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Wood & Groucho

Though he directed some of their films, the Marx Brothers frequently clashed with Sam Wood over his demand for so many takes to shoot a scene. After the tenth take, they often quipped, all the spontaneity was gone.

One day on the set of A Day at the Races, the brothers botched so many shots that Wood finally lost his temper. "You can't make an actor out of clay!" he exploded. "Nor," Groucho retorted, "a director out of Wood!"

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