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Scripts of plays, movies & radio shows


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(Script): Horse Feathers

 

- Darien House, New York, NY

(Script): Monkey Business / Duck Soup
"... the versions presented here were built up from a dialogue continuity provided by Universal City Film Studios Inc., amplified with material gained from a shot-by-shot viewing of each film." (Editorial note)

Lorrimer Publishing / Godalming, UK / 1972a / 0 900855 65 7

- Lorrimer Publishing, Godalming, UK, 1972, ISBN: 0 900855 65 7 (ISBN-13: 9780900855658) / (paperback)
   Available from amazon: USA UK

- Lorrimer Publishing, 1972, ISBN: 0 900855 66 5 (ISBN-13: 9780900855665) / (hardcover)
   Available from amazon: USA UK DE

- Simon and Schuster / Classical Film Scripts, New York, NY, 1972, ISBN: 0 671 21273 7 (ISBN-13: 9780671212735)
   Available from amazon: USA

- Ungar Publ. Co., 1982, ISBN: 0 8044 6475 8 (ISBN-13: 9780804464758)
   Available from amazon: USA UK DE

- (espagñol) Editorial Fundamentos, Madrid, Spain, 1982, 1989, ISBN: 84 245 0182 9 (ISBN-13: 9788424501822)
   titled: Sopa de Gansos/Naderias, translated by: Rodolfo Kuhn

- Faber & Faber, 1989, ISBN: 0 571 12604 9 (ISBN-13: 9780571126040)
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(Script): Una noche en la Opera / Los hermanos Marx en el Oeste (A Night at the Opera / Go West)
Translation by Augusto M. Torres and Marisa Cortazo

 

- (espagñol) Editorial Fundamentos, Madrid, Spain, 1982, ISBN: 84 245 0335 X (ISBN-13: 9788424503352)

- (espagñol) Fundamentos, Madrid, Spain, 1982

(Script): Tienda de locos / El hotel de los líos (The Big Store / Room Service)
Translation by Augusto M. Torres and Marisa Cortazo.

 

- (espagñol) Editorial Fundamentos, Madrid, Spain, 1982, ISBN: 84 245 0354 6 (ISBN-13: 9788424503543)

(Script): Monkey Business, Duck Soup, A Day at the Races
"[MB and DS] [...] were built up from a dialogue continuity [...] amplified with material gained from a shot-by-shot viewing of each film." "[ADATR] combines the script with the dialogue and the action in the film itself." (Publisher's note) This script of ADATR differs from the earlier Viking edition in the way that it only has the actual movie dialogue.

Faber & Faber / London, UK / 1993 / 0 571 16647 4

- Faber & Faber, London, UK, 1993, ISBN: 0 571 16647 4 (ISBN-13: 9780571166473)
   Available from amazon: USA UK DE FR CA

Ames, Delano L.: 'A Night in Casablanca': a Book of the Film
A novelisation of the film with information about the films and the Brothers. Adapted from the original screenplay by Joseph Fields and Roland Kibbee. "A paperback with some good illustrations based on the original screenplay which differs in several respects from the finished film." (Eyles, 1969)

Hollywood Publications / London, UK / 1946 /

- Hollywood Publications, London, UK, 1946 / online

Barson, Michael (ed.): Flywheel, Shyster and Flywheel: The Marx Brothers' Lost Radio Show
Many gags of the films were used in or taken from this Radio Shows performed by Groucho and Chico. "Along with the other scripts, its a fun to look over, and neat to see what stayed the same and what changed" (teej)

Rogner & Bernhard / München, Germany / 1989 (hardcover) / 3 8077 0241 5 Presses de la Renaissance / Paris, France / 1989 / 2 85616 522 2 Norstedts / Stockholm, Sweden / 1989, 1994 (hardcover) / 91 1 919222 3 Bompiani / Milano, Italy / 2002 / 88 452 5308 2  / Japan / 1995 / 40 488 3425 8 Bompiani / Milano, Italy / 1998 / 88 452 3798 2 Bompiani /  / 1996 / 88 452 2810 X Bompiani /  / 1992 / 88 452 1890 2 Tusquets Editores / Barcelona, Spain / 2013 / 84 8383 732 3 Pantheon Books / New York, NY / 1988 / 0 679 72036 7 Chatto & Windus / London, UK / 1989 /

- Book Club Edition

- "Special Advance Sampler" (excerpts) / distributed at a bookseller's convention

- Pantheon Books, New York, NY, 1988, ISBN: 0 679 72036 7 (ISBN-13: 9780679720362)
   Available from amazon: USA

- Chatto & Windus, London, UK, 1989

- (français) Presses de la Renaissance, Paris, France, 1989, ISBN: 2 85616 522 2 (ISBN-13: 9782856165225)
   titled: Reniflard and Co, translated by: Françoise Brodsky

- (catalan) Columna Edicions, Llibres i Comunicació, Barcelona, Spain, 1989, ISBN: 84 7809 064 9 (ISBN-13: 9788478090648)
   titled: Groucho i Chico, advocats, translated by: Màrius Serra

