Romantic Vs. Screwball Comedy

Charting the Difference

Author: Wes D. Gehring

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 0810844249

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 222

View: 487

Famous co-stars such as Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant to Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan, have made screwball and romantic comedies a big seller at the box office. These seemingly timeless genres are as popular today as ever! This book takes a closer look at the precise meanings of the terms screwball and romantic. Film fans and scholars alike tend to lump film with laughter and love under a screwball/romantic umbrella and use the terms screwball and romantic interchangeably. In reality, there is a distinction; the screwball variety places its emphasis on "funny," while the more traditional romantic comedy accents "love." Covering over 60 titles each of romantic and screwball comedy dating from the 1930s to the present, this research tool not only demonstrates how screwball and romantic comedy are two distinct genres, but also highlights pivotal social and artistic changes which impacted both genres. Includes 24 black and white movie stills, countless quotations from selected films, an annotated bibliography, and a two-part filmography. Not only an informative resource for film students and scholars, but also an interesting read for film buffs.


Hollywood's madcap romantic comedies

Author: Ed Sikov

Publisher: Crown


Category: Performing Arts

Page: 240

View: 9441

Screwball is the first richly illustrated tribute to the movies that tells one mad, illogical truth: Mutual loathing is no reason to give up on love. More than 240 pictures in striking duotone celebrate these exhilarating comedies.

Romantic Comedy in Hollywood from Lubitsch to Sturges

Author: James Harvey

Publisher: Da Capo

ISBN: 9780306808326

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 716

View: 5913

This study of the romantic comedies of the 1930s and 1940s examines individual films, the director's oeuvre, and the performers most closely associated with romantic comedy

Irene Dunne

First Lady of Hollywood

Author: Wes D. Gehring

Publisher: Scarecrow Press

ISBN: 0810858649

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 252

View: 3896

Traces the life of the American film actress from her childhood days spent in Louisville, St. Louis, and Madison, Indiana, through her Hollywood career to her retirement, and receipt of the Kennedy Center Award in 1985.

The Art of the Screwball Comedy

Madcap Entertainment from the 1930s to Today

Author: Doris Milberg

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 0786467819

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 200

View: 6442

"Part One of this exploration of screwball comedies and their later offspring begins midcentury discussing the careers and love of popular super stars. Writers and directors are given their due. Part Two, takes an in depth look at the films, from the genre's inception and the stars that appear in them, ending with some thoughts about the future"--

Leo McCarey

From Marx to McCarthy

Author: Wes D. Gehring

Publisher: Scarecrow Press

ISBN: 9780810852631

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 22

View: 951

This first full-length biography of a legendary and award-winning Hollywood writer, producer, and director (Duck Soup, My Favorite Wife, An Affair to Remember, Going My Way, and The Bells of St. Mary's) explores the director's life as filtered through his art. Gehring maintains that McCarey's films were often a reworking of his antiheroic self. In addition, the apparent diversity of his films actually represents an interrelated web of various comedy genres and a pattern of antiheroic characters and themes.

Genre-Busting Dark Comedies of the 1970s

Twelve American Films

Author: Wes D. Gehring

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 1476622515

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 252

View: 994

This examination of dark comedies of the 1970s focuses on films which concealed black humor behind a misleading genre label. All That Jazz (1979) is a musical...about death—hardly Fred and Ginger territory. This masking goes beyond misnomer to a breaking of formula that director Robert Altman called “anti-genre.” Altman’s MASH (1970) ridiculed the military establishment in general—the Vietnam War in particular—under the guise of a standard military service comedy. The picaresque Western Little Big Man (1970) turned the bluecoats vs. Indians formula upside-down—the audience roots for the Indians instead of the cavalry. The book covers 12 essential films, including Harold and Maude (1971), Slaughterhouse-Five (1972), One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975) and Being There (1979), with notes on A Clockwork Orange (1971). These films reveal a compounding complexity that reinforces the absurdity at the heart of dark comedy.

