Romantic Comedy in Hollywood
From Lubitsch to Sturges
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In 1934 four moviesIt Happened One Night, Twentieth Century, The Thin Man, and The Gay Divorceeushered 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 directorsLubitsch (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 starsCarole Lombard, Irene Dunne, Cary Grant, Fred Astaire, Clark Gable, Barbara Stanwyck, William Powell, Myrna Loy, among othersall described and analyzed in one comprehensive and delightful volume.
Da Capo Press, 9780306808326, 734pp.
Publication Date: March 22, 1998
About the 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.
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