Harpo Speaks!
Harpo Marx with Rowland Barber

Harpo Speaks!

Limelight Editions, 1985. Illustrated softcovers. Generally fine, very slight evidence of use. 482 pp. Illustrated with photos. The author biography of the "silent" Marx Brother, Harpo (1888-1964). Born on New York's Upper East Side's Yorkville neighborhood, Adolph (he changed his name to Arthur in 1911) was the second oldest of the five sons of Minnie Marx. He gained his stage name "Harpo" from a midwest theater manager because he played the harp. He and his brothers Groucho, Chico, and Zeppo (the fifth brother went into theatrical management) developed the zany comedy routines for which they would gain fame and starred on Broadway, first with "Cocoanuts" which became the Marx Brothers first film (1929). The first few stage hits became movies. Harpo never spoke in any of his film roles (by choice, not disability) and developed the madcap sight gags for which he was also famous. Ironically, though Harpo played a wacky, zany character, he was an extremely erudite man and was part of the famous Algonquin Round Table group that included Dorothy Park and Robert Benchley. In later life ne made pantomime television appearances, the most famous being the "I Love Lucy" appearance in which he a Lucy recreate the mirror double routine he and Groucho had done in "Duck Soup". Harpo died in 1966. Near Fine Paperback 9780879100360 (Item ID: E22831)


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