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Groucho Marx

Groucho Marx, circa 1931
Born Julius Henry Marx
October 2, 1890(1890-10-02)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Died August 19, 1977 (aged 86)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Comedian
Quiz show host
Singer
Years active 1919—1972
Spouse(s) Ruth Johnson (1920-1942) (divorced)
Kay Marvis Gorcey (1945-1951) (divorced)
Eden Hartford (1954-1969) (divorced)
Julius Henry "Groucho" Marx (October 2, 1890[1] – August 19, 1977) was an American comedian and film star famed as a master of wit.
He made 13 feature films with his siblings the Marx Brothers, of which he was the third-born. .He also had a successful solo career, most notably as the host of the radio and television game shows You Bet Your Life and Tell it to Groucho.^ On a personal level, tell me what in your life led you to the conclusion there’s no god?
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^ And you ‘Dubya’ mimic the moronic insane ramblings of your idiot namesake, today the most despised man on the face of the earth..
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^ I guarantee you I’ve read and comprehended your fictional bible of bullshit in far more depth and many more times than most Xtians… .
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[2] His distinctive appearance, carried over from his days in vaudeville, included quirks such as glasses, cigars, and a thick greasepaint moustache and eyebrows.

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Biography

Childhood and pre-Hollywood career

The Marx family grew up on East 93rd Street off Lexington Avenue in a neighborhood now known as Carnegie Hill on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. .The turn-of-the-century building that Harpo called "the first real home they ever knew" (in his memoir Harpo Speaks) was populated with European immigrants, mostly artisans - who even included a glass blower.^ Suppose now that you suddenly turn them round and make them look with pain and grief to themselves at the real images; will they believe them to be real?
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^ Link re Chronic Liar JimR in “you sure are quick to tell someone else they are attacking you when in reality, you’re the one doing the name calling.” .
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^ As the evil is discovered by experience to be greater than the 359 good, the sufferers, who cannot also be doers, make a compact that they will have neither, and this compact or mean is called justice, but is really the impossibility of doing injustice.
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.Just across the street were the oldest brownstones in the area, owned by people such as the well-connected Loew Brothers and William Orth.^ They based this on the miracle of the loaves and the fishes, when Christ decided that all the people should have enough to eat, not just those who owned the bread and fish.
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^ Thereupon the friend of the people makes his well-known request to them for a body-guard, which they readily grant, thinking only of his danger and not of their own.
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Groucho's parents were Minnie Schoenberg Marx and Sam Marx (called "Frenchie" throughout his life). Minnie's brother was Al Schoenberg, who shortened his name to Al Shean when he went into show business as half of Gallagher and Shean, a noted vaudeville act of the early 20th century. According to Groucho, when Shean visited he would throw the local waifs a few coins so that when he knocked at the door he would be surrounded by adoring fans. .Marx and his brothers respected his opinions and asked him on several occasions to write some material for them.^ Certainly we will, said Glaucon; and in a few minutes Polemarchus appeared, and with him Adeimantus, Glaucon’s brother, Niceratus the son of Nicias, and several others who had been at the procession.
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^ The two brothers ask Socrates to prove to them that the just is happy when they have taken from him all that in which happiness is ordinarily supposed to consist.
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^ But the example of Sparta, and perhaps in some degree the tendency to defy public opinion, seems to have misled him.
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.In a 1950 radio episode of You Bet Your Life, Groucho states that he was born in a room above a butcher's shop on 78th Street in New York City.^ Polemarchus said to me: I perceive, Socrates, that you and your companion are already on your way to the city.
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^ They are at a distance and may probably be averted; change of place, a new state of life, the interests of a home may be the cure of them.
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^ In fact I challenge you both along with ‘stevo’ there to a rational discussion on your flawed faith based life philosophy.
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Minnie Marx did not have an entertainment industry career, but had intense ambition for her sons to go on the stage like their uncle. While pushing her eldest son Leonard (Chico Marx) in piano lessons, she found that Julius had a pleasant soprano voice and the ability to remain on key. .Even though Julius's early career goal was to become a doctor, the family's need for income forced Julius out of school at the age of twelve.^ But they declined to treat intemperate and worthless subjects, even though they might have made large fortunes out of them.
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^ The obscurities of early Greek poets arose necessarily out of the state of language and logic which existed in their age.
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By that time, Julius had become a voracious reader, particularly fond of Horatio Alger. .Throughout the rest of his life, Marx would overcome his lack of formal education by becoming very well-read.^ It would seem, Adeimantus, that the direction in which education starts a man, will determine his future life.
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^ I my be only 17 at this point in my life, but even if i were to read and reread your writings of marx-influenced absurdity” .
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^ Yet surely, I said, this ferocity only comes from spirit, which, if rightly educated, would give courage, but, if too much intensified, is liable to become hard and brutal.
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After a few comically unsuccessful stabs at entry-level office work and other jobs suitable for adolescents, Julius took to the stage as a boy singer in 1905. Though he reputedly claimed that as a vaudevillian he was "hopelessly average," it was merely a wisecrack. By 1909, Minnie Marx successfully managed to assemble her sons into a low-quality vaudeville singing group. Billed as "The Four Nightingales", Julius, Milton (Gummo Marx), Arthur (originally Adolph; Harpo Marx), and another boy singer, Lou Levy, traveled the U.S. vaudeville circuits to little fanfare. After exhausting their prospects in the East, the family moved to La Grange, Illinois, to play the Midwest.
After a particularly dispiriting performance in Nacogdoches, Texas, Julius, Milton, and Arthur began cracking jokes onstage for their own amusement. .Much to their surprise, the audience liked them better as comedians than singers.^ The fact is that radical fundy Christians are much more like their Muslim counterparts they despise than they are different.
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.They modified the then-popular Gus Edwards comedy skit "School Days" and renamed it "Fun In Hi Skule". The Marx Brothers would perform variations on this routine for the next seven years.^ The various arts may be doing their own business and benefiting that over which they preside, but would the artist receive any benefit from his art unless he were paid as well?
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An early photo of the brothers with their parents. Groucho is the first on the left.
.For a time in vaudeville all the brothers performed using ethnic accents.^ In language which seems to reach beyond the horizon of that age and country, he is described as ‘the spectator of all time and all existence.’ He has the noblest gifts of nature, and makes the highest use of them.
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^ All who were begotten at the time when their fathers and mothers came together will be called their brothers and sisters, and these, as I was saying, will be forbidden to intermarry.
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Leonard, the oldest, developed the Italian accent he used as Chico Marx to convince some roving bullies that he was Italian, not Jewish. Julius Marx's character from "Fun In Hi Skule" was an ethnic German, so Julius played him with a German accent. However, after the sinking of the RMS Lusitania in 1915, public anti-German sentiment was widespread, and Marx's German character was booed, so he quickly dropped the accent and developed the fast-talking wise-guy character he would be remembered for.
The Marx Brothers became the biggest comedic stars of the Palace Theatre, which billed itself as the "Valhalla of Vaudeville". Brother Chico's deal-making skills resulted in three hit plays on Broadway. No comedy routine had ever infected the hallowed Broadway circuit.
All of this predated their Hollywood career. .By the time the Marxes made their first movie, they were major stars with sharply honed skills, and when Groucho was relaunched to stardom on You Bet Your Life, he had already been performing successfully for half a century.^ Polemarchus said to me: I perceive, Socrates, that you and your companion are already on your way to the city.
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^ I told you one time I wouldn’t stoop to your level but I guess I just have.
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^ I guarantee you I’ve read and comprehended your fictional bible of bullshit in far more depth and many more times than most Xtians… .
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Hollywood

