Item description for Groucho and W. C. Fields: Huckster Comedians (Studies in Popular Culture Series) by D. Gehring Wes...
Before Groucho Marx and W. C. Fields American comedy was innocent. After they left their hilarious smudges on the genre, comedy was anything but.
Here in a captivating book comparing and contrasting these two premier American comics is the history of how flimflam came to prevail as a major comic form. These two comic geniuses excelled at a new brand of shtick, antiheroic humor that killed off the tame demeanor of their many predecessors in show business.
By derailing the comedy oof innocence, Groucho and Fields brought film comedy to its Golden Age.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9" Width: 6" Height: 0.48" Weight: 0.69 lbs.
Release Date Dec 1, 1994
Publisher University Press of Mississippi
ISBN 1934110957 ISBN13 9781934110959
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GOOD FOR DIE-HARD FANS & SCHOLARS, BUT NOT FOR GENERAL FANS Jul 9, 1999
Gehring's book is like a text book. Like a thesis. It's good on that level; but there's always the ultimate question: Why analyze comedy at all? Once you start to explain it on a serious, scientific level, you've drained it from all it's fun. This book will help understand W.C. Fields & Groucho's worth in the history of Comedy and Satire, but it won't win them new fans. I love Groucho & W.C. Fields; I think they were brilliant, geniuses and true artists. But this book with it's text book, scientific style, is drab and makes you wonder what is so funny about them. If you really want to know and enjoy W.C. Fields & Groucho, watch their films.