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Flywheel, Shyster and Flywheel: The Complete Series 1-3

A Recreation of the Marx Brothers’ Lost Shows
Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
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A BBC radio recreation of the Marx Brothers’ lost shows, starring Michael Roberts and Frank Lazarus.

First broadcast on America’s NBC network between 1932-33, Flywheel, Shyster and Flywheel charted the exploits of shady lawyer Waldorf T Flywheel (played by Groucho Marx) and his dopey assistant, Emmanuel Ravelli (played by Chico Marx). The original recordings were lost, but the scripts were rediscovered in 1988 and adapted and rerecorded by BBC Radio 4 in 1990-92 in front of a live studio audience. Fast-paced and full of quickfire gags, the show proved a hit, winning a gold medal at the New York International Festival in 1992.

Included here are all three radio series, produced by the award-winning Dirk Maggs (The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy) and published together for the very first time. In these 18 episodes, the duo look after a Rembrandt, try to bamboozle a millionaire, stay in a haunted mansion and join the carnival - along with many other hilarious misadventures.

Michael Roberts takes on Groucho’s role as Flywheel while Frank Lazarus deputises for Chico as Ravelli. Among the regular cast are Lorelei King, Graham Hoadly and Vincent Marzello, with guest stars including Spike Milligan and Dick Vosburgh.

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"A treasure horde of delightfully crazy humour." (Dirk Maggs)

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An absolute gem

This is my best purchase yet. I laughed from start to finish and it’s hard to believe it’s not Groucho.