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Hokum! : The Early Sound Slapstick Short and Depression-Era Mass Culture Hokum! : The Early Sound Slapstick Short and Depression-Era Mass Culture

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By Rob King

By Rob King

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Challenging the received wisdom that sound destroyed the slapstick tradition, author Rob King explores the slapstick short's Depression-era development against a backdrop of changes in film industry practice, comedic tastes, and moviegoing culture.

Each chapter of the book is grounded in case studies of comedians and comic teams, including the Three Stooges, Laurel and Hardy, and Robert Benchley. The book also examines how the past legacy of silent-era slapstick was subsequently reimagined as part of a nostalgic mythology of Hollywood's youth.

Challenging the received wisdom that sound destroyed the slapstick tradition, author Rob King explores the slapstick short's Depression-era development against a backdrop of changes in film industry practice, comedic tastes, and moviegoing culture.

Each chapter of the book is grounded in case studies of comedians and comic teams, including the Three Stooges, Laurel and Hardy, and Robert Benchley. The book also examines how the past legacy of silent-era slapstick was subsequently reimagined as part of a nostalgic mythology of Hollywood's youth.

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SKU 9780520288119
Author(s) Rob King
Publisher(s) University of California Press
Format Paperback
Original publication date 2017
Number of pages 272

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