Groucho Marx made 26 movies, 13 of them with his brothers Chico and Harpo.[3] .Marx developed a routine as a wise-cracking hustler with a distinctive chicken-walking lope, an exaggerated greasepaint mustache and eyebrows, and an ever-present cigar, improvising insults to stuffy dowagers (often played by Margaret Dumont) and anyone else who stood in his way.^ Anyone who insults the founding fathers is a disgrace.
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^ Can you contribute or respond to anything whatsoever that doesn’t present this bigotry and hate that you have towards anyone who doesn’t subscribe to this childlike Christian view of the world around you?
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^ Link John Riley “Anyone who insults the founding fathers is a disgrace.
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As the Marx Brothers, he and his brothers starred in a series of popular stage shows and movies.
.Their first movie was a silent film made in 1919 that was never released,[3] and believed to have been destroyed at the time.^ He ridicules the new logic of his time; the Utopians could never be made to understand the doctrine of Second Intentions 3 .
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A decade later, the team made some of their Broadway hits into movies, including The Cocoanuts and Animal Crackers.[3] Other successful films were Monkey Business, Horse Feathers, Duck Soup and A Night at the Opera.[3] One quip from Marx concerned his response to Sam Wood, the director of the classic film A Night at the Opera. Furious with the Marx Brothers' ad-libs and antics on the set, Wood yelled in disgust: "I cannot make actors out of clay." .Without missing a beat, Groucho responded, "Nor can you make a director out of Wood."^ The more appeals of this sort which you make, he said, the more determined are we that you shall tell us how such a State is possible: speak out and at once.
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Marx worked as a radio comedian and show host. One of his earliest stints was in a short-lived series in 1932 Flywheel, Shyster, and Flywheel, co-starring Chico. .Most of the scripts and discs were thought to have been destroyed, but all but one of the scripts were found in 1988 in the Library of Congress.^ One of the most remarkable conceptions of Plato, because un-Greek and also very different from anything which existed at all in his age of the world, is the transposition of ranks.
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^ This is the most detrimental type of whoring found in America performed everyday by most all working Americans.
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.In 1947, Marx was chosen to host a radio quiz program You Bet Your Life broadcast by ABC and then CBS, before moving over to NBC radio and television in 1950. Filmed before a live audience, the television show consisted of Marx interviewing the contestants and ad libbing jokes, before playing a brief quiz.^ Force everyone to live by your ideas of what you think is “fair”.
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^ On a personal level, tell me what in your life led you to the conclusion there’s no god?
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^ You libs need to get your act together.
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The show was responsible for the phrases "Say the secret woid [word] and divide $100" (that is, each contestant would get $50); and "Who's buried in Grant's Tomb?" or "What color is the White House?" (asked when Marx felt sorry for a contestant who had not won anything). It ran for eleven years on television.
.Groucho was the subject of an urban legend, about a supposed response to a contestant who had over a dozen children which supposedly brought down the house.^ Are these to be or not to be the strains which the children will hear repeated in their ears by all the citizens about those who are intimated to them to be their parents and the rest of their kinsfolk?
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^ Like people who go about looking for what they have in their hands—that was the way with us—we looked not at what we were seeking, but at what was far off in the distance; and therefore, I suppose, we missed her.
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.In response to Marx asking in disbelief why she had so many children, the contestant replied "I love my husband," to which Marx responded, "I love my cigar, but I take it out once in a while."^ He replied: They are like the punning riddles which are asked at feasts or the children’s puzzle about the eunuch aiming at the bat, with what he hit him, as they say in the puzzle, and upon what the bat was sitting.
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^ Last of all comes the tyrannical man; about whom we have once more to ask, how is he formed out of the democratical?
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^ They live on the best of terms with each other, and take care not to have too many children.
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Groucho often asserted in interviews that this exchange never took place, but it remains one of the most often quoted "Groucho-isms" nonetheless.[4]
.Throughout his career he introduced a number of memorable songs in films, including "Hooray for Captain Spaulding" and "Hello, I Must Be Going", in Animal Crackers, "Whatever It Is, I'm Against It", "Everyone Says I Love You" and "Lydia the Tattooed Lady". Frank Sinatra, who once quipped that the only thing he could do better than Marx was sing, made a film with Marx and Jane Russell in 1951 entitled Double Dynamite.^ Do you love this country more than you hate black people?
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^ You could safely say that, there, the similarity to OUR early government differs slightly.
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^ However, when you ask that I do my research, I respond by saying, that perhaps you should be more concerned with your fellow Conservatives who scattered throughout this blog (for example), attack Obama for being a Muslim??
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Mustache, eyebrows and walk

Harpo and Chico were difficult to recognize without their wigs and costumes, but it was almost impossible to recognize Groucho without his trademark glasses, or fake eyebrows and mustache.
.The greasepaint mustache and eyebrows originated spontaneously prior to a vaudeville performance when he did not have time to apply the pasted-on mustache he had been using (or, according to his autobiography, simply did not enjoy the removal of the mustache every night because of the effects of tearing an adhesive bandage off the same patch of skin every night).^ He is aware that mathematical studies are preliminary to almost every other; at the same time, he will not reduce all varieties of knowledge to the type of mathematics.
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After applying the greasepaint mustache, a quick glance in the mirror revealed his natural hair eyebrows were too undertoned and did not match the rest of his face, so Marx added the greasepaint to his eyebrows and headed for the stage. .The absurdity of the greasepaint was never discussed on-screen, but in a famous scene in Duck Soup, where both Chicolini (Chico) and Pinky (Harpo) are disguising themselves as Groucho, they are briefly seen applying the greasepaint, implicitly answering any question a viewer might have had about where he got his mustache and eyebrows.^ EarthTalk: Questions & Answers About Our Environment.
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.Marx was asked to do the greasepaint mustache once more for You Bet Your Life, but refused, opting instead to grow a real one, which he wore for the rest of his life.^ I should like to hear what you are saying once more, for I do not think that I perfectly understand you.
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^ TX Etien [French for steve] - Try taking it easy, you might enjoy life a little more.
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^ Once more, Socrates, I will ask you to consider another way of speaking about justice and injustice, which is not confined 364 to the poets, but is found in prose writers.
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He did paint the old character mustache over his real one on a few rare performing occasions, including a TV sketch with Jackie Gleason on the latter's variety show in the 1960s (in which they performed a variation on the song "Positively Mr. Gallagher, Absolutely Mr. Shean," written by Marx's uncle Al Shean) and the 1968 Otto Preminger film Skidoo. In his 70s at the time, Marx remarked on his appearance: "I looked like I was embalmed." He played a mob boss called "God" and, according to Marx, "both my performance and the film were God-awful!".
.The exaggerated walk, with one hand on the small of his back and his torso bent almost 90 degrees at the waist was a parody of a fad from the 1880s and 1890s.^ The state which we have now in hand, when created, will be nearest to immortality and unity in the next degree; and after that, by the grace of God, we will complete the third one.
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.Then, fashionable young men of the upper classes would affect a walk with their right hand held fast to the base of their spines, and with a slight lean forward at the waist and a very slight twist toward the right with the left shoulder, allowing the left hand to swing free with the gait.^ Obama’s far left leanings, which are influenced by such marxist based paradigms as black liberation theology and Saul Alinsky style organizing which promotes aggitation and class struggle, quite frankly scare me to death.
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.Edmund Morris, in his biography The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt describes a young Roosevelt, newly elected to the State Assembly, walking into the House Chamber for the first time in this trendy, affected gait, somewhat to the amusement of the older and more rural Members who were present.^ I propose therefore that we enquire into the nature of justice and injustice, first as 369 they appear in the State, and secondly in the individual, proceeding from the greater to the lesser and comparing them.
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^ First among the virtues found in the State, wisdom comes into view, and in this I detect a certain peculiarity.
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^ For Plato is the prophet who ‘came into the world to convince men’—first of the fallibility of sense and opinion, and secondly of the reality of abstract ideas.
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Groucho exaggerated this fad to a marked degree, and the comedy effect was enhanced by how out of date the fashion was by the 1920s and 30s.[citation needed]

