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Fast-Talking Dames / Edition 1
     

Fast-Talking Dames / Edition 1

by Maria DiBattista
 

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ISBN-10: 0300099037

ISBN-13: 2900300099033

Pub. Date: 03/01/2003

Publisher: Yale University Press

Witty and brash, the fast-talking dames in film comedies of the 1930s and '40s offered moviegoers a new, independent version of American womanhood. In this widely acclaimed book, Maria DiBattista paints vivid portraits of the grandest fast-talking dames of the era, including Katharine Hepburn, Irene Dunne, and Barbara Stanwyck, and discusses what their films had to

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Witty and brash, the fast-talking dames in film comedies of the 1930s and '40s offered moviegoers a new, independent version of American womanhood. In this widely acclaimed book, Maria DiBattista paints vivid portraits of the grandest fast-talking dames of the era, including Katharine Hepburn, Irene Dunne, and Barbara Stanwyck, and discusses what their films had to say about men, happiness, and the power of speech.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900300099033
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
03/01/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
384

Table of Contents

Prefaceix
Acknowledgmentsxv
Part 1A Gomic History of Dames
1Fast-Talking Dames4
2Female Pygmalions36
Part 2Hot Heiresses and Working Girls
3Blonde Bombshells: Jean Harlow, Carole Lombard, and Ginger Rogers84
4My Favorite Brunettes: Myrna Loy, Jean Arthur, and Claudette Colbert132
Part 3The Grande Dames
5Missing Links: Bringing Up Baby174
6The Lady-Dame: Irene Dunne and The Awful Truth202
7Garbo's Laugh236
8Female Rampant: His Girl Friday268
9The Lady Eve and the Female Con298
Conclusion: Blondes Born Yesterday324
Notes341
Index359

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