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Hail, Hail, Euphoria! : Presenting the Marx Brothers in Duck Soup, the Greatest War Movie Ever Made

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Bestselling author Roy Blount Jr. tells the story of theclassic Marx Brothers wartime satire Duck Soup. As always, Blount isinformed yet informal, tongue-in-cheek yet tempered, providing the perfectvoice to recount the irreverent antics of Harpo, Chico, Groucho, and Zeppo. Readers of HarpoSpeaks, The Essential Groucho,and Monkey Business and fans of Animal Crackers, A Night at the Opera and the Marx Brothers' other timelesscomedies-as well as all fans of Blount's witty and insightful books like Alphabet Juice and Feet on the Street and listeners to NPR's weekly news quiz, Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me-will becaptivated by the lyrical humorist's compelling, behind-the-scenes storytellingof the 1933 classic film.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 160 pages
  • 132.08 x 198.12 x 12.7mm | 113.4g
  • It Books
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0061808172
  • 9780061808173
  • 1,527,622

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"Hail, Hail, Euphoria! is the most lyrical, insightful, scholarly, illuminating and celebratory 144 pages I've ever sat down with. This book is a stream of fun." -- Wall Street Journal "Roy Blount Jr. knows from humor. In [Hail, Hail, Euphoria!], he sets out to remedy the lack of a scene-by-scene commentary on the Marx Brothers' greatest movie, the sublimely nonsensical Duck Soup." -- Washington Post "An essential read for Marx Brothers fans, those curious about the melding of war and humor in film, and browsers looking for a good read." -- Library Journal "Readers will enjoy the stories behind this iconic film and the careers of the Marx Brothers." -- Booklist "Roy Blount Jr. deconstructs the Marx Brothers' magic." -- Los Angeles Times
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Nearly eighty years after its release, the Marx Brothers film Duck Soup remains one of the most influential pieces of political satire in history. In Hail, Hail, Euphoria!, bestselling author Roy Blount Jr. tells the history and making of Duck Soup, examining the comedic genius of the Marx Brothers in their finest hour and nine minutes.

In Duck Soup, a slim, agile, quick-witted, self-assured young man is summoned to save a nation from financial ruin. As the nation's new president, he brings together a team of rivals, a band of brothers. Those brothers are Pinky, Chicolini, and Lt. Bob Roland. Their leader? None other than Rufus T. Firefly.

The humor and idiosyncratic wit of Duck Soup are saluted by the author's own in this gem of a book, offering a behind-the-scenes tale of show business and brotherhood that only a true Marx Brothers aficionado could tell.
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About jr. Roy Blount

Humorist, sportswriter, poet, performer, lecturer, dramatist, and author of seventeen books, Roy Blount Jr.'s writing has appeared in numerous publications, including The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, and National Geographic. His work has also been anthologized in such collections as The Best of Modern Humor and The Ultimate Baseball Book. He lives in western Massachusetts and New York City.
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