this book blocked from publication, and I can understand why. First of all, I don't know what the compiler [Richard J. Anobile]
was thinking, but the interviews he recorded were desperately in need of some editing. There was no reason whatsoever to include everything, word for word. There were all sorts of completely off-topic asides that were neither relevant nor interesting. Hell, some of the interviews were themselves completel
Mar 26, 2015 Bill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Marx Book like no other.

Three things make this indespensible: photos and clippings from Groucho's personal collection; interviews with writers and relatives shedding light on the Brothers' careers; and lengthy interviews with an aging Groucho.

Groucho's interviews can be disturbing. He holds no punches, either not caring what people think, or not knowing that in the 1970's, people can print just about anything.

But you'll know a lot about an act worth knowing by the end of it. The Marx's off-sc
Max Shenk
Jun 08, 2013 Max Shenk rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my favorite books. This is an oral history of the Marx Brothers, mainly told through hilariously unexpurgated interviews with 80-year-old Groucho, along with others who worked with the brothers during their stage and film careers. Groucho (or, maybe, his handlers) was upset that the interviews were entirely unedited (probably fearing a lawsuit from a couple people) but never did he sound more human and funny. The pictures (most of them from Groucho's collection) add to the book's appeal, ...more
Scott Wojtalik-courter
I loved this book, but I love the subject, so it may not be something that the casual reader may enjoy. I read it with a fairly large grain of salt. Groucho was nicknamed intentionally as he could be a bit persnickety. He shows some of these colors here, but with often hilarious results. The interviewer could have been better; it often read like a nephew or some other tolerated child rather than an intelligent and well-informed scholar. But even in that it was fun. The pictures are great; the st ...more
Michael Fuller
Oct 17, 2013 Michael Fuller rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you are a Marx Brothers fan, this book really tells the story. It reads more like the account of 70s rock stars than the supposed innocence of those early movie times. Brazen stories of sexual conquests that will make you laugh and laugh. I originally read this book in college (looking through the library for books on my obsessions was my way of studying, I guess.) Really worth finding.
Nov 21, 2012 Daniel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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George Richard
Bathroom book = Some very interesting stories and remembrances. Probably for more of a Marx Bros fan than me. Lost of history goes unsaid as the author assumes the reader is familiar with the era and it's showbiz personalities
Feb 13, 2016 James rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Unique in that Groucho relates many personal anecdotes of the brothers' lives and career. Beware of Groucho's language though... a point of contention apparently when it was published. Zeppo and Gummo also have their say as well as Harpo's wife.
Was unaware the other Brothers did not like Zeppo. Fairly interesting read.
Apr 20, 2011 Djll rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: movies
I had this one when I was a kid, and loved it.
Robert Ferguson
Sep 12, 2014 Robert Ferguson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating stuff, although the interviews could have been edited, at all. I don't need to read about Groucho peeing.
Barbara Rice
Jun 03, 2009 Barbara Rice rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not in-depth, but just what it says: a scrapbook of stills, quotes, etc., from the Marx Bros. movies. Fun stuff.
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Julius Henry "Groucho" Marx, was an American comedian and film star. He is famed as a master of wit. He made 15 feature films with his siblings, the Marx Brothers, and also had a successful solo career, most notably as the host of the radio and television game show, You Bet Your Life. He had a distinctive image, which included a heavy greasepaint moustache and eyebrows, and glasses.

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