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Groucho Marx, King of the Jungle (Groucho Marx #6)

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Frank Denby and Groucho Marx arrive on the set of the new Ty-Gor film, a Tarzan knockoff, expecting to have Groucho do his humorous walk-on. What they find is that Randy Spellman, the star of the picture, has been murdered. Frank’s wife, Jane, is only a few weeks away from having their baby and the amateur detective team has promised to lay off on the sleuthing. But when a ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published July 1st 2005 by Minotaur Books
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I'm a huge Marx Bros fan, and love Groucho's radio and TV work too.

I think I've seen all the films several times, have devoured their letters, biographies, scripts, history, and ...

... Am bit shocked to say after a couple of short chapters I found I was skimming pages just to follow the plot, as their wasn't much humour in either the situations or dialogue. And that's sad, as humour is more Marx Bros than plot.

And so, about 1/3 the way in, I've given up, completely.

I wanted this to work and was
Ron Goulart wrote 6 mysteries in which screenwriter Frank Denby teams with comedian Groucho Marx to play amateur detective and solve murders in 1930-era Hollywood. In “Groucho Marx, King of the Jungle”, Randy Spellman, star of the Ty-Gor (what loincloth-garbed white-guy king of the jungle might they be alluding to?) series of movies has been found dead on the set. His former girlfriend is suspected – but she seems to have vanished. The studio calls the police, but also asks the scriptwriter (Den ...more
Although radio writer and amateur detective Frank Denby promised his expecting wife that he wouldn't get involved in any mysteries until after their child was born, he and Groucho change their plans after discovering the body of the actor who was going to star in a Ty-Gor jungle adventure movie. The revealing of the murderer isn't very surprising, but the book has enough action and laughs to keep things interesting. If you're thinking it's as funny as a Marx brothers movie, you'll be disappointe ...more
Joy Jakubaitis
Really enjoyed this one, but there was a bittersweet moment when you knew you had reached the end, and knowing there wasn't another book to continue with.
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Ron Goulart (b. 1933) is a cultural historian and novelist. Besides writing extensively about pulp fiction—including the seminal Cheap Thrills: An Informal History of Pulp Magazines (1972)—Goulart has written for the pulps since 1952, when the Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction published his first story, a sci-fi parody of letters to the editor. Since then he has written dozens of novels an ...more
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