Wednesday, 5 April 2006

Love, Groucho

While we were wandering the net in search of column fodder, we chanced upon the famous letter Groucho Marx wrote to Warner Brothers. If you haven't heard of it, here's the background:
While preparing to film a movie entitled A Night in Casablanca, the Marx brothers received a letter from Warner Bros. threatening legal action if they did not change the film’s title. Warner Bros. deemed the film’s title too similar to their own Casablanca, released almost five years earlier in 1942, with Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. In response Groucho Marx dispatched the following letter to the studio’s legal department:
Read the letter.


J. Alfred Prufrock said...

Thanks for posting this. There's a book of his letters. Have you read that? I remember the one he wrote to TSE.


zigzackly said...

The Groucho Letters? Indeed I have. Owned it once, but it was "borrowed," alas.

I do have another, equally charming set of letters to his daughter, Love, Groucho.