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Monkey Business

(2000)
The Lives And Legends of the Marx Brothers: Groucho, Chico, Harpo, Zeppo with Added Gummo
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Strange but true: this is the first comprehensive and fully researched biography of all five Marx Brothers -- Chico, Harpo, Groucho, Gummo, and Zeppo. It features the first authentic account of their origins, their comedic roots, and their twenty-four years on stage prior to their first movie, The Cocoanuts, in 1929. Monkey Business brings to life the vanished world of America's wild and boisterous variety circuits, leading to the Marx Brothers' Broadway successes and their alliance with New York's theatrical lions, George S. Kaufman and the Algonquin Round Table.

Louvish showcases well-minted Marxian dialogue and much madness and mayhem in this tale of the Brothers' Hollywood battles, their films, their loves and marriages, and the story of the forgotten brother Gummo, who never appeared on screen. Salvador Dali's "missing" script for Harpo, the true identity of the longsuffering Margaret Dumont, and the politics of "Marxism a la Groucho" all spice up this definitive biography of these beloved brothers.



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Hardback Editions

June 2000 : USA Hardback
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Title: Monkey Business: The Lives and Legends of The Marx Brothers
Author(s): Simon Louvish
ISBN: 0-312-25292-7 / 978-0-312-25292-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
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Paperback Editions

April 2019 : USA Paperback
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Title: Monkey Business: The Lives and Legends of the Marx Brothers (Louvish Hollywood Biographies)
Author(s): Simon Louvish
ISBN: 1-56656-033-0 / 978-1-56656-033-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Interlink Pub Group
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November 1999 : UK Paperback
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Title: Monkey Business: The Lives and Legends of the Marx Brothers
Author(s): Simon Louvish
ISBN: 0-571-19350-1 / 978-0-571-19350-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Groucho Marx
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September 2001 : USA Paperback
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Title: Monkey Business: The Lives and Legends of the Marx Brothers
Author(s): Simon Louvish
ISBN: 0-312-28382-2 / 978-0-312-28382-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
Availability: Amazon UK