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October 11, 2012

TT: Almanac

"My most concise, and memorable, lesson on editing came one day in 1958 when Groucho took me with him to visit George S. Kaufman in his New York apartment. For me, it had the aura of a visit to a tall, tin guru. I remember his being seated in a chair with his long legs seeming to be entwined at least twice around each other.

"'Here's a young director,' Groucho said. 'Tell him how to direct.'

"'Well,' Mr. Kaufman said, 'if you have a script, and it says, "Sit down, I want to talk to you," cut that out.'"

Robert Dwan, As Long as They're Laughing!: Groucho Marx and You Bet Your Life

Posted October 11, 2012 12:00 AM

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