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Groucho Marx, Secret Agent

Groucho Marx Secret Agent It could be said that in this episode Groucho Marx operates as a Hollywood style Scarlet Pimpernel with a repertoire of outrageous puns covering the steely daring life of a counterspy But as Grouch

  • Title: Groucho Marx, Secret Agent
  • Author: Ron Goulart
  • ISBN: 9780312280055
  • Page: 328
  • Format: Hardcover
  • It could be said that in this episode Groucho Marx operates as a Hollywood style Scarlet Pimpernel, with a repertoire of outrageous puns covering the steely, daring life of a counterspy But, as Groucho might retort, his cover is at the dry cleaner, and, besides, Groucho is not one to hide his light under any bushel even one of stuffed clams So he and Frank Denby, his sIt could be said that in this episode Groucho Marx operates as a Hollywood style Scarlet Pimpernel, with a repertoire of outrageous puns covering the steely, daring life of a counterspy But, as Groucho might retort, his cover is at the dry cleaner, and, besides, Groucho is not one to hide his light under any bushel even one of stuffed clams So he and Frank Denby, his sidekick, scriptwriter and close friend, set out to uphold their reputation as amateur sleuths by looking into the death of British director Eric Olmstead First Olmstead fainted at a star studded Halloween party after a man dressed as the Grim Reaper had whispered to him and then disappeared But it is not until the next day that he is found dead presumably by his own hand It is 1939 everyone expects the U.S to join the war raging in Europe And everyone is looking under the bed for spies Soon the questions surrounding the death of Eric Olmstead takes on an odor of espionage The police call Olmstead s death a suicide After all, he did leave a typed note His widow refuses to believe that her husband shot himself, and persuades Groucho and Frank to look further Soon the pair is enmeshed in FBI agents and Los Angeles police, while the grieving widow clamors for revenge Here is where Groucho proves his genius as a detective he seizes on the clue that reveals the death to be murder This, however, is only the beginning There is another murder Groucho and Frank are attacked Frank is shot at but not hit Groucho is hit but not shot at just knocked to the floor by the fleeing assailant They not only survive, but they pinpoint the Nazi spy and the Hollywood figures working with them In a romp made delightful in spite of spies, murders, and occasional dire peril, Goulart uncannily resurrects the most garrulous Marx brother and his unique brand of patter The Groucho Marx of these stories is the next best thing to the capering of the late comedian himself, and a happy gift to everyone who remembers him fondly as well as those meeting him for the first time.

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    1 thought on “Groucho Marx, Secret Agent

    1. I picked up this book on a whim. I've long been a fan of the Marx Brothers films, and as a teenager, I often enjoyed the humorous sci-fi novels of Ron Goulart, so I thought that this might be a fun, quick ride.The book isn't bad, but it's certainly no literary masterpiece. Mostly we have a lot of Groucho-like witticisms and a bare, weak plot involving Nazis (before America is thrown in to the War).This appears to be the fifth in a series of Groucho mysteries, and other reviews suggest it is the [...]

    2. Easy to read and funny, as usual the strong point about this series is Groucho as a character, the mystery in itself is not that interesting. Goulart makes his Groucho speak and react like the real one would have- and he gives us glimpses of the way more serious, complex man under the effrontery and the wit. Nice read, it's my second Groucho mystery and I'll probably read more.

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