By Harpo Marx
(Limelight). "This is a riotous tale that is quite mad and as exact as a Marx brother could make it. regardless of just a 12 months and a half education, Harpo, or maybe his collaborator, is the simplest author of the Marx Brother. hugely recommended." Library magazine "A humorous, affectionate and unpretentious autobiography performed with a sharply expert help from Rowland Barber." long island instances booklet evaluation
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Benny had commissioned Herman Timberg to write down a brand new act for us. the end result used to be at the Mezzanine, an act which lasted an hour, and was once essentially a exhibit in itself. It was once in at the Mezzanine that I first did a section of commercial that was once to be my favourite for a few years. The scene was once a lodge suite. A handsome woman is at the mobile. “But how will i do know you? ” she asks, then says, “Oh-you’ll be donning a brown go well with with a white carnation. ” input Groucho, Chico and me, all in brown matches with white carnations. now we have overheard the dialog on the different finish of the telephone. On our heels the inn dick is available in. The hotel’s silver has been stolen, he says, and a witness mentioned man in a brown go well with with a white carnation pulled the task. He grills Groucho and Chico, will get not anything yet gags. He turns to me and says, “You’ve obtained a decent face. You don’t are looking to be a criminal, do you? ” I nod my head definite. “You simply keep away from those different guys,” he says. “They’ll merely get you into hassle. ” I make a contrite face, stick out my decrease lip, and shake my head. inspired by means of sparing me from a lifetime of crime, the detective shakes my hand. A knife falls out of my sleeve and bounces at the flooring. The detective shakes more durable. 3 extra knives fall out. Intrigued, he shakes my different hand. part a dozen knives clatter to the level. He shakes either fingers, and nonetheless extra silver comes spilling out. whilst I first did the bit, I had twenty items up my sleeves. i finally labored as much as shedding 300 knives, with a silver coffeepot tumbling out of my coat for a end. We attempted out at the Mezzanine in an area theatre on 14th highway, and knew we had a winner. Benny Leonard packed up his gloves and that i packed up my knives and at the highway we went. St. Paul, Minnesota. I labored out a brand new refinement at the knife-dropping gag. i'd unmarried out a dame within the viewers, sitting down entrance. forever the detective was once shaking the cutlery out of my sleeves i might provide this dame a frozen stare, form of a changed Gookie. The dame I singled out tonight in St. Paul fainted useless away while i started to stare at her. We needed to cease the convey. I felt negative. I jumped down into the orchestra pit, the place the ushers had carried the woman. whilst she got here to and opened her eyes and observed me leaning over her, she fainted back. Cedar Rapids, Iowa. the one grievance we ever obtained from the general public over our fabric used to be whereas we have been at the street with Benny Leonard. At one aspect in at the Mezzanine Groucho, Chico and I-I can’t take note what it needed to do with the scene -limped around the degree in a parody of “The Spirit of ‘76. ” A committee patriots complained to the theatre supervisor that this was once disrespectful to previous Glory and the good traditions of the U. S. A. and will be reduce from the express. as far as i do know, it was once the one time we ever indignant anyone. We by no means labored “dirty. ” We by no means used any Jewish expressions onstage. Our comedy can have been vast, and lovely hokey now and then, however it used to be fresh.