Runaway Bride: Hollywood Romantic Comedy of the 1930s

Runaway Bride: Hollywood Romantic Comedy of the 1930s

by Elizabeth Kendall
     
 

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Kendall's examination of classic comedies from It Happened One Night to The Lady Eve -and the comediennes who starred in them-reveals what these films said about America during the Depression and how they helped Americans get through it.See more details below

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Kendall's examination of classic comedies from It Happened One Night to The Lady Eve -and the comediennes who starred in them-reveals what these films said about America during the Depression and how they helped Americans get through it.

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The New York Times
[The Runaway Bride offers] intriguing analysis of some of the era's most fruitful director-actress collaborations…. [Kendall] writes with flair and intelligence about the creators and works she fancies.
Smithsonian
Studies so immediate and insightful they take on the luster of the films themselves.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Depression-era romantic film comedies starring Jean Arthur, Claudette Colbert, Irene Dunne, Katharine Hepburn, Carole Lombard, Myrna Loy, Ginger Rogers and Barbara Stanwyck are enthrallingly appraised here by social historian Kendall ( Where She Danced ). The formula for these movies--lightly making a virtue of personality traits usually thought of as feminine, a moral subtlety, an unashamed belief in the validity of emotions--was originated not at the big Hollywood studios, but by directors on the margins of the indsutry: Frank Capra, Gregory La Cava, Leo McCarey, George Stevens and Preston Sturges. Their genuine interest in women, and in romance imagined from a woman's point of view, resulted in It Happened One Night , Mr. Deeds Goes to Town , My Man Godfrey , Stage Door , The Lady Eve and other film classics perceptively described and analyzed in this enjoyable book. Photos not seen by PW. (Oct.)
Library Journal
Kendall's 1990 volume examines the screwball comedies that flourished during the 1930s as a means of countering the harsh realities of the Great Depression. Many of those films featured women either married or betrothed who revolt against the men in their lives, with their stories at the core of such hits as It Happened One Night, The Awful Truth, and other Hollywood gold. The text is supported by numerous monochrome portraits of the stars and some behind-the-scenes shots. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780815411994
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
02/28/2002
Pages:
312
Product dimensions:
6.04(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.73(d)

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