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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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Critical Praise

“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

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780061808173
  • ISBN 10: 0061808172
  • Imprint: It Books
  • On Sale: 11/22/2011
  • Pages: 160
  • List Price: 15.99 CAD
  • BISAC1: PERFORMING ARTS / Film & Video / General

Hail, Hail, Euphoria! by Roy Blount Jr.

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