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Monkey Business

Simon Louvish
Format
Paperback
ISBN
9780571193509
Date Published
08.05.2003
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Summary

This is the first full and properly researched biography of all five Marx Brothers – Chico, Harpo, Groucho, Gummo and Zeppo. It features the first authentic account of their origins, of the roots of their comedy, and their twenty-four years on the stage prior to the shooting of their first movie, The Cocoanuts, in 1929. Never-before-published scripts, well-minted Marxian dialogue, and much madness and mayhem feature in this tale of the Brothers’ battles with Hollywood, their loves and marriages, and the story of the forgotten brother Gummo, who never appeared on screen. Spicing up the anarchic brew are accounts of Salvador Dali’s ‘missing’ script for Harpo, the true identity of the long-suffering Margaret Dumont, and the FBI’s verdict on Groucho’s particular brand of Marxism.

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Simon Louvish was born in Glasgow in 1947 and misspent his youth growing up in Israel between 1949 and 1968, including a stint as an army cameraman from 1965 to 1967. Having decamped to the London School of Film Technique in 1968, Simon became involved in the production of a series of independent documentary films about apartheid in South Africa,…

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