The Comic World of the Marx Brothers' Movies: "anything Further Father?"

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Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press, 2007 - Performing Arts - 130 pages
The Comic World of the Marx Brothers' Movies: "Anything Further Father?" is the first book to consider the Marx Brothers in the context of comic theory and practice. It includes a gag analysis of three famous scenes: the stateroom scene in A Night at the Opera, the mirror scene in Duck Soup, and the "tootsie-frootsie" ice cream scene in A Day at the Races.
 

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Contents

The Marx Brothers and Comic Form
17
Three Celebrated Scenes Gag Analysis
28
How the Marx Brothers Developed Their Movie Characters
33
The Marx Brothers Movies The Cocoanuts
52
Animal Crackers
59
Monkey Business
67
Horse Feathers
71
Duck Soup
78
At the Circus
96
Go West
101
The Big Store
105
A Night in Casablanca
109
The Last Movies
113
The Marx Brothers Movies in Context
118
Conclusion
123
Bibliography
126

A Night at the Opera
84
A Day at the Races
88
Room Service
92

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Page 21 - Harpo's arms. Of the people I have met, I would name her as among the few of whom it could be said that they had greatness. She had done much more than bear her sons, bring them up, and turn them into play actors. She had invented them. They were just comics she imagined for her own amusement. They amused no one more, and their reward was her ravishing smile.

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