Personal life

Marx's three marriages all ended in divorce. His first wife was chorus girl Ruth Johnson (married February 4, 1920, divorced July 15, 1942). He was 29 and she 19 at the time of their wedding. The couple had two children, Arthur Marx and Miriam Marx. .His second wife was Kay Marvis, née Catherine Dittig[5] (married February 24, 1945, divorced May 12, 1951), former wife of Leo Gorcey.^ Mark May 24 at 12:48 pm .
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Groucho was 54 and Kay 24 at the time of their marriage. They had a daughter, Melinda Marx. His third wife was actress Eden Hartford (married July 17, 1954, divorced December 4, 1969).[6] She was 20 when she married the 63 year old Groucho.
During the early 1950s, Groucho described his perfect woman: “Someone who looks like Marilyn Monroe and talks like George S. Kaufman.”[7]
Often when the Marxes arrived at restaurants, there would be a long wait for a table. "Just tell the maître d' who we are" his wife would nag. (In his pre-mustache days, he was rarely recognized in public.) Groucho would say, "OK, OK. Good evening, sir. My name is Jones. This is Mrs. Jones, and here are all the little Joneses." Now his wife would be furious and insist that he tell the maître d' the truth. ."Oh, all right," said Groucho.^ No, I said; not if we were right in the principle which was acknowledged by all of us when we were framing the State: the principle, as you will remember, was that one man cannot practise many arts with success.
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^ There you are right, he said, since we have made them to share in all things like the men.
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"My name is Smith. This is Mrs. Smith, and here are all the little Smiths."
Similar anecdotes are corroborated by Groucho's friends, not one of whom went without being publicly embarrassed by Groucho on at least one occasion. .Once, at a restaurant (the most common location of Groucho's antics), a fan came up to him and said, "Excuse me, but aren't you Groucho Marx?"^ If you ever see a turtle in a tree, you know he didn’t get up there by himself, he doesn’t belong up there, he doesn’t know what to do while he is up there, and you wonder who put him up there, and why.
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^ What do you think the ‘A’ is for in USA? I didn’t say president of the plural ‘Americas’, I said America, which is a common reference for the US by AMERICANS living in it.
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"Yes," Groucho answered annoyedly. "Oh, I'm your biggest fan! .Could I ask you a favor?"^ So you ask how could a person who became disabled “through no fault of their own” survive on $600/month?
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the man asked. "Sure, what is it?" asked the even-more annoyed Groucho. "See my wife sitting over there? .She's an even bigger fan of yours than I am!^ I think maybe yours is even more stupid than the other one.
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Would you be willing to insult her?" .Groucho replied, "Sir, if my wife looked like that, I wouldn't need any help thinking of insults."^ Link i don’t think he will get my vote and as many as i can let know about this website he wiil be another hitler he hate america and so does his wife.
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^ Normally, I’d think better and just not bother gettin’ into it like this since all that’s gonna happen is more fightin’ but I felt the need, considerin’ what he just said.
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^ Link Sagacious, you need to look up your screen name…You are not as sharp as you think.
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Also, Groucho's son, Arthur, published a brief account of an incident that occurred when Arthur was a child. The family was going through airport customs and, while filling out a form, Groucho listed his name as "Julius Henry Marx" and his occupation as "smuggler". Thereafter, chaos ensued.
.Later in life, Groucho would sometimes note to talk-show hosts, not entirely jokingly, that he was unable to actually insult anyone, because the target of his comment assumed it was a Groucho-esque joke and would laugh.^ Let us note among the guardians those who in their whole life show the greatest eagerness to do what is for the good of their country, and the greatest repugnance to do what is against her interests.
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^ Now, since it’s inappropriate to use his middle name, talk show host Mark Levin refers to him as Barack “Milhous” Obama.
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Off-stage, Groucho was a voracious reader. .He often pointed out that he had only a grammar school education, and he compensated for this by reading everything he got his hands on.^ I my be only 17 at this point in my life, but even if i were to read and reread your writings of marx-influenced absurdity” .
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^ The point here is that the war is not the only factor at hand with the declining value of our currency.
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^ And this, without being really different, appears to be different, and has many points of view, of which only one is caught by the painter, who represents everything because he represents a piece of everything, and that piece an image.
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His knowledge of literature from all eras was extraordinary. .Typical of his achievements, this one was discussed only demurely by Groucho himself: "I think TV is very educational," he once said.^ Yes, he said, he is the only one remaining.
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^ Very true, he said; and I think that we had better correct an error into which we seem to have fallen in the use of the words ‘friend’ and ‘enemy.’ .
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^ I said; for to do so, as I am inclined to think, will be a very serious task.
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."Every time someone turns on a TV, I go in the other room and read."^ In making alliances with the one, and going to war with the other.’ Then in time of peace what is the 333 good of justice?
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^ And don’t go quoting Eye for an Eye, Jesus said turn the other cheek, forgive people seventy times seven times, he who is without sin cast the first stone.
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^ He is aware that mathematical studies are preliminary to almost every other; at the same time, he will not reduce all varieties of knowledge to the type of mathematics.
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His friend Dick Cavett, speaking of Groucho and referencing a certain philosopher's writing, said "I, with my college education, had merely heard of the book, but Groucho had actually read it." Cavett also remarked that Groucho could never end a letter; there was always at least one postscript. In one letter he recalls, Groucho wrote "P.S. Did you ever notice that Peter O'Toole has a double-phallic name?"
.Despite this lack of formal education, he wrote many books, including his autobiography, Groucho and Me (1959) and Memoirs of a Mangy Lover (1963).^ Just before she died in 1963, Franklin’s wife Eleanor wrote on the last page of her last book, Tomorrow Is Now: .
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(He was personal friends with such literary figures as T. S. Eliot and Carl Sandburg. .Much of his personal correspondence with those and other figures is featured in the book The Groucho Letters (1967) with an introduction and commentary on the letters written by Groucho, who donated his letters to the Library of Congress.^ The people are a third class, consisting of those who work with their own hands; they are not politicians, and have not much to live upon.
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^ The world in all ages has been divided between contempt and fear of those who employ the power of ideas and know no other weapons.
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^ But when they returned to the den they would see much worse than those who had never left it.
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.Although Irving Berlin quipped "If Marx had been Groucho instead of Karl, the world would be in less of a snarl", Groucho's political views were left-wing.^ On this vastly superior mulit-dimentional view of the Political landscape, note Hitler too is in the fascist ‘right authoritarian’ quadrant and not the fascist [totalitarian] communist left side.
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^ Gun control has nothing to do with your oversimplified “left vs right’ economic view of the political landscape.
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^ In what way the brighter light is to dawn on the inhabitants of the lower world, or how the idea of good is to become the guiding principle of politics, is left unexplained by Plato.
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Marx & Lennon: The Parallel Sayings was published in 2005; the book records similar sayings between Groucho Marx and John Lennon.

