Groucho Marx, King of the Jungle by Ron Goulart
A Mystery Featuring Groucho Marx

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Frank Denby and Groucho Marx arrive on the set of the new Ty-Gor film, a Tarzan knockoff, expecting to have Groucho do his humorous walk-on. What they find is that Randy Spellman, the star of the picture, has been murdered. Frank’s wife, Jane, is only a few weeks away from having their baby and the amateur detective team has promised to lay off on the sleuthing. But when a stuntwoman who has gone missing is suspected of the murder, Jane insists they take up the case to clear the young woman’s name.

In addition to being a horrible actor, Spellman was a womanizer and a blackmailer. Many people had reason to dislike him, or even kill him, and the investigation leads Frank and Groucho through the glamour and seediness of 1940s Hollywood, Groucho signing autographs all the while.

In this latest installment of the series, Ron Goulart is at the top of his game, reminding readers there’s no business like show business, except when this charming team is wearing its gumshoes.

 

About Ron Goulart

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Ron Goulart has published a number of mysteries and nonfiction books dealing with the world of the comic strip---most recently, Comic Book Encyclopedia. He lives in Ridgefield, Connecticut.
 
Published July 1, 2005 by Minotaur Books. 229 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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You wouldn’t think the most ribald movie comic of his age would have a sentimental streak, but Groucho Marx is so sad that Peg McMorrow, a starlet he’d had a brief relationship with two years ago, is dead that he persuades Frank Denby, the former police reporter who’s writing his farcical new rad...

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As the Super Chief chugs out of Union Station, ex–crime reporter and Groucho Marx scriptwriter Frank Denby and his wisecracking wife Jane, originator of the sassy Hollywood comic strip Molly, who are headed to New York to turn the strip into a radio series, are startled to find Groucho also aboar...

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(Frank’s girlfriend, cartoonist Jane Danner, is just as witty, and Mullens Maiden Victoria St. John’s ramblings add a touch of Dada to the proceedings.) As in Groucho Marx, Master Detective (1998), though, the tired, busy plot seems to have come from a bunch of lower-paid writers than the ones wh...

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They find naughty pictures Randy may have used to blackmail Warlock studio heads, gambling kingpins, studly musclemen and the daughter of Ty-Gor creator Arthur Wright Benson, living in splendor on his lavish private jungle estate Rancho Tygoro, whose landscape is cluttered by (surprise!) a recent...

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In 1940 former Los Angeles Times crime reporter Frank Denby takes his sleuthing pal Groucho Marx to meet director Joel Farber who wants to use the comedian in a supporting role as J.

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