WORD BK Presents: Josh Frank and Robert S. Bader for GIRAFFES ON HORSEBACK SALAD

03/28/2019 - 7:30pm


Calling all Marx Brothers and Dalí fans! WORD is excited to welcome Josh Frank to Greenpoint for a discussion of his new book Giraffes on Horseback Salad, a reimagining of the strangest movie never made. Josh will give a talk about the history behind the unlikely friendship between Dalí and the Marx Brothers and his approach to researching this lost film, then take questions from the audience. He will be joined in conversation by Robert S. Bader, a fellow expert on the Marx Brothers.

Please note that admission to this event requires either a purchase of Giraffes on Horseback Salad OR a $5 admission voucher. Books and vouchers can be purchased online in advance or at the door on the day of the event; advance orders will be available for pickup at the store on the day of the event. The admission voucher functions like a gift card and is good toward $5 off anything in store at WORD on the day of the event only. 


In 1937, the famed Surrealist artist Salvador Dalí, in collaboration with his friend and admirer, comedian Harpo Marx, came up with an idea for a film that would merge Dalí’s imaginative art with the fast-paced comedy of the Marx Brothers. Rejected by MGM, the film never made it to the silver screen, disappearing into the annals of history, a footnote in the otherwise prolific careers of two artistic greats. Rediscovered and reimagined by pop culture historian Josh Frank and comedy auteur Tim Heidecker, Giraffes on Horseback Salad brings the never-made movie to the printed page as a fully realized, dazzlingly illustrated graphic novel, based on Dalí’s own notes and sketches. A comment on the Surrealists’ desire to challenge the mundane woes of everyday life, Giraffes on Horseback Salad follows Jimmy, a businessman whose life is turned upside down when he encounters the Surrealist Woman, a magical shape-shifting beauty who is turning his upper-class social scene on its head. Jimmy is instantly smitten with the mysterious woman, and as their relationship deepens, the powers of the Surrealist Woman begin to distort the world around them.

From eye-popping parties to otherworldly scenes packed with signature Marx Brothers gags, Giraffes on Horseback Salad highlights the best of the two iconic creative forces behind its conception. An informative introduction, prologue, and epilogue tell the equally fascinating story of how this new version of the forgotten film was brought to life, the history of Dalí’s journey to America, and the unlikely friendship of Dalí and Harpo Marx. A collection of images and excerpts from both the Dalí and the Marx family estates closes the book on this remarkable reinvention. Part captivating graphic novel, part historical document, this is a must-read for fans of art, comedy, cinematic history, and innovative storytelling.


Josh Frank is a writer, producer, director, and composer. He's the author of Fool the World: The Oral History of a Band Called Pixies; In Heaven Everything Is Fine; and co-author of the illustrated novel The Good Inn. He built, owns, and operates the Blue Starlite Mini- Urban Drive-In Movie Theatre in Austin, Texas.


Robert S. Bader is the author of Four of the Three Musketeers: The Marx Brothers on Stage and the editor of Groucho Marx and Other Short Stories and Tall Tales, an anthology of the comedian’s lost writings. His recent documentary film, Ali & Cavett: The Tale of the Tapes examines Dick Cavett’s long relationship with Muhammad Ali, and will debut on HBO in 2019. Bader’s other Marx Brothers projects include a pair of DVD collections of Groucho’s television show You Bet Your Life and The Marx Brothers TV Collection, a DVD set of rare television appearances by the brothers. He is currently working on a Dick Cavett-Groucho Marx film.

Giraffes on Horseback Salad: Salvador Dali, the Marx Brothers, and the Strangest Movie Never Made Cover Image
ISBN: 9781594749230
Availability: In stock at Brooklyn or Jersey City -- click for more details
Published: Quirk Books - March 19th, 2019

This lushly illustrated graphic novel re-creates a lost Marx Brothers script written by modern art icon Salvador Dali.

$5 admission to this event at our Brooklyn store. Your $5 admission voucher functions like a gift card and can be used toward anything in store, including Giraffes on Horseback Salad. Please note that if you purchase a copy of the book from WORD there is no need to purchase an admission voucher.