You Bet Your Life

.Groucho's radio life hadn't been as successful as his life on stage and in film, though historians such as Gerald Nachman and Michael Barson suggest that, in the case of the single-season Flywheel, Shyster, and Flywheel (1932), the failure may have been a combination of a poor time slot and the Marx Brothers' returning to Hollywood to make another film.^ Such a combination may be observed in the dog.
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^ We wonder how in the reign of Henry VIII, though veiled in another language and published in a foreign country, such speculations could have been endured.
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^ He may make Homer, Dante, Shakespeare, Plato, Bacon the friends and companions of his life.
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In the mid-1940s, during a depressing lull in his career (his radio show Blue Ribbon Town had failed to hold on, and the Marx Brothers looked finished as film performers), Groucho was scheduled to appear on a radio show with Bob Hope. Annoyed that he was made to wait in the waiting room for 40 minutes, Groucho went on the air in a foul mood. Hope started by saying, "Why, it's Groucho Marx, ladies and gentlemen. (applause) Groucho, what brings you here from the hot desert?" .Groucho retorted, "Hot desert my foot, I've been standing in the cold waiting room for 40 minutes."^ Regardless, for whatever reason, the Muslims i’ve known personally stand out in my mind for their kindness and genuine nature.
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.Groucho continued to ignore the script, and although Hope was a formidable ad-libber in his own right, he couldn't begin to keep up with Groucho, who lengthened the scene well beyond its allotted time slot with a veritable onslaught of improvised wisecracks.^ The previous sciences must first be studied, and will, we may add, continue to be studied till the end of time, although in a sense different from any which Plato could have conceived.
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^ But the inevitable consequence is that he who begins by weeping at the sorrows of others, will end by weeping at his own.
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^ To him who is not a dialectician life is but a sleepy dream; and many a man is in his grave before he is well waked up.
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Listening in on the show was producer John Guedel, who got a brainstorm. He approached Groucho about doing a quiz show. "A quiz show? .Only actors who are completely washed up resort to a quiz show."^ The latter will be slaughtered by Christ and his followers who will set up Christ’s kingdom on earth where he will reign for one thousand years, followed by the total and complete destruction of earth as Christ and his followers return to heaven.
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.Undeterred, Guedel explained that the quiz would be only a backdrop for Groucho's interviews of people, and the storm of ad-libbing that they would elicit.^ And now we say not only that our laws, if they could be enacted, would be for the best, but also that the enactment of them, though difficult, is not impossible.
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^ They would answer, as I should conceive, that they were speaking of those numbers which can only be realized in thought.
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^ Yes, he said; but they would be appearances only.
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.Groucho said, "Well, I've had no success in radio, and I can't hold on to a sponsor.^ No, I said; not if we were right in the principle which was acknowledged by all of us when we were framing the State: the principle, as you will remember, was that one man cannot practise many arts with success.
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^ We will not, I said, be over-positive as yet; but if, on trial, this conception of justice be verified in the individual as well as in the State, there will be no longer any room for doubt; if it be not verified, we must have a fresh enquiry.
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^ Well, I said, the law says that when a man is acquitted he is free from guilt, and what holds at law may hold in argument.
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At this point I'll try anything."
.You Bet Your Life premiered in October 1947 on radio on ABC (which aired it from 1947-49), and then on CBS (1949-50), and finally NBC, continuing until May 1961 -- on radio only, 1947-1950; on both radio and television, 1950-1959; and on television only, 1959-1961. The show was an utter sensation, one of the most popular in the history of radio and television.^ And may we not say that the mind of the one who knows has knowledge, and that the mind of the other, who opines only, has opinion?
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^ And you ‘Dubya’ mimic the moronic insane ramblings of your idiot namesake, today the most despised man on the face of the earth..
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^ I told you one time I wouldn’t stoop to your level but I guess I just have.
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With one of the best announcers and, as it turns out, straight men in the business, George Fenneman, as his faithful foil, Groucho slayed his audiences with extraordinary improvised conversation, usually with the most ordinary of guests.
The program's theme music was an instrumental version of "Hooray for Captain Spaulding", which became increasingly identified as Groucho's personal theme song. .Groucho released a record of the song with the Ken Lane singers and orchestra directed by Victor Young in 1952. Another interesting recording made by Groucho during this period was "The Funniest Song in the World", released on the Young Peoples' Records label in 1949. It was a series of five original children's songs with a connecting narrative about a monkey and his fellow zoo creatures.^ The American people made a mistake when they elected the congress that they have now, and they’re about to make yet another one with their choice for president, assuming that Osama wins.
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Later years

.By the time You Bet Your Life debuted on TV on October 5, 1950, Groucho had grown a real mustache (which he had already sported earlier, in the 1947 film Copacabana and the 1950 film Love Happy).^ Polemarchus said to me: I perceive, Socrates, that you and your companion are already on your way to the city.
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^ I told you one time I wouldn’t stoop to your level but I guess I just have.
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^ I guarantee you I’ve read and comprehended your fictional bible of bullshit in far more depth and many more times than most Xtians… .
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During a tour of Germany in 1958, accompanied by then-wife Eden, daughter Melinda, Robert Dwan and Dwan's daughter Judith, he climbed a pile of rubble that marked the site of Adolf Hitler's bunker, the site of Hitler's death, and performed a two minute charleston.[8] He later remarked to Richard J. Anobile in The Marx Brothers Scrapbook, "Not much satisfaction after he killed six million Jews!"
In 1960, Groucho, a lifelong devotee of the comic operas of Gilbert and Sullivan, appeared as Koko the Lord High Executioner in a televised production of The Mikado on NBC's Bell Telephone Hour.
.Another TV show, Tell It To Groucho, premiered January 11, 1962 on CBS, but only lasted five months.^ What I am going to tell is only a another version of the legend of Cadmus; but our unbelieving generation will be slow to accept such a story.
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On October 1, 1962, Groucho, after acting as occasional guest host of The Tonight Show during the six-month interval between Jack Paar and Johnny Carson, introduced Carson as the new host. In 1965, a weekly show for British TV titled Groucho was poorly received and only lasted 11 weeks.
He appeared as a gangster named God in the movie Skidoo (1968), co-starring Jackie Gleason and Carol Channing, directed by Otto Preminger, and released by the studio where he got his Hollywood start, Paramount Pictures. The film got almost universally negative reviews. .As a side note, writer Paul Krassner published a story in the February 1981 issue of High Times, relating how Groucho prepared for the LSD-themed movie by taking a dose of the drug in Krassner's company, and had a moving, largely pleasant experience.^ Over 50% are in imprisoned for drug related issues, not REAL crimes.
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Four years later came Groucho's last theatrical film appearance; a brief, uncredited cameo in Michael Ritchie's The Candidate (1972).
In the early 1970s, largely at the behest of companion Erin Fleming, Groucho made a comeback with a live one-man show, including one recorded at Carnegie Hall in 1972 and released as a double album, An Evening with Groucho, on A&M Records. He also made an appearance on a short-lived variety show hosted by Bill Cosby, who idolized Groucho, in 1973.
.He developed friendships with rock star Alice Cooper -- the two were photographed together for Rolling Stone magazine -- and television host Dick Cavett, becoming a frequent guest on Cavett's late-night talk show.^ Now, since it’s inappropriate to use his middle name, talk show host Mark Levin refers to him as Barack “Milhous” Obama.
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He befriended Elton John when the British singer was staying in California in 1972, insisting on calling him "John Elton." According to writer Philip Norman, Groucho jokingly pointed his index fingers at as if holding a pair of six-shooters, Elton John put up his hands and said, "Don't shoot me, I'm only the piano player," thereby naming the album he had just completed. Elton John accompanied Groucho to a performance of Jesus Christ Superstar. .As the lights went down, Groucho called out, "Does it have a happy ending?"^ Anyway… with all this stress on ol’ psycho George, I bet he’ll be calling up Jimmyjeff for another one of his special massages with “happy ending” soon.
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And during the Crucifixion scene, he declared, "This is sure to offend the Jews."[citation needed]
Groucho's previous works regained popularity and were accompanied by new books of transcribed conversations by Richard J. Anobile and Charlotte Chandler. In a BBC interview in 1975, Groucho called his greatest achievement having a book selected for cultural preservation in the American Library of Congress. .As a man who never had formal schooling, to have his writings declared to be culturally important was a point of great satisfaction.^ When a man cannot measure, and a great many others who cannot measure declare that he is four cubits high, can he help believing what they say?
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^ No tools will make a man a skilled workman, or master of defence, nor be of any use to him who has not learned how to handle them, and has never bestowed any attention upon them.
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^ And suppose the same god who carried him off were to surround him with neighbours who declare that no man ought to have slaves, and that the owners of them should be punished with death.
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.He had become quite frail by this time and his last few years were accompanied by descent into senility[9][10] and a controversy over a companionship he had developed with Erin Fleming, which consequently raised disputes over his estate.^ I have been to Ukraine 10 times in the last 5 years as a missionary.
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^ I am only 10 years your junior, but I do have to give myself credit for having a little more insight into what is going on around me.
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Groucho accepted an honorary Academy Award in 1974, his final major public appearance, at which he took a bow for all the Marx Brothers and Margaret Dumont. His final appearance was a brief sketch with George Burns in the Bob Hope TV Special Joys in 1976.

