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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 / 2016 / 0 8101 3416 0

- Northwestern University Press, Evanston, IL, 2016, ISBN: 0 8101 3416 0
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Coniam, Matthew: That's Me, Groucho!
The Solo Career of Groucho Marx

McFarland /  / 2016 / 1 476 66373 4

- McFarland, 2016, ISBN: 1 476 66373 4
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- McFarland, 2016 / Kindle edition
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Diamond, Noah: Gimme a Thrill
The Story of "I'll Say She Is", the lost Marx Brothers musical, and how it was found

BearManor Media /  / 2016 / 1 593 93933 7

- BearManor Media, 2016, ISBN: 1 593 93933 7 / softcover
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- BearManor Media, 2016, ISBN: 1 593 93934 5 / hardcover
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- BearManor Media, 2016 / Kindle edition
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Siegel, Lee: Groucho Marx - The Comedy of Existence
From the publisher's website: "The first critical biography of Groucho Marx to approach his work analytically, this fascinating study draws unique connections between Groucho's comedy and his life, concentrating primarily on the brothers' classic films as a means of understanding and appreciating Julius the man."

Yale University Press / New Haven, CT / 2016 / 0 300 17445 4

- Yale University Press, New Haven, CT, 2016, ISBN: 0 300 17445 4
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- Yale University Press, New Haven, CT, 2016 / Kindle edition
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- Yale University Press, New Haven, CT, 2016, ISBN: 1 515 95248 7 / Audio book. Narrator: Joe Barrett
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Books in which the Marx Brothers appear as characters


Gullo, Jim: Grouch Bag: A Novel
A boy goes back in time to save comedy. In 1908 he meets the Marx Brothers before they became famous. 2017 edition changes the title to "The Comedy Keeper"

Yam Hill Publishing /  / 2017 / 0 692 83700 0

- Yam Hill Publishing, 2017, ISBN: 0 692 83700 0
   titled: The Comedy Keeper / New title and cover: "Note to readers & fans: This book was originally published as "Grouch Bag". If you bought that book, don't buy this one! It's the same story with an updated cover and design!! This version has a much more kid-friendly design and format."
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- Yam Hill Publishing, 2017
   titled: The Comedy Keeper / Kindle Edition. Same story with an updated cover and design!
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Marx Brothers Movies


The Marx Brothers Silver Screen Collection ( Box Set, Paramount )
includes "The Cocoanuts", "Animal Crackers" (+theatrical trailer), "Horse Feathers" (+theatrical trailer), "Monkey Business" and "Duck Soup" (+theatrical trailer)
All have English Dolby Digital 2.0 audio and all except Cocoanuts also have Spanish audio. All are subtitled in English, French and Spanish
An extra disc of bonus material has:
- Today Show Interview with Harpo Marx (1961)
- Today Show Interview with Groucho Marx (1963)
- Today Show Interview with William Marx, Harpo's son (1985)
Some columnist and some people on amazon have stated that these movies have been "censored". This is not true, they are the same as the versions previously available on video and DVD.

Universal / USA / 2016 /
- Blu-Ray: Universal, USA, 2016 / Three Blu-Ray discs with the five Paramount movies in restored sound and picture quality. Animal Crackers also has some additional footage:
  •  Disc 1 - The Cocoanuts: Feature Commentary with Film Historian Anthony Slide
  •  Disc 1 - Animal Crackers: Feature Commentary with Film Historian Jeffrey Vance
  •  Disc 2 - Monkey Business: Commentary with Marx Bros. Historian/Author Robert S. Bader and Bill Marx
  •  Disc 2 - Horse Feathers: Feature Commentary with Film Critic F.X. Feeney
  •  Disc 3 - Duck Soup: The Marx Brother: Hollywood's Kings of Chaos (new feature-length documentary); Inside the NBC Vault - Today Show: Interview with Harpo Marx (1961), Interview with Groucho Marx (1963), Interview with William Marx (1985); Commentary with Film Critic/Historian Leonard Maltin and Marx Bros. Historian/Author Robert S. Bader
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Arrow Academy / UK / 2017-05-29 /
- Blu-Ray: Arrow Academy, UK, 29 May 2017 /
(Limited edition) contains:
  •  Commentary on The Cocoanuts by film scholar Anthony Slide
  •  Commentary on Animal Crackers by film historian Jeffrey Vance
  •  Commentary on Monkey Business by Marx Brothers historian Robert S Bader and Bill Marx, son of Harpo Marx
  •  Commentary on Horse Feathers by film critic FX Feeney
  •  Commentary on Duck Soup by Bader and film critic Leonard Maltin
  •  The Marx Brothers: Hollywood's Kings of Chaos, a feature-length documentary containing interviews with Leonard Maltin, Dick Cavett and others
  •  Three excerpts from NBC's The Today Show featuring interviews with Harpo Marx, Groucho Marx and Bill Marx
  •  Sibling Revelry, an introduction to the Marx Brothers by critic David Cairns
  •  DUCKFEATHERMONKEYNUTCRACKER, a new video essay about the films by David Cairns
  •  60-page book containing writing by Robert S. Bader, author of Four of the Three Musketeers: The Marx Brothers on Stage, plus new writing on each of the films by Pamela Hutchinson, Christina Newland, Kevin Jackson, Michael Brooke and Vic Pratt
  •  Reversible sleeve featuring two pieces based on artwork from the films' original release
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