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Four of the Three Musketeers: The Marx Brothers on Stage

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“Who would have dreamed that there could be much, much more to learn in still another book about the Marx Brothers? Not I. And yet, Robert Bader—focusing on the under-researched vaudeville days of the hilarious siblings—has gone where no man went before, discovering a treasure trove of Marxiana to delight the hearts and minds of those of us who can never get enough.” —Dick Cavett

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.

 


Additional Information
Author

Robert S. Bader

Binding

Hardcover

EAN

9780810134164

EANList

9780810134164

ISBN

0810134160

ItemDimensions

0, hundredths-inches, 0, hundredths-inches, 0, hundredths-pounds, 0, hundredths-inches

Label

Northwestern University Press

Languages

English, Published, English, Original Language, English, Unknown

Manufacturer

Northwestern University Press

NumberOfPages

520

PackageDimensions

174, hundredths-pounds

ProductGroup

Book

ProductTypeName

ABIS_BOOK

PublicationDate

2016-10-15

Publisher

Northwestern University Press

Studio

Northwestern University Press