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  • Author:
    Arthur Marx
  • ISBN:
    052518953X
  • ISBN13:
    978-0525189534
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    E. P. Dutton; 1st edition (October 31, 1979)
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    326 pages
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This book is self-described as an "unauthorized biography", and it certainly is that.

This book is self-described as an "unauthorized biography", and it certainly is that.

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American author and tennis player. This article is about Groucho Marx's son. For his uncle, Arthur "Harpo" Marx, see Harpo Marx. His books also included Goldwyn: A Biography of the Man Behind the Myth (1976), Red Skelton (1979), The Nine Lives of Mickey Rooney (1988), The Secret Life of Bob Hope and the tennis-themed murder mystery Set to Kill (both 1993). His next novel, Tulip (2004) was a thriller-mystery and it was followed in 2008 by Lust For Death, a roman à clef about a Bob Hope-like character named Jack Faith.

Red Skelton biography - America's clown prince, literally star of stage, radio, television and movies, as well as. .Red Skelton by Arthur Marx. An older biography of Red Skelton (published in 1979), somewhat more critical, and not nearly as current as ‘Seeing Red’

Red Skelton biography - America's clown prince, literally star of stage, radio, television and movies, as well as painter, writer. An older biography of Red Skelton (published in 1979), somewhat more critical, and not nearly as current as ‘Seeing Red’. The Great Clowns of American Television, by Karin Adir. Not limited solely to Red Skelton, but still includes some interesting anecdotes and stories about Red.

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The Red Skelton Performing Arts Center located on the campus of Vincennes University was founded n his memory. The year 1910 is sometimes given instead of 1913, but Skelton's biographer Arthur Marx claims that the comedian told close associates he was really born in 1906

The Red Skelton Performing Arts Center located on the campus of Vincennes University was founded n his memory. He never forgave them. The year 1910 is sometimes given instead of 1913, but Skelton's biographer Arthur Marx claims that the comedian told close associates he was really born in 1906.

Marx also turned out a number of Hollywood biographies, including Goldwyn: The Man Behind the Myth, Red Skelton, The .

Marx also turned out a number of Hollywood biographies, including Goldwyn: The Man Behind the Myth, Red Skelton, The Nine Lives of Mickey Rooney, and The Secret Life of Bob Hope. His 1974 book on Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime (Especially Himself), was adapted into the 2002 made-for-TV movie Martin And Lewis. In the early 1960s, Marx teamed up with former Groucho Marx writer Robert Fisher.

First Edition (stated); First Printing (10 to 1 print number line); E. P. Dutton, 1979, hardcover with price intact dust jacket; black & white photo section; no remainder mark; no previous owners name, no writing, no highlighting, no underlining; no page corners folded as place markers; dust jacket edge wear--one repaired tear on the top edge of the rear; dust jacket edge tanning; foxing on the top page edges and on the cloth of the white spine binding; lower fore-edge board corners are bumped; actually not in bad shape for a thirty-one year-old book; no bookstore stickers, stamps or labels, this is NOT an ex-library copy; this is NOT a book club edition; smoke-free; ships quickly in a protective cardboard book box mailer, for even quicker delivery, the expedited shipping option is available; SKUa5327

Cobyno
It's with mixed feelings that I read this book. It was written when Red was still alive and brought out all of the warts and defects of the man. The book did spotlight his great talent and struggles as well, however. Very well researched and a bit heavy with names within the industry; most of which, with a few exceptions, mean little to the average Joe. Red was obviously a comic genius of his day, yet his public persona didn't always match his true self. An interesting read.
Enalonasa
I would have given this 5 stars but I'm still reading it. I enjoy Arthur Marx's writing style ( if that makes sense ) as I have two other books of his. I enjoyed this one as Mr. Skelton is one of my favorite comedians of all time and I get the feeling as I read the book that all he ever wanted was to entertain and make people laugh and I think he achieved that and more in this life time.
Kuve
Growing up in the late 50s and early 60s, Ol' Dad's television preferences rubbed off on the rest of the family when we all gathered around the clunky B&W set. In terms of comedy, his favorites were Jackie Gleason and Red Skelton, especially the former. On the other hand, I particularly enjoyed Skelton (and Abbott & Costello and Bob Hope). For some reason, Milton Berle never made much of an impression. Later, Mom and I graduated to Bill Cosby when he did his early comedy albums: she never tired of his Noah skit.

Red died in 1997. RED SKELTON is an overview of his life from 1913 to 1977, and focuses chiefly on his rise through the ranks of on-stage comedy from medicine shows to tent shows to riverboats to circuses to burlesque to walkathons (i.e. dance marathons) to vaudeville to nightclubs to radio to movies to television to Las Vegas.

This book is self-described as an "unauthorized biography", and it certainly is that. While author Arthur Marx gives due credit to Skelton's brilliance as the consummate clown, his monetary generosity to others, and his love for his children, especially son Richard who died of leukemia in 1958, he makes no attempt to gloss over Red's excruciating second marriage, his alcoholism, his paranoia, his vengefulness, his wretched treatment of his television writers and business associates, and his debilitating insecurity. We're all dysfunctional to some degree, but it's comforting to read of somebody rich and famous more dysfunctional than oneself. There, but for the grace of God, go I, etc.

RED SKELTON includes a reasonably adequate photographic section, at the end of which is a happily posed picture of the comedian with his second wife Georgia at their home in Palm Springs, which implies that they were still genially married at the conclusion of the story. Actually, Skelton married his third wife, Lothian, in 1973, and Georgia died of a self-inflicted gunshot in 1976. There's no snap of Lothian, and only one that includes Red's first wife, Edna, who accomplished more in building Skelton's career than Georgia ever did.

RED SKELTON is a well-written, revealing, and somewhat disenchanting look at a childhood icon. Approaching 58, I should know better than to retain any belief in heroes, especially those that rise to the surface in Tinseltown.

"Good night, and God bless."
Whitehammer
Like so many biographies, the story of Red Skelton exposes the darker side that most of his admirers never knew. Some things that surprised me were the numerous hardships he experienced as a young child through his mid-20s; his eccentric behavior during his mid-life years; his alcoholism; his infidelity; and finally his loneliness. It bothered me how horribly he treated everyone in his inner circle which probably was a symptom of his own insecurities. Overall, I'm really glad I read the book and only wish there had been more pictures of the people in Red's life.
Cordaron
Very informative. Apparently Mr. Skeleton was a handful!
Dainris
Great read, like Red a lot!
Sataxe
Good book. Having done a lot of research about Red Skelton, it is obvious a few facts in this book about him are slanted towards the author's opinion. And some down right wrong. Still it is well written and not a bad read.
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