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Marx, Arthur 1921-2011

Overview
Works: 349 works in 497 publications in 2 languages and 8,642 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Biographies  Drama  Comedy films  Documentary films  Nonfiction films  Fiction  Tennis stories  Quotations  Romantic comedy films 
Roles: Author, Librettist, Director, Other
Classifications: PN2287.M53, B
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works about Arthur Marx
 
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Most widely held works by Arthur Marx
Red Skelton by Arthur Marx( Book )

6 editions published in 1979 in English and Undetermined and held by 756 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explores intricacies of a clown and loved comedian
Life with Groucho by Arthur Marx( Book )

28 editions published between 1954 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 732 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The author shares his memories of his father and provides an overview of Groucho's career, his family life, and the turmoil of his final years
The nine lives of Mickey Rooney by Arthur Marx( Book )

9 editions published between 1985 and 1988 in English and held by 662 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Goldwyn : a biography of the man behind the myth by Arthur Marx( Book )

11 editions published between 1976 and 1977 in English and Undetermined and held by 659 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The secret life of Bob Hope by Arthur Marx( Book )

11 editions published between 1993 and 1999 in English and held by 632 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Marx contends that the image of Bob Hope as a smiling, gentle, good-humored, super-patriot is not true and that Hope is instead a mean-spirited, sadistic, cheap, hypocritical womanizer
Everybody loves somebody sometime (especially himself) : the story of Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis by Arthur Marx( Book )

6 editions published between 1974 and 1975 in English and held by 360 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As a comedy act, Martin & Lewis was considered by many critics to be on a par with Laurel & Hardy and the Marx Brothers--yet others regarded them as no-talent saloon entertainers. Nevertheless, they skyrocketed from $200 per week to $20 million per year before their breakup. Biographer Arthur Marx points out that most entertainment duos eventually split up. In the case of the Martin & Lewis duo, Martin gradually came to resent playing stooge to Lewis, who gave himself the best laugh lines and subsequently began to believe his own publicity--that he was the second coming of Charlie Chaplin--and who wanted to write, direct, produce, lead the band compose the music, handle the camera, and even sing, despite a voice that one critic wrote was reminiscent of the "croaking of a parched parrot." Dean Martin's real name is Dino Crocetti, and he's the son of an Italian immigrant barber. His checkered career includes being a high school dropout, an amateur boxer, a bootlegger, and a gambling stickman. Jerry Lewis's real name is Joseph Levitch, and he's the son of small-time vaudevillians. There is hardly anyone who knows and understands the Hollywood scene better than Arthur Marx. In putting together this never-told-before, complete story of Martin & Lewis, he not only comes up with many new and amusing revelations and anecdotes about his protagonists, but, at the same time, he gives the reader a shocking glimpse into the cutthroat world of show business, where money is king, no holds are barred (either in front of the camera or in the bedroom), and past loyalties are forgotten in the mad scramble for superstardom. In this Hollywood the end usually justi?es the means, and the means are provided by an assortment of Machiavellian characters, from small-time agents to powerful studio moguls, from "go-fors" to overambitious gag men, from wives to lovers, all working diligently behind the scenes to shape the careers of Martin & Lewis for their personal gain or happiness. The book explores graphically and frankly the early lives of both stars, how they got their starts in the entertainment world, how they came together as a team; it gives the inside story of their separation, then traces their subsequent careers. Experts predicted that Martin working alone was doomed to oblivion as a saloon crooner, while Lewis would scale new heights. As Martin & Lewis fans are aware, the reverse actually happened. But how it happened is one of the fascinating stories of show business, which Arthur Marx tells in scrupulous detail, with both humor and insight. The author provides full coverage of the zany antics of Martin & Lewis during their heyday as a comedy team, exposes their penchant for outrageous practical jokes and their tyrannical relationship with their gag writers and other employees. Dino's role as husband, father, and lover comes under keen scrutiny. We see Jerry's courtship and long marriage to Patti and the trials and tribulations of an entertainer's wife. And we see Dino's pursuit of his first wife, Betty, the events leading to the bustup of the marriage--then the marriage to Jeanne, the dissolution of that union, and the resulting marriage to his present wife, Cathy. The whole story is here--the events, the people, the joys, the agonies that warped and twisted and shaped the lives of Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis--and it adds up to a remarkably poignant and affecting portrait of two partners who, behind their public display of bitterness during their breakup, really loved each other (but not as much as they loved themselves).--Dust jacket
The impossible years; a comedy in two acts by Robert Fisher( Book )