Death

Marx's children, particularly his son Arthur, felt strongly that Fleming was pushing their weak father beyond his physical and mental limits. Writer Mark Evanier concurred.[9][10] Marx was hospitalized for pneumonia on June 22, 1977 and died on August 19, 1977 at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. [2]
He was cremated and the ashes were interred in the Eden Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles. .Groucho had the longest lifespan of all the Marx Brothers and was survived only by younger brother Zeppo, who outlived him by two years, dying in 1979 at the age of 78. Groucho's death received inadequate attention due to the fact that it occurred three days after that of Elvis Presley.^ But 331 to him who is conscious of no sin, sweet hope, as Pindar charmingly says, is the kind nurse of his age: .
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^ No tools will make a man a skilled workman, or master of defence, nor be of any use to him who has not learned how to handle them, and has never bestowed any attention upon them.
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^ And for this reason the loss of a son or brother, or the deprivation of fortune, is to him of all men least terrible.
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.In an interview, he jokingly suggested his epitaph read: "Excuse me, I can't stand up."^ I suggest a little reading up on the different branches of the federal government.
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.But his mausoleum marker bears only his stage name, a Star of David, and the years of his birth and death.^ A few years before his death, he addressed the Right wing, saying “Do not associate my name with anything you do.
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Legacy

.Groucho-like characters and references have long appeared in popular culture, some aimed at audiences who would never have seen a Marx Brothers movie, providing a testament to the character's lasting appeal.^ And if a person were to go from the lower to the middle region, would he not imagine that he is going up; and he who is standing in the middle and sees whence he has come, would imagine that he is already in the upper region, if he has never seen the true upper world?
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^ The natural thing is, that 338 the speaker should be some one like yourself who professes to know and can tell what he knows.
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^ We were saying, if I am not mistaken, that he who wanted to see them in their perfect beauty must take a longer and more circuitous way, at the end of which they would appear; but that we could add on a popular exposition of them on a level with the discussion which had preceded.
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.Groucho's glasses, nose, mustache, and cigar have become icons of comedy—to this day, glasses with fake noses and mustaches (referred to as "Groucho glasses," "nose-glasses," and other names) are still sold by novelty and costume shops.^ How then will he who takes up a shield or other implement of war become a good fighter all in a day, whether with heavy-armed or any other kind of troops?
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.Actor Frank Ferrante has performed as Groucho Marx on stage for more than two decades.^ Each of the first three virtues corresponds to one of the three parts of the soul and one of the three classes in the State, although the third, temperance, has more of the nature of a harmony than the first two.
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^ Any more than they can be rhapsodists and actors at once?
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^ God only made one, nor could he have made more than one; for if there had been two, there would always have been a third—more absolute and abstract than either, under which they would have been included.
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.He continues to tour under rights granted by the Marx family in a one-man show entitled An Evening With Groucho in theaters throughout the United States and Canada with piano accompanist Jim Furmston.^ The State one family.
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^ Link Obama, same as McCain, Clinton and the Bush crime Family should all be considered one of many enemy invaders, soldiers out of uniform enlisted to subdue the United States from within.
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^ No, I said; not if we were right in the principle which was acknowledged by all of us when we were framing the State: the principle, as you will remember, was that one man cannot practise many arts with success.
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In the late 1980's Ferrante starred as Groucho in the off-Broadway and London show Groucho: A Life in Revue penned by Groucho's son Arthur. Ferrante portrayed the comedian from age 15 to 85. The show was later filmed for PBS in 2001.
Gabe Kaplan has appeared in a filmed version.[12]
Alan Alda often vamped as Groucho on M*A*S*H [13] and a minor semi-recurring character in the series (played by Loudon Wainwright III) was named Captain Calvin Spalding in a nod towards Groucho's character in Animal Crackers, Captain Geoffrey T. Spaulding.[citation needed]
Two of the British Rock Band Queen's albums, A Night at the Opera (1975) and A Day at the Races (1976), are named after Marx Brothers films.
A long-running ad campaign for Vlasic Pickles features an animated stork that imitates Groucho's mannerisms and voice.[14]
On the famous Hollywood Sign in California, one of the "O"s is dedicated to Groucho. Alice Cooper contributed over $27,000 to remodel the sign, in memory of his friend.
The BBC remade the radio sitcom Flywheel, Shyster and Flywheel, with contemporary actors playing the parts of the original cast. The series was repeated on digital radio station BBC7.
Scottish playwright Louise Oliver wrote a play named "Waiting For Groucho" about Chico and Harpo waiting for Groucho to turn up for the filming of their last project together. This was performed by Glasgow theatre company Rhymes with Purple Productions at the Edinburgh Fringe and in Glasgow and Hamilton in 2007-08. Groucho was played by Scottish actor Frodo McDaniel.[15]
.In the Italian comic Dylan Dog, the main character's assistant is a Groucho impersonator whose character became his permanent personality.^ And this assimiliation of himself to another, either by the use of voice or gesture, is the imitation of the person whose character he assumes?
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Now he lives and works with Dylan Dog as his professional sidekick.

Quotations about Groucho Marx

  • "Groucho Marx was the best comedian this country ever produced. [...] He is simply unique in the same way that Picasso or Stravinsky are." —Woody Allen
  • A famous French witticism (often attributed to Jean-Luc Godard) was, Je suis Marxiste, tendance Groucho, that is, "I'm a Marxist of the Groucho tendency". This line was notably heard in the 1972 comedy by Claude Lelouch "L'aventure c'est l'aventure" (starring Lino Ventura, Aldo Maccione, Jacques Brel, Johnny Hallyday and Charles Denner), where the would-be heroes get involved with a Central American guerilla; it spread to other nations as well in the 1960s and 1970s. In the United States, the Youth International Party, a 1960s-1970s ad-hoc political group of Anarcho-Marxists known for street theatre and pranks, were denounced in a Communist newspaper editorial as "Groucho Marxists".

