Hello, I Must Be Going: Groucho and His Friends

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Simon and Schuster, Aug 14, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 554 pages
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When Charlotte Chandler called Groucho Marx for an interview, he answered the phone himself. Declining to be interviewed, he invited her over to his house so he could tell her no in person. After talking with her for hours, Groucho asked, "Why aren't you writing?"

Hello, I Must Be Going is the story of Groucho and the Marx Brothers, told through Groucho's everyday conversations with Charlotte Chandler and his friends. And what a group of friends they were! Woody Allen, Jack Nicholson, Elliott Gould, Bill Cosby, Marvin Hamlisch, Betty Comden, Adolph Green, Sidney Sheldon, and dozens of others walk through the pages of this fascinating book. Anyone interested in Groucho or the Marx Brothers, or who wants to spend a few hours in fabulous company, will find this book irresistible.
  

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Review: Hello, I Must Be Going: Groucho and His Friends

User Review  - Valerie - Goodreads

Why did I think this was written by Groucho himself? Perhaps it's because he was quoted so much in the book. Read full review

Review: Hello, I Must Be Going: Groucho and His Friends

User Review  - Deborah - Goodreads

I liked this better even than his autobiography, which was also a lot of fun. She's an appreciative audience but has just enough distance to avoid being only a cipher for Groucho's considerable (and understandable, though occasionally exhausting) self-regard. Read full review

Contents

He never kissed an ugly girl
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didnt have Erin Id have old furniture
101
The Lord Alps those that Alps themselves
121
Is it sad or high kickin?
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About the author (2007)

Charlotte Chandler is the author of several biographies of actors and directors, including Groucho Marx, Federico Fellini, Billy Wilder, Alfred Hitchcock, Bette Davis, Ingrid Bergman, Joan Crawford, and Mae West, all of whom she interviewed extensively. She is a member of the board of the Film Society of Lincoln Center and lives in New York City.

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