- (italiano) Bompiani, Milano, Italy, 1989, ISBN: 88 452 1498 2 (ISBN-13: 9788845214981)
   titled: Flywheel, Shyster & Flywheel. Legali da legare
   Available from amazon: IT

- (catalan) Círculo de Lectores, S.A., Barcelona, Spain, 1989, ISBN: 84 226 2956 9 (ISBN-13: 9788422629566)
   titled: Groucho i Chico, advocats, translated by: Màrius Serra

- (deutsch) Rogner & Bernhard, München, Germany, 1989 (hardcover), ISBN: 3 8077 0241 5 (ISBN-13: 9783807702414)
   titled: Die Marx Brothers Radio Show, translated by: Sven Böttcher, Harry Rowohlt
   Available from amazon: DE

- (dansk) Centrum, Denmark, 1989, 1990, ISBN: 87 583 0564 5 (ISBN-13: 9788758305646)
   titled: Advokatfirmaet Phiis, Phup & Phidus, translated by: Jesper Klein / Introduction by: Dan Turèll

- (espagñol) Tusquets Editores, Barcelona, Spain, 1989, 1992, ISBN: 84 7223 108 9 (ISBN-13: 9788472231085)
   titled: Groucho y Chico, abogados, translated by: Olivia de Miguel, Jacobo Guitián
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- (svenska) Norstedts, Stockholm, Sweden, 1989, 1994 (hardcover), ISBN: 91 1 919222 3 (ISBN-13: 9789119192226)
   titled: Flywheel, Shyster & Flywheel. Bröderna Marx' försvunna radioserie, translated by: Bengt Sahlström

- (espagñol) Círculo de Lectores, S.A., Barcelona, Spain, 1990, ISBN: 84 226 3081 8 (ISBN-13: 9788422630814)
   titled: Groucho & Chico, abogados, translated by: Olivia de Miguel, Jacobo Guitián

- (italiano) Bompiani, 1992, ISBN: 88 452 1890 2 (ISBN-13: 9788845218903)
   titled: Legali da legare
   Available from amazon: IT

- (japanese) , Japan, 1995, ISBN: 40 488 3425 8 (ISBN-13: 9784048834254)

- (italiano) Bompiani, 1996, ISBN: 88 452 2810 X (ISBN-13: 9788845228100)
   titled: I fratelli Marx: Legali da legare
   Available from amazon: IT

- (italiano) Bompiani, Milano, Italy, 1998, ISBN: 88 452 3798 2 (ISBN-13: 9788845237980)
   titled: I fratelli Marx. Legali da legare
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- (espagñol) Tusquets Editores, Barcelona, Spain, 1999, ISBN: 84 8310 639 6 (ISBN-13: 9788483106396)
   titled: Groucho & chico abogados : Flywheel, Shyster y Flywheel. El serial radiofónico perdido de los hermanos Marx, translated by: Olivia de Miguel
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- excerpts in: "The Essential Groucho", 2000

- (italiano) Bompiani, Milano, Italy, 2002, ISBN: 88 452 5308 2 (ISBN-13: 9788845253089)
   titled: Flywheel, Shyster & Flywheel. Legali da legare
   Available from amazon: IT

- (espagñol) Tusquets Editores, Barcelona, Spain, 2013, ISBN: 84 8383 732 3 (ISBN-13: 9788483837320)
   titled: Groucho & chico abogados : Flywheel, Shyster y Flywheel. El serial radiofónico perdido de los hermanos Marx, translated by: Olivia de Miguel
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Dalí, Salvador: Obra Completa Vol. III
Complete works volume 3. "Poesía, prosa, teatro y cine"
This contains a version of the script for a movie Dali wrote for the Marx Brothers titled "The Surrealistic Woman" This (never realised) movie is also known as "Giraffes on Horseback Salad". The version in this book is the Spanish translation of an English text.

Ediciones Destino / Barcelona / 2004 / 84 233 3626 3

- (espagñol) Ediciones Destino, Barcelona, 2004, ISBN: 84 233 3626 3 (ISBN-13: 9788423336265)
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Kalmar, Bert; Ruby, Harry: The Kalmar-Ruby Songbook With Reasonably Accurate Dissertations by Franklin P. Adams, Robert Benchley.....
The book is a collection of the team's best songs in words & music and is accompanied by humorous tributes. Among the songs is 'Hooray for Captain Spaulding', Groucho Marx's theme song and has an amusing essay by him.