Solo filmography

Features

Short subjects

  • Hollywood on Parade No. 11 (1933)
  • Screen Snapshots Series 16, No. 3 (1936)
  • Sunday Night at the Trocadero (1937)
  • Screen Snapshots: The Great Al Jolson (1955)
  • Showdown at Ulcer Gulch (1956) (voice)
  • Screen Snapshots: Playtime in Hollywood (1956)

References

  1. ^ WWI draft registration as Julius Henry Marx, Chicago, Illinois Roll #1452474 - is noted that the 1900 census has him born in October 1890.
  2. ^ a b "Groucho Marx, Comedian, Dead. Movie Star and TV Host Was 86. Master of the Insult Groucho Marx, Film Comedian and Host of 'You Bet Your Life,' Dies.". New York Times. August 20, 1977, Saturday. "Los Angeles, August 19, 1977 Groucho Marx, the comedian, died tonight at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center here after failing to recover from a respiratory ailment that hospitalized him June 22. He was 86 years and 10 months old." 
  3. ^ a b c d "Groucho Marx Biography". groucho-marx.com. http://www.groucho-marx.com/bio.html. Retrieved 2008-06-25. 
  4. ^ Article on Urban Legends website.
  5. ^ Boxoffice, 3 June 1939, p. 89.
  6. ^ Eden Hartford Biography, imdb.com.
  7. ^ Marx, Arthur (1954). Life With Groucho. New York: Simon and Schuster. p. 294. 
  8. ^ Hallett, Judith Dwan. "What's So Funny & Why?". Sarah Lawrence College. http://www.slc.edu/magazine/whats-so-funny/Whats_So_Funny_and_Why.php. Retrieved 2007-07-29. 
  9. ^ a b Point of View, Mark Evanier, 1999-06-04, retrieved, 2007-08-09.
  10. ^ a b Point of View, Mark Evanier, 1999-06-11, retrieved, 2007-08-09.
  11. ^ Groucho Marx at Find a Grave
  12. ^ Internet Movie Database. Groucho (1982).
  13. ^ Twenga.co.uk M.A.S.H. - Series 1 (1972); description of DVD.
  14. ^ "Stuart Elliott, Pink or Blue? These Bundles of Joy Are Always Green, New York Times, 2007-05-30.
  15. ^ Rhymes with Purple Productions - Theatre, Cabaret, Burlesque.

See also

Further reading

  • Miriam Marx Allen, Love, Groucho: Letters From Groucho Marx to His Daughter Miriam (1992, ISBN 0-571-12915-3)
  • Charlotte Chandler, Hello, I Must Be Going (1979, ISBN 0-140-05222-4)
  • Stefan Kanfer, Groucho: The Life and Times of Julius Henry Marx (2000, ISBN 0-375-70207-5)
  • Simon Louvish, Monkey Business: The Lives and Legends of the Marx Brothers (2001, ISBN 0-312-25292-7)
  • Arthur Marx, Life With Groucho (1954, revised as My Life with Groucho: A Son's Eye View 1988, ISBN 0-330-31132-8))
  • Arthur Marx, Son of Groucho (1972, ISBN 0-679-50355-2)
  • Groucho Marx, Groucho and Me (1959, ISBN 0-306-80666-5)
  • Groucho Marx, Memoirs of a Mangy Lover (1963, ISBN 0-306-81104-9)
  • Groucho Marx, The Groucho Letters: Letters From and To Groucho Marx (1967, ISBN 0-306-80607-X)
  • Groucho Marx, Beds (1977, ISBN 0-672-52224-1)
  • Harpo Marx, Harpo Speaks (1961, revised as Harpo Speaks! 1985, ISBN 0-879-10036-2)
  • Glenn Mitchell, The Marx Brothers Encyclopedia (1996, ISBN 0-713-47838-1)
  • Steve Stoliar, Raised Eyebrows: My Years Inside Groucho's House (1996, ISBN 1-881-64973-3)
  • Julius H. (Groucho) Marx v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue, 29 T.C. 88 (1957)

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Quotes

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From Wikiquote

Caricature of Groucho Marx
.Julius Henry Marx (2 October 189019 August 1977), primarily known as Groucho Marx, was an American comedian and actor, famous for his work in the Marx Brothers comedy team, and his solo film and television career.^ Anthills are known as pismires, since Americans don’t care to live that way, I trust in their good sense and the constitution.
  • Obama’s Communist Mentor 20 September 2009 7:07 UTC www.aim.org [Source type: Original source]

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  • A likely story — and probably true.
    • The Al Jolson Show repartee following a trite, scripted Al Jolson joke. .(1949)
  • Although it is generally known, I think it's about time to announce that I was born at a very early age.^ And about knowledge and ignorance in general; see whether you think that any man who has knowledge ever would wish to have the choice of saying or doing more than another man who has knowledge.
    • Online Library of Liberty - THE REPUBLIC. - Dialogues, vol. 3 - Republic, Timaeus, Critias 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ The change of government in the time of the English Commonwealth set men thinking about first principles, and gave rise to many works of this class.
    • Online Library of Liberty - THE REPUBLIC. - Dialogues, vol. 3 - Republic, Timaeus, Critias 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Give them some time in the cooler with Jabba the Hutt to think about their crimes.
    • Obama’s Communist Mentor 20 September 2009 7:07 UTC www.aim.org [Source type: Original source]

    .
    • From his autobiography Groucho and Me (1959)
  • I sent the club a wire stating, "PLEASE ACCEPT MY RESIGNATION. I DON'T WANT TO BELONG TO ANY CLUB THAT WILL ACCEPT PEOPLE LIKE ME AS A MEMBER".
    • Telegram to the Friar's Club of Beverly Hills to which he belonged, as recounted in Groucho and Me (1959), p.^ There our white people who just don’t like black people.
      • Obama’s Communist Mentor 20 September 2009 7:07 UTC www.aim.org [Source type: Original source]

      ^ My guess is that you want to walk away from hitting the send key and feel like you ‘show’d ‘em all’ something.
      • Obama’s Communist Mentor 20 September 2009 7:07 UTC www.aim.org [Source type: Original source]

      ^ Good lord…if that bothers you, you don’t even want to hear about the sort of people i call friends.
      • Obama’s Communist Mentor 20 September 2009 7:07 UTC www.aim.org [Source type: Original source]

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  • [Variant:] "Please accept my resignation. I don’t care to belong to any club that will have me as a member".
    • As quoted in The Groucho Letters (1967) by Arthur Sheekman. .The sentiment predates Groucho, however; it likely originated with John Galsworthy, The Forsyte Saga, chapter II: Old Jolyon is said to despise the club that took him as a member after another refused him because he was in trade.
  • No one is completely unhappy at the failure of his best friend.^ And when one of these polyphonous pantomimic gentlemen offers to exhibit himself and his poetry we will show him every observance of respect, but at the same time tell him that there is no room for his kind in our State; we prefer the rough, honest poet, and will not depart from our original models (ii.
    • Online Library of Liberty - THE REPUBLIC. - Dialogues, vol. 3 - Republic, Timaeus, Critias 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ And as the guardians will never quarrel among themselves there will be no danger of the rest of the city being divided either against them or against one another.
    • Online Library of Liberty - THE REPUBLIC. - Dialogues, vol. 3 - Republic, Timaeus, Critias 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Would a man who wanted to be safe on a voyage take a bad pilot because he was rich, or refuse a good one because he was poor?
    • Online Library of Liberty - THE REPUBLIC. - Dialogues, vol. 3 - Republic, Timaeus, Critias 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]

