Happy Halloween, everyone, but while we're all celebrating the holiday, let me mention the new book by my friend Matthew Coniam, That's Me, Groucho! As you might guess, it's the story of Groucho's solo career. As such, it's a worthy successor to Coniam's last book, The Annotated Marx Brothers.
For that matter, we don't know when Groucho realized he was now, for better or worse, tied to his brothers. It would seem he always thought he might be a solo act again, and, indeed, spent much of his career--and a highly successful part of it--on his own. And the character he developed was related to, but different from, the one in the brother act who'd been so popular on Broadway and in movies. For that matter, the character he created was related to himself, but wasn't the same thing (though perhaps the man, Julius Henry Marx, grew more and more like the Groucho everyone knew).
So if you're a fan of the Marx Brothers, or even if you just want to know more about them, you'd do well to check out his books. And they make great gifts. With Halloween soon behind us, Christmas can't be far away.