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Epstein, Lawrence J.: Mixed Nuts: America's Love Affair with Comedy Teams from Burns and Allen to Belushi and Aykroyd
(Category: Books and articles which mention the Marx Brothers in a larger context)
"Organizing this work chronologically, Epstein (The Haunted Smile: The Story of Jewish Comedians in America) provides a lively history of entertainment from early vaudeville through radio, film and television. He's especially good at viewing humor through a sociological prism, showing, for example, how the cynicism of the early Marx Brothers needed to be reworked to accommodate a Depression-era mentality. With FDR's New Deal, Epstein explains, Groucho's character was made more likable. In fact, comedy teams were most popular during America's tough times, such as WWII, when Abbott and Costello delivered much-needed relief." (Amazon/Publishers Weekly)

PublicAffairs /  / 2004 / 1 58648 190 8

- PublicAffairs, 2004, ISBN: 1 58648 190 8 (ISBN-13: 9781586481902)
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Sagoma /  / 2010 / 88 650 6008 5

- (italiano) Sagoma, 2010, ISBN: 88 650 6008 5 (ISBN-13: 9788865060087)
   titled: Quando i comici facevano touchdown. Dai Fratelli Marx ai Blues Brothers, l'esilarante epopea dei team comici d'America, translated by: C. Lattanzi
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