ISBN-10:
0810844249
ISBN-13:
9780810844247
Pub. Date:
10/16/2002
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Romantic vs. Screwball Comedy: Charting the Difference / Edition 1

Romantic vs. Screwball Comedy: Charting the Difference / Edition 1

by Wes D. Gehring, Steve Bell
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ISBN-13: 9780810844247
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 10/16/2002
Series: Studies in Film Genres Series , #1
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 1,165,805
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Wes D. Gehring is Professor of Film at Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana, and an Associate Media Editor of USA Today Magazine. He is the author of 16 critically acclaimed books including individual volumes on the comedy genres of populism, comedy, personality comedian, dark comedy, and screwball comedy. His other books include biographies of Charlie Chaplin, Laurel & Hardy, W.C. Fields, and the Marx Brothers.

Table of Contents

Illustrationsix
Forewordxiii
Prefacexv
Chapter 1Introduction1
Chapter 2Screwball Comedy29
Chapter 3Romantic Comedy67
Chapter 4Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn97
Chapter 5Screwball and Romantic Comedy in the Modern Era: Since 1960145
Chapter 6Epilogue185
Selected Filmography191
Selected Annotated Bibliography209
Index215
About the Author222

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Romantic vs. Screwball Comedy: Charting the Difference 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
“Wes Gehring (Ball State University) is back with yet another of his discourses on the nature and genres of film comedy. Ever since his research on the comic antiheroes of American films, his remarkable studies have ranged from his bio-bibliography Marx Brothers (CH, Mar’88) to American dark Comedy (CH, Dec ’96). However, his classic Screwball Comedy: Defining a film Genre (1983) remains the highpoints of his writings....[In this book on] the 1930s Depression origins of the sister genres of comic courtship---the madcap screwball comedy and the reality-based romantic comedy---Gehring shows how the two grew up into unique and contrasting types. For example, he points to plot pacing and differing emphasis on being funny versus accenting love as distinguishing codes. He presents a specialized portrait on double duty stars Cary Grant and Katherine Hepburn, who paired in both genres. His most notable contributions is a survey of modern-era variations and twists on both screwball and romantic comedies, e.g., The Runaway Bride and Sleepless in Seattle, respectively….Choice, March 2003 vol. 40, p1190