The Screwball Comedy Films

A History and Filmography, 1934-1942

Author: Duane Byrge,Robert Milton Miller

Publisher: McFarland Publishing

ISBN: 9780786411061

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 146

View: 9202

My Man Godfrey, Four's a Crowd, My Favorite Wife, The Devil and Miss Jones -- for their inspired blend of slapstick humor with casual elegance and witty repartee, these movies are examples of what became known as "screwball" comedies. This study focuses on the genre, film-by-film, year-by-year, providing the film enthusiast or serious researcher with an informed guide to the screen offerings of the era. Each of the major contributors is profiled, from directors (such as Capra, Hawks, McCarey or LaCava) to writers (Hecht, Krasna, Wilder, and others) to the inspired lunacy of performers (Grant, Lombard, Dunne, or MacMurray). The large filmography covers more than 50 films, appearing chronologically, and gives title, studio, date, time, director, producer, writers, source, photography, cast, plot description and background notes.

Movie Comedians of the 1950s

Defining a New Era of Big Screen Comedy

Author: Wes D. Gehring

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 1476626928

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 212

View: 4822

"Gehring remains supreme in film comedy scholarship"--Choice. The 1950s were a transitional period for film comedians. The artistic suppression of the McCarthy era and the advent of television often resulted in a dumbing down of motion pictures. Cartoonist-turned-director Frank Tashlin contributed a funny but cartoonish effect through his work with comedians like Jerry Lewis and Bob Hope. A new vanguard of comedians appeared without stock comic garb or make-up--fresh faces not easily pigeonholed as merely comedians, such as Tony Randall, Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis. Some traditional comedians, like Charlie Chaplin, Red Skelton and Danny Kaye, continued their shtick, though with some evident tweaking. This book provides insight into a misunderstood decade of film history with an examination of the "personality comedians." The talents of Dean Martin and Bob Hope are reappraised and the "dumb blonde" stereotype, as applied to Judy Holliday and Marilyn Monroe, is deconstructed.

Screwball Comedy and Film Noir

Unexpected Connections

Author: Thomas C. Renzi

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 0786488603

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 231

View: 3589

"This illustrated overview presents a comprehensive comparative analysis of Screwball Comedy and Film Noir, two popular Hollywood genres that emerged at nearly the same time. Two appendices offer a comprehensive filmography of Screwball comedies from 1934 through 1954 and a selected filmography of Film Noir titles, covering 1941 through 1958"--Provided by publisher.

Parody as Film Genre

"never Give a Saga an Even Break"

Author: Wes D. Gehring

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780313261862

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 223

View: 5746

Gives parody its deserved place in film history, by defining the genre, differentiating it from satire, and demonstrating how a well-executed spoof provides an educational blueprint of its target genre.

Fast-talking Dames

Author: Maria DiBattista

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 9780300099034

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 365

View: 2795

Witty and brash, the fast-talking dames in film comedies of the 1930s and 1940s offered moviegoers a new, independent version of American womanhood. In this volume, Maria DiBattista paints 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.

Reeling with Laughter

American Film Comedies: From Anarchy to Mockumentary

Author: Michael V. Tueth

Publisher: Scarecrow Press

ISBN: 0810883686

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 228

View: 3534

In this book, Tueth looks at some of the most enduring comic movies of all time. Beginning with the anarchic romp Duck Soup (1933), each chapter explores a specific sub-genre by examining a representative film. Tueth delves into the background of each film’s production and discusses their audience reception and critical appraisal.

The Philadelphia Story

A Comedy in Three Acts

Author: Philip Barry

Publisher: Samuel French, Inc.

ISBN: 9780573613975

Category: Drama

Page: 141

View: 7500

Twenty-four hours in the life of a Philadelphia belle, during which she discards an about-to-be second husband to remarry her first mate.

