What Made Pistachio Nuts?: Early Sound Comedy and the Vaudeville Aesthetic / Edition 1

What Made Pistachio Nuts?: Early Sound Comedy and the Vaudeville Aesthetic / Edition 1

by Henry Jenkins
     
 

ISBN-10: 0231078552

ISBN-13: 9780231078559

Pub. Date: 12/22/1992

Publisher: Columbia University Press

Lively and highly readable, What Made Pistachio Nuts? examines what Henry Jenkins calls the anarchistic tradition of American film comedy. Anarchistic comedies of the 1930s mock the social order and celebrate the creativity and impulsiveness of their protagonists in a form of clowning that ultimately reestablishes the status quo.

Jenkins focuses on

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Lively and highly readable, What Made Pistachio Nuts? examines what Henry Jenkins calls the anarchistic tradition of American film comedy. Anarchistic comedies of the 1930s mock the social order and celebrate the creativity and impulsiveness of their protagonists in a form of clowning that ultimately reestablishes the status quo.

Jenkins focuses on well-known films such as the Marx Brothers' Duck Soup and W.C. Fields' It's a Gift, as well as all-but-forgotten works like Diplomaniacs,Hollywood Party, So Long Lefty, and others. He tracks the careers of the comic stars -Eddie Cantor, Winnie LIghtner, W.C. Fields, Charlotte Greenwood, the Marx Brothers, and Wheeler and Woolsey- as they moved from vaudeville and the New York reviews to Hollywood.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231078559
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
12/22/1992
Series:
Film and Culture Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
526,442
Product dimensions:
5.88(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.06(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1The Strange Case of the Backflipping Senators1
2"How Is It Possible for a Civilized Man to Live Among People Who Are Always Joking?" Class, Comedy, and Cultural Change in Turn-of-the-Century America26
3"A Regular Mine, a Reservoir, a Proving Ground": Reconstructing the Vaudeville Aesthetic59
4"Assorted Lunacy ... with No Beginning and No End": Gag, Performance, and Narrative in Early Sound Comedy96
5"A High-Class Job of Carpentry": Toward a Typography of Early Sound Comedy127
6"Shall We Make It for New York or for Distribution?" Eddie Cantor, Whoopee, and Regional Resistance to the Talkies153
7"Fifi Was My Mother's Name!" Anarchistic Comedy, the Vaudeville Aesthetic, and Diplomaniacs185
8"If the Whole World Were Created for Our Pleasure": Order and Disorder in Anarchistic Comedy214
9"Don't Become Too Intimate with That Terrible Woman!" Unruly Wives, Female Performance, and Gendered Laughter in Early Sound Comedy245
Conclusion: The Return of the Backflipping Senators277
Notes285
Index325

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