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Books about the Marx Brothers, their films etc.


Bader, Robert S.: Zeppo: The Reluctant Marx Brother
From the publisher: "Zeppo: The Reluctant Marx Brother gives a lively account of this checkered life and career. As Robert Bader recounts, Zeppo's lifelong addiction to gambling led him into relationships with several notorious organized crime figures. He would ultimately appear before grand juries more frequently than the camera. Socially, he mixed as easily with mobsters like Mickey Cohen as he did with movie stars like Clark Gable. He was certainly the only Marx Brother who saw the corpse of a friend in a newspaper crime scene photo. Comprehensively researched with the full cooperation of Zeppo's estate—including the first-ever interviews with his two sons — this is a remarkable look at the many lives of Zeppo Marx — even the ones he did his best to keep secret."

 

- Applause, Oct 2024, ISBN: 1 493 08796 7
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Bardés, César; Iglesias, Jaime; López, Jesús Antonio; Morán, Ernesto Pérez: Sopa de ganso. El libro del 90 aniversario
Published on the occasion of the 90th anniversary of "Duck Soup". Publisher's description: "The book analyzes the different aspects of the film: the actors and their characters, the director, the filming, the comic gags, the dialogues... All accompanied by a great photographic display"

@Notorious Ediciones / @ / @2024 / @84 18181 75 3

- (español) Notorious Ediciones, 2024, ISBN: 84 18181 75 3
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Books in which the Marx Brothers appear as characters


Castell, Dan: The Marx Brothers Meet God
Cover text: "Join Groucho, Chico, and Harpo on a hilarious romp through the heavenly realms…and enjoy the glory and wonder of an afterlife turned upside down"

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- self-published, 2023 / (hardcover)
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- self-published, 2023 / (paperback)
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- self-published, 2023 / (Kindle ebook)
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Czarnik, Thomas J.: Shirley, You Joust!
A Marx Brothers Comic Play

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- self-published, 2023 / (paperback)
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Trav S. D: The Marx Brothers Miscellany - A Subjective Appreciation of the World's Greatest Comedy Team
From the publisher: "Writer/ performer Trav S.D. [...] turns his attention to the greatest of all stage and screen comedy teams in 'The Marx Brothers Miscellany'. Adapted from a series of public lectures and over 150 articles [...], 'The Marx Brothers Miscellany' mimics its unruly subject with an irreverent style and crazy-quilt structure combining cultural history, biography, criticism, and more than a few surprises."

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- Bear Manor Media, 2024 / (paperback)
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- Bear Manor Media, 2024 / (hardcover)
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Books and articles which mention the Marx Brothers in a larger context


Cipa, Matthew: Is Harpo Free? - And Other Questions of the Metaphysical Screen
The preface ("Prelude: Is Harpo Free? Four Ways") is about Harpo.
From the publisher: "'Is Harpo Free?' is a lively appreciation of film and television's ability to artistically explore concepts typical of philosophical metaphysics, such as free will, causality, and personal identity. [...] the book [...] celebrates the artistic ways in which they give life to various metaphysical concepts and how the artistic expression of these concepts and ideas helps us understand ourselves, the world, and our place within it. [...] Films and television programs discussed include 'A Night at the Opera'; 'Run, Lola, Run'; 'Shane'; 'Harvey'; 'Three Colours: Blue'; 'The Americans'; 'Dark'; and 'Fargo'."

@SUNY Press / @New York / @2024 / @1 438 49735 0

- SUNY Press, New York, 2024, ISBN: 1 438 49735 0 / (hardcover)
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- SUNY Press, New York, 2024 / (Kindle ebook)
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Books and articles of little or unknown relation to the Marx Brothers


Gehring, Wes D.: Kinds of American Film Comedy: Six Core Genres and Their Literary Roots
From the publisher: "This groundbreaking film study begins with a survey of American print humorists from eras leading up to and overlapping the advent of film—including some who worked both on the page and on the screen [...]. Six comic film genres are identified as outgrowths of a national tradition of Cracker Barrel philosophers, personality comedy, parody, screwball comedy, romantic comedy and dark comedy. [...]"
I assume the Marx Brothers will be mentioned in some place.

@McFarland / @ / @2024 / @1 476 68899 0

- McFarland, 2024, ISBN: 1 476 68899 0 / softcover
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- McFarland, 2024 / eBook
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Documentaries about the Marx Brothers/TV Programmes with Groucho, Harpo or Chico


Groucho & Cavett (2023)
Cavett looks back at his relationship with Groucho, sharing footage from Groucho's visits to his show and other rare recordings.

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- DVD, Region 1: PBS, American Masters, AM62115, 2023 / Check availability (commissions earned*): USA UK DE FR CA JP IT ES
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