ALGONQUIN ROUND TABLE 4259J,  Random House / New York, NY / 1936 /

- ALGONQUIN ROUND TABLE 4259J, Random House, New York, NY, 1936

Kaufman, George S. et al.: Kaufman & Co.: Broadway Comedies
The text of Animal Crackers included in this book combines two scripts of the stage version, one from Sam Harris' papers at the Princeton University Library and one from Groucho's papers at the Library of Congress. The version from Groucho's papers is the main basis for this edition. This had never been published before. The appendix lists differences between the two versions and explains various references to people or events of the 1920's.
Also includes works by: Edna Ferber, Moss Hart, Ring Lardner, and Morrie Ryskind. Plays included are: The Royal Family, June Moon, Once in a Lifetime, Of Thee I Sing, Dinner at Eight, Stage Door, You Can't Take It with You, and The Man Who Came to Dinner (in which the character of Banjo is supposed to be based on Harpo.)

Library of America /  / 2004 / 1 931082 67 7

- Library of America, 2004, ISBN: 1 931082 67 7 (ISBN-13: 9781931082679)
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Kaufman, George Simon: A Night at the Opera
The original script and the dialogue and the action in the film

The Viking Press / New York, NY / 1972b / 0 670 01948 8

- The Viking Press, The MGM Library of Film Scripts, New York, NY, 1972, ISBN: 0 670 51129 3 (ISBN-13: 9780670511297) / (hardcover)
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- The Viking Press, New York, NY, 1972, ISBN: 0 670 01948 8 (ISBN-13: 9780670019489) / (paperbound)
   Available from amazon: USA

- Lorrimer Publishing, Godalming, UK, 1972, ISBN: 0 85647 027 9 (ISBN-13: 9780856470271) / (hardcover)
   Available from amazon: UK

- Lorrimer Publishing, Godalming, UK, 1972, ISBN: 0 85647 027 9 (ISBN-13: 9780856470271) / (paperbound) label with UK ISBN in US edition
   Available from amazon: UK

Kaufman, George Simon; Ryskind, Morrie: Animal Crackers
this is the version presented at the Arena Stage, Washington, DC on May 8, 1982

Samuel French / New York, NY / 1984 / 0 573 68137 6

- Darien House, New York, NY

- Samuel French, New York, NY, 1984, ISBN: 0 573 68137 6 (ISBN-13: 9780573681370)
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L'Unità: Il Cinema dei Fratelli Marx
This is a series of four booklets with translations of the scripts into Italian and some notes, published in 1992

1 The Cocoanuts /  /  / 2 Animal Crackers /  /  / 3 Monkey Business /  /  / 4 Horse Feathers /  /  /

- (italiano) 1 The Cocoanuts

- (italiano) 2 Animal Crackers

- (italiano) 3 Monkey Business

- (italiano) 4 Horse Feathers

Murray, John; Boretz, Allen: Room Service

 

- Dramatists Play Service, New York, NY, 1937

Pirosh, Robert; Seaton, George; Oppenheimer, George: A Day at the Races
The original script and a transcript of the film

The Viking Press, The MGM Library of Film Scripts / New York, NY / 1972a / 0 670 01947 X

- The Viking Press, The MGM Library of Film Scripts, New York, NY, 1972, ISBN: 0 670 01947 X (ISBN-13: 9780670019472) / (paperback)
   Available from amazon: USA

- The Viking Press, The MGM Library of Film Scripts, New York, NY, 1972, ISBN: 0 670 25887 3 (ISBN-13: 9780670258871) / (hardcover)
   Available from amazon: USA UK

- Lorrimer Publishing, Godalming, UK, 1972 / (hardcover and paperback)

Rapp, Philip: The Television Scripts of Philip Rapp
"In late 1958, Rapp pitched an idea for a series called Deputy Seraph, starring the Marx Brothers, which would wind up being their penultimate appearance on film together. Only a few minutes of their scene was shot, however, along with the photos inside this book, and nothing else. The project was scrapped too quickly once Chico failed to pass the medical physical exam required for insuring its stars during the series. Those few minutes have since wound up on DVD, but this is the first public viewing of their entire divine adventure." (amazon)

Bearmanor Media /  / 2006 / 1 59393 070 4

- Bearmanor Media, 2006, ISBN: 1 59393 070 4 (ISBN-13: 9781593930707)
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Smith, Andrew T.: Marx & Re-Marx - Creating and Recreating the Lost Marx Brothers Radio Series
From the publishers website:
"For the first time in detail Marx and Re-Marx takes a look at the history of this enduring series, its genesis, its death and its resurrection.
Featuring:
- Previously unpublished letters from the desk of Flywheel creator Nat Perrin.
- Full Episode Guides for both incarnations of the Flywheel and a guide to related productions.
- Contributions from the cast and crew of the BBC remake of Flywheel; Mark Brisenden (Weekending, Spitting Image), David Firman (Dinner Ladies, Norbert Smith: A Life), Graham Hoadly (The Adventures of Sexton Blake, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang: The Stageshow), Dirk Maggs (Superman: Doomsday and Beyond, Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency), and Frank Lazarus (Pennies From Heaven, Our Friends in the North).
- Transcripts of the remaining recordings of the original series.

BearManor Media / Albany, GA / 2010 / 1 593 93609 5

- BearManor Media, Albany, GA, 2010, ISBN: 1 593 93609 5 (ISBN-13: 9781593936099)
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