    • From his book Groucho and Me
  • Here's to our wives and girlfriends... may they never meet! (Variation on an old Royal Navy wardroom toast: "Wives and Sweethearts! May they never meet!")
  • .
  • From the moment I picked your book up until I laid it down I was convulsed with laughter.^ Then nothing should be more sternly laid down than that the inhabitants of your fair city should by all means learn geometry.
    • Online Library of Liberty - THE REPUBLIC. - Dialogues, vol. 3 - Republic, Timaeus, Critias 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]

    Someday I intend reading it. .
    • To S J Perelman about his book Dawn Ginsbergh’s Revenge (1929), as quoted in LIFE (9 February 1962)
  • They say Allen got something from the Marx Brothers.^ Yes, certainly.’ Then there is something ludicrous about Palamedes in the tragedy, coming in and saying that he had invented number, and had counted the ranks and set them in order.
    • Online Library of Liberty - THE REPUBLIC. - Dialogues, vol. 3 - Republic, Timaeus, Critias 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ You are right, he replied; they are not convinced: and there is something in what they say; not, however, so much as they imagine.
    • Online Library of Liberty - THE REPUBLIC. - Dialogues, vol. 3 - Republic, Timaeus, Critias 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ But most extraordinary of all is their mode of speaking about virtue and the gods: they say that the gods apportion calamity and misery to many good men, and good and happiness to the wicked.
    • Online Library of Liberty - THE REPUBLIC. - Dialogues, vol. 3 - Republic, Timaeus, Critias 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]

    He got nothing. .Maybe twenty years ago, he might have been inspired.^ It is a work such as one might expect to have been written by a philosopher and man of genius who was also a friar, and who had spent twenty-seven years of his life in a prison of the Inquisition.
    • Online Library of Liberty - THE REPUBLIC. - Dialogues, vol. 3 - Republic, Timaeus, Critias 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]

    Today he's an original. The best, the funniest. .
  • I got $25 from Reader's Digest last week for something I never said.^ (Young refused to deny he was a CPUSA member before a congressional committee but during an informal interview said he had never joined the CPUSA).
    • Obama’s Communist Mentor 20 September 2009 7:07 UTC www.aim.org [Source type: Original source]

    .I get credit all the time for things I never said.^ Of all things, he said, the most disgraceful.
    • Online Library of Liberty - THE REPUBLIC. - Dialogues, vol. 3 - Republic, Timaeus, Critias 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ There you are right, he said, since we have made them to share in all things like the men.
    • Online Library of Liberty - THE REPUBLIC. - Dialogues, vol. 3 - Republic, Timaeus, Critias 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ In like manner the good may be said to be not only the author of knowledge to all things known, but of their being and essence, and yet the good is not essence, but far exceeds essence in dignity and power.
    • Online Library of Liberty - THE REPUBLIC. - Dialogues, vol. 3 - Republic, Timaeus, Critias 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]

    .You know that line in You Bet Your Life?^ On a personal level, tell me what in your life led you to the conclusion there’s no god?
    • Obama’s Communist Mentor 20 September 2009 7:07 UTC www.aim.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ You may think me troublesome, but I say that you have no business to be always repeating the doctrines of others instead of giving us your own.’ Can I say what I do not know?
    • Online Library of Liberty - THE REPUBLIC. - Dialogues, vol. 3 - Republic, Timaeus, Critias 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Because she leaves you to snivel, and never wipes your nose: she has not even taught you to know the shepherd from the sheep.
    • Online Library of Liberty - THE REPUBLIC. - Dialogues, vol. 3 - Republic, Timaeus, Critias 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]

    .The guy says he has seventeen kids and I say: "I smoke a cigar, but I take it out of my mouth occasionally"? I never said that.^ To be sure, he said, they are to receive what we owe them, and an enemy, as I take it, owes to an enemy that which is due or proper to him—that is to say, evil.
    • Online Library of Liberty - THE REPUBLIC. - Dialogues, vol. 3 - Republic, Timaeus, Critias 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ I dare say that you are right in your suggestion, I said; we had better think the matter out, and not shrink from the enquiry.
    • Online Library of Liberty - THE REPUBLIC. - Dialogues, vol. 3 - Republic, Timaeus, Critias 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Just check out the websites of the presidential candidates and see which is saying they will do more for you and provide more for you and that will give you the snapshot of how much money they will take from you.
    • Obama’s Communist Mentor 20 September 2009 7:07 UTC www.aim.org [Source type: Original source]

    .
  • I did a bond tour during the Second World War...^ Two of my great grandfathers fought with the state of Alabama during the Cilvil War.
    • Obama’s Communist Mentor 20 September 2009 7:07 UTC www.aim.org [Source type: Original source]

    We were raising money, and we played Boston and Philadelphia and most of the big cities. And we got to Minneapolis. .There wasn't any big theater to play there, so we did our show in a railroad station.^ There is a perfection which all knowledge ought to reach, and which our pupils ought also to attain, and not to fall short of, as I was saying that they did in astronomy.
    • Online Library of Liberty - THE REPUBLIC. - Dialogues, vol. 3 - Republic, Timaeus, Critias 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]

    Then I told the audience that I knew a girl in Minneapolis. She was also known in St.Paul, she used to come over to visit me. She was known as "The Tail Of Two Cities." I didn't sell any more bonds, but eh... they didn't allow me to appear anymore. .
    • Recounting a War Bonds tour in his Carnegie Hall appearance (6 May 1972)
  • My experience is that people are most likely to listen to reason when in bed.^ Another discreditable feature is, that, for a like reason, they are incapable of carrying on any war.
    • Online Library of Liberty - THE REPUBLIC. - Dialogues, vol. 3 - Republic, Timaeus, Critias 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ But my Christian faith keeps me strong enough to over come the hatred from people like you.
    • Obama’s Communist Mentor 20 September 2009 7:07 UTC www.aim.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ TX Steve - But my Christian faith keeps me strong enough to over come the hatred from people like you.
    • Obama’s Communist Mentor 20 September 2009 7:07 UTC www.aim.org [Source type: Original source]

    • Liner notes of An Evening With Groucho (1972) the recording of his appearance at Carnegie Hall.
  • I don't have a photograph. .I'd give you my footprints, but they're upstairs in my socks.^ Link re Chronic Liar JimR in “you sure are quick to tell someone else they are attacking you when in reality, you’re the one doing the name calling.” .
    • Obama’s Communist Mentor 20 September 2009 7:07 UTC www.aim.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ You can’t blame him, because the media is so enamored of him, they’re not even objective.
    • Obama’s Communist Mentor 20 September 2009 7:07 UTC www.aim.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Well, and what answer do you give?’ My answer is, that our guardians may or may not be the happiest of men,—I should not be surprised to find in the long-run that they were,—but this is not the aim of our constitution, which was designed for the good of the whole and not of any one part.
    • Online Library of Liberty - THE REPUBLIC. - Dialogues, vol. 3 - Republic, Timaeus, Critias 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]

