WHY A DUCK?
edited by RICHARD J. ANOBILE
288 pages. New York Graphic Society.
T.S. Eliot begged him for an autographed picture. Thornton Wilder found him sequestered in Finnegans Wake.* The first man on the moon mimicked his fluid slouch. Clearly, Groucho Marx is a man of parts, and eight of those parts are preserved in this collection of uncritical, oversized photographs and classic film routines.
Why A Duck? divides a genre into four cavorters: Zeppo, once charitably labeled the Good Looking One; Harpo, Rumpelstiltskin with mild satyriasis; Chico, the Italian Defamation League; and the great, nay immoral Groucho. Under his pun-fulfilled guidance the...