Romantic Comedy in Hollywood: From Lubitsch to Sturges

Romantic Comedy in Hollywood: From Lubitsch to Sturges

By: James Harvey (author)Paperback

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In 1934 four movies, It Happened One Night, Twentieth Century, The Thin Man, and The Gay Divorcee ,ushered in the golden age of the Hollywood romantic ("screwball") comedy. Slangy, playful, and "powerfully, glamorously in love with love," the films that followed were unique in their combination of swank and slapstick. Here are the directors,Lubitsch ( Trouble in Paradise ), Capra ( It Happened One Night ), Hawks ( Bringing Up Baby, His Girl Friday ), McCarey ( The Awful Truth ), La Cava ( My Man Godfrey, Stage Door ), Sturges ( The Lady Eve, The Palm Beach Story, The Miracle at Morgan's Creek ),and their stars,Carole Lombard, Irene Dunne, Cary Grant, Fred Astaire, Clark Gable, Barbara Stanwyck, William Powell, Myrna Loy, among others,all described and analyzed in one comprehensive and delightful volume.

About Author

James Harvey is a playwright, essayist, critic, and author several books on the movies. His most recent work has appeared in the New York Review of Books and the Threepenny Review. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.


The Lubitsch Era, 1929-1933 * Lubitsch: The Naughty Operetta * Lubitsch: A Serious Film * Lubitsch: Comedies Without Music * The Classy Comedy: High Life and Smart Talk * The Tough Comedy: Low Life and Rough Talk The Romantic Comedy: Directors and Stars, 1934-1939 * 1934: Turning Point * Frank Capra * Powell and Loy * Astaire and Rogers * Irene Dunne * Leo McCarey * The Screwball Years: The Leading Men * Cary Grant * Ginger Rogers * Claudette Colbert * Jean Arthur * Lubitsch in the Late Thirties The Sturges Era, 1940-1948 * Decline of the Romantic Comedy * George Stevens * Howard Hawkes * Lubitsch in the Forties * Sturges: Genius at Work * Sturges: American Success * Sturges: The Stanwyck Films * Sturges: The McCrea Films * Sturges: The Eddie Bracken Films * Sturges: A Black Comedy * Conclusion

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  • ISBN13: 9780306808326
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 734
  • ID: 9780306808326
  • weight: 976
  • ISBN10: 0306808323

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