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Books and articles by members of the Marx family about the Marx Brothers or the Marx family


Fleming Marx, Susan, with Robert S. Bader: Speaking of Harpo
From the publisher: "Her story is the counterpoint to the beloved and acclaimed Harpo Marx autobiography, 'Harpo Speaks!'. Susan's frank, opinionated perspective provides a true look behind the curtain and details Harpo's last years, following the publication of his own book."

Applause Books /  / 2022-07-15 / 1 493 06530 0

- Applause Books, 15 Jul 2022, ISBN: 1 493 06530 0
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Books about the Marx Brothers, their films etc.


Bader, Robert S.: Four of the Three Musketeers - The Marx Brothers on Stage
From the publisher: "Before film made them international comedy legends, the Marx Brothers developed their comic skills on stage for twenty-five years. In Four of the Three Musketeers: The Marx Brothers on Stage, Robert S. Bader offers the first comprehensive history of the foursome's hardscrabble early years honing their act in front of live audiences.
From Groucho's debut in 1905 to their final live performances of scenes from A Night in Casablanca in 1945, the brothers' stage career shows how their characters and routines evolved before their arrival in Hollywood. Four of the Three Musketeers draws on an unmatched array of sources, many not referenced elsewhere. Bader's detailed portrait of the struggling young actors both brings to vivid life a typical night on the road for the Marx Brothers and also illuminates the inner workings of the vaudeville business, especially during its peak in the 1920s.
As Bader traces the origins of the characters that would later come to be beloved by filmgoers, he also skillfully scrapes away the accretion of rumors and mythology perpetuated not only by fans and writers but by the Marx Brothers themselves. Revealing, vital, and entertaining, Four of the Three Musketeers will take its place as an essential reference for this iconic American act."


- Northwestern University Press, Evanston, IL, Sep 2022, ISBN: 0 8101 4575 8 / "[This] updated edition adds newly discovered performances [...] and additional information provided by descendants of long-departed vaudevillians mentioned in the book."
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Bader, Robert S.: (Zeppo Marx biography)

 

- , 2022 / (announced)

Frank, Josh; Heidecker, Tim; Pertega, Manuela (Illustrator) : Giraffes on Horseback Salad: Salvador Dali, the Marx Brothers, and the Greatest Movie Never Made
From Amazon: "It sounds like fan fiction, but it's true: modern art icon Salvador Dali struck up a friendship with chaotic pantomimer Harpo Marx, which led to a proposed film, Giraffes on Horseback Salad. Rejected by MGM studios, the script was thought lost forever[sic]. But author Josh Frank found it, and with comedian and writer Tim Heidecker (Tim and Eric; Tim & Eric's Zone Theory) and Spanish artist and comics creator Manuela Pertega, he's recreated the film that Dali and the Marx Brothers would have made...as a graphic novel that presents the story in all its full-color, fully cinematic, fully surreal glory."

Nouveau Monde Éditions / Paris, FR / 2021 / 2 369 43842 8

- (français) Nouveau Monde Éditions, Paris, FR, 2021, ISBN: 2 369 43842 8
   titled: La Femme Surréaliste
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Hoberman, J.: Duck Soup (BFI Film Classics)
From the publisher: "Hoberman's analysis provides a historical and political context as well as an in-depth production history, drawing on primary sources and emphasizing director McCarey's prior work along with the Marx Brothers as well as the situation at Paramount, a substantial synopsis, and an account of the movie's initial reception, concluding with its subsequent elevation to comic masterpiece."
"Hoberman provides a lot of background information. This book may not be for the uninitiated, but for any Marx Brothers fan this is a good read." (ST)

British Film Institute (<a href='https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/duck-soup-9781839022258/' target='_blank'>Bloomsbury</a>) / London, UK / 2021 / 1 8390 2225 6

- British Film Institute (Bloomsbury), London, UK, 2021, ISBN: 1 8390 2225 6
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Vega, Sergi: Lo que el doblaje se llevó: Los Hermanos Marx (Vol. I)
This book is an annotated guide to to the bits which got lost in translation when dubbing "Duck Soup" and "At the Circus" into Spanish.

self-published /  / 2021 /

- (español) self-published, 2021
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Weir, Robert E.: The Marx Brothers and America
"Where Film, Comedy and History Collide" (previously: "The Films in Historical Context")

<a href='https://mcfarlandbooks.com/product/the-marx-brothers-and-america/' target='_blank'>McFarland & Co</a> / Jefferson, NC / 2022 / 1 476 68895 8

- McFarland & Co, Jefferson, NC, 2022, ISBN: 1 476 68895 8 / (announced)
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Books in which the Marx Brothers appear as characters


Pérez-Arévalo, Juan Carlos: Groucho's
Play. "Adolfo returns home one day to find his father dressed up and behaving like Groucho Marx."