3 editions published in 1964 in English and held by 183 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A psychiatrist is writing about teenagers, with daughters of his own constantly underfoot. The 17 year-old has a menagerie that includes a Greenwich Village beatnik and a Peace Corps reject. He discovers that the girl has married in another state under an assumed name. The trouble is, she won't say who is her husband, leading the harried father some sleepless nights. The younger daughter is reading "Fanny Hill" and concludes that it is tamer than her own household."--Publisher's description
Lunch( Visual )

3 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 157 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

For the past 40 years, a group of comedy writers and directors have gathered for lunch every other Wednesday. The members and meeting places may occassionally change but their friendship and humor have persisted. These are the fabled guys who made America funny
Groucho : a life in revue( Visual )

3 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 113 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Written by Groucho's son, Arthur Marx, "this comedy with music chronicles the unparalleled rags-to-riches story ... through Groucho's life from age 15 to 85: as the young vaudevillian ... the Broadway and film star ... the irrepressible host of radio and television's You Bet Your Life ... the reflective octogenarian in his final years. The show is highlighted by classic Marx Brothers routines, jokes, ad-libs, songs, harp solos, piano tricker and dances. The very human man behind the comic's mask is also revealed."
M-G-M movie legends collection( Visual )

4 editions published between 2007 and 2016 in English and held by 96 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bob Holcomb will do anything to stop his daughter JoJo from tying the knot with her lazy boyfriend, even move her all the way to Sweden. But once they are safely out of the country, JoJo falls for a sly Swedish playboy. Content with a new love of his own and faced with the prospect of more heartbreak for JoJo, Bob makes secret plans for another international trip that should make everyone happy
Set to kill : a mystery novel by Arthur Marx( Book )

2 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 87 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Marx & Lennon : the parallel sayings( Book )

1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 78 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Groucho : a life in revue by Arthur Marx( Book )

9 editions published between 1954 and 1988 in English and held by 75 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

My daughter's rated "X" : a comedy in two acts by Robert Fisher( Book )

4 editions published in 1975 in English and held by 62 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Eight on the lam( Visual )

3 editions published between 1997 and 2010 in English and held by 60 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A bank teller is suspected of embezzlement and goes on the run with his seven children
Goldwyn : the man behind the myth by Arthur Marx( Book )

4 editions published in 1976 in English and Undetermined and held by 56 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

All in the family( Visual )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 46 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Conservative, blue-collar Archie Bunker deals with a changing world as his liberal daughter and son-in-law move into his Queens home
Arthur Marx's Groucho : a photographic journey by Arthur Marx( Book )

1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 41 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Minnie's boys by Larry Grossman( Recording )

2 editions published between 1970 and 1988 in English and held by 36 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hello, my name is : a new comedy by Arthur Marx( Book )

1 edition published in 1987 in English and held by 35 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Goldwyn : a biography of the man behind the myth
Alternative Names
Arthur Marx Amerikaans tennisser

Arthur Marx joueur de tennis américain

Arthur Marx tenista profesional estadounidense

Arthur Marx tennista professional estatunidenc

Arthur Marx US-amerikanischer Drehbuchautor und Schriftsteller

Arthur Marx yhdysvaltalainen tennispelaaja

Άρτουρ Μαρξ

Артур Маркс

آرتور مارکس فیلمنامه‌نویس، نویسنده، و بازیکن تنیس آمریکایی

Languages
English (127)

Spanish (9)

Covers
Goldwyn : a biography of the man behind the mythThe secret life of Bob HopeGroucho : a life in revueMarx & Lennon : the parallel sayingsEight on the lamArthur Marx's Groucho : a photographic journey