If you really want to know what a b@$*@^& Chico was, just read this twisted mess by his mentally ill daughter. Example: in the preface, she announces how she going to rescue her father reputation. Then she proceeds to bury everyone, INCLUDING HARPO, under eight feet of rancid horse manure! Maxine blames everybody in sight for her mother and her financial difficult because she won't face the fact that it was her self-center, womanizing, gambler father who left them destitute. In fact, she and her mother would have been homeless if Harpo and Groucho hadn't refused to sign a contract with MGM unless Chico let them take over his salary so they could set things up where control went to them and Chico's wife and a pittance to Chico to gamble away. On a talk show with the children of Groucho (Harpo's kids were too happy and well-adjusted to get involved), Maxine even bluntly stated she thought Harpo and Groucho should have let her father piddle away all their money after he got through with his 'cuz (quote-unquote) "HE Would Have Let THEM!" (ignoring the fact neither Groucho nor Harpo were piddling theirs away like thieving Chico.) There is one documentary on the Marx Brothers interviewing all the kids...when it was transferred from VHS to DVD, they editted out most of Maxine's declarations because they obviously realized just how stupid and illogical she sounded, one of the editted quotes being where SHE told the above story with the attitude of "Look What Nasty Old Harpo And Groucho DID To Us!" Read this book only if you want to learn what a head job Chico did on his own daughter. Otherwise, SKIP IT! IT'S DEPRESSION CITY! It`s worse than Groucho`s MEMOIR OF A MANGY LOVER where he inadvertently reveals what a head job Mama Minnie did on him (unlike blonde haired, blue eyed Chico and golden curled, green eyed little Harpo, poor little Groucho looked Semitic - and (ironically anti-semitic) Minnie treated him like he was ugly...until she discovered he was a natural boy soprano. It explain a great deal why Groucho had such a Jekyll and Hyde relationship with his wives: he needed to be loved but, being 'taught' he was ugly, the only reason he could accept anyone would marry him is only for his money.
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