    • When asked for a photograph for identification
    • The Groucho Phile (1976)
  • I find television very educational. .Every time someone switches it on I go into another room and read a good book.^ So, if you libs think this communist crap is going to fly in the good ‘ol USofA, you’ve got another think coming.
    • Obama’s Communist Mentor 20 September 2009 7:07 UTC www.aim.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Link I think you highly educated people should be reading another book.
    • Obama’s Communist Mentor 20 September 2009 7:07 UTC www.aim.org [Source type: Original source]

    • As quoted in Halliwell’s Filmgoer’s Companion (1984) by Leslie Halliwell
    • Unsourced variant: I find television very educating. .Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.
  • To write an autobiography of Groucho Marx would be as asinine as to read an autobiography of Groucho Marx.^ In making alliances with the one, and going to war with the other.’ Then in time of peace what is the 333 good of justice?
    • Online Library of Liberty - THE REPUBLIC. - Dialogues, vol. 3 - Republic, Timaeus, Critias 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ For in every state there are two hostile nations, rich and poor, which you may set one against the other.
    • Online Library of Liberty - THE REPUBLIC. - Dialogues, vol. 3 - Republic, Timaeus, Critias 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ And don’t go quoting Eye for an Eye, Jesus said turn the other cheek, forgive people seventy times seven times, he who is without sin cast the first stone.
    • Obama’s Communist Mentor 20 September 2009 7:07 UTC www.aim.org [Source type: Original source]

    • Just after completing his second autobiography, as quoted in The Marx Brothers: A Bio-bibliography (1987) by Wes D. Gehring, p. 137
  • Years ago, I tried to top everybody, but I don't anymore. I realized it was killing conversation. .When you're always trying for a topper you aren't really listening.^ By the way, you’re a typical liberal who won’t post with your real name.
    • Obama’s Communist Mentor 20 September 2009 7:07 UTC www.aim.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Link re Chronic Liar JimR in “you sure are quick to tell someone else they are attacking you when in reality, you’re the one doing the name calling.” .
    • Obama’s Communist Mentor 20 September 2009 7:07 UTC www.aim.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ The real Americans will always be here to protect you.
    • Obama’s Communist Mentor 20 September 2009 7:07 UTC www.aim.org [Source type: Original source]

    It ruins communication.
    • As quoted in What Color is Your Paradigm: Thinking for Shaping Life and Results (2003) by Howard Edson, p. 184
  • Die, my dear? Why that's the last thing I'll do!
    • Last words
    • Lord Palmerston's had similar last words in 1865: "Die, my dear doctor! That's the last thing I shall do!"

Misattributed

  • Time flies like an arrow.^ It has been said that Plato flies as well as walks, but this falls short of the truth; for he flies and walks at the same time, and is in the air and on firm ground in successive instants.
    • Online Library of Liberty - THE REPUBLIC. - Dialogues, vol. 3 - Republic, Timaeus, Critias 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]

    Fruit flies like a banana
    • No known citation to Marx. First appears unattributed in mid-1960s logic/computing texts as an example of the difficulty of machine parsing of ambiguous statements. Google Books. The Yale Book of Quotations dates the attribution to Marx to a 9 July 1982 net.jokes post on Usenet.

About Groucho Marx

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  • Some years back, after a childhood of preoccupation with comedy that led me to observing the styles of all the great comedians, I came to the conclusion that Groucho Marx was the best comedian this country ever produced.^ As far as I’m concerned, Mr. Obama has set race relations in this country back fifty years.
    • Obama’s Communist Mentor 20 September 2009 7:07 UTC www.aim.org [Source type: Original source]

    .Now I am more convinced than ever that I was right.^ For all men believe in their hearts that injustice is far more profitable to the individual than justice, and he who argues as I have been supposing, will say that they are right.
    • Online Library of Liberty - THE REPUBLIC. - Dialogues, vol. 3 - Republic, Timaeus, Critias 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ And yet the most part of them is more dissident from the manners of the world now a days, than my communication was.
    • Online Library of Liberty - THE REPUBLIC. - Dialogues, vol. 3 - Republic, Timaeus, Critias 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ For my own part I openly declare that I am not convinced, and that I do not believe injustice to be more gainful than justice, even if uncontrolled and allowed to have free play.
    • Online Library of Liberty - THE REPUBLIC. - Dialogues, vol. 3 - Republic, Timaeus, Critias 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]

    I can't think of a comedian who combined a totally original physical conception that was hilarious with a matchless verbal delivery. I believe there is a natural inborn greatness in Groucho that defies close analysis as it does with any genuine artist. .He is simply unique in the same way that Picasso or Stravinsky are, and I believe his outrageous unsentimental disregard for order will be equally as funny a thousand years from now.^ Every psychotic Christian Fascist weasel I have encountered in person or on line for years now uses this same disgusting tactic that attacks INDIVIDUALS AND NOT ISSUES. .
    • Obama’s Communist Mentor 20 September 2009 7:07 UTC www.aim.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ A Liberal is any person for whom two thousand years of human experience and history means nothing now that they are here.
    • Obama’s Communist Mentor 20 September 2009 7:07 UTC www.aim.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Many of the things I believed in during my middle age years - I do not believe in those things now.
    • Obama’s Communist Mentor 20 September 2009 7:07 UTC www.aim.org [Source type: Original source]


    In addition to all this, he makes me laugh.
    • Woody Allen on the liner notes of An Evening With Groucho (1972)
  • Groucho appeals on so many levels at once that you could go nuts trying to figure out whether it's the funny movement, the incomparable tone of voice, what he is saying, or that keenly witty face that hits you the hardest. .I swear that if he never existed, we would sense a lack in the world of comedy, like that planet in the solar system that astronomers say Ought to be there.^ And there is another artist,—I should like to know what you would say of him.
    • Online Library of Liberty - THE REPUBLIC. - Dialogues, vol. 3 - Republic, Timaeus, Critias 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Even supposing that we could breed men having the tenacity of bulldogs, or, like the Spartans, ‘lacking the wit to run away in battle,’ would the world be any the better?
    • Online Library of Liberty - THE REPUBLIC. - Dialogues, vol. 3 - Republic, Timaeus, Critias 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ To minds like More’s, Greek literature was a revelation: there had arisen an art of interpretation, and the New Testament was beginning to be understood as it had never been before, and has not often been since, in its natural sense.
    • Online Library of Liberty - THE REPUBLIC. - Dialogues, vol. 3 - Republic, Timaeus, Critias 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]


    For me he is The Master. .
    • Dick Cavett on the liner notes of An Evening With Groucho (1972)
  • Groucho Marx is the only actor I ever allowed to ad-lib in a show I wrote.^ I my be only 17 at this point in my life, but even if i were to read and reread your writings of marx-influenced absurdity” .
    • Obama’s Communist Mentor 20 September 2009 7:07 UTC www.aim.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Then persons of worth, even if only mortal men, must not be represented as overcome by laughter, and still less must such a representation of the gods be allowed.
    • Online Library of Liberty - THE REPUBLIC. - Dialogues, vol. 3 - Republic, Timaeus, Critias 16 January 2010 13:013 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]

    That was because I couldn't stop him.
  • George Kaufman and I wrote a lot of funny lines for Groucho, some of which he occasionally used... but it was Groucho who by his innate sense of timing and his inimitable delivery, added the ingredient that brought the house down.

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Julius Henry Marx or Groucho Marx (October 2, 1890August 19, 1977), was a famous American comedian. He was best known for work with his siblings in The Marx Brothers and then later on his own. He is best known for playing a fast-talking "wise guy" with bushy eyebrows, glasses, moustache, and a cigar.

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