Writing the Romantic Comedy

From "Cute Meet" to "Joyous Defeat": How To Write Screenplays That Sell

Author: Billy Mernit

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0060935030

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 304

View: 1532

From the slapstick shenanigans of Hepburn and Grant in Bringing Up Baby to the sexy repartee of Shakespeare in Love, romantic comedies have delighted filmgoers -- and challenged screenwriters -- since Hollywood's Golden Age. Whether you're a first time screenwriter, or an intermediate marooned in the rewriting process, this thoroughly charming and insightful guide to the basics of crafting a winning script will take you step by step from "cute meet" all the way to "joyous defeat." You'll learn the screenwriting secrets behind some of the funniest scenes ever written; how to create characters and dialogue that set the sparks flying; why some bedroom scenes sizzle and others fall flat; and much more. Writing the Romantic Comedy features case studies drawn from beloved romantic comedies such as When Harry Met Sally, Annie Hall, Tootsie, and The Lady Eve, as well as field-tested writing exercises guaranteed to short-circuit potential mistakes and ensure inspiration.

Romantic Comedy

Boy Meets Girl Meets Genre

Author: Tamar Jeffers McDonald

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231503385

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 144

View: 7358

Romantic Comedy offers an introduction to the analysis of a popular but overlooked film genre. The book provides an overview of Hollywood's romantic comedy conventions, examining iconography, narrative patterns, and ideology. Chapters discuss important subgroupings within the genre: screwball sex comedy and the radical romantic comedy of the 1970s. A final chapter traces the lasting influence of these earlier forms within current romantic comedies. Films include: Pillow Talk (1959), Annie Hall (1977), and You've Got Mail (1998).

Knock Me Up, Knock Me Down

Images of Pregnancy in Hollywood Films

Author: Kelly Oliver

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231530706

Category: Philosophy

Page: 248

View: 2023

No longer is pregnancy a repulsive or shameful condition in Hollywood films, but an attractive attribute, often enhancing the romantic or comedic storyline of a female character. Kelly Oliver investigates this curious shift and its reflection of changing attitudes toward women's roles in reproduction and the family. Not all representations signify progress. Oliver finds that in many pregnancy films, our anxieties over modern reproductive practices and technologies are made manifest, and in some cases perpetuate conventions curtailing women's freedom. Reading such films as Where the Heart Is (2000), Riding in Cars with Boys (2001), Palindromes (2004), Saved! (2004), Quinceañera (2006), Children of Men (2006), Knocked Up (2007), Juno (2007), Baby Mama (2008), Away We Go (2009), Precious (2009), The Back-up Plan (2010), Due Date (2010), and Twilight: Breaking Dawn (2011), Oliver investigates pregnancy as a vehicle for romance, a political issue of "choice," a representation of the hosting of "others," a prism for fears of miscegenation, and a screen for modern technological anxieties.

Carole Lombard, the Hoosier Tornado

Author: Wes D. Gehring

Publisher: Indiana Historical Society


Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 264

View: 4285

n this inaugural volume in the Indiana Historical Society Press's Indiana Biography series, Wes D. Gehring, a noted authority on film comedy, examines Lombard's legacy, focusing on both the public and private figure from her early days as merely beautiful window dressing in Mack Sennett silent films, to her development as the leading motion-picture comedienne of her time, to her tragic death in a January 1942 plane crash.

The Hollywood Romantic Comedy

Conventions, History and Controversies

Author: Leger Grindon

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781444395952

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 232

View: 6402

The most up-to-date study of the Hollywood romantic comedy film, from the development of sound to the twenty-first century, this book examines the history and conventions of the genre and surveys the controversies arising from the critical responses to these films. Provides a detailed interpretation of important romantic comedy films from as early as 1932 to movies made in the twenty-first century Presents a full analysis of the range of romantic comedy conventions, including dramatic conflicts, characters, plots, settings, and the function of humor Develops a survey of romantic comedy movies and builds a canon of key films from Hollywood's classical era right up to the present day Chapters work as discrete studies as well as within the larger context of the book