Leo McCarey: From Marx to McCarthy (The Scarecrow Filmmakers Series 117)
By: Wes D. Gehring (author)Hardback
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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.
Wes D. Gehring is a professor of film at Ball State University and an Associate Media Editor of USA Today Magazine, for which he also writes the column "Reel World." He is the author of twenty film-related books, including two previous volumes for Scarecrow Press, Romantic vs. Screwball Comedy (2002), and Irene Dunne, First Lady of Hollywood (2003).
Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 Acknowledgments Chapter 3 Prologue Chapter 4 1. The Early Years Chapter 5 2. Silent Film Beginnings and Charley Chase Chapter 6 3. McCarey Teams and Molds Laurel & Hardy Chapter 7 4. The Early Features Chapter 8 5. Eddie Cantor, Ernest Hemingway, and the Marx Brothers Chapter 9 6. From Personality Comedians to an Attempted Kidnapping Chapter 10 7. Laughton, Lincoln, and Lloyd Chapter 11 8. Rethinking a Career and a Memorable 1937 Chapter 12 9. A Cowboy, A Cruise, A Crash, and Cary Chapter 13 10. From Dark Comedy to Father O'Malley Chapter 14 11. From O'Malley to McCarthy Chapter 15 12. Old Projects and Final Films Chapter 16 Epilogue Chapter 17 Filmography Chapter 18 Selected Bibliography Chapter 19 Index Chapter 20 About the Author
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