ViveLibro /  / 2021 / 84 188 4039 0

- (español) ViveLibro, 2021, ISBN: 84 188 4039 0 / (paperback)
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- (español) ViveLibro, 2021 / Kindle edition
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- (español) ViveLibro, 2021 / (hardback)
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- (english) , 2021 / (hardback)
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- (english) , 2021 / (paperback)
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- (english) , 2021 / Kindle edition
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Pachter, Josh (ed.): Monkey Business (Crime fiction inspired by the films of the Marx Brothers)
"A Who’s Who of award-winning crime writers pays homage to the Marxes in fourteen short stories, each inspired by one of the brothers’ thirteen studio films."

Untreed Reads <a href ='https://www.untreedreads.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=720&products_id=2304' target='_blank'>(click here to buy directly from the publisher)</a> /  / 2021 / 1 95360 166 9

- Untreed Reads (click here to buy directly from the publisher), 2021, ISBN: 1 95360 166 9
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- Untreed Reads, 2021 / Kindle edition
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Palmer, Stuart: You Bet Your Life
Palmer wrote several novels and stories featuring Hildegarde Withers, a spinster schoolteacher who is an amateur sleuth. "[In this story] Miss Withers goes on the TV show as a contestant - a set-up - to announce that she knows the whereabouts of a missing crook. ... Groucho makes an appearance and banters with her on the show for a few lines before the plot takes off. Palmer could be authentic because he had been on the Oct 21, 1954 episode. ... The story's a trifle, but still a nice addition to any collection." (SC)

in: <a href='https://crippenlandru.com/magento/index.php/hildegarde-withers-final-riddles.html' target='_blank'>'Hildegarde Withers: Final Riddles?'</a>, Crippen & Landru / Cincinnati, OH / 2021 / 1 93636 356 9

- in: "Hildegarde Withers: Final Riddles?", Crippen & Landru, Cincinnati, OH, 2021, ISBN: 1 93636 356 9
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Books and articles which have the Marx Brothers not as their main topic, but have a significant part about them


Feibleman, James: Praise of Comedy: A Study of its Theory and Practice
Chapter 5: "The Comedy of Everyday Life: The Marx Brothers"

Routledge /  / 2022 / 1 032 22214 X

- Routledge, 2022, ISBN: 1 032 22214 X / (hardback) reprint of the 1939 edition
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Montgomery, John: Comedy Films: 1894-1954
Chapter 16 "The Eccentrics" devoted to the Marxes and W.C. Fields

Routledge /  / 2022 / 1 032 21289 6

- Routledge, 2022, ISBN: 1 032 21289 6 / reprint of the 1954 edition
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Books and articles which mention the Marx Brothers in a larger context


Keyser, Gawie: Kijken maakt gelukkig

Walburg Pers / Zuphten, Netherlands / 2021 / 94 624 9707 9

- (nederlands) Walburg Pers, Zuphten, Netherlands, 2021, ISBN: 94 624 9707 9
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Books and articles by and about colleagues and contemporaries of the Marx Brothers


Curtis, James: Buster Keaton: A Filmmaker's Life
Mostly, the brothers are mentioned in passing. One section talks about working on At the Circus. There is mention of Chico attending Keaton's opening at the Medrano, and it mentions is Keaton attending Chico's funeral.

Knopf /  / 2022 / 0 385 35421 5

- Knopf, 2022, ISBN: 0 385 35421 5
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- Knopf, 2022 / Kindle e-book
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Enss, Chris; Kazanjian, Howard : Straight Lady
The Life and Times of Margaret Dumont, "The Fifth Marx Brother"  

Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc. / The Lyons Press /  / 2022-10 / 1 4930 6040 6

- Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc. / The Lyons Press, Oct 2022, ISBN: 1 4930 6040 6 / (announced)
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Laight, Jane Margaret and Pitts, Reginald H.: Majesty of Missed Chaos: The Life and Times of Margaret Dumont

 

- , 2022 / (announced)

Marx Brothers Movies


A Night at the Opera (1935)

Warner /  / 2021 /
- Blu-Ray: Warner, 2021 / Extras: Feature Commentary, Featurettes: 'How To Sleep' & 'Los Angeles: Wonder City of the West', Remarks on Marx, Sunday Night at the Trocadero, Groucho Marx on the HY Gardner Show , Theatrical Trailer / Check availability (commissions earned*): USA UK DE FR CA JP IT ES

Documentaries about the Marx Brothers/TV Programmes with Groucho, Harpo or Chico


Frank Ferrante's Groucho (2022)
filmed at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park

Frank Ferrante Productions /  / 2022 /
- DVD, Region 0: Frank Ferrante Productions, 2022 / available at eveningwithgroucho.com
This site uses material originally created by Frank Bland for his website Why A Duck?. Frank did kindly give me permission to use this material.

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