How Groucho Marx was saved

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Groucho Marx began hosting the TV game show “You Bet Your Life” in 1947. This was after his classic films with Chico, Harpo and Zeppo, and unlike those movies, Groucho didn’t dance around in a painted-on mustache. He sat in a chair with his cigar, wisecracking with the contestants for a long time, and the results were the stuff of classic TV.You can watch the show on Netflix now, or YouTube – which might not have been possible if it weren’t for the efforts of Andy Marx, the grandson of Groucho Marx. Andy’s a writer and photographer now, and co-founder of a satiric online magazine called “Hollywood & Swine.” But in 1973 he was instrumental in saving this vital piece of Marxianna and Hollywood history from the garbage dump.First question: How many people have tried out their Groucho Marx impression on you?Oh my god, probably hundreds. There’s some legitimate ones that are good. I’ll be at lunch, and somebody will throw off some line or something, or they’ll try to relate a line of Groucho’s to whatever’s going on in the conversation.At what point did you realize that your grandfather was Groucho Marx and what that meant?Continue Reading…

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