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By Wes D. Gehring

This bio-bibliography was once designed to offer a mixed biographical, severe, and bibliographical portrait of the Marx Brothers. It examines their value in movie comedy particularly, and as pop culture figures in most cases. The ebook is split into 5 sections, starting with a biography which explores the private and non-private aspects of the Marx Brothers. the second one part is anxious with the affects of the Marx Brothers as icons of anti-establishment comedy, as members to advancements in American comedy, as early examples of "saturation comedy," and as a vital hyperlink among silent motion pictures and the "talkies". 3 unique articles, by way of Groucho and one through Gummo, include half 3. A bibliographical essay, which assesses key reference fabrics and learn collections, is by way of bibliographical checklists. Appendices containing a chronological biography with a timeline, a filmography, and a specific discography entire the paintings.

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94 Over thirty years later the same question was delightfully preserved on film when a very young Melinda Marx (Groucho's daughter by his second wife, Kay Gorcey) appeared on Groucho's televised You Bet Your Life. Undoubtedly, Groucho's interest in children was a reflection of his own childhood's less-thanfavored-son status. Unfortunately, Groucho's childlike love was largely limited to children. With adults he often seemed distrustful and in need of preserving his cynically wisecracking persona.

The mortgage was held by the banking concern of Greenbaum & Sons. " In Chicago The Four Nightingales became The Six Mascots—a short-lived singing and dancing act, beginning to add a modicum of humor to its material. The > 5. The Marx Brothers after the 1912 addition of Chico (from left to right): Harpo, Gummo, Chico, and Groucho. ) 18 The Marx Brothers troupe was composed of Groucho, Gummo, Harpo, bass singer Freddie Hutchins, and two girl singers. However, when the girls left the group early, Minnie and her sister Hannah replaced them.

Chico had met lowbudget Broadway producer Joseph "Minimum" Gaites in a pinochle game. " 83 ) Gaites had a potential financial backer in James Beury, a wealthy Pennsylvania coal-mine owner. Beury had recently purchased Philadelphia's Walnut Street Theatre and was eager to back a show which would feature his girlfriend. Coincidentally, she happened to be a Marx Brothers chorus girl involved with Harpo. ) Add to this "Minimum" Gaites's recent producing of two short-lived showsLove for Sale and Gimmie a Thrill—shows with lots of sets and salvageable script material.

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