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Forties Film Funnymen: The Decade's Great Comedians at Work in the Shadow of War
     

Forties Film Funnymen: The Decade's Great Comedians at Work in the Shadow of War

by Wes D. Gehring
 

The twelve classic comedies of this book have an equal number of defining comic performances. Ranging from The Great Dictator (1940) to A Southern Yankee (1948), each film exemplifies the central theme of "clown comedy": Resilience. But the dark modern world had finally come to mainstream comic cinema-many of the funny "miracle" conclusions suggest that a happy

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The twelve classic comedies of this book have an equal number of defining comic performances. Ranging from The Great Dictator (1940) to A Southern Yankee (1948), each film exemplifies the central theme of "clown comedy": Resilience. But the dark modern world had finally come to mainstream comic cinema-many of the funny "miracle" conclusions suggest that a happy ending was now strictly a long shot.

The funnymen are Charlie Chaplin, W.C. Fields, Abbott & Costello, Jack Benny, Eddie Bracken, Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, the Marx Brothers, Harold Lloyd and Red Skelton. This fully illustrated work includes a foreword by Anthony Slide.

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“Gehring remains supreme in film comedy scholarship”—Choice.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786442577
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
04/26/2010
Series:
Performing Arts/Film
Pages:
234
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Wes D. Gehring is a distinguished professor of film at Ball State University and associate media editor for USA Today magazine, for which he also writes the column “Reel World.” He is the author of 36 film-related books, including award-winning biographies of James Dean, Carole Lombard, Steve McQueen, Robert Wise, Red Skelton and Charlie Chaplin.

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